Welcome to day two of the Winter Meetings, in which we are going to continue to hear rumors that the Mariners have “reached out to” or “spoken with”… every single hitter on the planet.
Seriously, after one day, the Mariners have been linked to Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher, Nate McLouth, Ryan Ludwick, Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Wil Myers, Garrett Jones, Adam LaRoche, Michael Morse, Asdrubal Cabrera, Justin Upton, Jason Bay… you name a hitter, the Mariners have reached out.
However, as I push the “publish” button on this post, nothing has happened for the Mariners yet.
Stay tuned, as the reports are that Jack Zduriencik and the Mariners have been very active in Nashville. All of the work will lead to something – hopefully something good.
- The News Tribune has a story from Ryan Divish on Mariners GM Jack Z, his contract status, and if that changes his approach to off-season moves. Divish also has a Winter Meetings notebook from the morning paper. While he is working today, he’s keeping a live blog of the latest news and rumors right here.
- At the Seattle Times, Geoff Baker filed this story for this morning’s edition. Baker is also blogging away, with his latest post stealing the line I was going to use to open my post today. Baker had it first – that’s why he’s a reporter and I am not.
- In another post, Baker writes that the Mariners discussions in Nashville reveal that they are not set on going into spring training with Justin Smoak at first base. This is not surprising – I really like Justin and root for him, but after last season the M’s clearly must get more offense out of first base.
- Lots of reports that he Mariners are going to sign another team’s Chone Figgins. If this happens, don’t expect much.
- In a classic blog post from Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee newspaper, it is reported that Triple-A Nashville’s stadium is “a dump” and there are no current plans to build a new one in the city. Seriously, the newspaper reported that the stadium is a dump. Gotta say, it is accurate reporting.
- Here is the real news story – or “lack of news” story – from Nashville regarding the static ballpark situation.
- Baseball Prospectus has a free Winter Meetings round-up of day one from John Perrotto. Lots of good tidbits in this one from a longtime MLB beat writer.
- This will cause a reaction come April: John Kruk is moving out of the studio and into the Sunday Night Baseball booth.
- Meanwhile, new Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons went to a Rush concert.
Here’s hoping for some tangible Mariners moves soon!