Soooo slow news time for the M’s. Here’s what’s probably going to happen in the next couple of weeks.
Now: M’s quietly reach out to and interview managerial candidates. It’s possible they may even reach a decision before the end of the World Series, when MLB lifts their ban on announcements like, say, managerial hirings.
Then there’s a period where teams attempt to sign players to contracts to avoid heading to arbitration.
First week of December: last chance for teams to offer arbitration to players. Players not offered arbitration are free agents. Players who decline arbitration become free agents.
Now-February: players and teams sign contracts to avoid arbitration hearings by signing deals before they get to the hearing. Many split the difference.
February: arbitration hearings determine what those players who didn’t sign a deal will be paid next year.
Here’s what this means for Mariners fans waiting for big moves: the Dodgers will offer Beltre arbitration at the last possible moment, if they can’t get him to sign a contract before then. If he declines arbitration (and if he doesn’t re-sign, he’ll have the kind of interest that’ll make that happen — this isn’t Maddux 2003).
Sooo if we’re waiting for the big splashes, it’s likely to be a while.