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Mariners Moose Tracks, 7/4/21: Brett Phillips, Shane Carle, and radioactive terror pigs

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July the 4th be with you

Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants

To those of you in the U.S., enjoy a safe and hopefully satisfying July 4th!

In Mariners news:

  • Seattle is scraping up more Triple-A pitching depth, signing 29 year old RHP Shane Carle to a minor league deal. Carle is far from uninteresting, with decent numbers in 76.1 career innings in MLB.
  • Some national love for Scott Servais:
  • Hector Santiago is trying to keep the umps off his case, ordering a new glove online after being forced to ditch his previous one for an unsatisfactory color scheme. His journey of relatability continues.
  • You might recognize this byline if you’ve spent some time in the comment sections here: Ryan Blake wrote a great breakdown of how J.P. Crawford’s improvement has come from getting better at doing what he’s always done.
  • Good company so far for Jake Fraley.

Around the league:

  • The Angels optioned struggling young RHP Griffin Canning in a somewhat surprising move on the heels of moving floundering RHP Dylan Bundy to the bullpen.
  • Puerto Rican baseball legend Saturnino “Nino” Escalera passed away at the age of 91. The Puerto Rico Baseball Hall of Famer and longtime scout was, among many other things, the first Black player to play in a Major League game for the Cincinnati Reds, debuting in 1954.
  • Diamondbacks RHP Zac Gallen left the game early today with a hamstring injury, building on a troublesome trend of lower body injuries for pitchers.
  • He then broke down his delightful pitching debut.
  • Apparently the Nats are working on a trade to bring somehow-not-retired SS Alcides Escobar from the Royals to Washington.
  • Miami and Tampa made an intrastate trade, with Miami acquiring RHP David Hess for RHP prospect Justin Sterner and cash.
  • Former M’s reliever LHP Sam Moll is back in the bigs, called up by Oakland.
  • Potential Mariners free agent target Lance Lynn is having an exceptional year, and makes no bones about what helps him succeed late into games.
  • Good on ya, Christian Yelich.
  • Mets LHP and U of O standout David Peterson will likely miss two months with an oblique strain, thinning New York’s rotation.
  • Joe Beimel’s comeback continues!

John’s Pick...

  • Run while you can.