Good morning everyone! The Mariners are building a bullpen and good feelings are being had all around. I continue to hold out hope that the team will do something exciting this offseason, because we could all use some positive vibes right about now. Anyway, here’s some links for you today.
In Mariners news...
- Our very own Jake Mailhot wrote about the Mariners’ acquisition of Rafael Montero over at Fangraphs.
- Some great news for what is shaping up to be a pretty interesting M’s bullpen.
Servais said that Andres Munoz (Tommy John suregery) is throwing off the mound and the hope is he'll be ready to join the bullpen by June.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) December 16, 2020
- I’m not at all surprised by this announcement, but I would in fact be surprised if Shed Long beat Dylan Moore for the job.
Servais said Dylan Moore and Shed Long Jr. will compete for the starting second base job. But it sure seems like the Mariners want to see Moore get a long look at that position.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) December 16, 2020
- And some more good news on the coaching front.
Servais said that Perry Hill is quite excited to do some work with Ty France to bring consistency to his fielding. France has always said been a hit-first guy, but the M's think Hill can help France in the field considerably.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) December 16, 2020
Hill and Tim Laker will be back coaching in person
- Ryan Divish highlighted some more quotes from Scott Servais in his latest piece for The Seattle Times.
Around the league...
- The biggest news yesterday was Major League Baseball’s announcement to recognize the Negro Leagues as being MLB-level. Ben Lindbergh at The Ringer wrote about the declaration — one that should have been made long ago.
- Gary Phillips at The New York Times wrote about Manny Ramírez’s decision to return to professional baseball — in Australia.
- After embracing the BLM movement during the summer of protests, Major League Baseball still faces a lot of questions about representation at the highest levels of the sport.
- Even though he’s getting pretty close to retirement age, Justin Verlander has every intention to pitch in 2021 after he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
- The Rays agreed to a deal with our good friend Mike Zunino.
Mike Zunino gets $2 million from the Rays for 2021, per source. His 2022 option is worth between $4-7 million based on playing time, with a $1 million buyout.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 16, 2020