It doesn’t feel anything like spring here in Tacoma, but luckily that doesn’t apply to Arizona.
Down in the greater Phoenix area, temperatures are expected to reach the 80s this week as baseball is about to begin.
Seattle Mariners pitchers and catchers report for physicals on Wednesday, with workouts starting on Thursday. The remaining position players report next Wednesday.
That’s the schedule for players invited to the Mariners major league camp. The rest of the minor league players do not report until sometime right around March 1.
With spring training in the air, and football (mostly) out of the news, there are quite a few baseball stories for you to peruse today.
- In his column for ESPN Insiders on Saturday, Buster Olney had a section on Nick Franklin‘s trade value. Olney spoke with two anonymous front office executives, both of whom thought that the Mariners best course is to option Franklin to Tacoma, hope that he rakes in the PCL, and then re-visit the situation in the summer.
- The News Tribune published its Mariners Spring Training Preview on Sunday. Bob Dutton answered a lot of questions, and John McGrath wrote a column about the big change in baseball this year: replay.
- Up at the Seattle Times, Ryan Divish also previewed spring training.
- And over on the Mariners site, Greg Johns has his spring preview.
- Mexico won the Caribbean Series, defeating Puerto Rico after former Rainiers pitcher Joel Pineiro left the game. Pineiro is a free agent, healthy for the first time in two years – I won’t be surprised if the Mariners bring him to camp and take a look.
- The legal process in the Peguero/Hernandez case is wrapping up.
- MLB Draft Insider has a different look at the Mariners top prospects.
- This look at PCL park factors shows once again that Cheney Stadium remains as one of the best pitcher’s parks in the league.
- The new general manager of the Round Rock Express had a different career path than most minor league baseball executives.
- The Nashville Sounds are expecting an attendance boost when their new ballpark opens in 2015.
- College baseball starts later this week. Baseball America’s free Pac-12 preview is right here. They see the Cougs as a NCAA tournament team, but not the Huskies.
Check in on Wednesday afternoon for what should be a very long and inconclusive post: I’ll look at the candidates to make up the Tacoma Rainiers middle infield.