In case you haven’t heard, the Mariners have been doing some work so far in this baseball offseason. Today they finalized a deal that sends 3 minor leaguers, who are decent but not all that good, to the Phillies for Cliff Lee. CLIFF FREAKIN’ LEE! Two years ago he won the Cy Young and this year, he not only was almost as good during the regular season, but he absolutely dominated a ridiculous Yankee lineup in the World Series. And Lee is cheap, earning only 9 mil this year. He is a free agent at the end of the year, but teaming him with Felix Hernandez gives the Mariners the top 1-2 punch in the Majors this year, if not beyond.
And in order to make the push for the playoffs, the M’s last week signed Chone Figgins to a 4 year $36 mil deal. As much as I hate Figgins because of his time with Angels, I’m quite happy he’s coming to the M’s. He’s one of those players that teams love to have and hate to play against, being a bit of a pest. But I mean that in a good way. Having him and Ichiro at the top of the lineup gives them two of the best table setters in the business.
In addition, with the Mariners signing Figgins and the Red Sox signing John Lackey away from the Angles, the Halos are certainly going to be hurting. The Mariners might even be the favorites to win the AL West right. How awesome is that?
The question is what happens now? The M’s probably still need to add at least one more bat. There has been some talk of Adrian Gonzalez of the Padres, which would be incredible. But there are other options if the team doesn’t want to give up the prospects that is would require to get the first baseman. As is stands, the Mariners have added at least 7 wins to their true talent level in the last few weeks and, if you are an M’s fan, you have to be ecstatic. Next season is going to be awesome. Maybe there will be more tickling.