We have to wait one more day for Mariners baseball than we were originally… well, secondly supposed to. The opening game was pushed back a day, and will now be played on Friday the 8th in Minnesota. Other than waiting a day, it’s not awful, since the series was originally supposed to play Thursday, have Friday off, and then play Saturday through Monday.
What that means is we have an extra day to think about the what if’s and could be’s of the 2022 season. Minnesota sure didn’t waste any of their free time, swinging a trade early Thursday morning where they essentially sent Taylor Rogers to the Padres for Chris Paddack. It’s worth noting, as the Mariners will likely face Paddack at some point in the series.
Although the Twins are the team in this series that made a trade, I have a feeling it won’t be only them who makes a substantial trade before the All-Star break. They call him Trader Jerry for a reason, and many fans, and legitimate reporters on Twitter, think that JeDi will do something with a decent impact before the break.
I was going to predict Julio Rodriguez to win the Rookie of the Year, but that didn’t seem bold enough. He’s already one of the favorites to win the award, so it falls more in line with a regular prediction instead of a bold one. So, I’ll transition towards trades instead, which is where we will start as the first of the bold predicitions for the Mariners in 2022.