Good morning folks! Spring training is within view now as another swath of teams have pitchers and catchers reporting today. Here are some other things you need to know today.
In Mariners news...
- Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodríguez bear a lot of Mariners fans’ optimism, and Corey Brock at The Athletic wrote about how the two youngsters manage those expectations. ($)
- Matt Festa will be sticking around in the organization.
RHP Matt Festa Outrighted To Triple-A Tacoma. #Mariners— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) February 10, 2020
Read: https://t.co/yRaz9mRjpj pic.twitter.com/FLWsoap1Og
- Justin Hollander continues to rise through the ranks.
#Mariners promote Justin Hollander to Vice President & Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations.— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) February 10, 2020
Read: https://t.co/FGUVsqv7Zm pic.twitter.com/3V5WFgKEOU
- Greg Johns emptied out the inbox and answered some questions about spring training.
Around the league...
- Sam Miller at ESPN creates a bunch of elaborate lies about baseball that could be supported using stats.
- Fabian Ardaya at The Athletic reports that the Angels cut off trade talks with the Dodgers because Arte Moreno, their owner, got involved. ($)
- Rob Whalen is hoping to catch on with the Mets.
- More players speak out about the Astros’ cheating.
"They're obviously not abiding by the rules, so yeah."— SNY (@SNYtv) February 10, 2020
Masahiro Tanaka says he felt cheated out of a World Series title because of the Astros' sign-stealing https://t.co/4FbK3zqhKQ pic.twitter.com/gHVsYRfkfy
- An A’s update...
The Athletics announced that RHP Daniel Mengden had successful surgery on his right elbow Monday. The arthroscopic surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister, who debrided Mengden’s elbow and shaved off a small spur on the posterior aspect of the olecranon.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 10, 2020
- Joel Sherman at The New York Post reported that Major League Baseball is considering some major changes to the playoff format, which could lead the playoffs to include as many as 14 teams.
- For some context...
Under this new playoff format scooped by @Joelsherman1, the #Mariners would have made the postseason in 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2016 and 2018, if I'm understanding it correctly.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) February 10, 2020
- The (potentially) final piece in the Kenta Maeda trade.
Source: #MNTwins also acquired C Jair Camargo from the Dodgers in the Kenta Maeda trade.— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesMLB) February 11, 2020