Good morning everyone! I don’t know about you guys but I’m getting really sick of this cold weather in the Seattle area. It’s been dry, frosty, and in the low 20s for a couple of weeks now. The worst part is that I left all of my winter clothes at school thinking it was going to be a mild winter.
So bundle up, grab a warm cup of coffee, and take a look the latest from the sport that we all know and love.
In Mariners news...
- Jonah Keri had Seattle Times writer Geoff Baker on his podcast to discuss the impact of money on the Seattle Mariners.
- Check out this really neat story on the M’s hiring of Jimmy VanOstrand. The 32-year-old will serve as the coordinator of character and leadership development. It’s an interesting hire to say the least.
- Apparently the M’s had strong interest in outfielder Peter O’Brien last summer. O’Brien — who Jeff Sullivan once said was as strong as Giancarlo Stanton — was just dealt to Kansas City.
Around the league...
- Nathaniel Rakich at The Hardball Times tries to make sense of the current Hall of Fame voting numbers.
- Pinstripe Alley wonders if the Yankees should go out of their way to make players more positionally versatile while they’re in the minor leagues.
- ESPN’s Doug Padilla thinks Yasiel Puig might be out of luck in a crammed Los Angeles outfield.
- Travis Sawchik at Fangraphs says that Matt Wieters might still be a free agent in part because he’s too tall.
- There is a loophole that could allow Mike Trout to become a free agent as soon as tomorrow if he wanted to, writes Nathaniel Grow.
- The A’s are rumored to be interested in Mark Trumbo. Man, that would sure be annoying.
- Speaking of annoying AL West rumors, the Rangers are reportedly taking a long look at starter Tyson Ross.
- Aaron Fitt at D1 Baseball did a study on how likely players are to reach the major leagues based on where and when they’re drafted.
- Here’s another fun a cappella video for you!