Notebook: Podcast No. 2 plus pair of Mariners Gold Glove finalists
Weekly podcast number 2 is in the books, which you can listen to in the player above, at this link, on iTunes or the 710 app. Brent Stecker from 710Sports.com and James Osborn from the “Brock and Salk” show will be joining me each week for Mariners’ not-so-offseason talk. Topics on the latest podcast include a look at the rising importance and different use of closers, which Mariners player could prove to be most valuable on the trade market, an Arizona Fall League update and a look at a ton of news, including:
• Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano have been announced as finalists for the Rawlings American Gold Glove at their positions. Seager won the Gold Glove in 2014 and Cano took the honor in 2010 and 2012. Seager finished the season tied with Texas’ Adrian Beltre for the most defensive runs saved with 15. He led all AL third basemen in games started and innings played. Beltre and Baltimore’s Manny Machado are also up for the award. Cano, who joins Ian Kinsler and Dustin Pedroia as finalists, had a fantastic bounce-back season at second after being limited in his range because of injury for a good part of 2015. He led the MLB in fielding percentage (.996) and the AL in putouts. He committed just three errors and was second in baseball in zone rating. The awards will be announced November 8 on ESPN.
• Taijuan Walker provided a medical update on Instagram:
• Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com is reporting that the Super Two cutoff will be 2.131 years. Walker, fellow starter James Paxton and catcher Jesus Sucre would all qualify as Super Two players, giving them an extra year of arbitration if that is indeed the number.
The Hot Stove podcasts will also include “best of” sound from the season including top moments, interviews and “Bullpen Banter” segments. This week you can hear Charlie Furbush interview Tom Wilhemsen on a late-season “Bullpen Banter” and also an interview I had with Nelson Cruz, who has a very interesting offseason project you probably have not heard about.