Good morning everybody! It’s been a busy week in baseball and there was a lot going on yesterday in particular. Here’s a question for you all to ponder today.
Now, here’s what you need to know today.
In Mariners news...
- Corey Brock at The Athletic wrote about a cool and peculiar reunion that the M’s helped to create this spring. ($)
- These two are awesome.
- This is one cut I was a little surprised by.
Mariners roster move:— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) March 13, 2019
Outrighted to Tacoma
Inf. Kristopher Negron
Now 39 players left in Major League camp.
- It’s hard not to get excited about this guy.
Julio Rodriguez, the Mariners' promising 18-year-old outfield prospect, with an infield single and now 2-for-2 tonight and 4-for-6 in Cactus League games this spring.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) March 14, 2019
Around the league...
- This is great news!
The long-awaited MLB/MLBPA deal is done, sources tell ESPN, and includes a single trade deadline, an All-Star Game Election Day, expanded rosters in 2020 and, most important, a pledge to start bargaining over fundamental economic issues. News @ESPN: https://t.co/b7yvvVdxMd— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 14, 2019
- Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic talked about what the trade deadline change could mean for the sport. ($)
- Genius or harsh?
- Things are getting weird in Port St. Lucie.
Update from the Mets’ clubhouse: Carlos Gomez just got a large electric scooter delivered to his locker. His name is on the box, but he didn’t order it. He is confused.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) March 12, 2019
- Walk through one of last summer’s greatest moments from David’s own words (maybe I’m biased on saying it was one of the greatest moments since I was there).
- Before there was Kyler Murray, there was Notre Dame’s Pat Connaughton, who had to choose between baseball and basketball after college. Alan Siegel at The Ringer walks though Connaughton’s decision to play hoops and whether the two-way star made the right choice.
- The Angels have not had good fortune with pitchers lately.
#Angels LHP Andrew Heaney has been shut down again because of elbow inflammation. He had an MRI that showed no structural damage, Ausmus said. Opening day is now questionable. He missed the first week and a half of last season with the same thing.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) March 13, 2019
- White Sox star prospect Eloy Jimenez will start the season in the minors, and even some of the team’s rivals are upset about the move.
Wishing Eloy the best of luck as he goes to AAA to work on...defense? baserunning? creating excess value for a $1.5 billion franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in a decade? bunting? https://t.co/qJsFq6FpFC— Collin McHugh (@Collin_McHugh) March 14, 2019
- ESPN finished its ranking of baseball’s best players by unveiling its top 50.
- Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs wonders what the heck the Mets are going to do at first base this season.
- The Nationals have agreed to a one-year deal with lefty reliever Tony Sipp.
- Chris Paddack, a Padres right-hander who has never started a game above Double-A, is making a case to emerge as the Opening Day starter for San Diego.
- The Braves are not currently in communication with Craig Kimbrel or Dallas Keuchel, which makes one wonder where the two big arms will end up.
- If you haven’t been paying attention to the lead-up to March Madness, it’s been pretty crazy. Selection Sunday will take place this weekend.
No. 1 seeds are 2 for 11 in winning their conference tournaments in 2019.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 13, 2019