Just a quick note to let you know what is on tap here at the blog, as we gear up for spring training.
A week from today (next Wednesday) is the Mariners annual pre-spring training media event. This event always generates a bit of news and we’ll cover it here on the blog.
Once that is done, we’ll begin our annual look at the position-by-position battles to make the Rainiers opening day roster. I pledge to start this project the final week of January.
I still believe that – despite the proximity of spring training – the Mariners are still actively trying to make moves to improve the roster. Heck, just last week they worked out a mammoth trade, only to have it vetoed by the player. We could still have some major roster-related news here, at any time.
A few decent links:
- Ryan Divish notes that there could be a few minor baseball rules changes implemented before the season. I assume these would apply to the majors and the minors.
- Former Rainiers lefty Ryan Feierabend signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers.
- The Salt Lake Bees announced that they are bringing back the same coaching staff as last year, including former Rainiers infielder Francisco Matos as hitting coach.
- It’s off-subject, but worth a read: Tacoma’s own Isaiah Thomas is playing for the Sacramento Kings, who could end up in Seattle soon. Todd Dybas of The News Tribune caught up with him recently. Rainiers fans can include “I.T.” as part of the family – he often wears a Rainiers hat on TV, and has attended games (and thrown out the first pitch) at Cheney Stadium.