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.
It sounds like the Seattle Mariners will have their first three draft picks (Harry Ford, Edwin Arroyo and Michael Morales) in Seattle on Monday and Tuesday to sign their contracts and take in some of the Astros series.— Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB) July 21, 2021
- 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.
Yermin Mercedes has retired, he announces on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/P3bWDXgFVm— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) July 22, 2021
- 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.
Alvarez is the first baseball player to be selected as a flag-bearer for Team USA in an Olympics. https://t.co/oc43cAGqR5— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) July 21, 2021
- 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.
Can confirm that bonus for @Pirates 3rd-rd @MLBDraft pick RHP Bubba Chandler is $3 million (pick 72 value = $870.7K). 1st-rd talent was a prospect as a pitcher and SS, also could've gone to Clemson for football. #Pirates #MLBDraft @JMackeyPG 1st w/$$— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) July 21, 2021
- Tess Taruskin at Fangraphs provides a primer for the baseball portion of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
- The Seattle Kraken had their all-important Expansion Draft last night. Here’s who they picked up.