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Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

November 10, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Hot Stove Tuesday update

Here are a few stories to ponder while waiting for confirmation of Ichiro’s ninth straight Gold Glove and Franklin Gutierrez’s omission. Both will become official in the next hour or so. Update 12:16 p.m.: It’s official.

  • Be sure to check out my Ken Griffey Jr. column and blog thread (complete with my first poll ever, of which I’m very proud). It’s a hot-button topic right now, no question. I’m increasingly confident that Griffey will be coming back.

  • Hardball Times tells me why I’m wrong on Griffey.

  • FOX.com’s “Buzz” column from the GM Meetings has a few items on the Mariners, including speculation that Rich Harden would be a good fit for the Mariners. I agree. They also posit that the Mariners need punch at the plate — scoop! — and say they’ll “kick the tires” on Jason Bay. No revelation there.

    Dave Cameron of USS Mariner, moonlighting at fangraphs.com, does an indepth comparison of Bay vs. Mike Cameron, and comes to the conclusion that Cammy is the better option

  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX says that the Nationals’ managerial job is down to two candidates: Former Mariners’ interim manager Jim Riggleman and former Mariners’ player Bobby Valentine (98 games in 1979). He says Riggleman is the favorite, and I’d like to see him get another chance. I thought there was a lot to like about Riggleman when he was here. But Valentine would really shake up a team that needs shaking up.

  • The New York Post says the Yankees want to retain Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon and Andy Pettitte. I’ve never bought into the “Matsui to the Mariners” talk (I’ve been meaning to do a post on that, in fact), because, among other factors, I’ve felt all along he’ll go back to the Yankees.

  • The Giants have told Randy Winn (once one of the classiest of Mariners) that his services are no longer desired.

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