Hey everyone! It’s Friday! I hope you all had a fantastic week and are geared up for the weekend. Here are some links to get you through the day.
In Mariners news...
- Seems like it’s about time the Mariners just extend Mike Zunino’s contract. For now, it’s just a one-year deal.
Mike Zunino has reached agreement on a deal with the #mariners at $2.975M.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 11, 2018
- Despite being a longshot to make the club out of spring training, Daniel Vogelbach is prepared to make the leap forward this season.
- If you missed the latest episode of the Hot Stove Show with Shannon Drayer, get yourself caught up. Shannon has interviews with Scott Servais, Taylor Motter, Marco Gonzales, and MLB.com writer Tracy Ringolsby, who has finally come around on Edgar Martinez.
Around the league...
- Bob Nightengale points out that the lessening impact of scouting could impact the number of African-American kids that are discovered.
- Dave Jordan takes a look at which teams have been the most and least successful at finding value in the draft.
- The Mariners weren’t the only team banking on getting Shohei Ohtani.
Cashman said that, when the Yankees received international FA money from the A's from the Sonny Gray trade, he saw it as the Player To Be Named Later for Shohei Ohtani. #Yankees— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) January 11, 2018
- And now the Yankees will find it hard to fit Yu Darvish into the team’s payroll.
Cashman says he's talked to Darvish's agent, but says the team would have to clear $$$ space to add him. #Yankees— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) January 11, 2018
- J.D. Martinez is going to wait until the market gives him a deal he likes, even if that means holding out until spring training.
- The Mets were reportedly close to making a trade for Jason Kipnis until New York’s ownership shot down the deal.
- Scott Boras needs to adjust his offseason strategy, according to Fangraphs writer Travis Sawchik (by the way, y’all should check out Travis’ book. It’s awesome).
- Grant Brisbee tries to find a team for Lance Lynn, who he argues should already have a new home.