When Kenji Johjima opted out of his contract, it was very obvious that the Mariners had ultimately experienced addition by subtraction. Johjima is a good teammate by most accounts, though his pitchers were frustrated by his pitch selection approach behind the plate. He was also a pretty good offensive player, though heÆd regressed considerably in the past two seasons. But by losing the weight of JohjimaÆs two years and $16 million, the team has more financial freedom than they had just last week. They can now likely go out and replace JohjimaÆs 2008 salary with Russell Branyan, and be in the same position as they were two days ago in terms of 2010 salary commitments, but with the slugger on board. Also, presuming Johjima doesnÆt have a burning fire in his heart to destroy the Mariners, ...
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