Good morning and happy Day Two of the Winter Meetings! You know, everyone was joking yesterday that it was a slow day for the meetings, but there was actually a lot of activity. Let’s get you all caught up.
In Mariners news...
- It sounds like the M’s are just about done with the position players on the roster.
Dipoto said that any position player acquisitions would come on the secondary market -- waiver claimes, Rule 5 or minor league signs. That portion of 25-man roster is basically set.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) December 11, 2017
- Hopefully the Mariners decide to hang on to this one...
Mariners' Eric Filia has been named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospects team at designated hitter. Not surprising after he led AFL with .408 batting average.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) December 11, 2017
- I guess the Mariner Moose learned some moves from the viral college cheerleader.
- Well this is tweet just makes me feel sad.
Mariners trying to trade some of their available $3.5M in international pool money to teams without any, as well as using it to pursue some of the limited remaining free agents. #wintermeetings— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) December 11, 2017
- It took some time, but Jerry Dipoto made an official statement about Shohei Ohtani.
Jerry Dipoto on his reaction to Ohtani signing with the Angels. pic.twitter.com/43GJxqLQKv— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) December 11, 2017
- It’s good to see the M’s show some hustle!
Nelson Cruz has organized group workouts for Mariners players in Miami for a few weeks along with Robinson Cano. About 10 players are going there, including Dee Gordon.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) December 11, 2017
- Speaking of Dee, here he is working on his skills in center field.
Around the league...
- The stove is heating up!
Interesting rumor-#Mets get Profar from #Rangers for Matt Harvey. Just a rumor being discussed on MLB TV. Both would get a fresh start, that's for sure. I think Profar has lots left in his tank and has never had a chance. I still think he can play CF.— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) December 11, 2017
- It’s been a rough couple of months for Derek Jeter and his public image.
The Marlins are executing major franchise-changing deals, including the swap of their best player, and the head of baseball operations -- Derek Jeter -- should be at the winter meetings to explain the moves; it's a responsibility that comes with the title. He is not here.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 11, 2017
- Andrew Baggarly at The Athletic gives us an inside look at what it’s like to be at the Winter Meetings.
- The Red Sox are going to listen to offers on Jackie Bradley, Jr.
- Giancarlo Stanton for Executive of the Year?
The backstory of the Giancarlo Stanton trade is bonkers. Miami threatened that if he didn’t accept a trade to St. Louis or San Francisco, he would be a Marlin for life. He called their bluff. And because of it, he’s a New York Yankee.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2017
- Is it bad I didn’t know who this pitcher was?
#Rangers sign free-agent RHP Chris Martin to two-year, $4M contract, sources tell The Athletic. Martin, 31, had 1.12 ERA in 88 relief innings last two years in Japan. Deal includes $550K in incentives each year based on games finished. Can become free agent at end of contract.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2017
- Marcell Ozuna is drawing a lot of interest on the trade market now that the Marlins are having a fire sale.
- Everyone had assumed that all 30 teams were trying to get Ohtani when he was posted. It turns out there were only 29 interested teams. The Orioles didn’t even attempt to lure him to Baltimore.
- There’s more to Stanton than just home runs, writes Jeff Sullivan.
- The Red Sox continue to search for a slugger to match the might of the Yankees.
- The Phillies have agreed to a deal with reliever Pat Neshek.
- If you’re looking for some great works of journalism, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has compiled a list of the best articles from 2017. Many of them are related to sports.
- Las Vegas is becoming a hotbed for professional sports teams.
Here is your newest WNBA franchise. The Las Vegas Aces. pic.twitter.com/UNnW2LXNpR— Charlie Creme (@CharlieCreme) December 11, 2017
- I love how savage the Netflix Twitter account is.
To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?— Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017