Thursday, February 17, 2005

Bucky vs. Ibanez 

Derek Zumsteg's latest Off the Wall piece breaks down the battle between Raul Ibanez and Bucky Jacobsen.

And he comes to the same conclusion.

Free Bucky!

Essentially, the M's are playing the "don't piss off the veteran" card right now by naming Winn the LF and Ibanez the DH. Bucky is essentially backing up DH, 1B, and the 4th outfielder spot, which may be good for 200-300 at bats. It may be the shrewd decision to keep Bucky in our back pocket until we see how Spring and the early part of the season develops to see what weaknesses we really need to address by trade (bullpen? rotation? shortstop? catcher?)

But it doesn't mean I have to like it.

Free Bucky!

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