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Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto completed three-team trade from hospital bed

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During the winter meetings in Las Vegas, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto felt ill and was taken to a hospital out of “an abundance of caution,” Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. According to Jim Bowden, Dipoto developed a series of blood clots in his lungs. He is expected to be released from the hospital later on Thursday.

Despite the health issue, Dipoto still managed to make a trade — a three-team trade, in fact. The Mariners sent 1B/DH Carlos Santana and $6 million to the Indians in exchange for DH Edwin Encarnacion and a competitive balance round B pick in the 2019 draft. The Rays got infielder Yandy Diaz, pitcher Cole Sulser, and $5 million from the Indians and the Indians will receive 1B Jake Bauers from the Rays.

Asisstant GM Justin Hollander was in the hospital room with Dipoto when the trade was finalized and took a picture of Dipoto in his hospital gown giving a thumbs up.

Hollander said of Dipoto, “He’s feeling better. I was just texting with him and his wife, Tammy, said he was feeling better. Hopefully, he gets out of there today and can fly back tomorrow. They are still running tests and getting results. But I would assume it’s nothing serous if they are hopefully going to let him go home today.”

Dipoto has perhaps been the most active GM in terms of trades since taking over as GM of the Mariners in 2015. It is very on brand for him to wheel and deal in a hospital room.

Donald Trump wants Curt Schilling in the Hall of Fame

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We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.

Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.

I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.

I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:

Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.