Name Change In Oklahoma City

We’ve got a name change in the Pacific Coast League.

The Oklahoma City RedHawks are no more. The new team name is the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

We had a feeling this might happen ever since the affiliation changes went down back in late September. The Oklahoma City affiliation change (from Houston Astros to Los Angeles Dodgers) occurred because one of the major league Dodgers part-owners – Peter Guber – bought the Triple-A team.

Dodgers is a classic baseball name and it will fit well in Oklahoma City. That being said, I actually liked RedHawks (other than the disgusting mid-word capitalization). It was a unique minor league team name that was not cartoonish or ridiculous.

Check out the new logos:

OKC Dodgers

What do you think?

I like the home plate version – I think it has a classy look. I’m not sold on the OK/LA logo combination (is it off-balance?) but it might grow on me.

The official Minor League Baseball free agent tracker was updated yesterday and it shows former Rainiers and Mariners pitcher Blake Beavan as having signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

I texted Blake today and he confirmed it. Hopefully Arizona will be a good opportunity for him to return to the major leagues.

Yesterday was the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players and the Mariners did not offer a contract to Carlos Rivero – who they claimed off waivers exactly one month ago. That means Rivero is a free agent.

Rivero, we never knew you.

One player who I’ve hoped the Mariners would sign for Tacoma the last two years is available again: veteran outfielder Andrew Brown was non-tendered by Oakland.

Brown and the Mariners would be an ideal fit for a minor league contract with a big league spring training invitation. He crushes Triple-A pitching and has played in the majors for parts of the last four years.

He’s a right-handed hitter who would fit the same role Cole Gillespie had for Tacoma at the start of the 2014 season.

Links:

  • We’ll start with the official MiLB.com story on the Oklahoma City name change.
  • Larry Stone had a Tuesday column on the Nelson Cruz signing, in which he writes that despite the age of the player and the size of the contract this was something that the Mariners desperately needed.
  • Dave Boling wrote that the Cruz signing indicates that the Mariners are trying to win now.
  • The Mariners officially announced the Kyle Seager contract extension. This story has the salary breakdown.
  • Jeff Sullivan tried to determine what kind of trade value Taijuan Walker might have. It seems like keeping him would be the best bet.
  • In the PCL, the Nashville Sounds announced their coaching staff and Steve Scarsone is the manager. Former Tacoma Tigers infielder Webster Garrison is the hitting coach. Remember: Nashville is an Oakland A’s affiliate now.
  • Before the Colorado Rockies existed, the New Orleans Zephyrs were the Denver Zephyrs. They had a famous Triple-A slugger named Joey Meyer and he once hit a 582-foot home run at Mile High Stadium. <<< good story alert!
  • Congratulations to the man in charge of the Iowa Cubs. Sam Bernabe has won Baseball America’s Minor League Executive of the Year award.

We’ll be back with a new entry on Friday when Baseball America posts its annual Mariners Top Prospects package. Much of it will be subscriber-only but the list will be available to all.

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