Thursday, November 04, 2004
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Mariners have expressed strong interest in Brad Radke. The PP also indicates that a deal for Radke is likely to be at least two years and $15 million, or $8.5 million per year if the second year is not backloaded.
A contract such as that would use up most of the $13 million that Seattle Times writer Bob Finnigan claims the Mariners have available for free agents. With Finnigan's assumptions, Radke would be the key Mariners move this seaon if the Mariners signed him. How does that grab you??
Personally, I can't see the Mariners being that limited this offseason. Mariners ownership has publicly said they are going to fund player acquitions this year with reserves accumulated from previous years. Finnigan's story most likely is simply ownership setting a low threshold for them to use when they tell us how they dug into their own pockets to try to rebuild the team.