Thursday, January 08, 2004
I've always thought of Guillen as a better than average shortstop with the potential to make an All-Star team or two someday. But the Mariners think he's a bum. At least it seems that way. I guess there's no way to know whether they're really going out of their way to get rid of him this offseason, or it's a case of other teams seeing Guillen as desirable and attainable and going after him.
Anyway, I think Aurillia would likely be an offensive upgrade over Guillen, though probably not by a whole lot. Even if Guillen continues to improve slowly and Aurillia contnues to decline, Aurillia will still probably be a better hitter than Guillen in 2004. Having performed well in pitcher-friendly Pac Bell Park, he seems unlikely to suffer any dramatic decline due to the move to Safeco. Defensively, this would be another downgrade.
My take is, go ahead and sign Aurillia for a year. But for God's sake, play him at third.