Good morning everyone and Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! For those of you who don’t, happy Friday and congrats on (hopefully) getting the time off! Here’s some links for you on this day.
In Mariners news...
- ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the snow, not a creature was stirring, not even Dipoto.
Around the league...
- Surprisingly, we had a major transaction on Christmas Eve, with the Nationals acquiring Josh Bell from the Pirates to bolster their lackluster infield.
- Forbes has some numbers on how Major League Baseball did financially in 2020. It wasn’t good.
- The Athletic Staff analyzed some possible destinations for stud infield free agent DJ LeMaheieu. Unfortunately, the Mariners received nary a mention. ($)
- Meanwhile, Jim Bowden at The Athletic picks landing spots for the top 40 remaining free agents. ($)
- It comes as little surprise, but Ha-seong Kim has been a hot commodity this offseason.
According to sources, Ha-seong Kim has several #MLB offers in the 5+ year range. Kim's posting period ends on Jan 1. pic.twitter.com/R2kAH8HdyW— Daniel Kim 대니얼 김 (@DanielKimW) December 25, 2020
- You may remember that the Rangers were previously mentioned as being a contender in the sweepstakes for the right-hander.
The Red Sox are a finalist for top Japanese right handed starter Kohei Arihara, according to media in Japan. His decision deadline is Saturday.— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) December 25, 2020
- Tom Krosnowski at Pinstripe Alley wonders what Jordan Montgomery can provide to the starting rotation going forward.
- The NBA commissioner weighed in on the chances of a team coming back to Seattle.
On ESPN's The Jump, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is asked about his expansion comments and Seattle, and says while "it's not on the front burner," he acknowledges the "state of the art arena," under construction.— Joe Veyera (@JoeVeyera) December 24, 2020
"There's no doubt there's enormous support there."