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Mariners Moose Tracks, 11/23/20: Spencer Patton, Nate Lowe, and Theo Epstein

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New hirings and free agency updates.

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In Mariners News...

  • Check out the newest Mariners Insider Podcast from 710 ESPN Seattle as Shannon Drayer and James Osborn discuss the Mariners’ Rule 5 draft protections and standouts from the Fall Development League.

Around The League...

  • Free agent RHP Spencer Patton, who pitched for the Cubs in 2016 before spending the last 4 seasons in the NPB, is drawing interest from MLB and NPB teams with the Rangers said to be confirmed as one of the teams in the market for Patton.
  • Angels new GM Perry Minasian has added three Braves executives and former co-workers to the team: Alex Tamin as assistant GM, Dominic Chiti as a special assistant, and Rick Williams as a scout.
  • Rays first baseman and Julio Rodriguez’s current Escogido teammate Nate Lowe has left the Dominican League to prepare for the upcoming MLB season after voicing concerns about the rising COVID-19 cases.
  • Buster Olney at ESPN ponders over Theo Epstein’s case for how to fix MLB’s pace-of-play problems. ($)
  • Marcus Semien discusses his frustrations with the shortened 2020 season and how it has impacted his free agency.