It’s been a quiet Winter Meetings so far – at least, it’s been quiet as far as the Mariners are concerned.
There have been rumors that the Mariners have shown interest in a number of lower-tier free agents, such as catchers Greg Zaun and Miguel Olivo, and DH Jack Cust, but nothing big yet.
Edit: we are now hearing that the Mariners have agreed to a one-year deal with Cust, but it won’t be announced until after the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. We’ll see.
But we have learned in the past that Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik does not tip his hand. It seems like nearly every trade he has ever made was a surprise when it was announced. We can only imagine what kind of discussions he’s been having with other teams this week.
- Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times is in Orlando – here is his Wednesday morning round-up, and he posts the most current news on his blog.
- The News Tribune has Ryan Divish in Florida – here is his story from Wednesday’s paper, and his updates are here. He also did a very long live chat in which he covered Mariners moves, bad TV shows, some Rainiers questions, and his sandwich preferences while taking pot-shots at fellow area scribes. Here’s the transcript.
- This is behind a subscriber wall, but Baseball Prospectus has a Q&A with Michael Saunders. Don’t worry if you’re not a subscriber – you’re not missing much on this one (which is rare for a BP interview).
- In the PCL, Rainiers rivals Salt Lake announced their manager and coaching staff. New skipper Keith Johnson played for Salt Lake in 2002 and 2003.
- The Sacramento RiverCats are embracing gadgetry.
- Longtime Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins broadcaster Dave Van Horne will be honored by the Hall of Fame as winner of the Frick Award. A fan reminisces.
It’s a nice day here in Tacoma – a perfect day for a Cheney Stadium Construction Site photo shoot. I’m on my way over right now; I’ll post the results soon.