Good morning everyone! Let’s get this Thursday started with some links.
In Mariners news...
- Don’t sleep on George Kirby!
George Kirby was a prospect discussed on our most recent pod as a potential riser in 2021. Hear what @RotoClegg had to say about the Mariners' prospect. pic.twitter.com/3LPFpxddUL— Fantrax Prospect Toolshed (@FantraxToolshed) November 18, 2020
- The Seattle Mariners are hiring for multiple intern positions.
- Andy McKay gave his thoughts on what he saw at the Fall League.
Around the league...
- Robbie noooooooooo.
BREAKING: New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and will be suspended for the entire 2021 season, sources familiar with the situation tell ESPN. He will forfeit a $24 million salary. News story will be up soon at ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 18, 2020
- Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic argues that Canó’s Hall of Fame case is essentially dead after this most recent suspension. ($)
- The Mariners have certainly had a few successes by doing this!
Most players on the 40-man roster acquired via waivers:— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) November 18, 2020
Cheap way to churn through players when you have roster spots and playing time to offer. Rarely returns any real value, but a future starter pops up every year or so.
- Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs took a look at Omar Vizquel’s case for Cooperstown.
- Darragh McDonald at Fangraphs pitches a fun new rule to the game of baseball.
- Cleveland GM Mike Chernoff has emerged as a frontrunner in the Mets’ search. Presumably this means that Theo Epstein is holding true to his word about sitting this year out.
- Five years seems pretty rich for a 32-year-old. We’ll see who is willing to pay it, or if anyone is.
Michael Kay just said he's been told DJ LeMahieu's agent is pushing for a five year deal, and he believes the Yankees will go three years, maybe four if that means getting it done. Sounds similar to what I've heard in terms of how far the Yankees may go— Dan Federico (@DanJFederico) November 18, 2020
- For local high school sports fans, the state of Washington has pushed back the sports schedule by about a month.