Happy Thursday! The holiday lights are coming down and the truly gray days of winter are upon us, but luckily there’s lots of news to keep your mind busy and distracted from the creeping Winter Sads:
In Mariners news...
- ‘00s nostalgia is real: Dustin Ackley is in the Mariners organization again. This has caused a surprising amount of divisiveness among the LL staff! Read John’s blurb here.
- Baseball Prospectus has an updated list of the Top 10 Mariners prospects. ($)
- Baseball America raises the question of whether prospect Justin Dunn will be a starter or reliever with the Mariners.
- Greg Johns has some dates for you to write down.
MARINERS SPRING DATES— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) January 8, 2019
Pitchers/catchers report: Feb. 11
P/C first workout: Feb. 12
Position players report: Feb. 15
First full-squad workout: Feb. 16
Cactus League opener: Feb. 21
Japan Series vs. A's: March 20-21
FanFest at T-Mobile: March 23-24
Home opener vs. Boston: March 28
Also, if you’re planning to go to Spring Training, make sure to check out our Spring Training guide!
- We also have some info for the Mariners’ Opening Series in Japan:
MLB has announced the game times for the #Mariners Opening Series in Japan against the A's March 20th-21st. Set your alarms for 2:35 a.m. (PT)!— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) January 9, 2019
- Danny Muno played infield for the Rainiers last season. This season, he’s been working in corporate sales for the team.
Around the league...
- According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, recent Heisman winner Kyler Murray intends to declare for the NFL Draft. If Murray is taken in the first round, that could make better financial sense for him and represent a quicker path to pro ball than continuing with the A’s.
- The best catcher available in free agency, Yasmani Grandal, is off the board, going to the Brewers on a one-year (!) deal for $18.25M. That’s higher than the QO from the Dodgers Grandal rejected, and more per year (but less years) than a reported four-year deal that “could have” reached $60M, per Rosenthal.
- It’s surprising that Grandal, who was dreadful in the playoffs but overall posted the best year of his career by fWAR last year, took a one-year “prove it” deal, and some writers feel that signals something rotten in the state of baseball:
Odds of work stoppage rose with the Grandal deal, should’ve been one of the four or five biggest deals on the market this year.— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) January 10, 2019
Baseball free agency is broken. No other way to put it. A work stoppage is definitely coming.— Chris Cwik (@Chris_Cwik) January 10, 2019
- Shelby Miller is a Ranger. Sometimes I’m really glad I don’t have to do Sporcle quizzes about the Rangers pitching over the past five years.
Free agent starter Shelby Miller's one-year deal with the Texas Rangers is for $2 million with performance bonuses that can take it to $5 million, league sources tell ESPN. First with the agreement was @Ken_Rosenthal.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 9, 2019
- Jaime Garcia has retired from baseball at the age of 32. García struggled with injuries throughout his career, including both TJ and the dreaded TOS. He retires with a World Series ring from his time with the Cardinals.
- After debuting their “file-and-trial” strategy last year, the Red Sox are going to
retaliationarbitration with every player who hasn’t signed by the Friday deadline. So everything continues to be great in MLB labor relations.
- I guess this is better than MLB’s Facebook Watch games?
- In sad news: former Seahawk and current Charger Brandon Mebane tragically lost his infant daughter yesterday. Despite the pain, Mebane plans to play in LA’s playoff game on Sunday. I have no rooting interest in the NFL, but I will be pulling for him.
Words are hard to come by with the passing of Brandon Mebane’s infant daughter, Makenna.— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 9, 2019
We are heartbroken.
Please join us in keeping Brandon, and his family, in your thoughts and prayers.