Good morning everybody! The hot stove is starting to heat back up as we charge towards the month of December. And this year, the market doesn’t seem to be backed up by two big names the way that Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani stunted things last year. Here are some things you need to know as you start your day.
In Mainers news...
- In his latest round-up at The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal notes that the Mariners are shopping Robinson Canó and have talked primarily with the Yankees and Mets about potential deals. ($)
- Greg Johns provides an update on what some M’s prospects are up to this winter.
- Sam Carlson is onto the next step in his Tommy John recovery process.
- The Mariners have made the hiring official. Check out John’s analysis of the hire from a couple of weeks ago.
Around the league...
- Travis Sawchik at FiveThirtyEight notes that teams that give 20% or more of their payroll to one player on their team rarely have success.
- For those of you who were clamoring for C.J. Cron, I’ve got bad news...
- The Braves have found their catcher, and at a bargain price.
McCann deal with #Braves is one year, $2M, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 26, 2018
- I’m pretty surprised Josh Donaldson agreed to such a short-term pact.
Donaldson in agreement with #Braves on one-year, $23M free-agent contract, sources tell The Athletic. Deal is pending a physical.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 26, 2018
- Grant Brisbee wonders what we should consider “the Mendoza Line” for on-base percentage.
- Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs wonders what DJ LeMahieu could provide for whoever signs him this winter.
- This is a really neat story.
“I want to use this platform to inspire other kids with autism and non-autism. I want to let them know, hey, if I can do this, you can do it, too."— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 26, 2018
- Kalin Bennett on becoming the first player with autism to get D1 basketball scholarship.https://t.co/3QMDkhWkA8
- Oh yikes.
Fun fact: Since the judge on The Good Place declared "The Jacksonville Jaguars are good now," the Jags have gone 0-7.— Andrew Gruttadaro (@andrewgrutt) November 26, 2018