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Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/4/20: Christian Yelich, Chris Sale, and baby Trout

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Lots of injury and illness news, but some bright spots as well.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Hoping you’re all healthy and well. Drink that tea and enjoy some links!

In Mariners news...

  • Taijuan Walker has been handled cautiously by the Mariners, but he’ll get a start in a “B” game today.
  • Seattle re-signed reliever Chasen Bradford to a minor league deal, as the righty recovers from Tommy John surgery, per Baseball America.
  • Apparently all baseball players can really drive a golf ball, even Dee Gordon? Right-handed?

Around the league...

  • Cubs general manager Theo Epstein said the organization will have to be “brutally honest” come July as to whether they’re a World Series contender in the next year or two.
  • Jeff Passan’s weekly MLB round up for ESPN included the note that several pitching coaches feel it’s been emphasized heavily that players and coaches will be subject to harsh discipline if foreign substances are uncovered on pitchers.
  • Passan also acquired a memo from MLB, detailing the league’s approach to the threat of coronavirus, with a task force to monitor and address the threat, but no plan to cancel games or play in empty stadiums - yet. Autograph seekers, however, may be SOL this year.
  • Some teams, like the Pirates, are taking the time to sanitize their entire facilities.
  • Initially reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Christian Yelich is expected to sign a nine-year deal (essentially a seven year extension) with $215 million in guarantees. The 28 year old will be signed through the 2028 season with a mutual option for the 2029 season.
  • Scott Miller of Bleacher Report spoke with a handful of pitchers who felt their careers were temporarily or permanently altered by the Astros’ cheating. The piece includes quotes from former Mariners Anthony Bass and Sam Gaviglio.
  • Congratulations to Mike Trout and his wife Jessica on their upcoming child.
  • Twins slugger Nelson Cruz has no intentions of retiring after this season. If Nellie can maintain his recent brilliance, in 2-3 years he could join the 500 home run club, sitting at 401 right now.
  • Alex Rodriguez has little sympathy for the Astros, citing the lack of remorse they’ve shown, noting his own suspension was well-deserved in hindsight but that he handled himself poorly.

John’s pick...

  • Gonna need some more info about bat retrieval school.