Uhh...a lot happened yesterday. Let’s just get to it.
In Mariners news...
- Some Mariners updates...
Servais mentioned that it's likely that Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez will get non-roster invites to Major League spring training.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) December 11, 2019
Mitch Haniger is 100 percent healthy. He's been working out and has no limitations for his normal offseason program.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) December 11, 2019
Mariners still looking at adding a free agent reliever or two and a starting pitcher to compete for the No. 5 spot with Justin Dunn.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) December 10, 2019
- Colin O’Keefe wrote about the promise that Julio Rodríguez has.
- Shannon Drayer talked to Jerry Dipoto to get his thoughts on the Omar Narváez trade.
Around the league...
- The huge news from yesterday...
BREAKING: Right-hander Gerrit Cole is in agreement on a deal with the New York Yankees, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2019
Breaking: Gerrit Cole to Yankees. 9 years. 36M per. 324M total.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 11, 2019
- Just some context on how massive this deal actually is.
Largest pitching contracts, MLB history— Devan Fink (@DevanFink) December 11, 2019
1. Gerrit Cole — $324 million
2. Stephen Strasburg — $245 million
3. David Price — $217 million
4. Clayton Kershaw — $215 million
5. Max Scherzer — $210 million
6. Zack Greinke — $206.5 million
- The Yankees are about to have a historically good rotation.
Yankee rotation lines up as Cole, Severino, Tanaka, Paxton and either German or Montgomery. That’s a championship rotation.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 11, 2019
- Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs broke down the Gerrit Cole signing.
- Didi Gregorius inked a one-year pact with the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Not to be outdone, the Rangers and White Sox paired up for a meaningful trade.
The Rangers have acquired outfielder Steele Walker from the Chicago White Sox for outfielder Nomar Mazara. Walker as been assigned to Double-A Frisco. Major League roster at 38. Walker played at Prosper TX High School and University if Oklahoma.— John Blake (@RangerBlake) December 11, 2019
- But that’s not the only move the Rangers made.
- He’s back!
Free-agent right-hander Hector Noesi has signed a minor-league contract with the #Pirates, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2019
- The Astros are listening to offers on Carlos Correa, according to Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic. ($)
- The Padres are going all-in this offseason.
The Padres have been trying to deal for Whit Merrifield, per source. The Royals have been very reluctant to deal Merrifield; here’s what Dayton Moore told KC beat writers on Monday. pic.twitter.com/ry6N9fiC1Q— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 10, 2019
- A very interesting trade in which the Giants agreed to take on Zack Cozart’s contract in exchange for the Angels’ 2019 first-round draft selection, Will Wilson.
The Angels have traded Zack Cozart and Will Wilson to the Giants for cash and a PBTNL, source tells The Athletic.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) December 10, 2019
- The lovable veteran is returning to D.C.
- Here’s another guy we could see dealt this week.
The Boston Red Sox continue to pursue ways to shed salary, and multiple teams have targeted starter David Price, sources tell ESPN. He is owed $96 million over the next three years. Red Sox could either attach player with value or potentially pay down some of Price's remaining $.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2019
- One way that deal might come together is with a Padres trade for/involving Wil Myers. Sound familiar?
Myers could play first base for Red Sox. While he's owed $68.5 million over the next three years, his CBT hit (based on AAV) is just $13.83 million. Price's is $31 million.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 11, 2019
Myers also played for Bloom's Rays in 2013 and 2014. Coming off down season. https://t.co/rtkGUeAxSw
- MLB released its study on the baseballs, finding inconsistencies in the seams on the baseball contributed significantly to the surge in home runs, but that hitters adjusting their swings also played a role.
- Eric Garcia McKinley, who has headed our Rockies affiliate, Purple Row, for over two years now, is hanging up the blogging cleats.
- This is a fascinating graphic.