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The Mariners are looking at Lackey

Dec 11, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

As far as the big names go, the focus of the second half of the Winter Meetings was definitely on Jason Bay and Roy Halladay. In fact, no one really had anything on Matt Holliday or John Lackey yesterday or most of Wednesday. As of this morning, however, FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Seattle Mariners are looking at Lackey.

This is a bit surprising given that it had previously been reported that they were looking more at “high-upside, medium-risk” pitchers like Rich Harden and maybe even Ben Sheets, each of whom would command less money than Lackey (and in fact, Harden did command quite a reasonable contract).

Not that such an approach has been discarded. Indeed, Morosi spends more time in his report talking about the possibility of a Jarrod Washburn return to Seattle than he does on Lackey. Though I suppose Washburn is more of a “meh-upside, medium risk” type than a “high-upside, medium risk” type.

  1. Jon - Dec 11, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    John Lackey, at one time; maybe between 2005 and 2007; might have been worth 16 or 17 mill per year. Now he’s older and has had some injuries over the last few years. It seems like a bit of a gamble to give him too high a contract or for too many years. Maybe 12 mill per year for four years would be reasonable. But even that is a gamble considering his declining production. Some team might give him that big, fat, juicy contract though, because as we all know; there’s a sucker born every minute.

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