UPDATE: We just talked to Jack Zduriencik after this morning's Rule V draft. Zduriencik was asked if they have made an official offer to a free agent catcher. He paused for a few moments and said, "we are having in-depth dialogue." So take that at what you will. But I think you might have to start adjusting to the idea of Olivo coming back.
UPDATE: Talked to a source in the Mariners and the team is talking with Olivo but no firm offer has been made. It's been characterized as more "back-and-forth" conversation. That being said, don't be surprised if it does happen at maybe different terms.
The question above is rhetorical. But apparently it's a possibility. Rockies beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post justtweeted
"Hearing that Miguel Olivo will sign a two-year deal for $7.5 million Seattle considered the most likely destination"
I said the other day thatI didn't like the idea of bringing back their former catcher
, and I had a few reasons why. Namely that his power wouldn't be close to the same in Safeco and that his approach at the plate would be a reminder of Jose Lopez's hitting plan - with more strikeouts.
It's been a few days and my thinking hasn't really changed.
But what do I know. GM Jack Zdruiencik has a reason for making the moves he makes. But this wouldn't seem to follow the logical path he's taken before. Maybe he knows something we don't about the catching situation they have now. Obviously it was a position that lacked production last season, but Adam Moore has less than 300 big league at-bats.
Zduriencik mentioned Moore and Michael Saunders have to show them that they belong in the big leagues during a radio interview with ESPN 710. And he also was adamant over the past few days saying that the young players aren't on scholarship and they have to earn their spots. But Moore has barely tried out.