Good morning everyone! As you’ll see below, there’s an unusually large amount of Mariners content from yesterday. It’s kind of odd that the M’s are gaining so much attention all of a sudden.
It’s easy to forget that just a couple of months ago everybody was talking about the White Sox — so easy to forget that I had to look up winter meetings summaries to remember who everyone was talking about. The South Siders were garnering attention on pretty much every sports outlet. Maybe now it’s the M’s turn to take over the baseball media cycle for a couple of days.
So enjoy the news while it’s plentiful. Here’s the latest from around the sport.
In Mariners news...
- Mariners offseason hype videos!
- Edwin Diaz is already getting some bullpen sessions in.
- And here’s a video of Leonys Martin lifting more weight at once than I’ve probably lifted over the course of my entire life.
- The Mariners have come to an agreement on a contract with Jean Segura, avoiding arbitration.
- The Mariners became marginally better this offseason in a very creative way, says Grant Brisbee.
- Not only is Jarrod Dyson a good defensive outfielder, he’s consistent too.
- According to a piece by Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners were serious about wanting Mallex Smith before they had the idea of sending him to Tampa.
The Mariners, according to major-league sources, repeatedly had tried to acquire Mallex Smith, whom they held for less than an hour on Wednesday before packaging him with two others for Smyly.
In fact, sources said, the M’s talked again with the Braves about Smith on Friday after acquiring a similar but more established outfielder from the Royals, Jarrod Dyson.
The teams reconnected over the weekend; the Mariners still considered Smith a good asset, and knew that the Rays valued him in a potential trade for Smyly.
- Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs scouted the many prospects the Mariners just traded away.
- Royals Review provides a proper send-off for Dyson.
Around the league...
- Current Hall of Famers gave their two cents on whether character should be a factor in HOF voting.
- Seth Maness is the guinea pig for a potential alternative to Tommy John Surgery.
- Pinstripe Alley revisited the Michael Pineda-Jesus Montero trade, which in the end was a win for nobody. But it’s easy to forget just how good Montero once was.
- Pinstripe Alley also had a mock Hall of Fame vote among the site’s readers. It turned up some very unusual results.
- Speaking of the Yankees, they could be better than you think in 2017. It seems like it’s been a long time since the Bombers were a legitimate threat.