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Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/14/21: Justus Sheffield, Wade LeBlanc, and Mark Shapiro

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Good morning folks! Oh, you thought the Francisco Lindor trade would catalyze the offseason? Nope! We’re still waiting for stuff to pick up. Here’s what you need to know today.

In Mariners news...

  • The M’s lose some coaching blood to the winter’s most active team.
  • With every honor, Kyle Lewis’ power grows.

Around the league...

  • A number of Korean and Japanese players have opted to go back to their home countries after seeing the weak players’ market for free agents this winter. Korean left-hander Yang Hyeon-jong is still in search of a big league opportunity.
  • As Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic notes, the Padres are still searching for improvements to their rotation. ($)
  • Will Leitch gazes in to the crystal ball to predict the next 10 World Series winners.
  • Brittany Ghiroli and Eno Sarris at The Athletic sort through the complicated nature of MLB’s pine tar problem. ($)
  • Ben Clemens at Fangraphs analyzes the pros and cons of the six-man rotation, which is becoming more prominent across baseball.
  • It appears Corey Kluber’s showcase went well.
  • Meanwhile, a former Mariner will be getting in front of scouts soon.