Found December 26, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Are the M’s broke thanks to Cano? After an early, red hot start to the baseball offseason, the Seattle Mariners have certainly closed the dampers on the fire as of late.  There has been next to nothing in the rumor pile from “unnamed sources” since Robinson Cano signed his jackpot 10 year, $240 million deal. Are the M’s out of cash? Mathematically speaking, no, the Mariners certainly aren’t out of cash to sign more free agents.  The willingness to do so, however, could be another story. As the hot stove season got underway, the M’s had only committed about $47 million to players for the 2014 season by my educated assessment. They have since added Robinson Cano for $24 million, Corey Hart for $6 million,and Logan Morrison, who is arbitration eligible.  He was traded for Carter Capps.  The difference between the salaries of Morrison and Capps are negligible so I consider that a wash, salary-wise. Did Robinson Cano use up all of Seattle’s cash? (Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP) So, add $30 million to the $47 million and you find that the M’s are at $77 million in player salary commitments for the 2013 season.  Last year, for comparison, the M’s spent $74 million on players. That is an increase from 2013 to 2014, albeit a very small one, and I find it extremely difficult to believe that the M’s are done spending at this point.  To add Cano and call it good would be foolish, and it would wind up being a disaster for GM Jack Zduriencik, who is in the final year of his contract. You have to consider that the M’s have an extremely lucrative local TV deal.  Additionally, each team is going to be making roughly $25 million more than they did last year on some new national TV deals.  Those things alone say the Mariners will go more than 3 mill above last years numbers. Another thing that comes to mind is this: Felix Hernandez and Cano currently account for nearly two thirds of the entire current player salaries of the team.  That is simply too unbalanced to leave that way, especially when the M’s still have very clear needs. So what’s the hold up? Pitching is the biggest need.  The M’s need at least 1 starter, and probably at least 2 new arms in the bullpen.  Yes, it’s possible these could all be addressed by trade, but I don’t think that’s the issue. The Mariners were getting serious with free-agent starter Ervin Santana just about the same time MLB and the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball League announced the new posting rules.  The new maximum posting bid is $20 million dollars and the Rakuten Golden Eagles are now thinking twice about posting phenom starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka for a mere $20 million.  Bidding could have easily topped $60 million for Tanaka had this rule not been changed at the last moment. That  single rule change has dragged the free agency pitching market into an absolute stand still.  All the players’ agents are now waiting with bated breath to see if Tanaka gets posted or not.  The reason to wait is simple. If Tanaka stays in Japan, it drives the price up for guys like Santana and Matt Garza, and they don’t want to sign until they know, one way or the other, what Rakuten  is going to do with Tanaka. Of course, now it’s the holidays too.  I don’t think we get an answer on any free agent pitchers until the new year and we won’t get an answer on Tanaka from Rakuten until they decide what they want to do. My hunch is that Rakuten will still cave, take their $20 million and post Tanaka.  To not do so could cost them dearly if he were to stay in Japan and get hurt in another season there, and because they know that’s the most they can get for the next 3 years, I think they’ll take it. Once that Tanaka dam bursts though, the pitchers will be flying off the shelves, and I think the M’s will wind up writing at least 1 more big check before pitchers and catchers report in February. Stay tuned! CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE MARINERS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSB!
1 Comment:
  • The Mariners better go get Nelson Cruz. So far they have nobody to protect Cano. Still a AAA team with a single A GM.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Seattle Mariners to be Serious Competition for Masahiro Tanaka

The Seattle Mariners are in the midst of a big off-season, but if they are hoping to win the AL West crown, they may need a little more help.  That appears to be where Masahiro Tanaka comes in.  Roger Rubin of the Daily News got the details from one baseball official. “The Mariners are going to be a factor.  They have a following in Japan. They enjoyed what they had when Ichiro...

Yankees vs. Mariners, Part Two: Masahiro Tanaka

The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners did battle earlier this year for Robinson Cano. It’s kind of impossible to say who won; on the one hand, the Mariners signed Cano, and on the other hand, they drastically overspent, instantly earning every analyst’s label for worst offseason move. And now it’s the Yankees versus the Mariners for the second time. This time around...

2014 ZiPS Projections – Seattle Mariners

After having typically appeared in the entirely venerable pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections were released at FanGraphs last year. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Seattle Mariners. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Cleveland /...

Seattle Mariners: The Tanaka Sweepstakes

Masahiro Tanaka is coming to America. Between now and January 24, any team willing to shell $20 million out to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles will have an opportunity to negotiate a contract with the 25-year-old right-hander. Tanaka, 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 2013, must now be considered, by a comfortable distance, the most coveted starting pitcher on the market. Most insiders have...

Grading the Yankees Offseason Moves Thus Far

With 2013 nearly over, it’s time to do a quick report card for the New York Yankees’ offseason moves. Of course, there are more moves to come – hopefully ones involving Masahiro Tanaka. But for now, let’s take a look at a few of the Yankees biggest moves, and give them grades: Let Robinson Cano walk Grade: B Make no mistake: if the Yankees had signed Cano...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.