Consider this your midterm grade, Mariners. Spring Training is less than two months away, but with big names like Prince Fielder still on the market, the offseason is far from over. So, pull up a chair and let’s have a chat about your progress so far.
John Jaso: B+
Technically, this is the only trade you’ve made all season. The others have just been acquisitions. Jaso, a left-handed catcher from Tampa Bay, was exchanged for Josh Lueke. He’s maintained a .992 FP over the past two seasons, which almost makes up for his .224 average. If his numbers hold up, he’ll be a slight improvement over Adam Moore, Chris Gimenez, and Miguel Olivo.
I really, really want to believe in Hisashi’s 2.42 ERA and .462 winning percentage. I want to believe that these numbers he racked up in the Japan Pacific League will translate perfectly to Mariner baseball. So, until he proves me otherwise, he has an A in my book.
This may be the best thing you’ve done all offseason, Mariners. Not only does Sherrill fit the bill for lefty reliever, but his stats (major league ones!) show that he’s pretty good. I’ll take the .750 winning percentage, the 1.25 WHIP, and the 12 earned runs in 36.0 IP.
Darren Ford: A
Okay, I can admit to a little bias on this one. After watching him in San Francisco, Ford’s superhuman speed lends him credit, although his major league numbers leave a lot to be desired. However, he’s accepted a minor league deal and an invitation to Spring Training, so things can only go up from here. » Continue reading “Trade Talk Tuesday: Offseason Report Card”