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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Jeremy Affeldt, Brad Wilkerson

posted by Dustin

Jon previously blogged here that a move the Mariners could make if Sherrill is traded would be to sign Jeremy Affeldt, a Washington native. Well, that idea was nixed today when it was announced that Affeldt and the Reds have agreed on a 1 year, $3 million deal (with performance bonuses).

He may be used as a end of the rotation starter to begin the year, but if all else fails, he'll be moved to the bullpen where he was exclusively used last season, and successful as well.

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Rumor has it that the Mariners are interested in Brad Wilkerson. The Red Sox had previously shown some interest, but the lofty demand of 3 years, $21 million should have them thinking otherwise.

Also connected to Wilkerson: Yankees and A's

Wilkerson is 30 years old and is a home hitter. If Jones is dealt, could Wilkerson by a viable option to fill right? Certainly, as long as Boras, Wilkerson's agent, drops the price.

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Jon's two cents: It's not difficult to connect the dots on this one. I'm almost certain Affledt was holding out for the Mariners, the Bedard deal has supposedly fallen through, so he signed with Cinci.

As far as Wilkerson goes, I don't believe he would be a good option for Seattle, with or without Adam Jones. He's a high strikeout, low defense guy who only got it done in a hitter's haven of a home stadium last season. He's left handed, which is always a plus, but I don't think he'd be the best choice for Seattle, especially if Richie Sexson is in the same lineup.

Wilkerson's price will undoubtedly come down, though, as there has been a backlash against Scott Boras lately. His clients have not been getting the outlandish demands he has been asking for, and I think he may be toning it down a little bit.

4 comments:

ellis carver said...

I think Wilkerson would be a good pick-up for the M's, especially if Adam Jones is traded.

Dustin Shires said...

Aside from the mountain of strike outs, I do too.

Anonymous said...

If the Mariners sing Brad Wilkerson to a 3 year deal, It means the Mariners will be in Teardown/rebuildmode in 2 years.

Hmmm....Ibanez, Wilkerson and Ichiro Defense....hey, Maybe Ichiro can cover the entire outfield? Another Wheelchair outfielder is not what the Mariners need.....remember we got a bunch of "pitch to contact" Starters.

Brad Wilkerson = Richie Sexson Jr

ellis carver said...

I could be totally wrong. But my impression of Wilkerson is that he is not too bad defensively. He has played a lot of CF in his career, especially with Montreal/Washington. I think he is an adequate corner OFer. You just wouldn't think it to look at him.