Greetings from CenturyLink Field. I’m up helping with the Seahawks coverage for today. But in between commercial breaks and other stuff, I figured I’d post a few notes and links.
The most notable note is that Alex Rodriguez has been suspended by Major League Baseball game for 162 games or the 2014 season. Arbitrator Frederic Horowitz announced the ruling on Saturday morning. Of course, Rodriguez plans to fight the suspension. It’s what he does. He had originally been suspended 211 games but appealed that suspension and it was sent to an arbitrator.
Joel Sherman and Ken Davidoff look at how the suspensions affect the Yankees payroll and their annual dance with the luxury tax.
Does this help or hurt the Yankees in their quest to sign Masahiro Tanaka? No one is quite sure. It seems like they were going to pay regardless, but then again so are the Dodgers and Cubs and Angels.
No one is quite sure what Tanaka is looking for though – money vs. comfort. Though some members of the Japanese media believe that comfort with a city and organization will be a factor. That seems to bode well for Seattle. But despite playing on the same team in Japan, Hisashi Iwakuma and Tanaka are friendly but not close friends. So that may not be as a big of a factor as hoped.
While I do know the Mariners are interested in Tanaka, I don’t know that they traveled to Los Angeles to meet with him and his agent Casey Close. A handful of teams made the trip. Supposedly, Tanaka left LA and went back to Japan on Friday.
It sound as though Jason Bay is going to retire. Bay didn’t have much interest from MLB teams and was looking at possibly playing in Japan. But now it appears he will stay at his home in Kirkland to be with his family. I got to know Bay this past season when he was with the Mariners. He’s a good guy, and a professional. Best of luck to him in the future.
Greg Johns has this post on the Mariners search for a president. He’s also reporting that the candidate will likely be hired from within. I know that vice president Kevin Martinez is not a candidate for the job, though he should be. My guess is that it will be Kevin Mather,the VP of ballpark finances.