Sometimes, out of the corner of your eye, the word “Marlins” can look like the word “Mariners.” Which could startle you, if you woke up and misread a tweet reporting that the Marlins are close to signing Albert Pujols to a 10-year contract.
He’s 31 years old right now. It sure seems like the Marlins would be paying Pujols a lot of money when he’s 40, and can’t DH because he’s in the National League.
Still, the Marlins are banking that a lineup of Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Pujols, and Mike Stanton can lead them to multiple playoff appearances and possibly a World Series title.
The scuttlebutt as I type this is that a deal might get done tonight. Talk about a shocker!
All is quiet on the Mariners front, as Jack Z and his staff are very tight-lipped about their plans. However, that doesn’t stop persistent rumors that the Mariners are very interested in signing Prince Fielder.
Winter Meetings links:
- Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has a story on the Prince Fielder situation, and how the Mariners might fit into it. Baker is in Dallas and he is putting up a lot of content on his blog.
- Before you get too excited about the prospects of Prince Fielder, you should read Larry Stone’s cautionary reminder that Mr. Boras has not yet played his hand.
- Larry LaRue has a blog post with a round-up of some rumors out of Dallas, including a note that the Phillies may sign former Rainiers reliever George Sherrill.
- In his meet-the-media session in Dallas, Mariners manager Eric Wedge said, among other things, that he might move Ichiro‘s spot in the batting order – and he has talked to Ichiro about it.
- Leave it to Shannon Drayer to provide a thorough story on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and how the Mariners view it. She has some fresh insight on the changes to the international free agent market.
- The biggest rumor sweeping the Winter Meetings relates to a mystery pool.
- Mariners VP of International Scouting Bob Engle will receive the Scout of the Year award on Wednesday. The story from Greg Johns has a lot of good quotes.
- Best of luck to former Rainiers third baseman Matt Mangini, team MVP of the 2010 PCL championship club. He signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays today.
Does anybody else find it funny that a person named Fielder is a baseball player who is famous for something other than fielding?