I will take a signing and/or trade a day from now until Spring Training. This would not break my heart. None of it, recently, has involved the Mariners, sadly.
In Mariners news...
- Seattle’s 6th round pick in 2019, Michael Limoncelli, is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that made him uncertain if he would even be drafted. That didn’t stop him from providing a surprising bit of piece of mind for his mom yesterday.
All for her! Love you mom❤️ pic.twitter.com/uKDLKX0Zzn— MikeyLimoncelli3 (@mikelimoncelli3) December 26, 2019
Learn more about Limoncelli from his interview with LL here:
Around the league...
- Former Mariners DH and 1B Edwin Encarnacíon has successfully landed with an AL club who needs him, joining a slew of moves to spur contention by the White Sox.
Merry Christmas, White Sox fans: Slugger Edwin Encarnacion and Chicago are in agreement on a one-year deal for $12 million with a club option for 2021 at $12 million, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 26, 2019
White Sox are clearly feeling good about this team. First with the deal was @YancenPujols.
- If the rumored extension talks for Luis Robert come through, the South Siders could have an impressive lineup.
White Sox may hold Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal down for service-time reasons, but when they are at full strength, this has the makings of an awfully good (and interchangeable) lineup:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 26, 2019
- Steven Goldman at Baseball Prospectus ($) compares the eerie similarities in the complaints and arguments by baseball’s ownership and commissioner between this winter and 50 years ago, when Curt Flood filed his historic letter.
- Alex Chamberlain of FanGraphs did some nifty work with Statcast data, putting their own spin on it to create a semblance of park factors with the data.
- Per Jim Allen, Softbank Hawks star OF Yuki Yanigata has effectively shut the door on what was once a possible impact MLB career. After an injury narrowly kept him from qualifying for free agency, he’s signed a lengthy extension with the Hawks.
- Allen announced a few other intriguing Japanese baseball tidbits: the hiring of NPB’s first female scout, Emi Inui, as well as the Softbank Hawks signing of LHP Matt Moore.
- Moore will make a decent sum in his incentive-laden contract:
Matt Moore with SoftBank Hawks: 3.5M. Can make up to 6M.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 26, 2019
- RHP Ayumu Ishikawa of the Lotte Marines also expressed a desire to explore being posted to the MLB, as the 31 year old is coming off a solid season with a 3.64 ERA in 118.2 IP. His fastball tops out around 90-91, but he gets significant movement on both his four-seam and two-seam offerings, and works in a screwball and cutter consistently that have helped him run reverse splits for much of his career.
- I cannot get over Carmelo Anthony being on the Trail Blazers, and that it is not actually going terribly.