My MLB awards ballot

Game No. 163 is later Monday, but if I had a vote for any or all of the Major League Baseball Awards, here’s how my ballot would look. I took value into consideration further than any one statistical measure, and all else being equal a candidate on a good team was given a little more weight. The toughest choice for me was the AL Cy Young Award, followed by the NL Rookie of the Year. For me, the AL Manager of the Year was the easiest choice, despite there being…

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Two names surface in Mariners managerial search

There’s been a consensus regarding where the Seattle Mariners would look for their next manager after today’s season finale. The thought has been that they’d possibly look to promote from within. Robbie Thompson and Daren Brown are two names that have been given lots of attention in the local media. However, FOX Sport’s Ken Rosenthal indicates the M’s could be looking outside the organization. Two names #Mariners will consider for manager: #Reds pitching coach Bryan Price, former #WhiteSox bench coach Joey Cora. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 29, 2013 These…

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The Mariners manager mess

With Eric Wedge down to only two games left as Seattle Mariners manager, it seems like the gloves are starting to come off a bit in his comments to the media. Take it away, Geoff Baker. Wedge disagrees with Jack Zduriencik's comments that manager and GM were aligned on most things besides contract. "That's not the case.'' — Geoff Baker (@GeoffBakerTIMES) September 28, 2013 In the past, it seemed like Wedge and GM Jack Zduriencik were on the same page with personnel decisions, acquisitions and such. Wedge will want to…

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How should the Mariners spend in 2014?

The Seattle Mariners should have some financial flexibility heading into the 2014 campaign. As it stands right now, the club is only on the hook for $34.3 million of payroll next season. A hefty chunk of that, a figure of about $24.9 million, will be paid to Felix Hernandez. Hisashi Iwakuma’s bargain price of $6.5 million represents the only other significant figure as of now. Should the team’s payroll maximum remain around the $90 million mark, Jack Zduriencik’s one-more-shot season will begin with somewhere in the neighborhood of $56 million…

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Choo for $100 million? Pass.

The Major League Baseball free agent market is razor thin this offseason. Among the better players available will be Shin-Soo Choo. Choo spent this year in Cincinnati playing center field and leading off for the Reds. He’s had a good year — his fWAR stands at 5.4 entering play Wednesday — and is a big reason why his club is headed for October baseball. Having said all that, he’s not worth $100 million. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman wrote Wednesday that Choo’s agent, the imitable Scott Boras, believes $100 million might be…

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James Paxton shines, showcases for 2014

Update: Paxton has been shut down for the year after logging 169 2/3 innings between the minor and major leagues. The Seattle Mariners played spoiler on Tuesday night, sinking the Kansas City Royals 4-0 at Safeco Field. The last thing the Royals — now two games from elimination — needed as they push for a wild card spot, was to run into James Paxton pitching at his potential. Paxton went deep into the game, tossing seven shutout innings while maintaining his velocity all the way through. If you only looked…

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Jack’s back for 2014

As reported earlier Tuesday by Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the Seattle Mariners have confirmed that general manager Jack Zduriencik will return for year six. The fate of manager Eric Wedge has not been addressed publicly by the team or Zduriencik, but I am being told Wedge will be replaced. There are a lot of reasons to replace Zduriencik, too — and I wrote last week that cleaning house is the right move, but I also noted that I do believe Zduriencik could eventually make things right. I also…

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Inside the MLB rookie numbers

With less than a week left in the regular season (where did the year go?), we’ll soon be crowning Prospect Insider’s awards for the top rookies of the year. Before we do that, though, it’s time to have a look at the top freshman players in a number of select statistical categories. Rate stats have been used over counting stats for (hopefully) obvious reasons, including the varying levels of games that each rookie has played. The Hitters (Minimum 150 ABs) ¬†Batting Average 1. Yasiel Puig, OF — Los Angeles Dodgers:…

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