A few days ago, we sent out the bat signal to ask for questions from Mariners, and today we will answer those questions. A lot of you are interested in talking trade, so let’s just get started.
For question #1, we have Mariners fan who just cannot comprehend the off-season plan for Seattle, and frankly, I don’t either.
So what we have are two separate questions. So let’s answer them one at a time. First, why did the Mariners not spend the money they would on Harvey on other pitchers in the off-season? A fair question, and one I can’t answer.
It is worth noting, the Mets are reportedly willing to eat most of the $4.5 million salary for the 2018 season in order to improve their return. So for the Mariners, this might mean only spending $1 million or so on Harvey. If a pitcher of Harvey’s talent was a free agent, he would get more than that on principle. So financially, adding Harvey wouldn’t have cost the Mariners anything.
As for Hisashi Iwakuma, the expectation for him should be zero pitches thrown in 2018. It’s sad, but any plan that requires Kuma to throw a single pitch with the big team is a bad plan. After making good progress early in his rehab, he had a set back in a simulated game after just a few pitches.
He is scheduled to try again in a few days, so the outcome of that sim game will be critical. Even if all goes well and he doesn’t suffer any setbacks along the way, he will need at least 4-6 weeks of rehab starts before he rejoins the team. At the earliest, we are looking at July 1st for Kuma.