A quick Saturday update for you, with the Winter Meetings getting underway tomorrow in Las Vegas.
I’ll be in Vegas during the meetings, but in a non-official capacity (i.e. for fun). However, I’ll keep you updated with any Mariners-related news from the meetings here on the blog. Posts will most likely be simple news round-ups… like this one!
- We’ll start with the sad news: former Tacoma Rainiers infielder Luis Valbuena died in a car wreck in Venezuela on Thursday night. He played in 58 games for the Rainiers in 2008 (and a couple of games as an emergency fill-in in 2005), and then went on to a ten-year major league career. Former major leaguer Jose Castillo also perished in the crash, and ex-Rainiers third baseman Carlos Rivero survived it. It is believed to have been a case of foul play.
- Seattle has reportedly signed left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone to a minor league contract. He has lots of big league experience – career stats.
- National baseball writer Jon Heyman has an overview of where things stand with the Mariners. If you have been paying casual attention to the M’s offseason, this will get you caught up.
- Ryan Divish interviewed some experts to see how the Mariners farm system currently stacks up.
- Greg Johns writes that the Mariners will be looking for relief pitching at the Winter Meetings.
- Robinson Cano played up to his contract during his time in Seattle, Larry Stone writes.
- Former San Francisco Giants third baseman “Dirty Al” Gallagher has passed away. He was the first former major leaguer I encountered in my broadcasting career, when he was manager of the 1995 Bend Bandits of the independent Western League. Thanks for helping a young, green broadcaster, Al.
- In the PCL, Las Vegas is getting its new ballpark and team president Don Logan has been named the league’s Executive of the Year.