Just Three Letters Away

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.

Ten years!

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?

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