M’s Add Some Relievers, Change Stadium Name

It’s the slow time of the year for baseball news: the period immediately following the Winter Meetings, lasting through the holiday season. But the M’s made some news this week.

Edit: that opening sentence sure turned out to be wrong. Within an hour of posting the blog, the Mariners traded Ben Gamel to the Brewers for slugging outfielder Domingo Santana, and then the Dodgers and Reds made a huge trade sending Yasiel Puig to Cincinnati. Lots of action on a Friday afternoon!

They officially announced the new naming rights deal for the former Safeco Field. It will now be called T-Mobile Park.

The change will be hard to get used to, at first. The ballpark has been known as Safeco Field since it was built. I know I will accidentally call it Safeco on the air at some point in April, and I suspect the Mariners announcers will slip up once or twice themselves. It’s hard to re-train the brain.

The good news is the T-Mobile deal is a 25-year pact. The name shouldn’t be changing again any time soon. As for the name itself, it went from an insurance company to a telephone company. It’s hard to get emotional about that.

More pertinent to what we care about in this space, the Mariners have signed a couple of relief pitchers: one for them, and one (probably) for us in Tacoma. Left-hander Zac Rosscup was brought in on a major league contract, with the hopes that he can get left-handed hitters out in the big leagues this year. Right-hander Tyler Danish was signed to a minor league contract, and we will pencil him into the Tacoma bullpen.

Danish was the Chicago White Sox second round draft pick out of a high school in Plant City, Florida in 2013, making him a young minor league free agent at age 24. The White Sox developed him as a starting pitcher until 2018, when they moved him to bullpen at Triple-A Charlotte. Used as a multiple-inning reliever, Danish posted a 3.01 ERA in 33 games and 71.2 innings. He got into seven major league games in 2018, all as a reliever. At this point we don’t know if the Mariners are looking at him as a possible major league reliever, or a Triple-A starter, or a Triple-A reliever. There are lots of possible outcomes here.

Not much in the links below. This could be our last post of 2018 (unless Trader Jerry strikes again). The holidays will come and go, then the new year arrives and everyone looks at each other and realizes that spring training is just six weeks away, and it’s time to get moving.

Links:

  • The Seattle Times has a news story on the T-Mobile Park name change.
  • In terrific news for all concerned, MLB along with the Cuban and US governments have struck a deal so that baseball players don’t have to defect from Cuba in order to play in the USA. Here are the details.
  • Here’s the story on the M’s signing lefty reliever Zac Rosscup.

Happy holidays, and thanks for reading all year!

 

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