What to expect from Mike Zunino

ZuninoMiLB
The Seattle Mariners’ catcher of the future is back in the majors. Whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen. Mike Zunino was rushed to the big leagues after being selected No. 2 overall on the 2012 Draft. He received a total of 229 plate appearances in Triple-A Tacoma prior to receiving the call-up in 2013. He’d received 276 minor league plate appearances before that, including the Arizona Fall League, for a grand total of 505 trips to the plate below the major leagues. But that wasn’t the fire-able...
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Why Karns to bullpen works

Karns
News came out Tuesday that right-hander Nate Karns will be used out of the bullpen, at least for now, with lefty Wade LeBlanc remaining part of the Mariners’ rotation. Karns has struggled mightily of late to get beyond the fourth and fifth innings without putting the club in a bit of a hole on the scoreboard. Will this work? Why or why not? Karns’ walk rates are high, but he does have the two-pitch arsenal that projects well in a relief role. The fastball is up to 96 mph and...
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Rumor Analysis: M’s, Cubs

CishekSEA
We all love the trade deadline. We all loves trades. They bring a different level of excitement to an otherwise long, drawn-out season. No team is immune to the trade deadline. Bad teams, great teams, those in the middle, they’re all part of the trade buzz and that starts about now for all of the aforementioned. Tuesday, Julie DiCaro of 670 The Score in Chicago reported via Twitter the Mariners have been scouting the Chicago Cubs “at all levels.” DiCaro added, via Twitter reply, whom the Cubs are apparently looking...
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Seattle Mariners deadline deal primer

Felix Mariners
The Major League Baseball non-waiver trading deadline is nearing and Seattle Mariners fans are anxious to see how general manager Jerry Dipoto handles the club’s roster during his first “deadline season” in Seattle. With that in mind, I’ve been doing “primers” for each American League (AL) West division club to see how the club’s rivals stack up as the August 1 trade deadline approaches. In recent days, I’ve discussed each of Seattle’s divisional rivals — the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers. Now, it’s time to...
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AL West trade primer: Texas Rangers

Darvish Rangers
The Major League Baseball (MLB) non-waiver trading deadline is barreling down upon us and Seattle Mariners fans are anxious to see what general manager Jerry Dipoto does with the club’s roster during his first “deadline season” with the Mariners. With that in mind, I thought I’d provide a primer for each club in the American League (AL) West division to see where the Mariners and their divisional roster stand as the August 1 trade deadline approaches. A word of caution though, the trade market will fluctuate greatly during the next...
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AL West trade primer: Houston Astros

May 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Major League Baseball (MLB) non-waiver trading deadline is barreling down upon us and Seattle Mariners fans are anxious to see what general manager Jerry Dipoto does with the club’s roster during his first “deadline season” with the Mariners. With that in mind, I thought I’d provide a primer for each club in the American League (AL) West division to see where the Mariners and their divisional rivals stand as the August 1 trade deadline approaches. A word of caution though, the trade market will fluctuate greatly during the next...
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AL West trade primer: Los Angeles Angels

Eppler Moreno Angels
The Major League Baseball (MLB) non-waiver trading deadline is barreling down upon us and Seattle Mariners fans are anxious to see what general manager Jerry Dipoto does with the club’s roster during his first “deadline season” with the Mariners. With that in mind, I thought I’d provide a primer for each club in the American League (AL) West division to see where the Mariners and their divisional rivals stand as the August 1 trade deadline approaches. A word of caution though, the trade market will fluctuate greatly during the next...
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What to expect from call-ups

Rollins
The Seattle Mariners made a few moves Friday, placing left-hander Wade Miley on the 15-day disabled list (shoulder) and designated for assignment right-hander Steve Johnson. Replacing the pair on the roster are left-hander David Rollins and right-hander Jonathan Aro. The club expects to soon call on Bellevue native Adrian Sampson, likely to start in place of Miley Saturday. Here’s what to expect from the trio: Jonathan Aro, RHR Aro, 25, has sat in the 89-92 mph range for most of the season in Triple-A Tacoma. At times, he reached back...
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