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Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/16/19: Corey Kluber, Madison Bumgarner, and a mysterious comet

A rather light news day buoyed by two big transactions

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Hello, hello, hello, and the happiest of Mondays to you! ‘Why so pepper?’ you might ask as you attempt to winch open your eyeballs on this frigid morning. The answer, my friends, is that the Angels off-season has somehow continued to get worse! Yes, my primary source of joy as a Mariner fan this off-season has been schadenfreude. No, I don’t feel bad about it.

In Mariners news...

All was quiet on the home front yesterday.

Around the league...

  • Early analyses of the trade have been overwhelmingly in favor of the Rangers.
  • One upshot of this trade is that the Angels’ options for starting pitching are rapidly drying up. There might be a reason for that, though.
  • The other major news from yesterday is that Madison Bumgarner has agreed to a five-year contract with the Diamondbacks.
  • The main starting pitching options left on the market are Dallas Keuchel and Hyun-Jin Ryu. After that, it quickly gets dicey.
  • Per FanGraphs, MLB has reportedly voted 29-1 in favor of sharing Trackman and other similar data acquired at team facilities universally between clubs, as well as banning any exclusive deals between clubs and amateur facilities or colleges. Data sharing has become increasingly important in recent years, and data has often exchanged hands as part of a trade.
  • In more fluffy news, the bat that Babe Ruth used to hit his 500th home run has sold for over $1 million.

Zach’s pick...

  • You may have heard about Oumuamua a couple of years ago. A large cigar-shaped object travelling so fast near the sun that it couldn’t possibly have originated in the solar system, Oumuamua was the first-ever “interloper” to be detected within our solar system. Speculation and conspiracy theories of Oumuamua being an alien-made object quickly ran rampant — and were recently snuffed out. Well, we’ve now discovered a second interloper — a comet called 2I/Borisov — and the Hubble Space Telescope has gotten some amazing shots of it.