Mariners - Signed Sexson
Seattle Mariners - Signed 1B Richie Sexson to a 4-year, $50 million contract.
Yes, he’s overpaid at 12 million a year, but the Mariners do still have the 2nd or 3rd highest revenue in baseball in one of the small markets (and aren’t getting any more money from Japan than the Devil Rays). The Mariners have been overachievers in the revenue market in no small part due to the fact that the fanbase has believed they are an elite team even when they lose Griffey or A-Rod or Johnson.
The Mariners in 2004 did a lot to shake that belief from its foundations as they lost more games than any Mariner team since 1983. 1983 was also the last time they finished last in the league in offense and a team that can make comparisons to a team that had Pat Putnam as the leading HR hitter might have trouble selling itself down the road. The Mariner offense isn’t young, either - to find a player younger than Richie Sexson, you have to go down to the player with the 11th-most at-bats, Jose Lopez. This is not a team rich in young hitting prospects either and Richie Sexson ain’t blocking Lopez. Now, if only Chris Snelling could stop being an injury magnet, they might be in business…
Don’t fret about the projection - that’s Safeco’s fault, not Sexson’s. What is worrisome is the rumor that Sexson would move to left if the Mariners also signed Delgado. Maybe it’s just me, but a rather slow 6’7” first baseman coming off of arm surgery doesn’t sound like a potential outfielder to me.
Sexson, Richie - 2005 ZiPS Projection
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
538 74 141 24 1 33 99 87 124 1 .262 .370 .494
Posted: December 16, 2004 at 04:55 PM | 73 comment(s)
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