Good morning everyone and happy Saturday! Let’s kick off the weekend with some links.
In Mariners news...
- It’s great to see one of the Mariners’ more exciting young arms back in action.
Around the league...
- The Rays found a new starter, signing Michael Wacha to a very inexpensive one-year deal.
- Well, it looks like Trevor Bauer will not be returning to Cincy.
Not a shock, Trevor Bauer is too expensive for Reds. So he will be pitching elsewhere next year. Still, they shouldn’t have too many regrets. He got them to the playoffs and pitched a gem when there, and he won the Reds first Cy Young Award. Plus, they will get a draft pick.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 18, 2020
- Despite appearing in the World Series, the Rays remain in financial trouble, writes Michael Lortz at Fangraphs.
- Outside of Trea Turner, the Nationals’ infield is pretty bad. This kind of deal makes a lot of sense for them.
Nats have talked to the Reds about 3B Eugenio Suarez. Nothing imminent or believed anywhere close. Kieboom would make sense in a package. Prospects the Nats don’t want to deal: Rutledge, Cavalli, Garcia.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 18, 2020
- The Sunday Night Baseball schedule for 2021 features a lot of NL East games.
- Could the NBA be returning to Seattle soon?
Mark Cuban dropped some info on Bill Simmons podcast today.— Justin Wills (@itsjwills) December 17, 2020
Expect the NBA to have 2 expansion teams in the near future to help offset lost revenue from COVID. Expectation is Seattle and Las Vegas and fee being floated by Cuban is $3 billion (last team was $300 million).
- In less cheerful Seattle sports news, the OL Reign had to respond to allegations that the team is planning to relocate.