Former Mariners were in the news today, with one-time manager Bob Melvin interviewing for the managerial opening in Milwaukee - after interviewing first with the Cubs and Blue Jays.
Of more interest, perhaps, are the goings-on in Oakland. There, the Athletics fired their hitting coach, Jim Skaalen - who spent years in the Seattle minor league system - and replaced him with Gerald Perry. Yes, the same Perry who was the Mariners batting coach in 2001 under Lou Piniella.
Detroit was considered a potential landing spot for soon-to-be free agent Adrian Beltre, but the Tigers re-signed 34-year-old Brandon Inge - who batted .247 with 13 home runs and 70 RBI - to a two-year deal worth more than $13 million. Beltre, the former Mariner coming off a marvelous season in Boston, will have other suitors. But no, Safeco Field will not be his next address.
Another former Seattle hitting coach, Don Baylor, is a finalist to fill the same role in Arizona under manager Kirk Gibson.
Raul Ibanez, the one-time Mariners left fielder, had a solid year for Philadelphia, batting .275 with 16 home runs and 83 RBI, but he's 0-for-11 in the National League Championship Series. In tonights Game 4, Ibanez will start on the Philliles bench.
Postseason phenomenon Cliff Lee, who worked for the Mariners for less than three months last season, will be a New York Yankee target as a free agent. Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg, however, said Texas will pursue Lee, adding he won't be taking a 'pea-shooter' into the negotiations.
And, in Arizona enjoying the sun and the games, Everett's Kirby Arnold blogs that second baseman Dustin Ackley returned from a week off with a sprained finger to go 3-for-6 in his first game back. In three Arizona Fall League games, Ackley is batting .455.