Hello folks! Here’s what you need to know as you get your weekend started.
In Mariners news...
- One of the M’s less heralded prospects is making some major improvements this offseason.
MLB Pipeline named Levi Stoudt (@Lvstoudty) as the Mariners’ standout under-the-radar prospect for 2021. A potential back-of-the-bullpen power reliever, here he is hitting 102 with a 5 oz pulldown in his off-season work. pic.twitter.com/fg6jPEW4Xu— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) January 9, 2021
Around the league...
- Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda passed away yesterday at the age of 93.
- Talking Chop wonders what the Braves can do to keep pace with the Mets following the Francisco Lindor trade.
- Stephanie Apstein at Sports Illustrated discusses the big questions that the Lindor trade poses for the sport.
- Congratulations to Mookie Betts, who just got engaged to his girlfriend of 15 years.
- Rob Arthur at Baseball Prospectus thinks that the perception of the Rays being good at trading has been blown out of proportion. ($)
- A Lindor-to-the-Blue-Jays trade sure would have been interesting.
FWIW, the Blue Jays were the runner-up for Francisco Lindor. Don't know specific players, but I'm told their offer had what is probably a higher ceiling yet was centered on long-term prospects. Cleveland chose the package from the Mets b/c it balanced short- and long-term help.— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) January 8, 2021
- Federal Baseball notes that the Nationals don’t have long to make the most of their competitive window.