Sources cited by the Boston Globe said the Seattle Mariners could be for sale and Phillies GM Pat Gillick might be the head of a group attempting to purchase them.
Responding in a Seattle Post-Intelligencer follow-up, club CEO Howard Lincoln called the rumor "nonsense." The Mariners' controlling interest has been in the hands of Hiroshi Yamauchi since 1992. Meanwhile in the Inquirer, Gillick, who recently bought a home in Seattle, laughed off the rumor. His contract with the Phillies runs through 2008.
Draft to be televised this Thursday
The Phillies will have the 19th selection and five of the first 113 picks when the June draft gets underway Thursday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2, marking the first time the event will be televised. Vanderbilt left-hander David Price is expected to be taken first by the Devil Rays. Baseball America’s Jim Callis projects the Phillies to take Pennsylvania prep catcher Devin Mesoraco, while ESPN’s Keith Law sees "erratic" high school outfielder Michael Burgess falling into their hands. Burgess is a product of Hillsborough High School that produced Gary Sheffield, Doc Gooden, and Elijah Dukes. "Burgess has as much raw power as anyone in the draft, but his game is erratic and features a lot of swings and misses," Law wrote. Burgess has Phillies written all over him.
You know you’re out of the running when ...
... you contact Jose Mesa’s agent. According to a source that has spoken with the Phillies, the team has contacted Mesa’s agent about signing the 41-year-old reliever, who was ditched by the Tigers this weekend.
The Phillies are getting close to that stage when teams decide whether they’re in it to win it, or in it for the future. This would be a move to keep them, at the very best, stable. They haven’t maintained a consistent run and their starting pitching is beginning to unravel. The team must also be aware of the shocking amount of minor league decay that’s taken place in their farm system, just over the last two months.
I’m not entirely sure it’s advisable to play the Wild Card game with a sub-.500 team, better National League competition and a farm system in disarray.
Questions for Mike Arbuckle
Beerleaguer contributor Billy Mac will be attending the season ticket holder event tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park, which features a Q&A session with Assistant GM Mike Arbuckle to discuss the upcoming draft. Post your questions for the Q&A session below and Billy Mac will try getting them answered tomorrow.