Red Flags

I’ve talked a bit about how the Mariners should acquire an additional outfield, preferably someone left handed to be able to handle the outfield duties. Part of the thinking behind that is that we don’t know how healthy Gutierrez is going to be and who knows what could happen to either Ichiro or even Casper Wells again. I think back to last year when the Milton Bradley finally culminated and he was cut lose there was a serious gap in major league viable talent that could play the corner outfield. Langerhans fell off a cliff, Peguero was way too green and then there was Greg Halman who sadly didn’t show much success either. This season the Mariners need to have some major league depth in the situation that something unforeseen happens.

I’m not dead set again Mike Carp starting in left field, I just would prefer he didn’t and I don’t think I’m crazy for that opinion. It makes more sense to use him as a DH as then you don’t have to worry about his sub par defensive ability trying to work things out in spacious left field. It also removes the need  to acquire someone that would fit in to the DH role.

I’ve gotten some comments both on twitter and on the site about the fact that we already have three viable major league options. The problem, I have is that all of them have stand out swing-and-miss issues. Looking back over the last 10 years worth of players it’s obvious that you can tell individuals with primary issues in making contact don’t develop much value at the plate.

Now that statement is of course a generalization and certain players have been able to put together solid years. Guys such as Russell Branyan, Mark Reynolds, ect have all shown the ability to drive the ball over the fence despite large strike out percentages against them. The problem is that’s a very tiny window of success and the success that each of those players displayed was only over a limited period of time. So while for one year there is a slim chance that they get lucky make a few adjustments and they find a way to bring value to the plate in lieu of the pitches that they aren’t able to connect with.

It makes more sense to allow those young guys, and they are still young, to work on these critical aspects of their game. Yes, that also is a slim chance but wouldn’t you rather hope they adjust and become major league quality hitters rather than replacement level players for one or two okay years possibly serving as team 4th outfielders. If stocking them in the minor leagues is the decision the front office goes with than you need some major league quality depth and the cheaper it comes the better. The past few years Ryan Langerhans has filled that with moderate success, but he stopped performing last year and out lived his usefulness financially.

Now is the time that the organization find another “cheap” outfield option, one with maybe limited upside but upside that is achiveable, which is why I suggested Blackmon the other day. I’m not ready to give up on Trayvon Robinson, I think there is still a chance he figures things out, same with Michael Saunders, but both have some serious adjustments to make at the plate and expecting them to be of use right now with the big league team is a bit of stretch unless you simply expect one of them to be a late inning defensive replacement for Carp, but if that is the case were is Casper Well’s playing?

Topics: Carlos Peguero, Charlie Blackmon, Michael Saunders, Ryan Langerhans, Trayvon Robinson

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  • maqman

    I can see adding a low cost backup OFer but we have a few in house candidates that need a chance to play so we can sort out the what from the chaff. So far I’d bet on Wells to start the season in LF with Guti and Ichiro. Carp can DH but what about Peguero, Robinson, Saunders, Wilson and Catricala if they show they can produce in spring training. Almonte, McOwen, Britton and Luis Antonio Jimenez showed well down south too. Most of them won’t ever figure it out but if just one of them does we need a place to play them. If Z get one I’m guessing it’s late in the off season when some bats need a roster to be on.

  • maqman

    I can see adding a low cost backup OFer but we have a few in house candidates that need a chance to play so we can sort out the what from the chaff. So far I’d bet on Wells to start the season in LF with Guti and Ichiro. Carp can DH but what about Peguero, Robinson, Saunders, Wilson and Catricala if they show they can produce in spring training. Almonte, McOwen, Britton and Luis Antonio Jimenez showed well down south too. Most of them won’t ever figure it out but if just one of them does we need a place to play them. If Z get one I’m guessing it’s late in the off season when some bats need a roster to be on.

  • Harrison_Crow

    Wilson is not a major league regular, neither is Almonte or McOwen either. Catricala shouldn’t be an option until sometime around the all-star break and after he continues to show Jimenez (who turns 30 this upcoming season) doubtfully will ever manage to figure out how to hit major league pitching, he’ll NEVER EVER field a position.

    As for Peguero, Robinson and Saunders adding one major league outfielder to the mix doesn’t hurt anything, rather it just pushes each of them harder in AAA, which is where each of them should start.

  • Harrison_Crow

    Wilson is not a major league regular, neither is Almonte or McOwen either. Catricala shouldn’t be an option until sometime around the all-star break and after he continues to show Jimenez (who turns 30 this upcoming season) doubtfully will ever manage to figure out how to hit major league pitching, he’ll NEVER EVER field a position.

    As for Peguero, Robinson and Saunders adding one major league outfielder to the mix doesn’t hurt anything, rather it just pushes each of them harder in AAA, which is where each of them should start.

  • maqman

    @Harrison_Crow Like I said, “IF” one of them works out. I get that the odds are against any particular one of them getting it together but there are several possibilities and you only need one to make a signed free agent or traded for piece redundant. Sure as heck if we give up a player to get one then the one we give up will be the one what has the breakout season. The baseball gods are an unforgiving bunch.

  • maqman

    @Harrison_Crow Like I said, “IF” one of them works out. I get that the odds are against any particular one of them getting it together but there are several possibilities and you only need one to make a signed free agent or traded for piece redundant. Sure as heck if we give up a player to get one then the one we give up will be the one what has the breakout season. The baseball gods are an unforgiving bunch.