Baseball executives landed in San Diego today and the Winter Meetings are underway. Thus, we have a rare Sunday afternoon blog update.
What we have here is a round-up of stories – both Mariners-related and nationally – about what to look for as the meetings get underway.
- The Mariners main priority at the Winter Meetings is to secure a right fielder, Ryan Divish writes.
- Bob Dutton of The News Tribune seems really happy to be in San Diego – here is his meetings preview.
- Divish had a round-up of Mariners news on his blog on Friday evening. Included – among many things – is an item on Danny Hultzen and expectations.
- Apparently the Mariners interest in Melky Cabrera is real.
- Greg Johns of Mariners.com answered some questions from fans.
- For a national perspective, Jayson Stark has ten hot names going into the Winter Meetings. He also polled some executives to guess where the big three of Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, and James Shields might sign.
- Ben Lindbergh of Grantland has a good Winter Meetings preview.
- Fox’s Ken Rosenthal is in San Diego and here are his ten thoughts going into the meetings.
- A neat bit of history: Colorado Springs is the smallest city to ever host baseball’s Winter Meetings, doing so in 1957.
- From the latest round of Baseball America’s minor league transactions, we learn that 2014 Rainiers and Mariners outfielder Cole Gillespie signed with the Miami Marlins. That means Gillespie will be with New Orleans in the PCL if he doesn’t make the opening day roster.
Next blog update will be late Monday if the news warrants it – if not, we’ll have a full post on Tuesday with all of the latest tidbits and links.