M’s rotation in good hands

The baseball world has been drooling over the bevy of talented young arms the St. Louis Cardinals have boasted throughout their playoff run. Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly were integral pieces to the Cardinals’ October success thus far, and Shelby Miller made an impact during the season to help get them there. The Seattle Mariners have quietly stockpiled their own stash of young arms over the last five years, but the attention has been minimal outside of the Pacific Northwest due to the M’s being out of contention…

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Rodon could match Strasburg, Price

You know you are a big deal when you are college pitcher and you are being talked about in the live broadcast of the World Series. Carlos Rodon, the early front-runner to go first overall in next year’s amateur draft, got a shout out from the Fox booth in Game 1 of the Fall Classic. And while there is no such thing as a slam dunk in any Draft, especially under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Rodon is just about as close as it gets. Rodon’s trek to this point,…

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M’s may already have interviewed top choice

I’m already a little tired of discussing the Seattle Mariners managerial search, all the candidates interviewed and others potentially down the pike, but there’s a better than minuscule chance that the eventual top choice has already been interviewed. Notice I didn’t say ‘eventual hire,’ and the reason I did not phrase it that way is because it’s a two-way street. When Steve Sandmeyer offered me his two children, his car and his entire 2014 salary in exchange for coming to work with him at 1090 The Fan, I had a…

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Mariners not ready for Tanaka?

Despite the World Series heading into Game 4 Monday and certain of at least six games in all, the buzz in Major League Baseball is shared between the Boston Red Sox versus St. Louis Cardinals and the free agent non-news that’s building up as if the Winter Meetings are right around the corner. Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo and Matt Garza are among the top free agents slated to hit the open market next week, while Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price and Kansas City Royals DH Billy Butler are among…

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Managerial search update

After FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday the Seattle Mariners spoke with Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale, a new report surfaced this evening as the club continues their managerial search. MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik met with San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria in Arizona Thursday afternoon. Renteria is a name that has not been tossed around much when it comes to potential candidates for the M’s vacancy, but this should not come as a surprise. The team has made it clear they are…

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Lincecum deal sets high market for top starters

It may be a bit early to truly gauge what this winter holds for free agent starters, but Tim Lincecum agreeing to re-sign with the Giants on Tuesday gives us some clues. His two-year $35M deal, pending a physical, indicates more teams will likely use the qualifying offer as a measuring stick for their free agent expenditures, and as usual, it’s going to pay big you’re an above average free agent starter. Lincecum’s 3.2 WAR he’s averaged in his career is probably a bigger piece to his contract puzzle than…

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Mariners to interview Chip Hale

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Seattle Mariners have an interview setup today with one of the oft-named managerial candidates heading into the winter, Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale. A necessary digression: This wouldn’t be a Chip Hale piece without mentioning what is likely his best known moment. It came in a minor league game, when he hit a ball deep to the outfield wall. Rodney McCray decided to run through said wall to make a play on said ball. You can watch that video here. Now,…

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Ump Show Finale 2013

We love to rag on umpires. They’re blind, their strike zones are simultaneously too wide and too narrow, and their ability to incorrectly interpret video replay is unparalleled. With that said, and as much as it may sting our carefully honed armchair managing skills, they do get it right more often than not. While not every decision can be recorded, for obvious reasons, the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (UEFL) tracks every ejection an MLB umpire makes and determines whether the call in question was correct, incorrect, or irrecusable (unable to…

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