Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The Mariners are looking to improve their pitching staff this off season, and it will probably come through trade before exploring the weak free agent market. Names like Dontrelle Willis and Johan Santana come to mind, but it might cost them Adam Jones if they want to acquire him. They could offer Raul Ibanez or Richie Sexson because then that would clear a spot on the field to hold on to both Jones and Guillen, but it is unlikely. I think the best bet is White Sox pitcher John Garland, who is capable of racking up a lot of wins. Since 2002, he has been in the double-digits in wins, reaching 18 wins in '05 and '06. But looking at his recent numbers, I think the Mariners would be smart to stay away from him. Since 2004 against the AL West, he is 6-11 with a 4.42 ERA with 56 K. But, playing at SAFECO since 2002, he is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 13 K so that would look pretty good making fifteen starts there, but he has struggled some on the road out there so I would be hesitant. Nonetheless, Bavasi is looking for an instant upgrade and he would find one in him for what he is willing to offer, and I think most would be happy with it.