Good morning everyone! The Mariners continue to shake up the baseball world. Let’s find out what others are doing in the interim.
In Mariners news...
- The Mariners can’t seem to quit Kolten Wong. Personally, I think they should just re-sign Adam Frazier if they’re going to go this route. Better to save the prospect capital.
Sources: #Mariners have inquired with #Brewers on availability of 2B Kolten Wong, who has 1 year left before free agency. Wong, a left-handed hitter, is coming off a career-high 118 OPS+. @MLB @MLBNetwork @SeattleSports— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 17, 2022
- Ryan Divish hopped on MLB Network to provide some insight on the Mariners’ offseason thinking (this was recorded prior to the Kyle Lewis-Cooper Hummel trade, though I doubt that drastically changed their calculus).
"They wanted to add impact hitters to the lineup...this is a move teams do when they're close to moving over the top."— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 17, 2022
Mariners beat writer @RyanDivish joins #MLBTonight to discuss what's next for Seattle after trading for Teoscar Hernández.@adnansvirk | #SeaUsRise pic.twitter.com/szeQqCQUjn
Around the league...
- Aaron Judge and Paul Goldschmidt were named the MVP Award winners. Julio finished 7th in AL voting.
- Shohei Ohtani publicly expressed his desire to play for Japan in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
- Ohtani is in the news for some less-rosy reasons too: he’s one of eight athletes being sued for his endorsement of a cryptocurrency exchange that has since gone bankrupt.
- Liberty Media, the owner of the Atlanta Braves, is planning to separate the baseball club into its own publicly-traded entity.
- So...it seems like the Yankees and Mets colluded. And this makes you wonder if this is happening more than we know!
Former Marlins president David Sampson was on @LeBatardShow today and insisted the Yankees and Mets aren’t colluding on Aaron Judge’s next deal, but then outlines a scenario that is textbook collusion, and then justifies it by saying every business does it. pic.twitter.com/BgJievsGsF— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) November 17, 2022
- Chris Gilligan at Fangraphs wonders how long Xander Bogaerts will be able to remain at shortstop defensively.
- Twitter employees are quitting in droves and many are wondering if the website can last the weekend with basically no oversight from the company.