Like most men, I’ve decided to procrastinate my Christmas shopping till the very last minute. I work better under deadlines. I did check with the Mariners and they have Robinson Cano stuff already in the team shop. A family member wants a Cano shirsey and I may actually buy a buddy of mine a Chone Figgins jersey because I’m cruel like that.
Hall of Fame ballots are out. I will not be voting since I haven’t been a BBWAA member long enough to earn that right (three more years). Geoff Baker and Larry Stone have ballots and I will ask them to share them and some thoughts on their votes for the blog.
Much was made when Ken Rosenthal wrote that the Mariners were out of money based on what Jack Zduriencik said in a radio interview. From everything I’ve been told, they aren’t out of money. But with the money they have left, they are trying to spend it to fill out three things – outfield, starting pitching and possible bullpen. So I’d be surprised if they dump a bunch of money into any one player moving forward. I’ve always been skeptical of massive payroll jumps in one seasons (think Marlins). But an increase to right about $100 million this year seems somewhat logical and not drastic. I’m waiting for another week or two to see what else they do before I really break down their salary structure. Also the abacus I ordered hasn’t arrived yet.
Chance Ruffin, who was recently designated for assignment to make room for Franklin Gutierrez, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple A Tacoma. It’s not surprising that Ruffin went unclaimed.
Free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki signed a free agent contract with the Twins today. Why is that important? Well, the Mariners were quite interested in signing Suzuki as a back-up to Mike Zunino. But it seems logical that he will see more playing time in Minnesota. The Mariners will have to go out and find another back-up. I don’t think it’s a huge priority but a need. Here’s a few available catchers. I don’t really have a preference on any of them.
Jeff Sullivan has two very good blog posts over at USS Mariner that are worth reading.
Ashley Varela of Lookout Landing has a post on Jack’s rebuilding plan and if he’s sticking to it.
Matt Ellis of Lookout Landing examines the Nelson Cruz rumors that just won’t die.
Corey Hart took a full page ad out in the Journal Sentinel to thank Brewers fans.