We’re back from Thanksgiving – I hope you had a good one – and next up on the offseason baseball calendar is the Winter Meetings, which begin this weekend in Nashville.
Trader Jerry Dipoto apparently took the holiday weekend off, but the Mariners figure to be active at the meetings as they continue to try to revamp the club.
There was little in the way of baseball news over Thanksgiving weekend. I did, however, find a handful of interesting stories to link.
- Baseball America’s minor league transactions updates us on several ex-Rainiers players, including: Carlos Rivero signed with Arizona/Reno, Adam Moore is back with Cleveland/Columbus, Humberto Quintero inked with Toronto/Buffalo, Lucas Luetge signed with the Angels/Salt Lake, and the Mariners released some players including 2015 Rainiers lefthander Cam Hobson.
- The owner of the New Orleans Zephyrs wants to bring minor league baseball to Cuba (no, he’s not moving the Zephyrs there).
- Minor league home run king Mike Hessman announced he is retiring from playing – and moving directly to coaching. An unbelievable career: 433 minor league home runs, with 323 coming at the Triple-A level.
- Baseball American announced its Minor League Manager of the Year and the winner was Fresno’s Tony DeFrancesco.
- Jim Caple caught up with the ultra-creative minor league operator Mike Veeck.
Could be a quiet week here on the blog – although that will change when the baseball world overtakes the Opryland Hotel this weekend.