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Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/22/23: Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Rule Changes, and More RSN Fallout

The second-biggest free agent is off the board.

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Hello all and happy Friday! Let’s dig in.

In Mariners news...

Around the league...

  • Yoshinobu Yamamoto found his new home, agreeing to a 12-year, $325M contract, the largest in value for a pitcher which is particularly remarkable when you consider he is an MLB rookie.
  • Major League Baseball has authorized some minor rule changes to go into effect in 2024, including a shorter pitch timer with runners on base and a wider base path for runners between home and first.
  • Alden Gonzalez at ESPN broke down how the RSN drama is impacting the offseason landscape.
  • Rob Mains at Baseball Prospectus dug into the league-wide stats for 2023 to dig up 7 facts you might not know about the sport. ($)
  • Michael Baumann at Fangraphs attempted to sort through the strange offseason for Atlanta.