Thursday, October 27, 2005

Changes

It looks like Eddie Guardado may be leaving the club for greener pastures. The Mariners are not willing to pick up Eddie's option at $6.25 Million, but are willing to pick up his player's option of $4.25 Million. With guaranteed incentives that could bring him $4.5 Million, and if he gets similar stats as he did during the 2005 season Eddie could look at pocketing $5.5 Million.

Here's my take on the situation. If the M's can't field a team that could put Eddie in a save situation on a regular basis, then I can't see paying that kind of cabbage. I think the team would be more inclined to pay him what he think he's worth, if they actually plan on having a winning season next year. What does irk me a little though, is that the team held onto him for all of last season, instead of using Eddie as bait, for some good players in a trade.

Three coaching positions have been filled.

Bryan Price has been replaced by Rafael Chavez, from Tacoma. Chavez has been the Pitching Coach at the Rainiers for the past two seasons, and from all reports has a good rapport with the Pitchers throughout the Organization. (I would have liked to have seen Mel Stottlemyre come in, but I understand that promoting from within, is always the best choice.)

Jeff Pentland has been named the new Hitting Coach. Jeff has been classified as a 'Cage Rat' by Grover. Which I guess means he is hands on in his training technique. The only thing that bothers me here is that Jeff comes to us from the Royals, and we all know how well the Royals faired this past season. I think we'll just have to wait and see what Jeff brings to the table. Hopefully he can heat our bats up, something Don Baylor couldn't do.

Dan Rohn has been promoted from Tacoma, where he has been the Manager for the past five years. The past two seasons Dan has been named Manager of the Year, by the Pacific Coast League. Dan will be our new Administrative Coach.

Change is always good, especially for a team that has been having some pitiful seasons lately. I just hope we can play more aggresive, use short ball techniques, and win some games. After all that is what we as fans want. Wouldn't it be great to bring a World Series to Seattle?

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