Good morning and oh my god Jerry Dipoto made a trade while I was writing again. So either I should write every day from now on, or never write again, depending on your view on Dipoto’s trades. If you missed it, the M’s sent 2014 No. 6 overall pick Alex Jackson to the Braves for RHPs Max Povse and Rob Whalen. Here’s John’s writeup of the move.
Some other stuff happened yesterday too. Let’s take a look at what went on there.
In Mariners news...
- Just like we did last time, here are some reaction tweets from the M’s latest trade with the Braves.
It's a good change of scenery type trade for Jackson, and Povse/Whalen should have a better opportunity to pitch in the majors in Seattle.— Brendan Gawlowski (@GawlowskiB) November 29, 2016
Jerry DiPoto is the new Bill Belichick. If he thinks you're lazy and not buying into the program, you're out the door.— Zach Sanders (@zvsanders) November 29, 2016
Povse MIGHT be the best starting pitching prospect in Seattle's system now. Plus fastball, plus change, pounds the strike zone.— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) November 29, 2016
See Povse on the right day and he's impressive. See him on the wrong day and the stuff backed up significantly but he still threw strikes.— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) November 29, 2016
Mike Zunino and DJ Peterson are the only first round draft picks made under Jack Zduriencik that are still in the Mariners organization.— Curtis Rogers (@710Curtis) November 29, 2016
Neither of the players Jerry Dipoto just acquired have names that work well in a Cyber Monday joke. Believe me, I've been trying.— Meg Rowley (@megrowler) November 29, 2016
- Even though it’s kind of old news now, Marc W at U.S.S. Mariner gave his take on the trade with Arizona.
- Jeff Sullivan thinks Mariners fans have reasons to be excited about new outfielder Mitch Haniger, and that it’s possible Haniger provides more value than Jean Segura.
- Former M’s prospect Gabby Guerrero is on the move.
- Luke Arkins at Prospect Insider explains why Jerry Dipoto isn’t likely to sign any big-name free agents.
Around the league...
- It’s possible that 2017 will mark the final edition of the World Baseball Classic. The event could stay alive if it makes enough money to justify holding it again. However, there have been ongoing efforts to include baseball (and softball) in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
- Let’s Go Tribe, our sister site for the Cleveland Indians, set up a Hall of Fame ballot just for fans and are welcoming everyone to participate.
- Stakes are high for ownership and the MLBPA to come to an agreement soon.
Sources: Club officials understand that if sufficient progress isn't made this week in CBA talks, teams won't participate in winter meetings— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 28, 2016
- However, a large step towards reaching an agreement was made pretty quickly.
Sources: Owners have backed off the international draft as a requirement for a new collective-bargaining agreement.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 29, 2016
This was something that the MLBPA was adamant about. Two Mariners, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, were major leaders in the battle against the international draft.
- Barry Zito is apparently releasing a country album soon (no, seriously) and some of his singles can already be found online.
- Japanese superstar Shohei Otani was named the MVP of Japan’s Pacific League.
- The Marlins have reached a two-year agreement with starter Edinson Volquez, further thinning the free agent starting market.