It has been a wild and unpleasant week in Mariners news, as you surely know if you are a reader of this blog, but we actually have quite a few on-the-field baseball tidbits to pass along so let’s focus on those instead.
The Mariners have started working on their 2019 depth, which means they are acquiring players for the Tacoma roster. Lets get to those players and the rest of the links right now.
- The Mariners signed minor league free agent Dylan Moore to a major league contract, adding him to the 40-man roster. Moore was in the Brewers system; he played a four-game series at Cheney Stadium in early August while with Colorado Springs. In that series he hit leadoff and played third base for the Sky Sox. It looks like he’ll compete for a major league utility role in spring training, and if that doesn’t work out we’ll have him in Tacoma. Here are his career stats.
- The priceless Mariners Minors twitter account reports that the team signed catcher Austin Nola to a minor league contract. The brother of Phillies ace pitcher Aaron Nola, Austin caught for New Orleans last year after converting from the infield in 2017. He was famous in New Orleans for (almost) wearing a jersey with his name on the front and the back.
- Mariners Minors also reports that the team signed second baseman Tim Lopes, who was originally a Mariners draft pick that got traded to Toronto in 2017. He hit .277 with 18 stolen bases (but without much power) in the pitcher-friendly International League last year – here are his career stats. He’s only 24 years old and there might be some upside here.
- From Baseball America’s latest Minor League Transactions update, we learn that the M’s have re-signed reliever Ryan Garton on a minor league deal. Garton is a good reliever in the PCL when healthy, and he has had some successful stints in the majors as well.
- The Rule 5 Draft is less than a month away, and the Mariners have to consider protecting eligible minor leaguers on the 40-man roster. The most likely additions according to USS Mariner are anticipated 2019 Tacoma outfielder Braden Bishop and reliever Art Warren, with catcher Joe DeCarlo a possibility.
- Greg Johns has a story on potential replacements for Mike Zunino behind the plate.
- USS Mariner has more on the Zunino trade and the latest developments surrounding it.
- Mariners third base coach Scott Brosius decided not to return in 2019. We wish the former Tacoma Rainiers hitting coach the best in his next endeavour.
- The M’s are hiring new coaches Tim Laker and Perry Hill.
- Former Rainiers reliever Mark Lowe is attempting a comeback. He did not play in 2018.
- Larry Stone caught up with former Mariners manager Lou Piniella, who finds himself on the Hall of Fame ballot in the latest incarnation of what we used to call the Veteran’s Committee. Hall expert Jay Jaffe looks at his candidacy (along with that of one of his former employers).
- Forbes reports that T-Mobile has secured the new naming rights to (formerly) Safeco Field. The Mariners say we are a few weeks away from an official announcement.
- Shoreline native Blake Snell won the AL Cy Young Award. The Everett Herald caught up with his high school coach in a fun story.