Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
April 25, 2008 5:05 PM
Posted by Geoff Baker
By the way, Kenji Johjima's contract, as per the Associated Press, is three years, $24 million. Just got back from talking one-on-one with Frank Thomas in the visitors clubhouse. All I wanted to know was whether he'd considered coming to Seattle.
Thomas told me the Mariners were one of four teams that his agent spoke with. The Oakland A's were another, obviously, but he declined to name the other two. In the end, he said, none of the clubs was offering any guartanteed money for 2009. It all boiled down to playing time.
"They told my agent they didn't know if the fit would work at this point in time,'' Thomas said. "Over there, they've got Jose Vidro, he's been around a long time. He's a professional, a great competitor. I don't want to go over there and get in a situation where there's a platoon, and they don't know how it's going to work. Where it's not a good fit, or a situation where it causes a problem in the clubhouse.
"Over here (Oakland), I've been here before,'' he added. "I know the guys, know the staff. I wanted to come back here again after 2006 to be honest with you. It was just the right thing for me. It was the right fit for them. For me, it was an easy transition.''
There you have it. Go nuts.