After the last trade I think z is pretty much done besides maybe adding a backup backstop and a lefthanded starter. id rather neither be the case and go with what we have already letting zunino get his feet wet and either paxton or hultzen getn a rotation spot heres the team id like to see break camp. Im not a fan of j Bay and since smoak has options and carp doesnt i see carp making squad. what you think?
I don't think they start Zunino's service clock right away. They have to get another catcher.
They probably trade Smoak and Wells for something. Probably another catcher or starting pitcher while also look at the rest of the leftover free agents for a catcher and starting pitcher or two.
Zunino is not near ready to be at the ML level. Only 44 games minor league ball, 29 at single A, 15 at AA. People need to take a breath.
Ackley, for example, played over 200 minor league games. And Catcher I would hazard to say is a much more difficult position.
I agree for the most part, but remember he actually played in AA the same summer he was drafted and played well. I do think we see him sometime in 2013 but probably only before September if he's destroying the league.
The fact that it's late January and our catching is in flux makes it seem to me like Zunino might be aggressively promoted.
1) You are 100% correct about the service clock issue.
2) It would be insanity to have two so incredibly inexperienced catchers as your start-the-year tandem. Hard to believe I am typing this, but I would prefer Olivo returning for another year, to Montero-Zunino.
- Dustin Ackley- Franklin Gutierrez- Kendrys Morales- Mike Morse- Jesus Montero- Kyle Seager- Justin Smoak- Michael Saunders- Brendan Ryan
- Robert Andino- Raul Ibanez- Mike Carp- Jarrod Saltalamacchia (trade)- Jason Bay
- Felix Hernandez- Hisashi Iwakuma- Joe Saunders (FA)- Erasmo Ramirez- Blake Beaven
- Charlie Furbush- Shawn Kelley- Lucas Luetge- Stephen Pryor- Carter Capps- Tom Wilhelmsen
"Don't kid yourself. The "Z" man is hardly done. I look for another major deal before the Season starts."
"Major" might be a strong word, but I am also expecting another "notable" trade in the not so distant future.
"Don't kid yourself. The "Z" man is hardly done. I look for another major deal before the Season starts. "
Not sure about how major it will be.......
Everyone is thinking that the Mariners have $$$ still to spend....the problem is...there isnt anything to really spend it on..... the remaining high dollar Free Agents dont fit into our roster and if they could..... well...the Mariners havent been in pursuit of them for various reasons.
I can see them getting another Starter via free agent or minor trade.....but I think its just gonna be a ho-hum Veteran guy.
Baring some Huge Trade that no one can even phathom..... I actually think the Mariners are gonna just be left with a Bag of Money unspent. (which I actually have no problem with)
CF - Gutierrez3B - Seager1B - MoralesLF - MorseC - MonteroDH - Smoak/IbanezRF - Saunders2B - AckleySS - Ryan
INF - Andino1B/DH - Ibanez/Smoak (unless Smoak is traded)C - Paulino (recently signed by Seattle)OF - Wells/Bay (unless Wells is traded)
FelixIwakumaRamirezBeaven______ (Wells or Smoak traded for SP or sign Marcum/Saunders)
(RH) Pryor(RH) Capps(RH) Kelley(LH) Perez(LH) Furbush(LH) LuetgeRH (Wilhelmsen)
CF - Gutierrez3B - Seager1B - Smoak/Morales/IbanezLF - Morse/IbanezC - MonteroDH - Morales/IbanezRF - Saunders/Thames2B - AckleySS - Ryan
ps-no bs...please (TRADE) JASON BAY and/or CASPER WELLS
***A FEW stat predictions*** (OPTIMISTIC-YET,REALISTIC) .AVG HR RBI GUTIERREZ .311 12 48 SEAGER .288 27 90 SMOAK .330 40 118 MORALES .293 44 106 MONTERO .335 34 120MORSE .238 09 37 (GETS INJURED)IBANEZ .278 13 42M.SAUNDERS .312 28 80THAMES .294 31 77 (CALLED UP-FILLS IN FOR MORSE)ACKLEY .303 11 53RYAN .265 13 41