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Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/18/18: The Rays, Eric Hosmer, and Isaiah Thomas

Catch up after a busy Saturday.

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This might seem ridiculous, but one of my favorite parts of February is that if the 18th of February is a Sunday, then the 18th of March will also be a Sunday. It makes planning so much easier. Do you all feel the same way?

In Mariners News...

  • Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his first start of the spring on February 26th. There’s a good chance I will not make it to class that day.
  • The Mariners told Mike Ford that he might play a little corner outfield.
  • Edwin Diaz may just be 23 years old, but he wants to bring a little veteran experience to the closer role.
  • Tommy Romero, a pitcher in the Mariners’ organization, expressed his condolences for the Parkland, Florida community, which is very close to where he went to school.
  • Hisashi Iwakuma shared his joy with us on Instagram.
  • David Phelps and Tony Zych threw bullpens next to each other yesterday.
  • If only I could rock a mustache like this.

Around the League...

  • The Rays made a couple trades today. Here was the first.
  • Then this happened.
  • This is accurate.
  • Then this happened.
  • Eric Hosmer’s deal is front-loaded.
  • Corey Dickerson got DFA’d and Eric Hosmer got a long term deal. Given that, this is interesting.
  • Rajai Davis might end up with the Indians.
  • The Giants signed Tony Watson to a three year deal.
  • Tony Watson’s contact is more than meets the eye.
  • Some interesting closer facts from Mike Pertriello.
  • Shohei Ohtani won’t get the opportunity to play everyday for the Angels.
  • CC Sabathia is becoming a new pitcher later in his career.

Luke’s Picks...

  • Isaiah Thomas got his number retired by the Washington Huskies last night and it was amazing.
  • The Huskies went on to get their 18th victory of the season, doubling their win total from the season before.