Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
February 16, 2008 12:42 PM
Posted by Geoff Baker
You asked us for some video of new pitcher Erik Bedard throwing his bullpen today and we've obliged. You'll see Bedard in the first three video scenes from today's selection, warming up alongside Felix Hernandez.
Some additional video shows catcher Kenji Johjima getting to know Carlos Silva. An interesting scene in that the Japanese-speaking Johjima is conversing with the Venezuelan-born, Spanish-speaking Silva. Interpreter Antony Suzuki is there to translate from Japanese to English, because Silva speaks the latter language as well. Lots of lingo going on, though the end-of-conversation fist-pump is universal.
There's a pitcher's view of Jarrod Washburn (No. 56) after that, then a catcher's view of Washburn.
Today's catcher drills focused on blocking pitches in the dirt.
The final footage is of closer J.J. Putz batting balls towards a group of his fellow pitchers. Catch the last one, where Cha Seung Baek makes a leaping catch and is congratulated by teammates, who refer to him as "Chewy". Putz kids around with Baek and lets the bat fall to the ground at the end after pretending to hand it to him.
By the way, the M's have claimed pitcher Anderson Garcia off waivers from the Phillies and added him to the 40-man roster (there was a spot open). The 26-year-old right hander is 29-31 with a 3.85 ERA in 221 minor league games over seven years, including 39 starts. The team is looking at him as pitching depth for now. In other words, he'll likely start the year in the minors, but if some injuries pile up, who knows?
UPDATE 2:08 p.m. -- To answer some questions: No, the M's did not forego a year of Bedard with yesterday's on-year deal. He is under club control one more year. If the two sides don't reach a multi-year pact by next spring, he'll agree to another one-year pact or head to an arbitration hearing and have the one-year amount decided for him. Either way, he stays with the M's at least through 2009.
The catcher wearing No. 71 is Jair Fernandez, born in the Colombian city of Cartegena, which I thoroughly enjoyed visiting back in 1995. Had my first meal in a Japanese steakhouse there, too. But I digress. Fernandez is 21 and hit .260 for Class A Wisconsin last season.