SAN DIEGO – The Texas Rangers hired a manager, Bruce Bochy, with three World Series titles and a burning desire for more. Then they signed All-World pitcher Jacob deGrom. The Los Angeles Angels have been steadily adding pieces this offseason in an attempt to build a team worthy of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani
SAN DIEGO – As the first day of the Major League Baseball winter meetings wound down and the lobby bar of the Manchester Grand Hyatt began to fill with people associated with the national pastime in some way, Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto and first-year general manager Justin Hollander met with the local media to wrap up what was an uneventful but typical first day of the offseason gathering.
This much is certain for the Mariners’ outfield as the team progresses through the offseason and toward spring training for the much-anticipated 2023 season: Julio Rodriguez is the everyday starting center fielder, and Teoscar Hernandez will be in the lineup on a near daily basis, playing one of the corner-outfield spots.
SEATTLE – For an all-too-brief period of baseball, roughly two months of MLB games, Kyle Lewis represented all that the Mariners could be in the future as a foundational player for the team’s rebuild toward sustained success.
The late Roland Hemond, a legendary and longtime general manager, used to say the trades that worried him the most were the ones in which he was lavished with immediate praise for having made a one-sided deal.
LAS VEGAS – The Mariners have opted against the possibility of paying Mitch Haniger a salary of $19.65 million for only next season. But they haven’t ruled out the possibility of paying the veteran outfielder a lower salary over multiple seasons.
SEATTLE – The Houston Astros are back in the World Series for the fourth time in the past six years, which to many Mariners fans might be only slight less distressing than having the similarly loathed Yankees represent the American League.