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Mariners Moose Tracks, 7/22/21: Eddy Alvarez, Yermín Mercedes, and the Seattle Kraken

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The Kraken have arrived.

NHL: JUL 21 2021 NHL Expansion Draft Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Good morning everybody! Let’s get you some links as the M’s prepare for a crucial series with the A’s.

In Mariners news...

  • The M’s top three selections will be in town next week.
  • Fangraphs has made changes to The BOARD To reflect the completion of the draft. Also, Noelvi Marte moves up to #11 overall while Cal Raleigh joins the top 100 for the first time.

Around the league...

  • Yermín Mercedes shocked the baseball world by announcing his retirement. The breakout White Sox hitter had been crushing it in Triple-A Charlotte after struggling to hit in the majors following Tony La Russa’s negative comments about him.
  • Michael Clair wrote about the historical importance of the Cape Cod League.
  • Eddy Alvarez will have a special role to play in tomorrow’s Opening Ceremonies.
  • Devan Fink at Fangraphs notes that offense has gone up in Major League Baseball since the league started to crack down on foreign substances.
  • Baseball America reports that the Arizona Fall League will make its triumphant return this year.
  • The Pirates went way over their third round slot to keep Bubba Chandler away from college football.
  • Tess Taruskin at Fangraphs provides a primer for the baseball portion of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Anders’ picks...

  • The Seattle Kraken had their all-important Expansion Draft last night. Here’s who they picked up.