Good morning everyone and happy Wednesday! Let’s get you the latest from around baseball.
In Mariners news...
- Corey Brock takes a look at the M’s bullpen, where a trio of pitchers are hoping their Tommy John-repaired arms can carry them to success. ($)
- Congratulations Cal!
Turn it up a degree.— Mariners Player Development (@MsPlayerDev) February 2, 2021
Congratulations to Cal Raleigh on his recent graduation from Florida State University with a degree in business entrepreneurship! pic.twitter.com/ATiDp5BIIb
Around the league...
- Another big reliever is off the board.
- Jeff Passan pens an incredible piece on the harrowing mental journey that Giants’ outfielder Drew Robinson has been on (trigger warning for attempted suicide).
- Andrelton Simmons also revealed that the opted out of the final few games of the 2020 season because of mental struggles.
- Shout out to this former Mariner for landing a new gig.
#Rays formally announce hiring of longtime big-leaguer Denard Span as special assistant and promotion of Tyler Wall to home clubhouse manager as was previously reported, name Brandon “Tank” Richesin visiting clubhouse manager— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 2, 2021
- In the middle of an incredible offseason for San Diego, this comes to little surprise.
Padres say they have promoted A.J. Preller to president of baseball operations and signed him to an extension through 2026.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) February 2, 2021
- It’s pretty cool how excited he is about this.
- On the possibility of fans at games this spring...
No #MLB team will be permitting fans to attend their spring-training workouts, but most will have limited fans at their games in Arizona and Florida, about 25% of capacity.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 2, 2021
- A couple of updates on the Mickey Callaway situation...
Source: Mickey Callaway has denied any wrongdoing, which protects him from being fired without an investigation. MLB and the Angels are hoping to wrap up this investigation in relatively short order.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) February 2, 2021
- Chris Archer has signed a one-year deal to return to Tampa Bay.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a one-year contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 3, 2021
Cruz, 40, has been a linchpin of the Bomba Squad Twins' lineup. And he'll be back right in the middle of it in 2021.
- New Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado is hoping to make St. Louis a long-term home.
- For all of the gamers out there...