Happy Hump Day M’s fans! There were lots of Mariners updates yesterday, and it appears (knock on wood) that their luck may be regressing to the mean a bit, as it was almost exclusively good news!
In Mariners News...
- Mitch Haniger is back to swinging the bat, and took BP yesterday.
Good news on the Haniger front. He’s going to take BP today, expects to be in games soon.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) March 6, 2018
- Before the Mariners officially announced the signing of Ichiro, Japanese media outlets were prepped an awaiting his arrival at Peoria Sports Complex
They aren’t awaiting for the arrival of Erasmo pic.twitter.com/52EzW8AHiF— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) March 6, 2018
- Speaking of Erasmo...
Erasmo Ramirez won't start a throwing program till later this week. Servais said he likely won't be ready for opening day. M's may not need a 5th starter that first 10-14 days of the season.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) March 6, 2018
- Alex Remington of The Hardball Times chronicled the Mariners’ struggles to fill the left field position throughout the years.
- Felix took some time to speak with the media after playing catch for the first time since being struck by a comebacker last week, and he feels confident he’ll be ready by Opening Day.
.@ESPN_Beisbol: @RealKingFelix dice que confía estar listo para “Opening Day” tras comenzar su programa de lanzamientos. Ha sido el abridor del Día Inaugural en 10 de las últimas 11 temporadas, sólo el 9no lanzador en la historia con 10 aperturas de Día Inaugural con un equipo. pic.twitter.com/ePY078tRJ4— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) March 6, 2018
- Ryon Healy was back in action swinging the stick today as well.
Good news on the Healy front. Will hit off tee for the first time since surgery today.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) March 6, 2018
- A key member of last year’s bullpen appears to be nearing his Cactus League debut.
In non-Ichiro news, Nick Vincent is throwing a bullpen session to prepare to face live hitters later in the week. He has no more discomfort in his shoulder— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) March 6, 2018
Around the League...
- The D-Backs made perhaps the biggest addition of the offseason yesterday
- The Royals made an addition as well, but it was just a player, not a cart.
- The Angels signed another former-Braves prospect, inking Dominican 18-year-old Juan Contreras.
- The Rangers appear to be closing in on a deal with the top international prospect (non-Ohtani division) on this year’s market.
Officially eligible to sign today, 21-year-old Cuban OF Julio Pablo Martinez is close to wrapping up an agreement with the #Rangers, per @Sullivan_Ranger. The No. 2-ranked international prospect is expected to get $2.7-2.8 million: https://t.co/O8ek8x3yhz pic.twitter.com/3i6yDNj1Bn— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 6, 2018
- Mike Pelfrey, who is a different person than Philip Humber, announced he’s swapping out his cleats for turf shoes, retiring from playing in order to coach at Newman University.
- Longtime Mariner-killer Brandon Moss was cut loose by the Athletics (the team, not the writernapping sports outlet).
A’s announce they’ve officially released Brandon Moss. They’ll be on the hook for $5 million of his salary minus the pro-rated major-league minimum if he signs elsewhere.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 6, 2018
- Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona announced that Mike Clevinger will open the season in the Cleveland rotation, and that Danny Salazar won’t be ready by the start of the season
- Tickets for Childish Gambino’s upcoming tour go on sale to the general pubic Friday. He’s playing in Seattle on September 29th, and you can get tickets here.