Hopefully everybody had a great holiday season, and is ready for 2018. Tacoma Rainiers opening day – at home this year, on April 5 – is just 94 days away.
It was the quietest winter break in baseball that I can remember. There was no notable news in the minor leagues. Only one major league free agent signed: the Rockies added relief pitcher Wade Davis.
Even Jerry Dipoto went off the grid, apparently. The hyper-active Mariners general manager hasn’t made a roster move since signing reliever Juan Nicasio on December 20th. We are on Day 12 without a transaction for Dipoto, which must be his personal record and makes you wonder if he’s ok.
As we gear up to the start of the season, we’ll begin previewing aspects of it here on the blog.
Coming soon we’ll look at the 2018 Rainiers schedule. The PCL made some unexpected changes to the schedule format this year, which we’ll reveal soon.
In mid-January we’ll launch our look at prospective Tacoma Rainiers players entering spring training. That’s when we start to get a feel about how this year’s team is going to look.
On that front, expect to hear more names of minor league free agents signed by the Mariners in the coming days. Organization depth is still thin at the upper levels.
During the holiday break I still hop on the computer each day and check the various websites for interesting baseball stuff. This year that daily routine produced exactly one (1) link.
- This was a fun idea/project: Sam Miller attempted to answer the question “what was the season remembered for?” for each year in baseball history. Baseball nuts can argue about this for weeks.