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Mariners asking for “an impact bat” in deal for David Aardsma

Dec 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

David Aardsma

Responding to speculation that Colorado is interested in Seattle closer David Aardsma, Thomas Harding of MLB.com writes that “multiple sources with knowledge of both teams told MLB.com that the Mariners are in search of an impact bat and there isn’t a fit with the Rockies.”

Of course, the definition of “an impact bat” probably varies quite a bit. My personal definition tends to mean something along the lines of a legitimate middle-of-the-order hitter, and there’s basically zero chance of any team trading the Mariners someone like that for Aardsma.

Seattle shopped him prior to the trading deadline in July and didn’t find an acceptable deal, and with this offseason’s abundance of quality free agent relievers it seems unlikely that anyone is going to overpay for Aardsma this time around.

With that said, he’d be a worthwhile target for teams scared of handing out three-year deals to relievers. Aardsma is under team control through 2012 as an arbitration eligible player and figures to earn around $4 million in 2011.

His control is spotty, but Aardsma has 69 saves with a 2.90 ERA, .193 opponents’ batting average, and 129 strikeouts in 121 innings over the past two seasons. If the Mariners’ definition of “an impact bat” really just means “a useful bat” then quite a few teams should be interested.

  1. mordecofe - Dec 22, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Pretty much any bat would be an impact bat compared to the muck that is the Seattle Mariners offense.

  2. seattlej - Dec 22, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Ian Stewart? He’d be a good fit for Safeco and the Rockies don’t really seem like they want to make a commitment to the guy.

  3. Reflex - Dec 22, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Hell yeah they’d love Stewart. Left handed power plays well at SafeCo, and 3B is the one position I don’t see anything great at in thier farm system. An infield of Justin Smoak/Dustin Ackley/Nick Franklin/Ian Stewart would be fantastic to watch.

    I don’t see it happening though. The Rockies would be stupid to give up Stewart, and the M’s would be idiots to pass on that offer.

  4. kolfax - Dec 22, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    If the Mariners are willing to trade a solid reliever for an “impact bat,” the ears of any team should prick up and listen. The Mariners have such a good track record of trading down, maybe this time they’ll sign Canseco or try to do a trade for the Texas bat boy. I’ve heard he has potential in a year or two. The Mariners’ management story is trade for tomorrow, but unfortunately the wins and losses next season will be today, today, today, not tomorrow. “Impact bat” would be anyone that can make contact with the ball, Something the Mariners failed miserabley at last year. There should be a strength in management stat, but then again 101 losses says quite a bit.

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