Monday, February 21, 2005
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Monday, February 07, 2005
Nowhere on MLB.com is player contract information posted. Is there anywhere a fan can conveniently find out how many more years a player has on his contract, whether he has option years, his current year's salary, free agent and arbitration eligibility coming up the next off season, etc.? It seems that since that information is released to the public from time to time, that it should be compiled somewhere for a fan to conveniently find it. After all, true baseball fans would love to know that information, especially around trade deadlines and during the offseason. -- S. W., Auburn, Wash.
JIM "DEAD END" STREET: MLB teams consider contract information to be confidential. The Mariners rarely release details of a contract, especially if the player wants the figures to be confidential. However, the Associated Press usually obtains the information quicker than any other news organization. As far as I now, there isn't a specific site on the Internet that publishes each player's salary and other contract information.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Here is Jim Street's blatant error this week...
Q: Last year the Mariners traded Dave Hansen and Rich Aurilia to the Padres and Mike Myers to the Red Sox for players to be named later. Who did they end up getting back in these trades, once the dust had cleared? Thank you. -- David H., Andover, Mass.
A: Right-handed pitcher Jon Huber was the player in the Hansen deal and currently he is on the Triple-A Tacoma roster. Aurilia was not traded to the Padres, but signed with the NL team as a free agent after being released by Seattle. The trade that sent Myers to the Red Sox was for either a player to be named later, or cash considerations. The Mariners received cash.
Really? Aurilia wasn't traded? That's weird...because a 2-second search on the same web site as the mailbag will reveal this, from July 19th:
"Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Bill Bavasi today announced that the Mariners have traded infielder Rich Aurilia to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later or cash considerations."
Anyway: On a more uplifting note: pitchers and catchers report in 16 days!!