Hello folks! Here’s the latest from around baseball as we get the weekend started.
In Mariners news...
- Marco Gonzales and J.P. Crawford are raising expectations for the upcoming season (in this same story, Ryan Divish reports that the Mariners have yet to come forward with a “serious offer” for Taijuan Walker).
- The Mariners signed some more international prospects.
We have signed the following international free agents:— Mariners Player Development (@MsPlayerDev) January 22, 2021
Starlin Aguilar, INF, Dominican Republic
Juan Cruz, OF, Dominican Republic
Victor Labrada, OF, Cuba
- Jeffrey Paternostro at Baseball Prospectus breaks down the M’s top 10 prospects. ($)
Around the league...
- Rest in peace to the legendary Hank Aaron, who passed away yesterday morning at the age of 86.
- What a cool story.
Here is a rare footage of @HenryLouisAaron participating in HR derby against #KBO stars back in 1982. It was #KBO’s inaugural season, and as you can see, he really loved baseball/fans. When nobody paid attention to #KBO, he took a 17 hour flight to meet Korean players/fans. #RIP pic.twitter.com/wsAH9qkru1— Daniel Kim 대니얼 김 (@DanielKimW) January 22, 2021
- A former Mariner lands with the Fish.
- The Padres bulked up their infield by agreeing to a three-year pact with Jurickson Profar.
- Enrique Hernández has signed a two-year deal with the Red Sox.
- A disappointing report for those of us who were hoping the M’s would jump in on the Marcell Ozuna sweepstakes.
- Eno Sarris at The Athletic analyzes five pitchers, including one Mariner, according to a relatively new baseball term. ($)
- The old vet returns to the nation’s capitol.
It feels awkward tweeting about baseball news on a day like this, but the #Nats are bringing back franchise favorite Ryan Zimmerman on a one-year, $1 million contract.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 22, 2021