Good morning folks! Happy Thursday. Just like on Tuesday, there was some more good news and more bad news around the sport yesterday. Let’s get to it.
In Mariners news...
- The cool Mariners promotions just keep on coming.
Around the league...
- The Rays have agreed to a minor league contract with former M’s left-hander Vidal Nuno.
- Here’s a name to keep your eye on.
Big name to watch in international free agency: Julio Pablo Martinez, a top young Cuban center fielder, left Cuba to sign with an MLB team. https://t.co/20sS7teghb— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) November 8, 2017
- Major League Baseball and its fans were saddened to learn of the death of a young Red Sox prospect. May he rest in peace, our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time.
This is tragic and heartbreaking. Daniel Flores was a wonderful young man. pic.twitter.com/KvLzpfBA8V— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) November 8, 2017
- Jeff Sullivan attempts to make sense of the recent wave of pitch framing data.
- Holy crap. Royals manager Ned Yost broke his pelvis falling from a tree.
- Chris Cotillo wrote a feature about Steve Clevenger’s recent season in indy ball. Clevenger’s teammates with the Lancaster Barnstomers embraced him as a player and a person after an emotional team meeting.
- The Diamondbacks have signed right-hander Rubby De La Rosa to a two-year minor league deal, which I didn’t know you could do. You learn something new every day.
- It looks like the Rangers, Yankees, and Twins are the teams who are the most capable of offering Shohei Ohtani big bucks.
- Some more news has come out regarding Roy Halladay’s passing. Apparently he was one of the first people to fly the model of plane he flew on the day of his death.
- J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking $200 million in any deal he signs this winter. Jay Bruce is looking for a five-year contract. Good luck with that, guys.
- The highly-anticipated Players Choice Awards were announced yesterday. Still no Mariners were in the mix.