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Monday, April 24, 2006

Mariners - Designated Borchard

Seattle Mariners - Designated OF Joe Borchard for assignment.

Borchard’s not very good of course, but was probably useful as a backup centerfielder in Seattle.  That is, he would be, if the team didn’t have this creepy dynamic in which Willie Bloomquist is the most-used player off the bench, with almost as many plate appearances as Roberto Petagine and Matt Lawton combined.  Borchard will probably get another chance to stick as the 25th man somewhere, but really isn’t deserving of being above AAA, which is where he’ll eventually be.

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 24, 2006 at 07:30 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Greg Franklin Posted: April 24, 2006 at 08:58 PM (#1985950)
I can't disagree with anything the Oracle has written. Should add that, at the start of the season, Petagine was going to be Borchard's main competitor for PT, and that the M's now feel comfortable with him as their primary pinch-hitter.

So for at least another couple of weeks, Freedom has prevailed.
   2. asinwreck Posted: April 24, 2006 at 09:07 PM (#1985969)
I'm sad (but not terribly surprised) that things didn't work out for him. It'd be fun to see him catch on with Colorado, hit 35 homers and strike out 250 times.
   3. DEFCON: jive. Posted: April 24, 2006 at 09:14 PM (#1985982)
To be fair, Lawton was unavailable for 10 games and Bloomquist is the primary backup for 2nd, 3rd and shortstop. Also, you can understand why an organization like the M's would trust him more than Borchard, who was new to the team.

I don't mean to imply that Seattle doesn't need a better utility man, or that Bloomquist should be platooned with Jeremy Reed. Just adding a little nuance.

What are the chances that Borchard makes it to Tacoma?
   4. DEFCON: jive. Posted: April 24, 2006 at 09:16 PM (#1985985)
Also, if this is the end of Borchard's tenure with the Mariners organization, I would like to thank him for his pivotal role in ridding Seattle of the scourge of Thornton.
   5. Dan Szymborski Posted: April 24, 2006 at 09:21 PM (#1985997)
Sig file baby!

"I can't disagree with anything the Oracle has written."

-Greg Franklin
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2006 at 10:20 PM (#1986115)
The Royals currently don't have a backup OF - Borchard is worth a look.
   7. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: April 24, 2006 at 11:33 PM (#1986211)
This sounds silly, but Willie Bloomquist is almost TOO versatile. I think they figured that he could back up in the IF and OF and pinch run. But he is the only backup for 2B, SS and 3B, so he can't PR for someone without considering that he has to come in if Peteagine PH's for Betancourt, which is the Mike Hargrove's frequent late-inning tactic these days.

The frequent grumble around Marinerville these days is that Carl Everett shouldn't have been signed to DH, especially since Petagine, Heep Sop Choi, Erubial Durazo and at least one more decent stick have come available on the waiver wire. Raul Ibanez is better suited to DH as well, and Matt Lawton would likely hit as good as Carl if ever given the chance.

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