Thursday, January 28, 2010

New look to an old blog and Mariner notes before FanFest

I was growing tired of the darker colors, decided to go street for a bit and see how that plays out.  Of course, those fans of mine on Facebook and Bleacher Reports will need to actually visit the blog for the full look and feel.

Not much to report.  FanFest is this weekend so my family and I will be attending on Saturday.  Here is a list of all the great transactions that Jack Z has made to prepare for the Mariner title run:

Transactions since 2009 season ended

• Nov. 4: Claimed right-handed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

• Nov. 11: Re-signed outfielder/designated hitter Ken Griffey Jr.

• Nov. 20: Signed free-agent catcher Eliezer Alfonzo.

• Dec. 8: Signed free-agent infielder Chone Figgins to four-year contract.

• Dec. 10: Signed free-agent outfielder Corey Patterson, re-signed free-agent shortstop Josh Wilson and claimed pitcher Kanekoa Texeira from the Yankees' Trenton farm team in the Rule 5 Draft.

• Dec. 16: Acquired left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee from the Phillies for right-handed pitcher J.C. Ramirez, right-handed pitcher Phillippe Aumont and outfielder Tyson Gillies.

• Dec. 18: Traded right-handed pitcher Carlos Silva to the Cubs for outfielder Milton Bradley and re-signed free-agent outfielder Ryan Langerhans.

• Dec. 23: Acquired right-handed reliever Brandon League, along with Minor League outfielder Johermyn Chavez, for right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow.

• Dec. 28: Signed free-agent catcher Josh Bard and right-handed reliever Chad Cordero to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.

• Jan. 6: Re-signed utility infielder Chris Woodward to a Minor League contract that included an invitation to Spring Training.

• Jan. 7: Finalized a trade with the Red Sox, acquiring Casey Kotchman for Bill Hall, a Minor League player to be named and cash.

• Jan. 8: Signed center fielder Franklin Gutierrez to a four-year contract extension.

• Jan. 13: Signed free-agent first baseman Brad Nelson.

• Jan. 15: Claimed first baseman Tommy Everidge off waivers from the Athletics.

• Jan. 19: Reached agreement with right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez on a five-year, $78 million contract.

That is an impressive list.  To add to the momentum, Randy Johnson is throwing out the first pitch for the home opener on April 12th.  I was hoping to get tickets, now they are starting to fall into necessity range at this point.  The crowd should be very loud and proud on April 12th. 

MLB released their top 50 prospect picks this week.  Dustin Ackley comes in at number 15 and the lone Mariner.  Ex-Mariner prospect Aumont comes in at 47.  Leading the charge is the Atlanta braves (and future fantasy roster member) Jason Heyward. 

The iPad announcement from Apple was a bit weird to me.  I do not see much use for it…until this little dandy came out. I do not foresee myself buying a rather larger iPod.  I loved listening to the games last year on my iPhone and will do again so this season.

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