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Monday, December 02, 2013

Mariners To Sign Willie Bloomquist

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The Mariners have reached an agreement with infielder Willie Bloomquist on a two-year deal in the $5-6MM range, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Bloomquist, a client of Scott Boras, batted .317/.360/.367 without a homer or stolen base in 139 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2013. Bloomquist has spent the past three seasons in Arizona, batting a combined .289/.328/.368 with four homers—all of which came back in 2011. The 36-year-old served as a Swiss army knife for manager Kirk Gibson, playing shortstop, second base, third base, left field and right field in his time with the D-Backs.

The District Attorney Posted: December 02, 2013 at 03:21 PM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. eddieot Posted: December 02, 2013 at 03:42 PM (#4608885)
Phew. Somewhere Ruben Amaro Jr. just threw a chair.
   2. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 02, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4608886)
Steve Sarkisian leaves, Willie Bloomquist returns. Not a good day in Seattle.
   3. Random Transaction Generator Posted: December 02, 2013 at 03:49 PM (#4608897)
I had no idea he was still playing in MLB.
   4. Baldrick Posted: December 02, 2013 at 04:02 PM (#4608917)
I had no idea he was still playing in MLB.

He's not. He just signed with the Mariners.
   5. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: December 02, 2013 at 04:06 PM (#4608922)
Well, you can cancel the season. The M's are going to win 162 games.
   6. I Am Not a Number Posted: December 02, 2013 at 04:07 PM (#4608923)
He's not. He just signed with the Mariners.

The prodigal son returns home, armed with 36 years of life experience and a career OPS+ of 80. If he can just scrounge up another 200K he can buy Lee Majors.
   7. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: December 02, 2013 at 04:11 PM (#4608932)
And naturally a Willie Bloomquist thread is where I find out my alma mater hired a new football coach.
   8. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: December 02, 2013 at 04:15 PM (#4608940)
Great writeup on this transaction by Dave Cameron:

During the last 15 years, Punto has been one of baseball’s elite defensive players. In 2,500 innings at shortstop, he has a career UZR of +33. In 2,500 innings at third base, it’s +38. In 2,500 innings at second base, it’s +11. He’s split his time almost evenly between the three infield spots, and he’s been excellent at all three.

Bloomquist, in 2,000 innings at shortstop, has a -6 UZR. In 1,000 innings at third base, its -3. In 1,000 innings at second base, it’s -1. In 2,000 innings in the outfield, it’s -15. Bloomquist has been a below average defender at every position he’s played.

Willie Bloomquist is Nick Punto minus all the things that make Nick Punto valuable. A few weeks ago, the A’s signed Nick Punto to a one year, $3 million deal. The M’s are reportedly going to give Bloomquist between $5 and $6 million over two years. The Mariners are paying more money to get a worse player.
   9. I Am Not a Number Posted: December 02, 2013 at 04:32 PM (#4608962)
So not #6 then?
   10. Monty Posted: December 02, 2013 at 04:39 PM (#4608968)
Sheesh.
   11. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: December 02, 2013 at 04:40 PM (#4608970)
The final piece!!!
   12. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: December 02, 2013 at 04:41 PM (#4608973)
A seismic shift in the grit market. Chris Getz awaits his $2 million offer.
   13. eddieot Posted: December 02, 2013 at 05:05 PM (#4608995)
Chris Getz awaits his $2 million offer.

He'll need it now that his wife Nicky was eliminated from "The Amazing Race."
   14. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 02, 2013 at 05:12 PM (#4608996)
I would like to commend The District Attorney for his tireless commitment to submitting messed up excerpts :-)
   15. The District Attorney Posted: December 02, 2013 at 05:17 PM (#4608998)
Yeah. I think it's the links within the blockquotes. I don't want to take them out, though. The reporters who actually add information should be rewarded for doing so.
   16. madvillain Posted: December 02, 2013 at 05:29 PM (#4609011)
I now live in Seattle and would actually like the Mariners to be decent. This doesn't help.
   17. TDF, situational idiot Posted: December 02, 2013 at 05:33 PM (#4609015)
Willie Bloomquist is Nick Punto minus all the things that make Nick Punto valuable. A few weeks ago, the A’s signed Nick Punto to a one year, $3 million deal. The M’s are reportedly going to give Bloomquist between $5 and $6 million over two years. The Mariners are paying more money to get a worse player.
I was going to point out how BBRef values the 2 players completely differently, until I looked. For his career, both FG and BBRef have Punto at 14.8 WAR; BBRef has Bloomquist at 2.2 WAR, FG 1.4.

Maybe it's age - after all, Bloomquist is 3 weeks younger.
   18. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 02, 2013 at 05:56 PM (#4609036)
Great writeup on this transaction by Dave Cameron:


Dare I say it? Might Cameron finally be right about something?
   19. RollingWave Posted: December 02, 2013 at 07:53 PM (#4609088)
As Jalen Rose says: Keep getting dem checks!
   20. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: December 02, 2013 at 08:53 PM (#4609111)
No steals last season? Speed was once one of his tools. Back when he had tools.
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 02, 2013 at 08:56 PM (#4609114)
More like a Swiss army turd. Stinks in a lot of different positions.
   22. shoewizard Posted: December 02, 2013 at 10:58 PM (#4609210)
Classic post from Tango. Wins over Willie I even used that as my handle for a while.

Bloomquist actually became a better hitter while with the D Backs. Still no power or walks, but a lot of line drives and a lot of hits. If you squint real hard you actually get a guy with a 96 OPS+ over the last two seasons in just under 500 PA. His defense may suck, but he can suck anywhere, so there is something to be said for that, in that it does give a manager flexibility to get other guys in the lineup.

He was the king of TOOTBLAN in 2011-12 for Arizona, but props to his gritty teammates for picking him up as Willie missed most of 2013 TOOTBLAN DUOS 2013
   23. asinwreck Posted: December 03, 2013 at 12:12 AM (#4609264)
This will address the Mariners' offensive woes.
   24. RollingWave Posted: December 03, 2013 at 12:17 AM (#4609268)
This will address the Mariners' offensive woes.

Aka, Euthanasia
   25. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: December 03, 2013 at 02:15 AM (#4609303)
I now live in Seattle and would actually like the Mariners to be decent. This doesn't help.


Yeah, having moved to Seattle several years ago, the Mariners aren't doing much to inspire my fandom. I will say that the stadium experience is very nice and tickets are cheap and plentiful, though, which goes a long way. I mean, I'm not about to watch an M's game on tv, that would be torture, but I do enjoy going to several games a year.

Bloomquist is of course another ridiculous move, and I look forward to the inevitable Nelson Cruz overpayment and subsequent nosedive into a pile of crap.
   26. zonk Posted: December 03, 2013 at 08:28 AM (#4609341)
Maybe the cruelest part of the headline is the "to" sign... which implies that there's still some slim chance or hope to stop this from happening.
   27. johnseal Posted: December 03, 2013 at 03:36 PM (#4609778)
The quintessential Mariners move. Somewhere Pat Gillick is smiling.

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