Meanwhile, Erik Bedard is going to be a sometimes-injured Mariners starter for the next 150 years.
After the streak, I’m ready and willing to see everyone traded on this Mariners team except for Felix and Ackley. So, in that sense, I’m glad we got rid of Fister and Pauley for a AAA outfielder, a left-handed bullpen guy, a AA 3rd baseman, and a player to be named later (as you can tell, I know nothing about Casper Wells, Charlie Furbush, or Francisco Martinez; you’d be better served going somewhere else for that info. Might I suggest Lookout Landing?)
Even though I’m totally disenchanted with this team, that doesn’t mean I don’t like some of the non-Felix or Ackley players. You could put Fister in that group of players I enjoyed rooting for; so, in that sense, this is tough for me.
There’s a lot to like about that guy! For someone with such an average fastball and below-average other pitches, he was not only able to stick on a Major League roster, but be effective throughout the last year and a half. Doug Fister is wildly impressive given what he is, and the fact that he was able to step up his game this season gives me hope that he’ll have a long and decorated career. It’s just too bad it won’t be in a Mariners uniform.
David Pauley I’m much more indifferent to see go. We signed him for next-to-nothing, he was an okay starter on a terrible team last year, he was an okay reliever on a bad team this year. He’s helping us bring in some prospects who will hopefully help us sooner or later, so really David Pauley has fulfilled his destiny. Good for him!
Fister, I hate to see you go but I love to watch you walk away … give ’em hell out there. Give ’em hell.