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Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/5/17: Leadership Development, Mike Trout Free Agency, and More A Cappella Stuff

Happy Thursday to all!

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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.

Anders’ picks...

  • Here’s another fun a cappella video for you!