March 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM
Jon Garland waiting to speak to Mariners while prepared to use ‘opt out’ clause if needed
Jon Garland arrived at the clubhouse about 90 minutes ago, just did some running and is waiting to see what the Mariners decide with regards to his status with their team. Garland has an opt-out clause in his contract that he’s eligible to use as of today and says he will if the team can’t offer him a spot.
“I’m going to hear what they have to say first,” he said. “After that, I’ll know what I have to do. That’s all I can do now is wait to heart what they have to say.”
The door to manager Eric Wedge’s office has been closed for some time now. Garland isn’t in there, but officials are no doubt going over some decisions that need to be made.
I spoke to Jeremy Bonderman earlier and he said he doesn’t have an opt-out clause in his deal. So, he’s preparing to wait until next week to see what the team has in store. I asked him whether he’d accept a Class AAA assignment if the team wanted him to.
“I’ll cross that bridge if and when it comes to that,” he said. “Right now, I’m not going to comment on stuff like that until I know they want me to do that.”
As expected, Jason Bay is in center again tonight.
Baseball America’s latest edition is out and has an item on the shutting down of the Towson University baseball program. The school’s most famous major leaguer is none other than Casper Wells, mentioned in the story next to a photo of…Alex Liddi? Oops!
“I didn’t know Liddi went to Towson,” Wells quipped, with a smile.
Liddi, of course, was born and raised across the ocean from Towson in Italy and has played pro ball since he was a teenager.