Touching Some Bases

We have lots of small items to get to after I took a long weekend off, so let’s jump in:

The official list of minor league free agents came out, and several 2014 Rainiers players are on it. As expected, Logan Kensing, Xavier Avery, Blake Beavan, Nate Tenbrink, and Leury Bonilla are all free agents.

You might recall I was unsure if all-star infielder Gabriel Noriega qualified for free agency. It turns out that he does. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Mariners try to re-sign him.

The major league General Managers meetings started over the weekend, and this means that the off-season rumor mill started churning.

We are going to be hearing rumors involving the Mariners throughout the winter – especially since the front office stated that payroll is going to increase. Most of these rumors will concern established right-handed hitters who can play outfield or first base/DH.

The M’s are definitely going to do something. We’ll have to wait and see what Jack Z has up his sleeve.

If you think chasing the rumors is fun (I do!), check the links down below.

Meanwhile, the Winter Leagues continue and one of our guys has reported. Erasmo Ramirez made his first start for Cardinales de Lara in Venezuela over the weekend, working six strong innings.

Two starting pitchers of note for Rainiers fans are performing well right now: James Gillheeney and Victor Sanchez.

Gillheeney spent nearly all of 2014 with the Rainiers, and he had his ups and downs. But in Mexico right now, it’s all positive for Gillheeney: he’s made six starts with a 2.37 ERA, and a 21-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 30.1 innings.

Sanchez spent the 2014 season at Double-A Jackson and is a strong candidate to jump to Tacoma next year. He’s with Erasmo pitching for Lara, and he’s made six starts with a 2.73 ERA.

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