Seattle Mariners Somehow Overpay Willie Bloomquist
The Seattle Mariners continue to do very Seattle Mariner type things. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has reported that the Mariners and utility player Willie Bloomquist have agreed to a two-year deal worth $5.8M. Prior to this deal, the most Bloomquist had ever earned in a season is $1.9MM.
The 36-year-old only played in 48 games during the 2013 season due to multiple broken bones in his left hand. In those 48 games, Bloomquist batted .317/.360/.367 with no homeruns or stolen bases. For a more accurate representation, he owns a career slash line of .271/.320/.346.
Bloomquist has amassed a mere 1.4 wins above replacement in his 12 years of service.
He is touted as this Swiss Army knife that can play multiple positions in the infield and outfield. Yet for his career, Bloomquist has a negative UZR/150 (Ultimate Zone Rating-The number of runs above or below average a fielder is in both range runs, outfield arm runs, double play runs and error runs combined) at second base, third base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots.
Unlike Bloomquist, Punto can provide elite level defense from third base and shortstop. Punto has a UZR/150 of 20.4 in over 2000 innings at third base, and 18.6 in over 2000 innings at shortstop. He is also above average at second base with a career 6.3 UZR/150 at the position.
Every team needs a utility player on their 25-man roster, but that doesn’t mean you have to overpay especially the Mariners, a team that is not very good and has other pressing issues.
One would think an aging utility infielder that dealt with injuries would end up signing a one-year deal. Neither of those factors seemed to deter general manager Jack Zduriencik, as he decided to dole out the biggest payday in Bloomquist’s career.