Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Finnigan Baiting 

Bob Finnigan's latest article, "Mariners Caught in the Numbers Crunch," showing the M's having only $13 million to spend on free agents, left a sour taste in many Mariner fans' mouths. If you think Finnigan did the team and/or the fans a disservice with the article, you may enjoy this thread on MLB forums showing two letters (one pleasant and well thought out, and one a little more reactionary) that were sent to Mr. Finnigan and his less-than-polite email responses back.

I think we can all agree on one thing. If the M's only spend $13 million on free agents this offseason, attendance will plummet right along with the M's fortunes.

I, for one, agree wholeheartedly with the opinion that it is in the best interest of the M's ownership to not only spend the budgeted $95M for 2005, but also to spend the surplusses of 2004 (estimated at $10-15 million primarily due to Sasaki departure and Freddy trade). It would go a long way toward repairing the holes in the team and healing the rift between M's ownership and its fan base.

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