Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Fun With Deadlines 

Why is it that Grand Jury testimony can be leaked to the press without any repercussions to the leaker, but at the same time, the identity of the coaches who ranked Cal #8 is a more tightly held secret than the identity of Deep Throat?

While you ponder that, lets catchup on the always exciting Arbitration Deadline Day deals!

Take the following players off the M's wishlist:
Nomar Garciaparra, Cubs. 1 year $8 million + incentives up to $11 million.
Jaret Wright, Yankees. 3-year, $22 million
Brad Radke, Twins. Returns to Twins with 2-year, $18 million deal.
Tony Womack, Yankees. Not that he was on anyone's wishlist, but this should put a smile on your face that the Yankees are locking up a roster spot on this mediocrity with a 2-year, $4 million deal. The Yankees say goodbye to Miguel Cairo, who was not offered arbitration.

Close but not done yet...
Jon Lieber, Phillies. Close to finalizing a 3-year, $21 million contract. Call it Benson money.
Eric Milton, Yankees. 3-year, $21-24 million. Yankees look to rebuild staff once again.

Dan Wilson will return to Seattle for his 12th season as a Mariner, with a $1.75 million contract in his hands. There was never that much doubt about Wilson returning, it seemed a question of for how much. This is half what he made last year, but still probably more than he is worth. However, veteran leaders and pillars of the community come with a price, and this is not a bad way to go.

Meanwhile, Ron Villone has been offered arbitration, which is most likely a time-buying device for the M's and Villone to work out a 2 year deal. Villone is a fairly effective lefty reliever, and if he is content in that role, then I am content to keep him.

In other news of Mariner fan interest:
Corey Koskie turned down a 2-year, $8.25 million contract from the Twins and indicated that he has a 3-year $16 million offer in hand. Rumored suitors are the M's, Tigers or the Blue Jays. Lets hope that its not the M's, or at the least that the offer is contingent on us failing to land Beltre or Glaus.

J.D. Drew was not offered arbitration by the Braves, removing the cost of a draft pick, and the #1 competitor to signing the outfielder. There has been no buzz about Drew in an M's uniform in the press, and his asking price of 5 years, $50 million is a bit steep, but a fan can dream.

Other free agents of interest who were NOT offered arbitration include Carlos Delgado, Troy Glaus, Jeromy Burnitz, Kevin Millwood and Russ Ortiz. Free agents who were offered arbitration and will therefore cost the M's a draft pick to sign include Adrian Beltre, Carlos Beltran, Corey Koskie, Jon Lieber, Derek Lowe, Carl Pavano, Odalis Perez, and Richie Sexson.

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