Happy Friday everyone! Let’s take a look at what you may have missed yesterday.
In Mariners news...
- Dave Cameron at Fangraphs gave his take on the Dee Gordon acquisition and his impending move to the outfield.
- It wouldn’t be an M’s move without Jeff Sullivan’s opinion, either.
- Because Jerry Dipoto loves us, he recorded a quick special edition of The Wheelhouse podcast to discuss his swap to acquire Gordon.
- James Paxton was happy to welcome the Mariners’ newest addition.
- Dee is ready to play, too!
- Good luck, Larry! If you haven’t read his letter yet, click here.
- The Mariners have agreed to a minor league deal with righty Casey Lawrence.
Around the league...
- OK, OK. I know y’all came here for some Shohei Ohtani insight. Here are some bones for me to throw for ya.
Shohei Ohtani has not narrowed his list of seven teams as of this morning according to sources close to the process— Jim Bowden (@Jim_BowdenSXM) December 7, 2017
One baseball person whose opinion I respect told me earlier this week that he'll be "shocked'' if Shohei Ohtani doesn't wind up in Seattle. He wasn't basing it on any inside knowledge. But Jerry Dipoto is certainly acting like a guy who won't take "no'' for an answer.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 7, 2017
Pressure on Dipoto to land Ohtani immense. RHP Nick Neidert was #Mariners’ No. 2 prospect, per @MLBPipeline, SS Chris Torres No. 7. C David Banuelos, sent last night to #Twins for int’l slot money, was No. 10. System not highly regarded to begin with.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2017
- Travis Sawchik provides some possible player comparisons for Ohtani and they’re pretty dang good.
- Chris Mitchell looks at what the Marlins got from the M’s in the Gordon trade.
- The Cubs have agreed to a multi-year deal with right-hander Tyler Chatwood, leading some to believe Chicago is out of the Ohtani sweepstakes.
- Jon Heyman released his Hall of Fame ballot. He removed Edgar.
- Towards the end of last night, this happened.
- Giancarlo is getting picky.
Now told Stanton will approve :— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) December 8, 2017
- Kevin Gausman will wear the number 34 in honor of the late Roy Halladay.
- A major trade went down in the NBA yesterday as the Brooklyn Nets acquired center Jahlil Okafor from the Philadelphia 76ers.