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Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/27/21: Baseball Hall of Fame, J.T. Realmuto, and All Of The Infielders

Did every free agent infielder agree to a deal yesterday? Maybe.

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Good morning everyone! Here are some links to kick off your Wednesday.

In Mariners news...

  • In case you missed it, the Mariners were connected to a free agent position player, which I believe is a first this offseason.
  • The M’s also made a minor personnel change.
  • Despite reportedly being ready to go, Mitch Haniger won’t be going all-out at the start of the spring.

Around the league...

  • The big news yesterday was the Hall of Fame election announcement, which resulted in nobody being elected. Curt Schilling requested removal from the ballot for his 10th and final year next cycle.
  • Another big name free agent came off the board as well, with the Phillies signing catcher J.T. Realmuto to a five-year contract.
  • Cleveland agreed to a one-year pact with infielder César Hernández.
  • It looks like Cleveland might not be done with their fire sale.
  • The market appears to be heating up for this veteran third baseman.
  • Marcus Semien found himself a new home, making the Blue Jays’ lineup even more potent.
  • Another former AL West shortstop is headed eastward.
  • There goes one of my favorite potential Mariners targets.
  • It was a big day for infielders, OK?
  • A new independent baseball league is forming in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Things might get worse before they get better.
  • Matt Monagan sat down with Edwin Jackson, baseball’s ultimate nomad, to talk about his wild career.
  • Barry Petchesky at Defector argues that the luxury tax threshold is essentially acting like a salary cap.
  • Alex Coffey at The Athletic reports that a representative from Major League Baseball pressured the Cactus League to write that letter suggesting a delay of the spring season. ($)
  • I can’t believe he was just allowed to do this.

Anders’ picks...

  • The Seattle Kraken made a couple of announcements yesterday, adding a new TV broadcaster to the fold and a new home for their televised games.