Good morning folks! The last main day of the Winter Meetings closed on a strong note. Let’s get to all of the latest...
In Mariners news...
- Shed Long is set to be the M’s starting second baseman this year, writes Ryan Divish at The Seattle Times.
- Some not-great Mariners news:
The Mariners are prepared to lose quality assurance/hitting performance coach Dustin Lind to Gabe Kapler's staff in San Francisco. @PavlovicNBCS was on this first. Dodgers minor league hitting coach Justin Viele expected to join Donnie Ecker and Lind to form new hitting group.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) December 12, 2019
- Sounds like the M’s could be making a selection in the Rule 5 Draft today.
The Mariners, who pick sixth overall in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft, have narrowed their focus to two pitchers.— Corey Brock (@CoreyBrockMLB) December 12, 2019
If both are gone, Seattle will likely pass on taking a player.
Around the league...
- The Angels got a whole lot better yesterday.
- I certainly wouldn’t call this a quiet Winter Meetings.
Monday: Stephen Strasburg gets $245 million from the Nationals.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 12, 2019
Tuesday: Gerrit Cole gets $324 million from the Yankees.
Wednesday: Anthony Rendon gets $245 million from the Angels.
Over three days, Scott Boras negotiated $814 million worth of deals.
- This would be a massive blockbuster.
The Los Angeles #Dodgers and Cleveland #Indians continue to be engaged in serious trade talks for Cleveland All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, with Cleveland seeking a package of Dodgers prospects including Gavin Lux and Dustin May.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2019
- Fantastic news!
Rob Manfred announces that all 30 teams will have expanded netting at least past the dugouts in 2020— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2019
- The Mets inked deals with a pair of righty starters.
Michael Wacha and the Mets have agreed to a deal pending physical, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 11, 2019
- Check out this neat feature on Rachel Balkovec, who was hired as a coach for the Gulf Coast League Yankees.
- Congrats Hawk!
- Ben Lindbergh at The Ringer breaks down the Gerrit Cole signing.
- Get this man a uniform.
- I guess it’s finally happening.
Per Manfred: The three-batter minimum, 26-man roster, and 15-day IL for pitchers will be implemented for 2020— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) December 11, 2019
- It’s a good time to sign contracts, even if you’re a reliever.
Scott Oberg’s three-year, $13M extension with the #Rockies, first reported by @BNightengale, contains escalators that could increase the three-year total to $15M and the four-year total - if a club option is exercised - to $26M.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2019
- The Blue Jays agreed to a two-year pact with right-hander Tanner Roark.
- Righty reliever Josh Lindblom also has a new contract.
Hear Lindblom Brewers deal is about 9.1M for 3 years— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 11, 2019
- And there goes the big fish among the non-tenders.
Right-hander Blake Treinen is in agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a one-year, $10 million deal, sources tell ESPN. Treinen had multiple offers in that range and chose the Dodgers.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2019
- A former Mariner found a new home.