GM Jerry Dipoto, after an offseason filled with moves for younger players, called the 2019 season a step back in order to move the team forward. Mariners players, however, think differently about their chances this season.
Before the Cardinals could assemble a crowd to welcome Paul Goldschmidt to Busch Stadium and begin the sales pitch to have him call St. Louis home for years to come, they were able to make a club-record commitment to their new first baseman.
As one Japanese star played in the final game of his career, fittingly in the Mariners uniform in which he became a star, the latest Japanese sensation made his much-anticipated debut in that same uniform and appeared poised to carry on a tradition.
Jessica Mendoza is not worried that wearing two hats will lead to less inside info for her two ears and that she can manage her job as an ESPN analyst and her new role as a New York Mets baseball operations adviser.
AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a $50 million, five-year contract that covers three seasons of arbitration eligibility plus one year after he could have become a free agent.