Baseball’s Winter Meetings start today, when representatives from all of the major league and minor league teams congregate at one massive convention center. This year it’s right outside of Washington, DC in National Harbor, Maryland.
The Mariners main goal at the meetings this year is to find another reliable starting pitcher, either via trade or free agency. But who knows what Dealing Dipoto might pull off.
Over the weekend, the team officially announced the signing of major league relievers Marc Rzepcznyski and Casey Fien, adding more bullpen depth.
As always, the Rainiers have a contingent of front office members at the meetings. Team president Aaron Artman sits on some of the PCL executive committees and they meet to discuss a range of league-wide issues. Rainiers Baseball Operations/Merchandise guru Ashley Schutt is always very busy at the convention, meeting with vendors about new items for the team store, talking with reps from the uniform and hat companies, and discussing league-wide PCL operations issues. Our PR man Brett Gleason is there, learning from others who have hosted a Triple-A All-Star Game before. There are always hundreds of job seekers at the meetings, and Rainiers VP of Sales Shane Santman is scouting them out looking for quality salespeople.
I’ll have blog updates each day during the meetings, so check back daily. For now, let’s get to the pre-meetings links.
- Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times filed this Mariners-related Winter Meetings Preview before jetting off to Maryland.
- Divish has a running blog with Mariners-related updates from the meetings – start at the bottom and scroll up.
- Bob Dutton takes a look at not only the Mariners needs, but also the needs of the other AL West division rivals.
- For a national perspective, here is an article from the Boston Globe on possible blockbuster deals that could happen this week at the Winter Meetings.
- Former GM Jim Bowden details the mechanics of a winter meetings set-up from a team’s perspective.
- Here’s the news story from the TNT on the signing of Marc Rzepcznyski and Casey Fien.
- According to the latest round of Baseball America’s minor league transactions, the Mariners have signed Triple-A/MLB pitcher Christian Bergman and Double-A catcher Sebastian Valle. Bergman could be a nice piece for Tacoma’s rotation next year. Also: ex-Rainiers pitcher Lucas Luetge signed with the Reds, and Jarrett Grube inked a deal with Toronto.
- News from the PCL: the Las Vegas 51s new manager has been announced. It’s Pedro Lopez, who skippered the Mets Double-A team for the last five years. A former catcher, Lopez played for Las Vegas in 1994.