It's a quiet morning on the baseball front, a day before free agency blooms because teams can begin talking cash with anyone on the market.
Ex-Mariners like Mike Cameron and Randy Johnson are in that market, and down in Atlanta, there are rumors that Derek Lowe - another former Mariner - and his $15 million salary are on the trading block.
Here's a few links to tide you over this morning:
- If you're looking for a little fun this morning and feel like spending the Seattle Mariners money - or that of any other team - here's a link for you.
SI.com's Ben Reiter has put together his list of the top 50 free agents. Go ahead, find the best fit for Seattle, then see who winds up where as the winter moves along.
- Seattle prospect Joe Dunigan, a first baseman/outfielder hitting .292 in the Arizona Fall League, gets a little ink in hometown Chicago today.
Here's the story on a young player the Cubs and White Sox never paid much attention to, but will likely open the season for Seattle in Class AA.
- Pat Gillick, who never seems able to walk away from baseball, might fit in as a special consultant in Toronto - a team he once led to a pair of World Series titles.
It's speculative at the moment, but the Blue Jays and the game could certainly use Mr. Gillick. Here's a story.
- The Texas Rangers are in the midst of being sold, which almost certainly will limit their off-season. Apparently, they'll be saddled again with a $68 million budget.
Here's a story on the Mariners division rival, and what they may do this winter.