That old hot stove is starting to heat up in the major leagues, with word of a big “fire sale” trade by the Florida Marlins in the works, free agent Torii Hunter apparently signing with Detroit, and the MLB owners meetings going on.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is at the owners meeting, and he got Mariners president Chuck Armstrong on the record saying the team is prepared to spend more money on payroll, and they are (obviously) targeting offense. We knew this, but it is nice to hear it coming straight from the top.
- Former Rainiers and Mariners catcher Rob Johnson signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. He received a major league spring training invitation and will attempt to beat out Tony Cruz as the backup catcher to Yadier Molina.
- Our guy Erasmo Ramirez is pitching for Nicaragua in the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament this week.
- From Baseball Prospectus (subscription) we learn that Rainiers lefty Bobby LaFromboise has struck out 11 of the 19 left-handed batters he has faced in the Arizona Fall League.
- Former Seattle Mariners manager Bob Melvin won the American League Manager of the Year award.
- The Seattle Times has commentary on the huge (proposed) Marlins – Blue Jays trade: Larry Stone on Marlins fire sales, and Geoff Baker on the Jays spending money.
I’m going to my personal happy place for my final out-of-town trip of the off-season, and won’t be back to update the blog until Tuesday. I suspect we’ll have some baseball news to report by then.