Everything is at a standstill in Tacoma today, due to six inches of overnight snow – and that’s just here in the North End, I’m hearing there was even more in other parts of town.
We do expect one big piece of baseball news: today is the deadline for the Texas Rangers to sign superstar Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, presumable for millions and millions of dollars. If they don’t come to terms, Darvish will head back to Japan to pitch this season. Look for the Rangers to get him signed.
There has been a consensus that Prince Fielder would not sign until after Darvish. The thought was that if the Rangers don’t sign Darvish, they will have money to spend on Fielder, so Fielder’s agent has been waiting. The whole thing should end in a few days.
Do you think the Mariners are still in play for Fielder, assuming the Montero trade is completed? If they signed Fielder now, they would have too many players at the first base/DH position: Fielder, Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero. The M’s would have to make another trade – or send Montero to Tacoma, which would seem like a waste, but we’d take him! Another option would be to trade one of the catchers, and spend the 2012 season seeing if Montero can play there.
- John McGrath has a column about Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson, who will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame in late July.
- Jonathan Mayo at MLB.com has been ranking prospects by position. Mariners appear in his Top-10 lists of right-handed pitchers, left-handed pitchers, and shortstops. Of the three M’s players listed, I believe that Danny Hultzen is the one we are most likely to see in a Rainiers uniform at some point this season.
Be safe on the roads today!