Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a terrific, Mariners-filled weekend. The first televised game of the spring was yesterday, and there will be many more in the future.
With the departure of several of the Mariners’ stars from camp, spring training games might not look the same for a little bit. But the good news is that in only a week, we’ll be able to see baseball in a competitive setting thanks to the World Baseball Classic.
Until then, let’s take a look at what we’ve got going on in the world of baseball.
In Mariners news...
- Tyler Carmont at Prospect Insider wonders which of D.J. Peterson and Tyler O’Neill is more likely to reach the major leagues first.
Around the league...
- John Smoltz thinks its high time that the U.S.A. takes home the WBC title.
- Lorenzo Cain -- projected to be one of the best outfielders in next winter’s free agency class — would rather sign an extension soon with Kansas City than test the waters.
- The Brett Lawrie sweepstakes has begun. It appears the Royals, Blue Jays, Mets, and Rays all have interest in signing the infielder.
- It seems to be a near-certainty that Jeffrey Loria will sell the Marlins. It’s just a matter of “when.”
- A Korean crowd got really excited about a WBC game.
- Mark Cuban doesn’t think Russell Westbrook is even in the MVP conversation. This continues my ongoing theory that Cuban is secretly a Sonics fan who hates everything having to do with the Thunder (he was just one of two NBA owners to vote against the Sonics’ relocation to Oklahoma City).