Salutations, readers. Today is both Halloween and the first day in several months that Denard Span is not a Seattle Mariner. The spookiest day on the calendar has a way of doing things like that.
In Mariners news...
- Edgar Martínez has changed roles within the organization, going from hitting coach to Organizational Hitting Advisor. This is the part where I make a joke about Edgar taking a step back to plan his trip to Cooperstown next summer.
- As mentioned in the intro, the Mariners declined Denard Span’s $12-million option for next season, per a 4:20 Ryan Divish tweet.
As expected the Mariners did not pick up Denard Span’s $12 million option for 2019, per a source. Seattle will pay a $4 million buyout. Span is now a free agent.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) October 30, 2018
- Meanwhile, Marco Gonzales and his wife are in Italy looking like a Calvin Klein commercial.
In baseball news...
- World Series heroes Chris Sale and Eduardo Núñez are returning to the Red Sox.
- The Diamondbacks decided to pay Paul Goldschmidt $14.5 million to continue being their first baseman.
- Mike Moustakas and Joakim Soria are NOT returning to the Brewers, at least not by way of their mutual options with the team.
- The Twins are letting two of their thirtysomethings hit free agency, including an old friend of ours.
#MNTwins announce they are not picking up the options on right-hander Ervin Santana and first baseman Logan Morrison— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) October 30, 2018
- Jon Heyman reported that Toronto picked up Justin Smoak’s option for 2019.
- The Angels have hired a new pitching coach to pair with recently-hired manager Brad Ausmus.
- The Giants are interested in hiring Farhan Zaidi away from their rivals in Los Angeles.
- Add Gerardo Parra to the list of free agent outfielders after the Rockies declined his option.
- Oh hell yes.
- Feast your eyes upon this MLB Bad Lip Reading video.
- This GQ profile of Katie Nolan was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
- Punch Up The Jam is one of my favorite podcasts and a delightful listen for music fans. Every week, comedians Miel Bredouw and Demi Adejuyigbe break down a song line-by-line, often highlighting its ridiculous or nonsensical lyrics, then end each episode by playing their new, “punched up” version of the song. It’s dope.
- Get it girl.