Well, we got what we were promised. After the last two years of slow-developing offseasons, I certainly didn’t expect what we ended up with yesterday in the first day of the Winter Meetings. without further delay, let’s get to it.
In Mariners news...
- Some bad news...
There will be no FanFest in 2020. With the field not available, we don't feel that we can properly execute the event to the level fans have come to expect.— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) December 9, 2019
- This is another angle to consider.
Something that Dipoto mentioned on the Narvaez deal. The increase in their pool money with the addition of that comp B pick could also be quite useful when addressing the No. 6 pick in the 2020 draft.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) December 10, 2019
Around the league...
- In case you missed it, a big signing went down yesterday.
Stephen Strasburg’s deal with the Washington Nationals is for seven years and $245 million, a source tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 9, 2019
- Dan Szymborski at Fangraphs broke down the Strasburg signing.
Nats don’t seem confident on Anthony Rendon. Doesn’t mean he’s a goner but the same momentum for a deal isn’t there. Rangers, Dodgers seen as the favorites. Braves, Phillies also looking at 3B, tho probably shorter term.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 9, 2019
- And that’s not all the news we got...
Source: Gerrit Cole is increasingly likely to sign during this week’s winter meetings. His market is developing quickly, the source said, with the Strasburg signing giving further clarity. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 9, 2019
- It would be a shame to not see him play stateside anymore but good for him.
Free-agent OF Adam Jones talking to Orix Buffaloes about multi-year deal, sources tell The Athletic. If he decides to go to Japan, an agreement could come this week.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2019
ESPN announces its Sunday Night Baseball schedule for the first half of the 2020 season. The World Series champion Washington Nationals have zero appearances.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) December 9, 2019
- Some Dodgers news...
andThe #Dodgers letting teams know that outfielders A.J. Pollock and Joc Pederson, and infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez are available at the right price. They have not engaged with Gerrit Cole, but are in on Anthony Rendon.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 9, 2019
- Say hello to the Nike logo!
Hello from the Winter Meetings, where Yankees manager Aaron Boone was just denied entry to the media room because he wasn't wearing a credential. You hate to see it. But rules are rules.— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) December 9, 2019
- Rumor has it that the Indians are not likely to deal Francisco Lindor this offseason.
- Oh boy.
Teams are being told to plan on the three-batter minimum for pitchers being in effect in 2020. There was discussion at the owners' meetings to change it to a 2-batter minimum, but it was voted down, and pitchers will have to face at least 3 batters or finish the inning.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 9, 2019
- A sad ending to a sad story.
Former 1st rounder Brady Aiken is taking time away from baseball. Indians are unsure if he’ll come back in the spring.— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) December 9, 2019
- This is pretty significant news.
As part of a new agreement on opioids being negotiated between Major League Baseball and the players’ union, MLB will remove marijuana from the list of banned substances for minor leaguers, sources tell The Athletic. Major leaguers have not been subject to testing for marijuana.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2019
- Utilityman Steve Pearce has “unofficially retired.”
- Some fascinating news pertaining to the MLB Draft...