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December 11, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Winter meetings day 3

1 a.m. 

And that is all for today  ….




Wow, there’s no way he’s going to get that from any team. Just move on from that little discussion

8 p.m. 

TR Sullivan of writes that the Rangers have a 7-year deal for Shin Soo-Choo. The dollar figure isn’t as much  Jacoby Ellsbury’s $153 million contract.  An opposing agent thought Choo would get 6 years, $120-130 million, so it looks like it’s escalating.

6:30 p.m.

Logan Morrison wrote down a few thoughts for about the Marlins and being trade. It’s pretty good.

From the post …

If you’re reading this, I have already been traded …

Doesn’t have the same effect when it’s not Morgan Freeman reading it in your head and it’s not life and death. Either way, this is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write, but I owe it to myself and the fans to try.

This is supposed to be about perspective. How am I feeling at this interesting time in my life? But, the thing about feelings is, I don’t know much about expressing them. My family would definitely back me up on this. Now I have to put it in writing for the world.  

One side of me — the side I know I’m supposed to listen to — is telling me, “Do your job. Don’t listen to the rumors!”

Every baseball player has an offseason job – to come back to spring training in the best shape possible and be ready to play Day 1.

The other side of me — the emotional side — is going crazy! I have been a Marlin since they signed me in 2006. I’ve been going to the same back fields in Jupiter, Fla., since I was 18 years old! The people who’ve helped me become a man, both on and off the field, are employed mostly by the Marlins. I hope those people know who they are because otherwise this thank you will fall on deaf ears. I am forever in your debt!

He’s also an entertaining Twitter follow. 

6:15 p.m. 


Looks like the Mariners will be seeing Raul Ibanez 19 times next season. Good for him. One of best people I’ve covered in any sport.

6:01 p.m. 

The Mariners miss out on Bartolo Colon, who signed a 2-year, $20 million deal with the Mets. That’s a little more than I thought he would get.

5:16 p.m. 

Here’s a pretty good interview with former GM Steve Phillips talking about the M’s and Cano on SportsRadio KJR

5:11 p.m. 

Just got done meeting with Jack Zduriencik. He wouldn’t official confirm the Hart deals or the Morrison-Capps trade because the physicals haven’t been taken yet.

He did say that the team isn’t automatically shopping Justin Smoak. With Smoak, relatively cheap and still under club control, they’d definitely like to keep him. “It would give us options.”

With Capps going, Zduriencik may have to find bullpen help from within. He mentioned Logan Bawcom, Carson Smith and even Hector Noesi, who is pitching in relief in Winter Ball. The Mariners may also take some fliers on guys with minor league deals and invites to spring training.

Zduriencik said that plenty of teams have asked about Mike Zunino, but that the team has no interest in trading him.

The Mariners still want to add a starting pitcher.

4 p.m. 

Wondering how Corey Hart’s knee feels? Here’s some video of him working out in November.


3:47 p.m. 

A baseball source said the Mariners and Marlins are finalizing the agreement for the trade. Logan Morrison and Carter Capps both have to take  and pass physicals for it to be official

3:42 p.m. 



I’m guessing the same said the same thing as well just moments ago. Wouldn’t go into details. But that type of contract is a very good deal for the Mariners


3 p.m.


As Jim Ross of the WWE used to say, “business is about to pick up.” This very interesting. By adding Hart and now possibly Morrison, you have to wonder about the future of Justin Smoak. I think the Mariners could keep him and make it work using the DH. Also Smoak is relatively cheap (he’s in his first year arbitration eligible this season) and under club control.

It’s difficult losing a big arm like Capps, but there was some concern within the organization that he might never develop his secondary stuff to be effective against left-handed hitters. Morrison can play outfield, but he’s not great defensively out there. He’s had a negative UZR 150 rating there the last few seasons.

2:31 p.m. 

And it appears the Mariners have agreed to terms with Corey Hart. A baseball source confirms this report. Hart will take his physical on Friday. If he passes, an official announcement would follow.


I don’t know how much outfield Hart can play. He’s got bad wheels. Could he play out there a few days a week and DH or play first base the others, it’s possible.


2:24 p.m. 

Jeff Evans of the Mariners sent over this picture of all the managers at the luncheon. Can you tell who they are in this photo?


2:17 p.m.

The Mariners have been interested in free agent OF/1B Corey Hart all along . GM Jack Zduriencik scouted him and drafted him in Milwaukee. Hart is a right-handed bat with some pop. Jon Heyman confirms that information  in this tweet.


I like the idea of bringing in Hart, who is age 31. He missed all of 2013 with knee issues. In 2012, he hit .270 with an .841 OPS, including 35 doubles, 30 homers and 83 RBI. He might not have that production in him anymore, but even 2/3 of it would be useful to the Mariners.

2:09 p.m.

Sorry for the delay we were at the manager’s luncheon. While I was away, Jayson Stark of ESPN had this tweet.

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The Dodgers could always inform him tomorrow they’ve changed their mind. I think the questions of Kemp’s health as well the high price LA is asking in return might have scuttled the possibilities for most teams.

11:15 a.m.

How about an update on David Price from Ken Rosenthal on a series of tweets?




Rosenthal’s last tweet said that it doesn’t rule out a trade to the Mariners. But if you’reSeattle, it’s probably time to back away. It seemed unlikely that Price would sign an extension with Seattle or any team. He could likely make more on the free agent market. If the Rays are still asking about Taijuan Walker, who Jack Zduriencik said he had not intention of trading or Mike Zunino, who Zduriencik SHOULD say he has no intention trading, along with other players then the Mariners should just move on. The Rays are going to try and maximize return in this. One baseball source said that the Rays want three or four players in return.


11:10 a.m.

stark tweet


And more proof that resolution at the meetings might not happen.

11:02 a.m.

Speaking of Mr. Choo. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick provided a breakdown of all his possible suitors.  And Joel Sherman of the NY Post has this tweet .

sherman tweet1


The Mariners like Choo. They liked him at the start of the season. A quick note, a two years ago, when the Indians put Choo on waivers at the end of the season. The Mariners claimed him and tried to work out a trade. But Cleveland pulled him back. Of course, it’s also easy to point out that the Mariners had Choo in their system and they traded him for Ben Broussard. Had Bavasi not panicked, the Mariners would have had the last few seasons with Adam Jones in center field, Choo in right field and Asdrubal Cabrera at shortstop.

10:45 a.m.

Good morning from the spacious, luxurious and scenic Swan & Dolphin resort. It’s final full day of the MLB winter meetings. Will the Mariners do something today? It’s possible. But remember there is no time limit on this. I think at times the winter meetings get overhyped as this place where all the moves happen. This week isn’t centered around trades and signings, there are legitimate business meetings for all facets of an organization from the owners down to the trainers and the minor league personnel.

So if the Mariners leave here not having done anything that doesn’t mean that they are done for this offseason. Remember last year, Nick Swisher, Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourn didn’t sign until after the winter meetings. There’s a chance with agent Scott Boras trying to get every last cent out of the best deal that Shin Soo-Choo won’t sign before tomorrow.




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