The Hot Stove League (one of my favorite archaic baseball expressions that makes no sense at all) is getting underway, as the major league off-season is upon us.
As soon as the World Series ended, eligible players were allowed to declare free agency. Four Mariners players did right away: Oliver Perez, Kevin Millwood, George Sherrill, and Miguel Olivo. Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to add his name to the list, and that should be all as far as the Mariners are concerned.
Major League free agent signing season starts six days after the World Series ends – so that will be this coming Saturday. The Mariners front office is already analyzing the free agent pool and I’m sure they will make a few contract offers.
Other off-season dates of note:
- November 12-15 – major awards announced (MVP, Cy Young, etc.)
- November 20 – major league 40-man roster must be set prior to Rule 5 Draft
- December 3-6 – Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN
I’ll keep an eye on that hot stove (don’t touch it!) and update the blog accordingly over the next few months. In the meantime, we have a few items in the links today:
- The Gold Glove Award winners were announced. No Mariners won – Brendan Ryan got hosed, in my opinion – while one former Rainiers player was named: Adam Jones of the Orioles.
- Larry Stone wrote about how offensive production can determine who wins a defensive award. It makes no sense at all!
- Rumors, speculation, rumors, speculation. You want Mariners rumors and speculation? Stone has rumors and speculation.
- Greg Merson won the World Series Of Poker championship (and $8.5 million) while wearing an Adam Jones replica jersey. The Maryland resident actually wore two different jerseys of the ex-Rainiers outfielder, one for each day of the final table. After Merson’s gruelling victory (it took nearly 12 hours last night), Jones sent him a congratulatory tweet.
- Rainiers mascot Rhubarb The Reindeer is going trick-or-treating with 9-year-old Isabelle Heatherly in Parkland tonight. If you are out in Parkland, look for the antlers.