Hey, hey, hey everyone. I hope you got a chance to read my thank you letter to my readers posted right before this. If you haven’t I suggest you do now…. Got it? Okay cool. I hope it gives you a better idea of who I am and what this team means to me.
Reporting live from this dreary Monday evening in Seattle, here is your baseball news from the past week. It started off a little slow (it is the middle of November shouldn’t we expect this), but our main man Jerry Dipoto, the Dodgers and a whole slew of other people said no to all that business. Happy reading everyone!
GO BASEBALL NEWS:
- You know we could not go a WHOLE week without Jerry Dipoto making some kind move to improve the Mariners roster. This move featured outfielder Ramon Flores (who came from the Yankees in exchange for Dustin Ackley) being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder Luis Sardiñas. Both clubs dealt from their surplus to make their teams feel a little more complete. Sardiñas will most likely train under Marte as a backup at shortstop.
- The Atlanta Braves seem to want to trade everyone of value that they have, making their club feel very “replacement level players starting opening day circa early 90s”. Last week they traded Cameron Maybin back to a team that traded him in a package deal for Miguel Cabrera 8 years ago. In exchange for Maybin the Braves will receive LH pitchers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier.
- The Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics swapped right-hand arms. Jesse Chavez goes to Toronto to fulfill one of the two holes remaining in their starting rotation (and to alleviate some payroll obligations from Oakland). Liam Hendriks goes to Oakland after a turnaround season in 2015, which he transitioned from a starter to an effective reliever.
- Award season came to a close last week. Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals) was the unanimous choice for the NL MVP at 22-years old, while Josh Donaldson (Toronto Blue Jays) was voted the AL MVP. Jake Arrieta (Chicago Cubs/NL) and Dallas Keuchel (Houston Astros/AL) took home their respective league’s Cy Young awards.
- Dave Roberts is officially (well after thanksgiving) the Los Angeles Dodgers new manager. He will succeed Don Mattingly as the club’s skipper. Mattingly lead the Dodgers to the last three NL West titles but was unable to get them to a World Series in his tenure. Roberts has minimal coaching experience, but you might remember him by his role on the 2004 Boston Red Sox team by a little old play now know as “The Steal”. Another fun note: he is the first minority manager the Dodgers have hired in their existence. He is the second minority hire this offseason, the first is Dusty Baker for the Washington Nationals. Progress people, progress.
- Speaking of managers, one of my favorite managers has found a new gig. Lloyd McClendon returns to the Detroit Tigers organization as the manager for the Tiger’s triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens. It’s no secret that I’m a heavy Lloyd supporter, so I’m happy our former skipper still gets a chance to make a difference in the MiLB and MLB community. Side note, Lloyd had nothing but positive things to say about his former club: ….In case you needed another reason to love Lloyd.
- On a coaching note, the Mariners have completed their additions to the coaching staff under new skipper Scott Servais. Casey Candaele (1st base) and Mike Hampton (bullpen) join Edgar Martinez (hitting), Tim Bogar (bench), Mel Stottlemyre (Pitching) and Manny Acta (3rd Base).
- Literally as I was writing this, my beautiful beloved Mariners decide to make another move in the abundant offseason market. As prefaced by some rumors a whole two weeks ago, the Mariners have signed catcher Chris Iannetta to a 1-year deal for $4.25M. This is a wonderful move, as our guy Mike Z needs still needs some time to grow into his position and to be in a confident mental state. Iannetta is the perfect veteran guy to provide a solid example for Zunino, while being a contributing member of the club.
Another sure to be good week of offseason moves is coming and plenty of new opportunities should arise. I’d also like to extend a sincere thank you to Jerry Dipoto for making that previous sentence possible. I feel like everyday something new and exciting can happen, and boy oh boy is that a good feeling. Happy week 4, everyone! Go Mariners.