Today is the last full day of the Winter Meetings, which wrap up mid-day on Thursday with the Rule 5 Draft.
The Mariners are still heavily involved in most of the rumors coming out of Orlando. There is no question they are being very active trying to land additional players. There is word out there that the team has signed Corey Hart to a one-year deal, pending a physical later this week. A Carter Capps for Logan Morrison trade appears to be done, too.
On the minor league side, there are still no reports of the team signing any six-year (minor league) free agents. That doesn’t mean that they haven’t signed any – it’s just that no word has gotten out yet. There will be a few for sure.
The minor league coaching staffs are still not set. One of the Rainiers front office executives at the meetings asked Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn about Tacoma’s coaching staff, and he said he was working to finalize it now. My gut feeling is that we are going to have a trio of new faces running the Rainiers.
There was some huge news in the PCL last night: the City of Nashville gave final approval for a brand new ballpark to be built for the Nashville Sounds. This is great news for the league, and especially for the fans in Nashville.
They have been working towards a new ballpark in Nashville for about a decade. It will be great to see it happen – opening day, 2015!
- Here is Ryan Divish’s Winter Meetings Day Three rolling blog post.
- Notes on today’s Mariners moves.
- The Mariners don’t have to trade Nick Franklin, Bob Dutton writes.
- New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has already had talks with Robinson Cano.
- The solution to the Mariners off-field problems is to win, Larry Stone writes.
- The new ballpark in Nashville is on the way.
- You can add former Rainiers slugger Luis Jimenez to the list of players signing with teams in Korea. Jimenez will play for Lotte Giants, I’ve been told.
- The Salt Lake Bees announced their coaching staff – no changes.
- I am linking to this story on 1950 PCL MVP winner Catfish Metkovich simply because I wanted to type Catfish Metkovich. Twice. It’s actually a quirky old baseball story.
Lots of action, following these meetings. It’s fun to have the Mariners in on almost everybody.