I’m heading off the Arizona on Thursday morning, and I’ll be at Friday’s Mariner workout in Peoria. Can’t wait to see the team in person and start cranking out stories. I’ll be there in time for Saturday’s first full-squad workout.
In the meantime, here are some links today that caught my eye:
—Michael Pineda showed up in Tampa and is eager to begin his Yankees career. See what he looks like in his new gear. Robinson Cano is taking Pineda under his wing.
—Jim Breen of FanGraphs looked at the drafts of all 30 teams over the past 10 years, dating back to 2002, and ranked them from 1 to 30 in developing talent. Finishing dead last: the Seattle Mariners.
–This one amused me. A reader asked Ian Browne, the Red Sox reporter for mlb.com, if the Red Sox could acquire Felix Hernandez for Kevin Youkilis. Sure, the Mariners are going to send their (almost) 26-year-old franchise player to Boston for a soon-to-be 33-year-old who has missed more than 100 games from injuries over the past two years. I’m sure the reader believes the M’s should throw in Dustin Ackley, too.
–Sincere good wishes to Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who underwent 14 hours of surgery yesterday to remove a malignant tumor from inside his cheek. Gwynn’s brother, Chris, is the Mariners’ new farm director. The good news is that everything seems to have gone well, and Tony actually talked to a reporter already. Anyone who has ever dealt with Gwynn knows what a great person he is. I hope ballplayers at all levels take notice of the potential dangers of smokeless tobacco, which Gwynn blames for his problems.
–Here is the list of players out of options this year, which could provide a pool of potential additions near the end of spring training if they’re designated for assignment. For the Mariners, the only decision to be made is on left-handed reliever Cesar Jimenez.