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Mariners Moose Tracks, 11/5/19: Mike Marjama, J.D. Martinez, and Marcell Ozuna

The hot stove is turning on.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Well, we’re really in it now. Players are on the move and rumors are flying, which means the offseason is officially underway. Maybe we’ll see most of the big moves happen before Spring Training this year, but with this winter set to be the Winter of Scott Boras (yes, more than usual), I’m not holding out too much hope.

With that, here’s what you need to know today.

In Mariners news...

  • After retiring from Major League Baseball as a Mariner in 2018, Mike has gotten back into professional baseball.

Around the league...

  • Awards season continues, as BBWAA announced the three finalists for each of the major regular season awards.
  • Well, it’s time for another one-year deal for Nick Markakis. Someone get this guy a better agent.
  • This seems to be the prevailing thought in the industry: hire a young and inexperienced guy as a manager and they’re more likely to be a “yes” man than a veteran skipper.
  • It’s time for trade season, baby!
  • It’s also about to be Hall of Fame season. Aren’t you glad you can keep track of it without Edgar stress?
  • The free agent pool grows.
  • Before you get too excited about the possibility of Marcell Ozuna in Seattle, as some are rumoring, the Cardinals are reportedly in talks with the outfielder regarding a deal that would keep him in St. Louis.
  • Some people are speculating that this means the Red Sox might look into dealing Mookie Betts in an effort to stay under the luxury tax threshold. That would sure be something.

Anders’ picks...

  • Kevin Harlan’s call of the cat on the field during Monday Night Football really capped the whole situation off.