Good morning everyone and happy Thursday! There wasn’t a whole lot of activity in baseball yesterday, which is actually kinda surprising. It’s the middle of January and we’re surprised that there’s inactivity. What a weird offseason. Here’s what you need to know today.
In Mariners news...
- For all of the jersey number nerds out there...
#Mariners preliminary spring roster shows OF Dee Gordon will wear No. 9, RHP Juan Nicasio 12, 1B Ryon Healy 27, INF Andrew Romine 7, 1B Mike Ford 6, OF Cameron Perkins 26, C David Freitas 36, RHP Mike Morin 64, RHP Shawn Armstrong 43, RHP Nick Rumbelow 52 and LHP Sam Moll 62,— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) January 17, 2018
Around the league...
- Check out these awesome colorized photos of old baseball players.
- Catcher Dioner Navarro took a year off of baseball to take care of his sick wife.
- Gerrit Cole threw some shade at the Pirates’ ownership, suggesting the team wasn’t willing to pay up to put a competitor on the field.
- The players might not be happy with the current economic system in baseball, but they don’t have much leverage to make the owners change it.
- Russell A. Carleton at Baseball Prospectus wonders why relievers are getting so much money this offseason.
- Speaking of relievers getting paid, the Cubs have agreed to a two-year contract with left-hander Brian Duensing.
- Camden Chat has come to grips with the fact that Mike Mussina probably won’t be a Hall of Famer this year.
- The Red Sox have offered J.D. Martinez a five-year, $100M deal.
- Baseball Prospectus’ latest edition of short relief features a piece where Patrick Dubuque discusses mustaches. Check it out.
Special note from Kate:
Tonight John and I are recording the podcast with Casey Boguslaw, whose research interests include the “barrel” metric and looking at outfield defense. In a recent piece for his new site at ForwardMile.com, Casey ranks the 2017 Mariners are one of the best outfield units last year. Leave your questions for Casey in the comments!
- The Stanford men’s basketball team has jumped out to a 5-1 record in Pac-12 play despite having a lackluster non-conference slate. Yesterday the Cardinal knocked off the 16th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils.