I hope you had a great holiday. Here’s a quick round-up of Mariners-related rumors and news from the weekend:
- Be still my beating heart: there are rumors that the Mariners might be willing to sell the farm for my 2012 PCL man-crush Wil Myers.
- The other Mariners-related rumor over the holiday weekend involves free agent hitter Mike Napoli. Fangraphs took a moment to answer all of your Mike Napoli-related questions.
- From Baseball America’s minor league transactions we learn that the Mariners have re-signed free agent catcher Jesus Sucre. Sucre had a solid season at Double-A Jackson and is a good candidate to play in Tacoma in 2013. He has an excellent defensive reputation.
- Despite Sucre coming back, I still think that the Mariners will sign a defense-minded catcher with major league experience to act as a third catcher in the big leagues. It seems unlikely that the team will carry only Jesus Montero and John Jaso to handle all of the catching. Obviously, we hope that Mike Zunino will be ready soon, but there is no guarantee that will be the case. This is one of the reasons the Napoli rumors have legs – although he’s not real strong defensively, he does lighten the load on Jaso and Montero.
- Also from that Baseball America transactions link, former Rainiers lefty reliever Justin Thomas signed with Oakland/Sacramento.
- As expected, former Rainiers slugger Bryan LaHair signed with the Softbank Hawks in Japan. As also expected, he is being paid quite handsomely.
- The LaHair developments caused friend-of-the-blog Rob Neyer to spend some time pondering Bryan LaHair, Ken Phelps, Japan, and “4-A hitters.”
- For ESPN Insider subscribers, Buster Olney has a very clear and well-written column on performance enhancing drugs and the upcoming Hall Of Fame voting.
I’ll be back with a run-down on the winter leagues later this week. It could be a quiet week; the calm before the storm with the Winter Meetings taking place in Nashville next week.