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Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/3/21: Tomoyuki Sugano, Ross Detwiler, Legacy Square, Paul Westphal

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Warm back up, hot stove, please I am begging

World Baseball Classic - Championship Round - Game 2 - United States v Japan Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Happy Sunday! It’s the final day of the NFL regular season, which always feels like a turning point around here. The 40 in 40s are cued up for next week, we’re starting in on our prospect rankings for 2021, and the countdown to Spring Training is on.

In Mariners news:

  • MLB Pipeline listed one prospect who will debut in 2021 for each team, and you’ll never guess who it is! No, I’m lying, you’ll totally guess. But click on the story anyway and take a peek around the AL West to see what kind of competition is coming down the, er, pipeline. I think there’s a good chance Kelenic is the best out of all of them.
  • That is it for Mariners news today. I couldn’t even scrape any interesting content off a player’s Instagram, that’s how bottom of the barrel we are today. Hopefully things will pick up again now that we’re post-holiday and the hot stove will ideally warm back up.

Around the league:

  • The next big international free agent domino to fall? Hochi News (link if you can read Japanese) reports that Japanese RHP Tomoyuki Sugano is currently in the US and meeting with his agent to evaluate final offers from MLB clubs. Per Jon Morosi, the Mets, Jays, and Giants are all in the running.
  • Years after the controversial removal and auctioning off of seven bronze statues honoring Negro League greats in “Legacy Square” in PNC Park in Pittsburgh, the team will be “rebooting” Legacy Square to pay homage to the rich tradition of Negro League baseball in Pittsburgh.

In other Seattle sports news:

RIP to Paul Westphal, NBA Hall of Famer who played for the Sonics in 1980-81 and returned to coach the team from 1998-2001.