Discussion about Felix Hernandez, James Paxton, Yu Darvish signing with the Cubs, the remaining free agents and why it won't be Proliance Field in 2019.
PEORIA, Ariz. — With Mariners’ pitchers and catchers officially reporting to the team complex here on Wednesday for their physicals, beat writer Ryan Divish and Larry Stone discuss what to look for in the early days of spring training where it’s mostly pitchers throwing off the mound every few days and fielding groundballs.
One thing that will be of serious curiosity is longtime ace Felix Hernandez and what he looks like this spring. The Mariners are relying on him not to be King Felix, but just to be a healthy contributing starter. Can he do it? The discussion also checks in on James Paxton, who arrived in Arizona on Feb. 1. The two writers also discuss Yu Darvish signing with the Cubs and the free agents still left on the market and whether the Mariners will surprise everyone and sign a pitcher late. There is also some brief conversation on the bit of controversy that bubbled up on Twitter today about the naming rights of Safeco Field and The Athletic.