It didn't bother Seattle when the Angels let outfielder-DH Vladimir Guerrero leave in free agency in November - Guerrero had long been one of the bigger Mariners killers in the game.
Still, it's not good news that Guerrero signed a contract to play for the Texas Rangers next year and possibly beyond. For one thing, if the Mariners want to win the American League West they have to leap-frog the Angels and Rangers.
In 98 career games against Seattle, Vlad batted .352 with 28 home runs and 84 RBI. That's serious damage.
Now, imagine Guerrero - even a fading Guerrero - hitting 81 games a year in the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. A hitter's dream, that stadium, and Vlad has played 50 games there in his career. In those games, he's batted .394 with 14 home runs and 33 RBI.
Texas manager Ron Washington is already penciling Guerrero into his batting order as a cleanup-hitting DH behind outfielder Josh Hamilton.
If there's a silver lining for the Mariners, it's imagining how much Vlad will want to beat the Angels each time he sees them.
- Erik Bedard remains prominent on Baltimore's radar, and team president Andy MacPhail thinks the free agent lefty will be ready sooner than expected in 2010.
- Hard not to root for Milwaukee left-hander Chris Capuano, who thinks he'll go to spring healthy for the first time since 2007. Since then he's had two 'Tommy John' surgeries.
- Shortstop Khalil Greene signed a $750,000 deal with the Rangers as a reserve infielder. Given his recent history - he went on the DL last year with St. Louis for a stress disorder - quietly sliding back into baseball is probably a good idea.
- The Padres haven't done much this off-season, but they're talking to former Mariners outfielder Randy Winn.
- The Twins offered Jarrod Washburn a one-year, $5 million contract and he declined. Washburn, who once thought 2009 would be his final season, is looking for a two-year deal.