GM Dipoto's overhaul of Mariners' roster highlights flurry of transactions
By Tom Singer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scorecard sales will be brisk in Spring Training. As the proverbial vendor's call goes, "You can't tell the players without a scorecard," and Major League teams have been shuffling the talent at a dizzying pace.
Does it seem to you that big leaguers this offseason have come and gone at an unusual rate? You aren't mistaken. At the approximate midpoint of the Hot Stove season, a total of 106 have changed uniforms.
We say "appropriately" because Dipoto has been the offseason's chief mover, turning over the Mariners' roster with nine newcomers who have prior big league experience.
Ground rules for our Hot Stove snapshot: It includes only players who appeared in the Majors in 2015 and have either been traded or signed away as free agents; from the aforementioned Seattle-Tampa Bay deal, thus, Powell is not included among the 106. Waiver-wire moves are also excluded.
How does the pool of 106 compare to traffic in recent years? It is a jump of about 25 percent over the number of players who have moved between the end of the World Series and Dec. 14:
• 2014: 78
• 2013: 82
• 2012: 85
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.