Good morning everyone! Happy Friday! I’ve just come down with a wicked head cold, it really seems to be that time of the year. Yesterday was a surprisingly busy first day of the offseason. Let’s recap.
In Mariners news...
- Greg Johns reports that the Mariners are likely to focus on first base and pitching this offseason.
- Shannon seems to think we haven’t seen the last of Kuma.
I would not be surprised to see the Mariners bring Iwakuma back on a minor league contract.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) November 2, 2017
- A belated congratulations to Nick and Jaclyn!
- Here’s Taylor Motter spending some quality offseason time with his dog.
Around the league...
- For Dave Cameron, Charlie Morton’s 2017 season perfectly encapsulated the oddities of the year in baseball.
- The Los Angeles Angels agreed to a five-year contract extension with outfielder Justin Upton, further tying down their finances for future years.
- Jed Lowrie will return to the A’s next year after Oakland picked up the infielder’s option.
- A familiar face will be on a rival coaching staff in 2018.
Don Wakamatsu will rejoin the Texas #Rangers as their bench coach, shifting Steve Buechele to first base.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 2, 2017
- MLB Trade Rumors dropped some early offseason predictions.
- Charlotte Wilder gives Carlos Correa the pass on proposing to his girlfriend at a ballpark.
- While Correa had one of the best nights ever, Yasiel Puig had one to forget. The outfielder lost the World Series, then went home to find that he’d been robbed.
- Grant Brisbee looks back on how the Astros went from being the laughing stock of baseball to the ones on top.
- Somehow, the Astros managed to crush their competition without a solid bullpen, which was thought to be a must for the playoffs.
- The Giants have named former Mariners instructor Alonzo Powell as the team’s new hitting coach.
- Tony La Russa simply can’t stay away from the game. The former manager has joined the Red Sox front office.
- The Nationals have swiped Kevin Long from the Mets to serve as Washington’s new hitting coach.
- Meanwhile, the Ruben Amaro saga continues. The former Phillies GM will coach first base for the Mets.
- A frontrunning MVP candidate suffered a horrible tragedy in practice.
- For all of you Mario Baseball (Gamecube version) fans out there, I tweeted out my optimal lineup. I’m curious on your opinions. I recognize Waluigi is generally a better alternative to Boo on the mound but I prefer the ghost.