In five days, the head honchos of MLB will convene in Nashville for the 2012 Winter Meetings. Among the madness of free agent signings (or, more likely, free agent talks shrouded in mystery), the 2012 GIBBY Awards will be revealed. If you haven’t voted for the Mariners yet, you can do so here.
The Dodgers’ New TV Deal, the Mariners, and Irrational Exuberance — Dave Cameron explains the burgeoning media market for MLB teams, the audience they are both losing and driving away, and what the Mariners might be eying in 2015.
On Chone Figgins and His Player Type — If you think you can write off this article by answering ‘bad,’ think again. Jeff Sullivan mercifully bypasses the details of Figgins’ downfall in Seattle, opting to look into the aging patterns of shorter players.
Don’t be surprised by Mariners’ pursuit of Mike Napoli — Although I feel squeamish thinking about the Mariners signing another Olivo-esque player, Geoff Baker remains certain that a veteran player is needed to keep the prospects and young’uns grounded throughout the season.
Time for Zduriencik to earn stripes — Prospect Insider’s Jason Churchill examines the ramifications another losing season will have on the front office, most notably, GM Jack Zduriencik. In a nutshell: if things don’t improve quickly and drastically, there may be trouble ahead.
Thanksgiving Leftovers — Tacoma broadcaster Mike Curto dives into the minor league news and emerging trade rumors of the offseason.
Munenori Kawasaki Personality Quiz — There was a time when the mention of Munenori Kawasaki’s name lifted the hearts of even the most disillusioned Mariners fans. Now, it has been reduced to this. (If I sound bitter, it’s only because Jeff pegged me as a #3, and I’m dealing with the difficult transition to a #2.)
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