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Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/8/20: Joc Pederson, MiLB broadcasts, Roger Kahn, more Astros scandal somehow

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Roger Kahn
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welp I hate that

In Mariners news...

  • Mets fans, avert your eyes. Ken Rosenthal at the Athletic ($) has a new look at the Kelenic trade in light of the Mets...[gestures generally in the direction of Citi Field].
  • Baseball America ranked all the MiLB broadcasts on a 20-80 scouting scale ($). In the Mariners system, only Tacoma’s broadcast graded out as above-average (55), although I feel like if they had watched more “This or That” it should be bumped up to a 60. Even the dulcet tones of Keaton Gillogly wasn’t enough to make up for some shoddy camera work in Modesto (45), and Arkansas landed almost at the bottom of the list, in second-to-last place, with a 30, which makes sense if you’ve ever peered at the Vaseline-smeared lens of an Arkansas game. If you’re a fan of quality MiLB broadcasts (all of which can be watched with one MiLB TV subscription!), let the list guide you to the best broadcasts.
  • Justus Sheffield changed his pitch mix in September, writes Eno Sarris ($), and it’s giving him hope for how the lefty could perform next year.
  • Donnie Walton tells the story of his big-league callup in a podcast interview with Officially Unofficial:

Around the league...

  • The Red Sox-Dodgers-Twins blockbuster trade remains in limbo, with Jon Heyman reporting that the Red Sox are now looking for a second “top” prospect after hitting a snag with reviewing Brusdar Graterol. I don’t understand why the Dodgers, who are technically the ones trading Graterol to the Sox, aren’t the ones to kick in an extra prospect.
  • Executive director of the MLBPA Tony Clark isn’t happy with how long the deal is taking to come together:

Conversely, Ken Rosenthal ($) claims in a piece for the Athletic that the Red Sox haven’t offered the manager job to anyone and can’t until the investigation is over. Of course, “can’t” is a flexible term in MLB these days, it seems.

  • Meanwhile, Joc Pederson, one of the moving pieces in the ancillary Dodgers-Angels deal, lost his arbitration case against the Dodgers and will earn $7.75M vs. the $9.75M he had requested, saving the Angels some precious dollars. Good for them.
  • In the other major off-season storyline that somehow will not end, even more allegations came out against the Astros in this WSJ story ($). If you don’t have a subscription it’s worth finding one or reading it at the library because you’ll want to understand why everyone is making Codebreakers and Dark Arts jokes.
  • Hey, at this point, why not? Fire up the MS Paint, Martha.
  • From punished-by-MLB cheating to everyone-does-it-cheating:

To me, this is why not hitting the Astros with no international spending penalties makes no sense, as they can simply funnel the lion’s share of their IFA money on a top-tier international player. What’s more is the player in question is Cuban and 21 years old, making him much more akin to an advanced prep or college bat as opposed to a developmental project. Make it make sense!

The Giants also signed Billy Hamilton and former Mariner Nick Vincent to minor-league deals, and are also rumored to be interested in Yasiel Puig, as are the Rays.

Kate’s pick:

I find this so satisfying.