After a cold winter and an MLB lockout that lasted 99 days, baseball is coming back — and with it, the optimism and hope of a new season coupled with occasional Seattle April sun breaks.
With Thursday’s agreement on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement, we can finally turn our attention away from contentious talks at the bargaining table and focus instead on the 2022 Mariners.
With just over $70 million of salary committed so far, the M’s have money to spend and potential deals to make. And with spring training games set to begin as soon as next week, a full offseason’s worth of deals will have to be squeezed into a week.
As Mariners beat reporter Ryan Divish points out, it’s GM Jerry Dipoto’s time.
When we left off, the Mariners had just signed reigning Cy Young winner Robbie Ray and added utility infielder Adam Frazier to kick off the offseason in November. But Seattle has since been linked to other big names still on the market, including Kris Bryant, Trevor Story and Seiya Suzuki.
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As the MLB free agency and offseason ramp back up, here are the additions the Mariners have made so far.
Before we were so rudely interrupted, the Mariners needed a bat — probably two — for their offense and really had use for one more veteran arm for their pitching rotation.
You remember the Mariners, don’t you? Team from Seattle that plays in Major League Baseball, which until Wednesday was paralyzed by an owner-imposed lockout, losing esteem and fans by the day.
Three and a half months and a bitter labor impasse later, the M’s still have the same needs. And so, with the ink on Wednesday’s agreement that lifted the 99-day lockout still fresh and the vitriol not yet dissipated, the fun part of the baseball season is starting. Finally.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, start your cellphone.
This impending feeding frenzy of free-agent signings over the next 48 hours or so will be unlike anything the sport has seen — approximately 300 players still in need of jobs and 30 teams still in need of players. Pronto.
Now we go 😤 #SeaUsRise pic.twitter.com/XSYiC1yL5t
Btw, I have talked to front office officials who were seriously considering just sleeping in the office during this initial crazy transactional rush just to save time. It's going to be wild.
On a technical level: the lockout will be lifted at around 7 p.m. ET, MLB says.
Owners have ratified the new collective-bargaining agreement, a source tells ESPN. Baseball is officially back.
Matt Chapman, 3B, A’s
Matt Olson, 1B, A’s
Frankie Montas, RHP, A’s
Chris Bassitt, RHP, A’s
After 99 excruciating days of waiting and wondering when or if it would return, watching the back and forth of the pugilistic negotiations between the Major League Baseball owners and the MLB Players Association play out on social media, one of the most anticipated seasons in recent Mariners history can restart with the same sense of urgency that was felt when the 2021 season ended.
On Thursday afternoon, the lockout that was initiated by MLB owners on Dec. 2 officially came to an end with an agreement being reached by both sides on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement.
That means the offseason that was put on hold with a transaction freeze due to the lockout can now resume, meaning teams can now sign free agents and consummate trades with other teams.
Or put simply: It’s Jerry Dipoto’s time.
The Mariners president of baseball operations can finally resume his offseason plans of adding impact hitters to a lineup that struggled to hit or score runs with any sort of consistency last season and is now without Kyle Seager, who hit 35 homers and drove in 100 RBI in 2021.
Will they make a run at versatile free agent infielder/outfielder Kris Bryant, a former MVP with the Cubs, who can play third base, left field and first base while providing offensive punch?
Or do they try to go after Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and give him a contract north of $150 million to play either second base or third base?
Jerry Dipoto, start your engines
Uh, @TMobile .... Jerry Dipoto needs three more cellphones and two more hands.
Sources: Owners call to ratify CBA is scheduled for 6pm. Free agency will begin immediate after. Holy crap, buckle up
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