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Friday, January 02, 2004
A Rich transaction for Mariners? "According to a well-placed source, Seattle is close to signing shortstop Rich Aurilia...who hit .277 with 13 home runs and 58 RBIs for the San Francisco Giants last season, to a one-year, $4 million contract. The deal is contingent on the Mariners being able to trade Carlos Guillen, who recently agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The Mariners would have to eliminate Guillen's salary to make Aurilia's $4 million fit within their 2004 budget." (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Derek Milhous Zumsteg: "Both [Aurilia and Carlos Guillen], statistically and scouting-wise, are average defenders at their position. Carlos, injury-hampered, has been adding power, then OBP, then power, and at 28 if he's healthy (yes, I know) there's a fair chance he'll put together a full season where he hits really well. Like .285/.370/.420 or better. And that's probably going to beat what Aurilia puts up here. What's the upgrade? Why make this move?" (U.S.S. Mariner)

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