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Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/6/24: Luis Castillo, Dakota Hudson, and Michael Brantley

Could things be finally starting to pick up?

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Hello friends and welcome to the weekend! After a whirlwind Friday in Mariners-world, here’s what you may have missed.

In Mariners news...

  • Shannon Drayer has quotes from Jerry Dipoto on the two moves the Mariners made yesterday and how he feels about the team at this point in the offseason.
  • Julio is ours and you can’t have him!

Around the league...

  • The Rockies added some depth to their squad, signing right-hander Dakota Hudson and catcher Jacob Stallings to one-year contracts.
  • In addition to their trade with the Mariners yesterday, the Rays sent right-hander Andrew Kittredge to the Cardinals for outfielder Richie Palacios.
  • Atlanta has agreed to a one-year deal with infielder Luis Guillorme.
  • Former Astros outfielder Michael Brantley has decided to retire.
  • It was just announced yesterday that Cardinals utilityman Tommy Edman underwent wrist surgery in October. The injury reportedly hindered his performance in 2023, leading to a disappointing season for the hitter.
  • The Rangers announced the hiring of Dave Bush as their new Director of Pitching Strategy.
  • Though they’re very young, Gunnar Henderson and Bobby Witt, Jr. are already on a Hall of Fame trajectory. Michael Baumann at Fangraphs wonders what could stop them from achieving that.
  • The latest news in the Wander Franco saga is that the infielder was released from custody and has been given permission to leave the country as he pleases while they continue to investigate, as long as he returns once monthly to meet with authorities.