Good morning everyone! It’s been a while since we got an update on the Astros’ sign-stealing case, but the Red Sox’s involvement in sign-stealing has added another layer of pressure on Major League Baseball to take action.
MLB’s sign-stealing controversy broadens: Sources say the Red Sox used video replay room illegally in 2018. Story with @EvanDrellich. https://t.co/C90yxUH2jS— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 7, 2020
This is a still-developing story, and we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest right here. With that, here’s what else you need to know today.
In Mariners news...
- Some Mariners minor league news...
Not sure if I saw this announced elsewhere, but: former Rainiers hitting coach Dave Berg, who managed the West Virginia Power (A) last season, moves up to manage the Double-A Travelers. https://t.co/LkcknW1zYx— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) January 7, 2020
Around the league...
- The other sign-stealing case is nearing a resolution.
Discipline against the Houston Astros for using technology to cheat is likely to come within the next two weeks, sources familiar with the situation tell ESPN, and those in the crosshairs expect it to be harsh. Long suspensions are likely. News at ESPN: https://t.co/wYSUhGSdvB— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 7, 2020
- One of the top power-hitting catchers is staying in the division.
Free-agent catcher Robinson Chirinos in agreement with #Rangers, pending physical. First mentioned as close: @Evan_P_Grant.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 8, 2020
- The former Mariner found a new gig!
#BREAKING Hartford Yard Goats announce New 2020 Manager - Southington, Connecticut Native and Former Major Leaguer, Chris Denorfia pic.twitter.com/B6dvE5ifyz— Hartford Yard Goats (@GoYardGoats) January 7, 2020
- Another former Mariner is looking for his new home.
Clip from Jan 10th - @FlatgroundApp— Rob Whalen (@RobWhalen38) January 7, 2020
Feeling better and better with mound reps.
CH 83-85 pic.twitter.com/4M7gOEjYG7
- And another has landed a job in Chicago.
Reliever Steve Cishek and the Chicago White Sox are in agreement on a one-year, $6 million deal, sources familiar with the agreement tell ESPN. The contract includes an option that could take the deal to a second year at $12 million total.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 7, 2020
- This is great.
When you pause an in-depth Star Wars discussion because you find out your team signed your boy (@whatwouldDOOdo when learning about Hudson’s return): pic.twitter.com/8ySYWqfcl4— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) January 7, 2020
- Dan Szymborski at Fangraphs talked about the Nationals’ two most recent signings.
- The Seattle Times did a feature on Rachel Balkovec, a former Driveline employee who was recently hired as a hitting coach in the Yankees organization.
- The Dodgers have inked right-hander Jimmy Nelson to a one-year deal.