Monday, February 07, 2005

Rumors... Shot Down 

A few recent rumors I've mentioned here have been kick-saved and kept from scoring in recent days.

First, Pedro Astacio will not be a Mariner. He signed a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers on Friday. The reason he went to the Rangers is that, unlike the Mariners, they could and did give him a major league contract. This is a pretty low-risk, decent-upside signing for the Rangers in that Astacio is getting $800,000 with performance incentives to grow up to $3 million, and they have room on the rotation for him. Good fit for Astacio as well.

And you can scratch Arizona off the list of potential suitors for Randy Winn. The DBacks sent Casey Fossum to the Blue Jays for ex-Mariner (and Rice alum) Jose Cruz Jr.

I will probably continue to post more sporadically for the next couple of weeks until Spring Training starts up in force. I've got a lot of work in front of me. I wanted to do a post critiqueing the hyperbole at USS Mariner that indicates that Dan Reichert is already a better pitcher than Ryan Franklin, but I just don't have the time. Suffice to say, Franklin is currently the better pitcher, but you have to like the signing of Reichert because he has nice upside at a bargain price. But that doesn't mean we're guaranteed to get the upside. Give Ryan some love!

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