Let’s move on to the continuously lowly Mariners. I feel bad for Seattle. Their pitching continues to perform very well (with guys like Felix Hernandez and rookie Michael Pineda) but their offense just continues to struggle each year.
Jamey Wright – After being bounced around with three different teams in 2010 (Indians, Athletics, Mariners), he finally stuck with Seattle. They resigned him toa 1-year deal worth $900,000. He played in 60 games, pitching in 68 2/3 innings, and had a 3.16 era. He also earned his first career save in five save opportunities.
Thoughts/Prediction: He did a decent job for the team, providing relief in different capacities. Wright doesn’t have a whole lot left though, at 36 (he turns 37 this December). He’ll likely be signed by the Mariners once again to a 1-year deal at the veteran minimum, although he could really go anywhere that can use a veteran that could help in different relief roles (though whether he’s signed to a major or minor-league with Spring Invitation deal is the question).
Adam Kennedy – He was signed to a minor-league deal after serving time with the Nationals last year. However, he made the team out of Spring Training, primarily serving as second baseman, but then made way for Dustin Ackley. He also served as backup to third baseman Chone Figgins.
Thoughts/Prediction: What I like about Kennedy is that he has the ability to play at all infield positions, and can serve as backup to Figgins, Ackley, Brendan Ryan, and Justin Smoak. But that’s about it, at 35, Kennedy is a backup at this point; used primarily as a substitution for one of the four during a game, or could maybe share a platoon role with Ackley, if he struggles. Seattle could use a guy like him for defensive purposes, but I’m not entirely sure Kennedy wants to stay with a team that not only has its infield set, but is also making way for an influx of youth. Instead, I look for him to sign yet another minor-league deal where more playing time can be available to him.
Unfortunately, that’s really it in terms of impending free agents in Seattle. Shortstop Jack Wilson and right-handed pitcher Chris Ray were both supposed to be, as well. However, Wilson was waiver-traded to the Braves after the Trade Deadline, and Ray was released in mid-August.