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General Manager Meetings Are Underway, Owners To Also Meet This Week

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Monday marked the first day of Major League Baseball’s annual general manager meetings, as some call the official beginning of the hot stove season.

All 30 GMs are gathered together in Orlando, Florida, where big business will be discussed.

As the biggest name on the trade market by far this offseason, Giancarlo Stanton is bound to be talked about heavily as the Miami Marlins are bound to deal him. Derek Jeter sure has his options, as several teams are said to be in the running for Stanton.

Another name to be discussed is two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani. The 23-year-old Japanese star is on his way to the majors, as the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have allowed him to begin his career in North America.

The Fighters will receive a $20 million posting fee from the team that signs Ohtani.

The GM meetings run until this Thursday.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that off-the-field issues to be addressed between the GMs are pace of play, the posting-system negotiations, instant replay, and technology.

In addition to the GMs, all 30 owners will meet Wednesday and Thursday at the same location.

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Mariners to Sign Cory Gearrin

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year, Major League contract with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, according to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

The Mariners will now have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, thanks to the addition of Gearrin and Tim Beckham.

Gearrin, 32, was well traveled last season, spending time with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics, posting a combined 3.77 on the season.

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Mariners to Sign Tim Beckham

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with infielder Tim Beckham, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this winter, posted a slash line of .230/.287/.374 during the 2018 season.

It’s likely that Beckham will become a key utility contributor for Seattle moving forward.

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Rangers Sign Shelby Miller

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal with right hander Shelby Miller, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Miller, who has already passed his physical, missed most of the 2018 season due to numerous elbow issues, and underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2017, so there is risk involved with his signing.

Prior to the injuries, Miller was considered one of the major’s most promising young pitchers.

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