Saturday, March 29, 2008


Says Edes:
"Jason Varitek struck out all three times he batted last night. Counting the regular-season games in Japan against Oakland, in which he struck out six times in eight at-bats, Varitek has whiffed in nine of his last 11 at-bats."

Let's not overreact. But just for the sake of overreaction, you want to know what's uglier than those numbers? The list of potential 2009 free agent catchers:

  • Rod Barajas TOR
  • Henry Blanco CHC
  • Johnny Estrada MIL
  • Toby Hall CWS
  • Kenji Johjima SEA
  • Adam Melhuse TEX
  • Mike Redmond MIN
  • Ivan Rodriguez DET
  • David Ross CIN
  • Javier Valentin CIN
  • Jason Varitek BOS
  • Vance Wilson DET
  • Gregg Zaun TOR

Johjima is somewhat intriguing. For a 31-year-old. The Mariners could potentially be looking to go younger and cheaper and give catching duties to Jeff Clement in 2009. But other than that? Is Steve Lomasney ready for the show yet?

Edes also says:
"[Timlin being placed on the 15-day disabled list] means three relievers battling for the final spot on the pitching staff - lefthander Javier Lopez, the incumbent, and righthanders Bryan Corey and David Aardsma - will remain with the club at least through the two regular-season games in Oakland."

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