We bid you farewell, Brendan Ryan
As Brendan Ryan joins the Yankees for a player to be named later, I’d like to take a minute to remember what he brought to baseball in the Pacific Northwest… ok. Times up. I do have to say that I am a fan of Brendan Ryan. He seems like a genuinely nice guy who has some sick leather and can’t really hit very well. He’s a grinder and a clubhouse guy and all of those other warm, fuzzy, old baseball cliches, but his time is over here in Seattle and it’s time for Brad Miller to patrol shortstop for the Mariners. In Ryan’s 3 years in Seattle he brought 7.4 WAR (almost all of that on the defensive side of the equation). In Brad Miller’s 65 games for the Mariners this season, he’s brought 1.5 WAR to the team, most of his value coming from his offense. It’s no secret that the Mariners need help with their offense so it’s no wonder that the front office is giving the keys to the infield to the 23 year old shortstop. The Mariners will get a player to be named later who is sure to be of little or no value. The Yankees farm system is fairly poor and an all glove, no bat shortstop isn’t going to fetch a top prospect.
I wish Brendan Ryan all the best in the Bronx. He has 1 more year on his deal and will provide the Yankees with top shelf defense. If I thought the Yankees had a chance at the post season I would feel bad that he wouldn’t be on the post season roster. I don’t think Ryan will have to gnash his teeth too hard about that one. The Yanks will be golfing while the playoffs are taking place.