The 10 Best Draft Picks the Mariners have ever made in the MLB Draft
Adam Jones: 2003: Round 1, Pick 37, 0.9 (32.6) WAR
Everyone ready to get upset?
After back-to-back looks at good picks that worked out well for the Mariners, it's time to look back at the guy who was supposed to be the new face of the franchise. The one who was going to usher in good times in Seattle, pairing with Felix as the offensive punch to King Felix.
Instead, the Mariners tried to make a splash in the pitching market for Erik Bedard. Bedard had been pretty healthy over his four seasons as a starter in Baltimore, and was coming off a career year where he featured a 3.16 ERA while leading the league in H/9 allowed (7.0) and K/9 (10.9). He even finished 5th in Cy Young voting in 2007, that final year in Baltimore.
The Mariners never really saw a healthy Bedard. 81, 83, 0, 91.1 innings over 3.5 years, but he kept fans hopeful with a 3.31 ERA with the M's. He was pretty good whenever he was on the mound, but 255.1 IP in 3.5 seasons and a 4.1 WAR was far from what the Mariners hoped for in the trade. The Mariners would send him out in a 3-team trade that netted them nothing, and saw them send out Josh Fields as well. Another loss.
Meanwhile, Adam Jones straight up dominated in Baltimore, becoming not just a local favorite for the O's, but a fan favorite across the league. He would spend 11 seasons with the Orioles, compiling a slash line of .279/.319/.459 with 263 HR, 90 SB, 5 All-Star games, 3 Gold Gloves, 1 Silver Slugger, and 37.0 WAR.
It was a stupid trade then, and it's a stupid trade now. Speaking of stupid trades...