Where many of you are, it’s raining. Where I am, it’s supposed to snow a foot. Grab something warm to drink and cozy up to some links.
In Mariners news...
- The Mariners unfortunately lost LHP Ricardo Sánchez on waivers to the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday. Sánchez had been DFA to make space for RHP Yoshihisa Hirano.
- The Mariners announced this site’s namesake, the upper left field space known as Lookout Landing since Safeco Field’s inception, will be renamed the “Trident Deck”. It’s been real, I guess?
- Speaking of Seattle ballparks of yore...
#OTD in 1976 the American League officially awarded an expansion franchise to a Seattle-area investment group and, a little over a year later, the @mariners played their inaugural game at the Kingdome. Tickets like this one were sold for $3. https://t.co/LycYwEOXB2 pic.twitter.com/cgy9iP5hs6— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) February 6, 2020
- MLB Pipeline names Jonatan Clase the Mariners’ fastest prospect.
- Jake Mailhot of FanGraphs looked at the leverage index to measure how Houston’s cheating impacted their performance in various points of import, including a highlight on a memorable Mariners game from 2017.
- Evan White is getting ready, and is somewhere much sunnier than I am.
Evan White getting some pre-spring hacks in: pic.twitter.com/UvrWOujumt— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) February 7, 2020
Around the league...
- Per Mark Feinsand, Twins ace Jose Berrios lost his arbitration case against the Twins. He’ll make $4.025 million instead of $4.4 million.
- Domingo Santana has reportedly signed with Cleveland. The deal was initially reported by Yancen Pujols, out of the Dominican Republic. Paul Hoynes of Cleveland dot com said the deal was dependent on a physical, but likely is around the $1 million range.
- Edwin Díaz believes a comeback is coming, and confidence is key, from the New York Post.
- Yoenis Cespedes believes his comeback is nigh.
- Baseball Prospectus unveiled their updated PECOTA projections for individual players yesterday, with a fantasy-focused element coming today. We’ll have a writeup on them later today, as well as their standings projections which will be unveiled on Monday.
- The hype is here for Orioles catching prospect Adley Rutschman.
The complete list of catchers to rank top five overall on the @BaseballAmerica Top 100 Prospects:— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) February 6, 2020
Sandy Alomar Jr. (1990)
Carlos Delgado (93, 94)
Joe Mauer (03, 04, 05)
Matt Wieters (09)
Jesus Montero (10, 11)
Adley Rutschman (20)
Only Mauer (x2) and Wieters reached No. 1.
- Hank Aaron thinks sign-stealers who use technology and illegal means to do so should be banned from the game.
- The Mookie Betts blockbuster is on hold as the teams re-negotiate, now that the Red Sox have viewed the medicals for Twins RHP Brusdar Graterol.
Talks will continue today between at least the Red Sox and Twins. But while there’s obvious urgency here and all 3 teams are motivated to complete the Mookie mega deal, movement has been slow. Boston is niw believed looking for a 2nd top prospect in addition to Graterol.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 7, 2020
- At least one writer - Tom Keegan of the Boston Herald - thinks this is a chance for Boston to dodge a disaster and call off the deal entirely.
- That deal being held up has made for an odd situation in Joc Pederson’s arbitration hearings.
Another factor in holdup of trade announcements, per sources: Joc Pederson’s arbitration hearing is today. Pederson is part of separate deal from #Dodgers to #Angels. He wanted $9.5M, LAD offered $7.75M. Decision likely would come within 24 hours of hearing’s conclusion (cont.).— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 6, 2020
- With Pederson in limbo, the league will likely send a third party representative to present the Dodgers’ case.
- Meanwhile, the Dodgers locked up one of their player development successes, extending Max Muncy.
Infielder Max Muncy in agreement with #Dodgers on three-year, $26M extension, sources tell The Athletic. Deal also includes a $13.5M option for a fourth year or $1.5M buyout.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 6, 2020
- Rob Manfred believes the deal to purchase the Mets led by minority owner Steve Cohen is officially dead.
- Manfred also addressed the frustrations that no players were punished as a result of their investigation, and noted the Red Sox should receive the results of their own investigation soon.
Manfred on criticism, including by players on other teams, that no Astro players were disciplined: "We made a decision...that in order for us to get the facts we needed, somebody had to get immunity. And that is not a novel thought. It happens all the time in law enforcement."— Erik Boland (@eboland11) February 6, 2020
- Once that investigation concludes, the Red Sox are expected to name bench coach Ron Roenicke as their manager, reports Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
- While both parties are ostensibly subject to a non-disclosure agreement, the Mets are always good for some leaks. The New York Post’s Thornton McEnery notes all evidence points to Jeff Wilpon’s actions and demands scuttling the deal.
- Several new Hall of Fame ballots have been made public, including Steve Kornacki, who included J.J. Putz in his vote for the former closer’s lone checked box.
- Wes Jenkins at The Hardball Times makes a pitch for Minor League Baseball to push for more Bowl Games, adding spice and grandeur to the season.
- MLB hired several recent players, including former Mariners pitcher Chris Young.
MLB announces promotions and hires in baseball operations, including a new title for Joe Torre. pic.twitter.com/eoAbjyCY45— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 6, 2020
- FanGraphs’ Justin Klugh writes on the journey for one fan, from a harrowing moment at Fenway half a century ago, to re-embracing the game that threatened their life.
- A.J. Hinch has a full interview on MLB Network airing tonight, including this questionable quote.
Fired Astros manager A.J. Hinch also said he "can’t pinpoint what advantages or what happened otherwise" regarding the illegal sign-stealing scandal.— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) February 7, 2020
- Surprisingly, MLB continues to push the split-city plan as the best way forward for Tampa and Montreal. Marc Topkin has the full story.
- Congratulations to Angie Mentink!
One of the greatest honors of my career is getting to call @AngieMentink a coworker. One of the greatest privileges of my life is getting to call her a confidant and friend. Congrats, Angie. You deserve this and so much more. I love you, friend. pic.twitter.com/W2qHsZ3ohZ— Neil Stover (@neilstover) February 7, 2020