Someone turned the Hot Stove League up to eleven as we have all kinds of things going on now.
First and foremost, there are multiple reports from all kinds of sources (but not the Mariners themselves) that Seattle extended Kyle Seager‘s contract for seven years – reportedly to the tune of roughly $100 million. That’s Panda Money right there – which makes sense, since Seager is better and younger than Sandoval right now.
The deal covers Seager’s final three seasons of arbitration eligibility and his first four years of free agency. More details can be found in the links below.
On the minor league front, 2014 Tacoma Rainiers Pitcher of the Year Logan Kensing signed as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox. It’s a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training.
Kensing was a PCL All-Star and had a great year for Tacoma. His only problem was that the Mariners bullpen was so good this year that he never got a chance to be called up. Going to the White Sox is a smart move for the veteran: their bullpen was awful in 2014, so maybe Kensing can make the team in the spring.
Two former Rainiers signed with the San Francisco Giants.
Catcher Guillermo Quiroz re-signed with San Francisco on a minor league deal. A former Mariners and Rainiers receiver, the friendly Quiroz was with the Giants throughout their World Series run and was there for the celebration despite not being on the active playoff roster. He was essentially an insurance policy: if one of the Giants two catchers was injured during a playoff game, Quiroz was there and ready to go for the next game.
The Giants also signed ex-Rainiers infielder Carlos Triunfel – who was a free agent for the first time in his career. Both Triunfel and Quiroz are likely to play for Triple-A
Fresno Sacramento in 2015.
Our division rival Reno was active adding PCL veterans over the weekend.
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed PCL bats Nick “Chili” Buss and Jamie Romak to Triple-A contracts. Both are hitters who should thrive in the high-elevation of Reno.
Buss had an all-star season for Albuquerque in 2013, driving in 100 runs. His numbers came back to earth at pitcher-friendly Sacramento last year.
Romak hit 22 homers for Memphis in 2013 and 24 more for Albuquerque in 2014, and he made his MLB debut in 2014.
- We’ll start with Ryan Divish’s story on the Kyle Seager contract extension.
- Dave Cameron analyzes the Seager deal.
- Buster Olney ranked Seager as the 4th-best third baseman in MLB.
- The Mariners were granted a rare fourth option year on Danny Hultzen, Bob Dutton reported in a Saturday notebook. That means Hultzen can pitch in the minor leagues in 2015.
- Shannon Drayer has a blog post on Tacoma catcher John Hicks, who was added to the 40-man roster last week.
- In his always-entertaining Sunday notebook, David Laurila at Fangraphs includes an anecdote about new Rainiers manager Pat Listach hitting his first Major League home run.
- A week’s worth of minor league transactions are right here. The Mariners signed Jim Leyland‘s kid Patrick Leyland, who was let go by the Tigers – he’s a Class-A catcher.
- The Hall Of Fame ballot was revealed today, and former Mariners Edgar Martinez and Randy Johnson are on it. This is Johnson’s first appearance on the ballot – which is so loaded that Rob Neyer is calling it the Hall Of Fame Megaballot.
Check back Wednesday for a post leading into the Thanksgiving weekend.