How the ex-Mariners are doing

The Mariners started six players against the Angels today that were not on the roster at the end of last season, which made me wonder how the departed Mariners are doing elsewhere.

Good and bad, actually.

The good.

*Infielder Willie Bloomquist (free agent) is batting .333 (21-for-63) with the Royals with two doubles, triple and nine RBIs. Oddly, he has one walk and 15 strikeouts.

*Outfielder Jeremy Reed (traded) is batting .320 (16-for-50) with three doubles for the Mets in his pursuit of a backup role.

*Right-handed reliever R.A. Dickey (free agent) has a 2-2 record and 2.84 ERA in nine appearances (one start) with the Twins. His control has been good (three walks) and knuckler dancing all over the place, resulting in 15 strikeouts.

*Right-handed reliever J.J. Putz (traded), who spent most of March with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two outings with the Mets. He has no walks and two strikeouts in two innings.

*Right-handed reliever Sean Green (traded) is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in seven games with the Mets. He has two walks and eight strikeouts.

The so-so.

*Outfielder Raul Ibanez (free agent) is batting .262 (17-for-65) with eight doubles, no home runs and nine RBIs for the Phillies.

The not-so-good

*Infielder Tug Hulett (free agent) is 2-for-9 (.222) with one double for the Royals.

*Infielder Luis Valbuena (traded)is 2-for-22 with one home run during his first camp with the Indians.

— Jim Street

1 Comment

Jim, I really wanted to see the Ms keep Bloomquist. And I always wanted to see him get more playing time. He was good enough, so I can’t understand the logic. Was it that he couldn’t go that hard the whole year? Some of the other guys were flashier, but only at times, and I never saw Willie do anything dumb. I never saw him muff any routine plays like the flashier guys so often do. Nine guys like Willie, and you’re a contender. That’s the way I saw it. With Raul, now, I could see the age showing last season. He had a good year, but he looked old sometimes. As though the thrill was gone.

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