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Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/5/20: Gio Urshela, Chris Young, and Malakhi Knight

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A quiet start to the weekend on the news front.

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

A post-holiday weekend in the U.S. always feels a little anticlimactic, but it’s the weekend nonetheless!

In Mariners news...

  • The latest episode of the Mariners interview series led by Julio Rodríguez is live, featuring guest Taylor Trammell. The atmlb link takes you straight to the full episode.
  • Matt Wallach over at Pitcher List looked at the improvements and pitfalls of Justus Sheffield’s encouraging 2020.
  • In local baseball news, our Joe Doyle interviewed one of the top prep prospects (in baseball and basketball) in the state of Washington yesterday for Prospects Live, UCLA commit Malakhi Knight, who plays OF at Marysville Getchell HS.

Around the league...

  • Yankees 3B Gio Urshela will hope to be ready for Opening Day following surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.
  • Jake Mailhot looked at the news of Isiah Kiner-Falefa being Texas’ shortstop going forward, and the implications for Elvis Andrus and the moribund Rangers.
  • To hopefully shake them out of their funk, Texas made a surprise hire, bringing on longtime MLB pitcher and recent MLB executive Chris Young to be their new General Manager, joining Jon Daniels.
  • The Phillies appear adrift, reminding us that tanking is no guarantee of ultimate success. Erstwhile ESPN baseball writer Sam Miller went in depth on what went wrong in Philly and what it shows about the popular strategy.
  • That sad departure however leaves one of the sport’s best writers out of a job.

John’s pick...

  • Still got it.