Today is the national day where people who think they are funny trying to prank the world. While most of that humor is a waste of time, it did get us thinking: what moves have the Mariners made that we wish was a bad joke?
We spent much of the last two weeks looking at some of the best trades in the history of the Seattle Mariners. Well, on this our countries excuse for a bad practical joke, we are going the other direction and will highlight 5 of the most regrettable decisions in franchise history.
While we will rank these moves 1-5, the rank themselves don’t carry much meaning. These are just 5 bad moves and there are obviously hundreds to choose from. We won’t even be able to scratch the surface on the entirety of bad decisions made in franchise history.
You may well notice there is definitely a slant towards fairly recent moves. Obviously, the early years of the Mariners was filled with plenty of poor choices, but we want to focus on the playoff drought years, which will still give us plenty to work with. So no, you won’t see the Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe for Heathcliff Slocomb trade on this list (though you’ll probably see an entire article about that deal soon).
Keep in mind, we are going to be talking about signings and trades that actually went down, not deals that the Mariners walked away from. They actually need to have happened for us to judge them.
We also won’t be doing the math on how bad each deal was. So while we could statistically look at which deals cost the Mariners the most value, but we aren’t trying to nail the exact order, just highlight some of the worst deals that have gone down in recent memory. With all that in mind, let’s get started.