The Mariners requested medical files on starter John Thomson today and could sign him soon. U.S.S. Mariner says it could be a one-year contract with an option for the second year. In my free agent summary I wrote:
"Thomson turned 33 in October. Elbow soreness and a blister slowed him down in the beginning of the season, followed by shoulder problems from a mild labrum tear. He’s going to take the rehab approach and hopes to start fresh in ’07. Thomson made $4.75MM this year; he spent two years as a solid innings eater from 2003-04. That seems like a long time ago."
Thomson would probably fit into the #4 or #5 slot in the Mariners’ rotation, leaving room for one more acquisition.