It's a day early, but I wanted to get the update done today while some of my thoughts concerning recent events are relatively fresh.
With regard to the Carl Everett signing, I'm going the other way from most of the reaction that I've seen in the blogosphere so far. Everett hit more HR last year than all but one member of the 2005 Mariners. Everett had more RBI than all but 2 members of the 2005 Mariners. And after listening to the press conference yesterday, it's clear that Carl Everett has a burning desire to win. And winning is what it's all about my friends. Time will tell how good (or bad) this signing is. I'm also a little surprised at the righteous indignation over this signing. I thought that Seattle was a tolerant city - apparently not - at least when it comes to Carl Everett. For me, it's pragmatic - if he helps my ballclub win, then he's okay with me.
The lack of movement on the pitching front is beginning to be an item of concern. The FA names that have been mentioned as possible targets don't do much for me after you pass Kevin Millwood's name on the list. And Ponson? You must be kidding. But once again, I'm willing to give BB and Co. a chance to put their entire plan into action. There's plenty of time between now and ST to decide whether or not they have a good one.
Edit: The other point I wanted to make concerning Carl Everett is that freedom of expression is guaranteed by the Constitution - even when that opinion doesn't happen to agree with your personal belief system.