This Week in MLB: Shohei Ohtani Stirs Controversy; Mariners’ tough spot is bad for wildlife; Juan Soto takes NY -LSB

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The Mariners are downsizing, and that’s a bad sign for all of MLB

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Maybe GM is trying to make Jerry Dipoto that 54 percent a real challenge.

The baseball offseason has yet to kick into high or even medium gear, pack up, warm up the tires, make sure the lights work, etc. What has taken action so far has mostly been the Seattle Mariners who cut salary. – Sam Fels Read more


The Winter Meetings don’t work like that, Shohei

Shohei Ohtani has remained mum on who he talks to.

Shohei Ohtani has remained mum on who he talks to.
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If you exist on a plane outside the insular world of sports Twitter (sports X?), you may not be aware that the world is currently depending on MLB free agent Shohei Ohtani picking a new baseball team. Until the team is selected, those of us left in the bubble can do nothing but press “refresh” on the social media accounts of Ken Rosenthal, Jeff Passan, Susan Slusser and their ilk until Ohtani sees fit to release us too late. of MLB purgatory. – Julie DiCaro Read more


Why is Juan Soto such a burden?

Juan Soto waves goodbye to another team.

Juan Soto waves goodbye to another team.
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Juan Soto may be the best hitter of his generation. In the past 53 years, only six players have accumulated more fWAR than Soto has before turning 25 years old. They are Mike Trout, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr, and Andruw Jones. All of them Hall of Famers except Jones. And the other four are first-ballot. Even though Soto still has 10-15 years left in his career, he is already walking with giants. – Sam Fels Read more


Do the Miami Marlins have Google?

Gabe Kapler

Gabe Kapler
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Back in October, we learned that highly respected baseball thought and glass ceiling destroyer Kim Ng stepped down of her GM role because the Marlins, who improved Ng from a 57-105 record to 84-78 and an NL Wild Card berth, insisted on hiring a president of baseball operations to be Ng’s boss to be. Sure, many MLB organizations are structured to have both a president of baseball operations and a GM, but to suddenly move to such a hierarchy after the first female GM in MLB history took your sad team to the playoffs , felt silly at best, and really, really sexist at worst. – Julie DiCaro Read more


Go ahead Jerry Reinsdorf, make everyone’s day

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Like did are often mentioned in these pages, Jerry Reinsdorf hates Chicago White Sox fans. And White Sox fans hate him. This is the only fundamental that one needs to understand to understand what is going on in the south side. Or in this case, Nashville (insert Steve Harvey voice, “Take his punk ass to Nashville…”) – Sam Fels Read more


Can you imagine if Shohei Ohtani signed with the Blue Jays?

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A new team entered a bid for the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes – the Toronto Blue Jays.

After initially looking like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox or New York Mets would be the favorites to sign the two-way superstar, Ohtani appears to have narrowed his list of potential landing spots on the second day of free agency. . Among those still in the running are the aforementioned Dodgers and Blue Jays, along with the San Francisco Giants. – Mackenzie Meaney Read more


The Orioles should be stocking up for a World Series run, but choose to torture their fans instead

Craig Kimbrel will bring his dangle, and everything that goes with it, to Camden Yards.

Craig Kimbrel will bring his dangle, and everything that goes with it, to Camden Yards.
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Baltimore Oriole fans looking to cleanse their palates of a bitter end to the team’s 101-win season will need to seek out a charcuterie board, as the franchise’s big splash at the Winter Meetings is . . . Craig Kimbrel? – Sean Beckwith Read more


Every trade ever made between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox

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Amid slow winter meetings, two of baseball’s greatest rivals broke the ice by making a rare trade. The New York Yankees acquired Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo in exchange for Richard Fitts, Greg Weissert and Nicholas Judice. – Cale Clinton Read more


Does Juan Soto solve the Yankees’ problems?

Does Juan Soto solve the Yankees’ problems?

There are still questions about Carlos Rodon, Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton, among others


Yankees trade for outfielder — no, not that one

Alex Verdugo

Alex Verdugo
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We all know that the New York Yankees were in the market for a left fielder. But while he has been linked to San Diego Padres slugger Juan Soto, the Bronx Bombers instead swung a trade with the rival Red Sox for Alex Verdugo – a real field worker. – Anthony Locicero Read more


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