A big thanks to Charlie Furbush and to all the people who submitted questions for the live chat earlier today. It went pretty well. It’s pretty obvious that he doesn’t lack for personality or a sense of humor.
It’s also kind of cool that he’s staying in Seattle in the offseason. Furbush, James Paxton, Hisashi Iwakuma and others are staying here to workout at Safeco Field.
Maury Brown of Forbes has updated his story on television ratings for the 2014 season with some contextual comparisons. Some very interesting stuff in there. The Mariners made significant gains in terms of ratings for obvious reasons – meaningful games. Along with the increased attendance this season, it’s another reason that their payroll will go up.
DJ Peterson, Patrick Kivlehan and John Hicks all have the day off in the Arizona Fall League. Reliever Matt Anderson did pitch. He threw one inning, giving up one hit and striking out one. His fastball topped out at 94 mph
Baseball America looks at the best defensive center field prospects in all of the minor leagues, and the Mariners don’t have one of them at any of the upper levels. This is an issue. Travis Witherspoon, who was at High Desert, and Aaron Barbosa, who was at Clinton, are on the list.
The MLB qualifying offer is expected to be around $15.3 million this season. This number is determined by the average of the top 125 salaries in baseball. That’s an increase from last year’s number of $14.1 million. The Mariners don’t have a player that would fall under the qualifying offer rules, unlike last year with Kendrys Morales. But there are players they are interested in that will meet that criteria, specifically Victor Martinez, who will definitely be given a qualifying offer if the Tigers don’t figure out an extension.
Buster Olney writes about Martinez being the most coveted hitter on the market
Below is the schedule for the ALCS and NLCS