We are attempting the get-a-photo-with-Santa thing today with three kids, 1.5 of whom are very angry. We’ll see. Ho ho ho.
To that end, excuse the brief Sunday Bullets …
- Per multiple reports, the big Mets/Mariners deal is expected to be finalized tomorrow. The money is settled, no-trade secured, physical reviews underway, etc., etc. Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz will be Mets (as well as about $20 million in contributed cash), and Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak (and their contracts) will go to the Mariners, who get prospects Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, and Gerson Bautista as the primary returns in the deal.
- Managerial hiring season isn’t quite over, as the Orioles are still looking to fill their open spot. And, since Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde interviewed for every other gig …
Two current bench coaches – #Nationals’ Chip Hale, #Cubs’ Brandon Hyde – among those who will interview for #Orioles’ managing job, sources tell The Athletic. Team will talk to at least six in person. Ex-manager such as Hale thought to be preference, but new GM Elias open-minded.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 2, 2018
- The Cubs have yet to finalize their coaching staff, and if Hyde were to depart, although he’d get our good wishes and congrats, it would leave the Cubs needing a new pitching coach AND a new bench coach … in December. Wild.
- A FanGraphs-style look at what happened for the Cubs in 2018 and what happens now, via Dan Szymborski. Perhaps the most jarring bit is how the longer-term projections for Kris Bryant were crushed by his down/injured 2018. Here’s hoping the flukey shoulder injury is healed completely this offseason.
- Although he was not ranked in the top 12 prospects in the AFL, Cubs shortstop prospect Nico Hoerner did get some special mention at Baseball America.
- An interesting look at FanGraphs at how spring speed can be used to suggest future progression or regression.
- Two new Cubs signings coming, clearly:
Cubs signing Bryce Harper and Nelly, confirmed. pic.twitter.com/kV110UnlK5
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) December 2, 2018