Some of Bavasi's questionable moves during his tenure:
- Signing Richie Sexson for four years $50 million
- Trading top prospect Adam Jones, George Sherrill (now Baltimore's closer), and three pitching prospects for Erik Bedard
- Signing Carlos Silva for 4 years $48 million. Silva is 3-7 with a 5.79 ERA
The Mariners are going nowhere this year and probably nowhere next year or the year after, but this firing could set the stage for an Erik Bedard trade.
The new GM will have no attachment to Bedard and it would make sense to trade the team's most valuable commodity. The Yankees might be interested, now that Chien-Ming Wang is out for six weeks. The Cubs and Blue Jays have also shown interest in the past.