Arkins: Forget Ohtani, The Winter Meetings Are Here

Falling short in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes certainly dealt a blow to the Seattle Mariners’ offseason plans and their fans’ psyche. Still, the club has an opportunity to help its outlook when the Winter Meetings begin tomorrow. It’s not as if Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has been sitting around idly waiting for the Ohtani courtship to play out. Since July, the third-year GM has added 15 players from outside the organization to his 40-man roster. Among Dipoto’s newest additions: second baseman Dee Gordon, pitchers Mike Leake, David Phelps, Marco Gonzales,…

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Arkins: Jon Jay, Best Fit For M’s?

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, momentum is developing towards a possible deal between the Seattle Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering Seattle needs a replacement for Jarrod Dyson; also a free agent. Last season with the Chicago Cubs, Jay was the prototypical fourth outfielder; a role he’d likely fill with the Mariners. The native Floridian appeared in 141 games, splitting time between all three outfield positions. Source: Mariners and OF Jon Jay are talking. No deal done, but seems as though there’s…

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Mariners, Dipoto Continue Slow-Burn Rebuild

Twenty-six months have passed since Jerry Dipoto became general manager of the Seattle Mariners; a job he eagerly accepted with eyes wide open. Dipoto knew he was inheriting a flawed roster with some of its best players approaching decline. Moreover, it was common knowledge Seattle’s farm system was barren and not generating sufficient talent to support the big league club. So far, Dipoto’s short tenure in the Emerald City has yielded mixed results. The Mariners were a fringe contender in 2016, but were an afterthought in a mediocre American League this…

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Arkins: Seattle Needs Shohei Ohtani

Every MLB organization could use a player like Shohei Ohtani of the Nippon Ham Fighters. But, the Seattle Mariners could use him more than most. The Mariners need Ohtani to regain relevance in their hometown; Seattle needs the planet’s most publicized free agent to regain prominence on the baseball landscape. Fair or not, a perceived lack of commitment to winning by previous ownership has eroded the size and enthusiasm of the Mariners fan base. Heightening the malaise, the club owns the longest active postseason drought in MLB — 16 years….

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Arkins: Potential Rotation Help For Mariners

About a year ago, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto provided a straightforward assessment of his team’s rotation when talking to Brock and Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle. “I do believe we have created the depth that is required to get through a season,” Dipoto commented. He went on to say, “now we have to figure out a way to improve the quality at the higher end.” Ironically, the Mariners enter this offseason in a similar position. James Paxton, Felix Hernandez, and Mike Leake headline Seattle’s rotation. However, there are…

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Arkins: Potential CF Candidates For Mariners

With Jarrod Dyson testing free agency, the Seattle Mariners need center field help. As with the club’s first baseman search, how general manager Jerry Dipoto fills the void isn’t clear. Keeping in mind Dipoto could address Dyson’s departure several different ways, I identified a diverse group of replacement candidates I found intriguing. Internal Options In 2016, the Mariners found themselves in a bind when starting center fielder Leonys Martin was lost to injury for several weeks. Very quickly, it became apparent the club didn’t have a suitable substitute. A lot has…

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Arkins: Potential 1B Options For Mariners

The Seattle Mariners need help at first base. That’s not a surprise. Incumbents Yonder Alonso and Danny Valencia are free agents and prospect Daniel Vogelbach remains an enigma. How the club tackles the situation isn’t clear at the moment. Since joining the Mariners in September 2015, general manager Jerry Dipoto has favored trades over free agency to address major weaknesses. However, the pitching staff and outfield are also top priorities. Seattle may rely more heavily on free agency than in the past. Keeping that in mind, I compiled a list of…

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