Good morning folks! Happy Saturday to all. It remains very quiet in the world of baseball, but let’s see what we have to work with.
In Mariners news...
- Great news from High Performance Camp: Emerson Hancock says he is fully recovered from the shoulder issue that caused him to shut down this summer.
Around the league...
- It doesn’t seem like Justin Verlander enamored himself with his teammates this last year.
- The Diamondbacks have hired former Astros coach Brent Strom to serve as their big league pitching coach. Strom is emerging from retirement for this gig.
- If you have some spare coin, consider donating to former M’s prospect Austin Shenton’s initiative to rejuvenate the Max Higbee Center, which helps support teens and adults with developmental disabilities.
- Congratulations to former Mariner Ariel Miranda, who won the Choi Dong-won Award, the KBO equivalent of the Cy Young.
- Michael Lorenzen’s talent as a hitter would likely be wasted on an AL team like Seattle, although the universal DH might be coming in 2022 anyway.
Free agents 1B/OF Mark Canha and pitcher Michael Lorenzen are both generating strong interest from west coast teams, per sources. Lorenzen is being viewed by teams as a starter.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) November 12, 2021
- The Giants have agreed to a contract extension with manager Gabe Kapler, who will now be around through 2024 following a very good season in San Francisco.
- Sean Kazmar, Jr., who appeared in a big league game this season for the first time since 2008, has finally decided to retire.
- Congratulations to Britney Spears on being officially freed from her conservatorship!