Good morning everyone and Happy day-after-President’s Day. Spring training games are just around the corner and big name free agents are finally signing deals. Let’s get to what you may have missed.
In Mariners news...
- If you haven’t heard about Mariners prospect Braden Bishop’s initiative to raise money for Alzheimer’s in honor of his mom, get learnt and get involved.
- Ryan Divish provided some Mariners injury updates.
Dipoto confirms that top prospect Kyle Lewis had a scope on his knee to clean up some issues. They are hoping Lewis will be back on the field by end of April.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 19, 2018
Dipoto is anticipating Ryon Healy to be ready by opening day or possibly a week later. They will stay with in-house replacements.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 19, 2018
Dipoto wasn't as certain on Erasmo Ramirez and his readiness by opening day. But it seems unlikely they will go out and get another arm on the FA market, particularly one with a multi-year commitment.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 19, 2018
- The M’s still have not decided who will be their Opening Day starter.
Around the league...
- The Padres have made the Eric Hosmer signing official.
- The Orioles have inked Chris Tillman to a one-year contract.
- Major League Baseball will have fewer mound visits this year, but there will not be a pitch clock in 2018.
- Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is “100% frustrated” with the recent moves the organization has made.
- Tim Lincecum has at least one guaranteed contract offer already. That team is reportedly not the Giants, but that’s all we know right now.
- The Red Sox inked J.D. Martinez to a five-year contract in the signing of the offseason that felt the most inevitable.
- The Diamondbacks responded and filled the hole in their outfield with a two-year deal with Jarrod Dyson.
- Check out this bizarre story of a “Hungarian” Olympic athlete who cheated the system in a really brilliant way to get on the team.