David Aardsma trade rumors where the Seattle Mariners would trade him to the Colorado Rockies are the latest frustration being dealt to Seattle Mariners fans. After putting up with the struggling team for the past few years (some would say every year since 2001), many hoped the Mariners would be turning a corner and trying to compete in the American League West again. With cost-cutting trades on the table like the one that would ship out closer David Aardsma, it is becoming more and more clear that the Mariners are pulling in the sails to try to groom talent, rather than bring it in.
MLB Buzz reported that Aardsma was available at the end of last week, but today his name popped up again in trade talks with the Colorado Rockies. This time it seems like the Rockies don’t believe Aardsma would be a great fit in their bullpen, despite the fact that he is from Colorado and graduated from Cheery Creek High School in Englewood.
Still, he could be a nice addition to their bullpen, as long as they were planning to try to trade him at the end of the 2011 season. Aardsma will be a cheap option this year at just $2.75 million, but could be looking at a larger salary increase next offseason.
Last season with the Mariners, Aardsma ended up with 31 saves, an ERA of 3.44, and a WHIP of 1.17 in 49.2 innings of work. Not bad for the former first round pick of the San Francisco Giants, and he has quickly established himself as a pretty good closer in the major leagues. He could definitely be an asset to another franchise, especially one that could use an improvement at the closer position. He is also someone Seattle should keep if they are looking to construct a deep bullpen for years to come, but might not be part of the plan if they are looking to just save money this year.
After floundering to a 61-101 record in 2010, the Seattle Mariners are in need of another rebuild it seems, and the front office hasn’t been willing to spend the money needed to improve one of the worst offenses in baseball. The apparent plan is to hope that players like Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley can improve enough to start all the games in 2011, and that they could help provide the much-needed offense to win some more ball games. They are entirely unproved, though, much like most of the players who will be trotted out next year.
With the second selection in the 2011 MLB Draft, the talent is coming to Seattle, but it is going to take a while to get it ready to compete. In the meantime, fans had been hoping that Seattle would try to sign some free agents who could make an immediate impact. That hasn’t happened so far, and again it seems like Seattle is heading into the 2011 season without a clear plan on where they expect the run support to come from for their pitching staff.