Monday, June 16, 2008

The Post Bavasi Era

The firing of GM Bill Bavasi brings up some interesting questions today: How much of the Mariners' miserable direction can be blamed on Bavasi vs the rest of upper management? If he wasn't there, would the roster look dramatically different?

I'd have to guess the answers are "A Lot" and "Yes." But time will tell. If the Mariners sign another below average starter to another $9MM+, 3+ year contract this offseason, then we should let Bavasi off the hook for this mess. In the meantime, I'm curious to find out how long the Mariners will wait to make major roster shakeups like replacing Silva/Batista/Dickey (pick one) in the rotation with Morrow, cutting Sexson, giving Clement a full-time gig and shifting Vidro to full-time pinch-hitting duties.

Personally I don't think they have much to gain by cutting Sexson. Sure his career is pretty much over. But he's our only power off the bench. The Mariners have plenty of other players to send down in order to make room for Clement. With that said, the next time Sexson refuses to comply with management's orders they sould suspend him and pocket the cash add to their aquisition warchest in the offseason.

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