Hello everyone! I hope your week has been going well so far. It hasn’t been a huge week in baseball news, but we’ve got a decent batch of links for ya.
In Mariners news...
- Corey Brock at The Athletic talked to Mariners reliever Hunter Strickland about his attempt at redemption this upcoming season. ($)
- David Gottlieb did a feature on the Mariners analytics team.
- Luke Arkins at Prospect Insider wonders what the Mariners might look like in 2021 under Jerry Dipoto’s current plan.
Around the league...
- I definitely didn’t expect this.
For some context on how incredible the response in Philadelphia has been to the Bryce Harper signing: In the first 24 hours after the launch of his jersey, according to @Fanatics, Harper's No. 3 sold more than LeBron James' Lakers jersey did the first day.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 4, 2019
- Ben Lindbergh and Rob Arthur at The Ringer posted their first article in a series in which they break down some deep data they got from the Reds.
- Giants President Larry Baer will take a “leave of absence” after video came out of him hitting his wife.
- In former Mariner news (kinda)...
Former Phillies scout and Mariners int’l scouting director Tim Kissner now with Mets as special assignment scout. Great hire.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) March 4, 2019
- Seems like a weird way to start off your professional relationship with a player.
#Mets renewed Edwin Diaz contract. That means sides didn’t reach agreement. The team has formula for pre-arb guys. The team also does not punish by giving the minimum, but rather the amount that they would have if he agreed to the deal at least that is the policy.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 4, 2019