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Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/10/24: Minor League Signings, Shota Imanaga, and Rachel Balkovec

The Mariners add several interesting pitchers to the bullpen pile.

World Baseball Classic Championship: United States v Japan Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Good morning friends! We’re getting some movement around the league right now as the offseason enters its third act. Here’s what is happening in baseball.

In Mariners news...

  • Luke Raley spoke about his experience getting traded — on his honeymoon!
  • I spent way too long staring at this.

Around the league...

  • The Cubs have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with left-hander Shota Imanaga, though the precise details of the contract are not yet known.
  • California’s state controller appealed to Congress over Shohei Ohtani’s unprecedented deferral structure. This is worth tracking as it may impact how players can do this in the future.
  • The Marlins have hired Rachel Balkovec to serve as their new Director of Player Development. Balkovec spent the last two years as a minor league manager in the Yankees’ organization, where she was the first woman ever to do so.
  • The Internationalization of baseball continues...