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Bill Bavasi's Job Secure

Yesterday, Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said the team had no discussions about bringing in a new GM or manager.  For now, Bill Bavasi and John McLaren's jobs are secure despite the team owning the worst record in baseball.  John Hickey says Bavasi will explore the trade market but doesn't expect much.  Reds beat writer Hal McCoy again made the point yesterday that Ken Griffey Jr. won't be dealt.

A summary of Bavasi's offseason moves:

  • Selected R.A. Dickey in the Rule 5 draft.
  • Sent Ben Broussard to Texas for Tug Hulett.
  • Signed Carlos Silva to a four-year deal.
  • Signed Miguel Cairo, Chris Reitsma, Arthur Rhodes, Horacio Ramirez, Greg Norton, and Brad Wilkerson.
  • Traded Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Kam Mickolio, and Tony Butler for Erik Bedard.

The much-criticized Silva signing looked fine in April, terrible in May.  Bedard's injury and ineffectiveness couldn't have been predicted.  Jarrod Washburn and Miguel Batista weren't supposed to be this bad.  Aside from a slow start by Kenji Johjima, the hitters have played to expectations.

The player most likely to be traded a month or two from now is Raul Ibanez.  He's earning $5.5MM this year, his last before free agency.


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