Welcome to Monday of Opening Week! Today is Seattle’s final spring tuneup, with a noon radio-only tilt to determine if they can tip their current 11-11-5 record above .500 to finish spring. I know we’ll all be listening with bated breath, but hopefully all players can emerge fresh and healthy for Thursday night’s opener!
In Mariners news...
- It sounds like a strong possibility Kyle Lewis starts the season on the injured list, creating a question for the Mariners around how their roster will be populated on Thursday.
- Forbes dropped its annual update to franchise valuations, with the Mariners growing in appraised value by around 2% to just over $1.6 billion in value, up over $400 million from $1.2 billion just five years ago when John Stanton led a group to purchase the majority ownership stake in the club.
Around the league...
- The Phillies are also sending down a former top national prospect, starting UTIL Scott Kingery in the minors.
- The Twins have signed RHP Randy Dobnak to a 5-year extension worth $9.25 million guaranteed, with three club options escalating it to a potential $29.75 million according to Jeff Passan.
- The anticipation for an extension for superstar SS Francisco Lindor continues to build, as he and Mets owner Steve Cohen sat down for dinner recently.
- Our friends over at Pitcher List offered their AL West preview.
- Minor league baseball players report to their spring training in five days, though they will not be paid for the month they spend there until their seasons begin in May.
- Phillip Ervin is on the waiver wire once again.
- Rays infield prospect Greg Jones will 2-3 months with a quad injury, slightly thinning the deepest system in MLB to start the year.
- The Giants may be short one of their big free agent signees for their opening series against Seattle after Tommy La Stella took a pitch off the shin almost head-on.
Tommy La Stella has been removed from the game after getting hit in the shin with a pitch. He was slow to get up after sliding into second base on an inning-ending double play. Got drilled pretty hard. pic.twitter.com/Mthh3Rou8k— Jacob Rudner (@Jacob_Rudner) March 28, 2021
- The Rangers re-signed former M’s bullpen stalwart Nick Vincent to a minor league deal.
- Former Seattle Mariners swingman Mike Montgomery was released by the Mets yesterday.
- The Reds have thrown down an early ballpark food gauntlet with this wrinkly red pulled pork+mac & cheese+coleslaw bread cone.