Good morning everyone and happy Wednesday! The stove is beginning to heat up, with some specific teams getting active on the market. Let’s get into all of that and more.
In Mariners news...
- Corey Brock at The Athletic sorts out the projected position battles on the Mariners’ roster for 2021, focusing specifically on left field. ($)
Around the league...
- It was a busy day in the AL Central, with the White Sox coming to terms with Adam Eaton on a one-year deal.
- Expect this to be a theme in the South Side this winter.
Adam Eaton just hung up on Carmen and Jurko on @ESPN1000 after they asked him if Tony La Russa would have trouble relating to younger players.— Sox Takes (@sox_takes) December 8, 2020
- José Abreu earned some more hardware after a strong 2020 season.
José Abreu is the 2020 Hank Aaron Award winner in the A.L. He is the first member of the #WhiteSox and the first Cuban-born player to win the award.— Nathalie Alonso (@NathalieMLB) December 8, 2020
- Meanwhile, it looks like the Royals are going for it. Kansas City agreed to a two-year contract with Carlos Santana, rounding out a pretty impressive infield that already includes Whit Merrifield, Adalberto Mondesí, and Hunter Dozier.
- The Giants made an addition to their bullpen.
Free-agent right-hander Matt Wisler in agreement with Giants on one-year, $1.15M contract, pending a physical, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 8, 2020
- While some teams spend, others continue to make major cuts.
Sources: the Washington Nationals just laid off nearly their entire DC sales team. Some from corporate partnership, ballpark ops, (all based in DC.)— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) December 8, 2020
Am told the number is around 18, but haven't confirmed the exact number.
- Reports indicate that the Yankees are not giving a real hard go at bringing Masahiro Tanaka back.
- Multiple reputable people are calling their shot on one of the bigger free agents out there.
Buster Olney said tonight on ESPN radio, he is “just about ready to bet the family farm in Vermont” that the Mets end up with George Springer.— John Flanigan (@jflan816) December 8, 2020
Earlier tonight on @TMKSESPN, @JeffPassan said he doesn’t have any farm land like @Buster_ESPN, but he’d be willing to bet his Honda CRV on the Mets landing Springer.— John Flanigan (@jflan816) December 9, 2020
- Craig Edwards does a deep dive into the financials of Major League Baseball’s teams heading into 2021.
- Anyone remember this guy?
CARLOS PEGUERO WALK-OFF HOME RUN OMG pic.twitter.com/DLUb1VQ5Cw— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) December 9, 2020
- ‘Tis the season.
when they never let poor rudolph join in any reindeer games pic.twitter.com/NSsFGshakB— Taylor Foster (@tayfonicole) December 8, 2020