Seattle Mariners 

Valuing Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales

Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales are looking for big money this offseason. Morales rejected the Seattle Mariners qualifying offer and is seeking three to four years at 15 million per. On the other hand, Cruz is supposedly looking for four years and 75 million. The Seattle Mariners have been linked to both players. At first glance, those dollar amounts look ridiculous.  Cruz has a career .268/.327/.495 line with a 114 wRC+.  The Texas Rangers outfielder is 33 years old and has amassed 3.9 fWAR the past three seasons. Morales has a career .280/.333/.480 line and a 117 wRC+….

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McCann a great match for Yankees

The New York Yankees are working on retaining the services of second baseman Robinson Cano, but they’ve already made an impact on the free agent market. In the early weeks of free agency, catchers have been flying off the shelves at a crazy rate. In fact as of Tuesday, six backstops have already received major league deals. Of the approximate $230 million that clubs have shelled out to position players since the market opened, $120.5 million, or 52 percent, has gone towards catchers. The majority of that money went to…

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Dodgers-M’s connection not going away

The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers have made their first marks early in the 2013-2014 offseason after Ian Kinsler and Prince Fielder switched area codes in a blockbuster trade last week. The Tigers have received high praise for clearing money off of their books for future considerations, while the Rangers have received praise of their own for adding a premier slugger and finding space for top prospect Jurickson Profar heading into the 2014 season. Perhaps the most surprising part of this deal is that the Tigers were about to move…

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Seattle Mariners 

M’s eye bats (surprise!)

By now I imagine everyone has seen the tweets and reports that the Seattle Mariners are interested in free agents Nelson Cruz and Carlos Beltran. The club also has been linked to Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp while reports surfaced earlier this month that interest in free agents Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo is not strong. Let’s clear up some of the grey area, and get all the names out there the Mariners have been linked to, according to reports and sources of Prospect Insider. Bats In addition to…

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Seattle Mariners 

Fantasy Prospect Rankings: Third Base

If you’ve got the top pick in your draft, you can go ahead and draft Miguel Cabrera and skip this. That’s reasonable and fine. Miggy’s a fantasy god who swings a trident instead and wears a laurel wreath helmet. He’s a smiling, beneficent creature that only works his true wrath on baseballs that displease him. If you’re still here then you either don’t have the first pick in the draft or realize fantasy baseball requires depth or you just want to be. Those are all fine reasons. The players listed…

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Seattle Mariners 

Gillick not replacing Armstrong

A few hours after the Seattle Mariners announced the 2014 field staff they added another news item: Chuck Armstrong is retiring, effective January 31, 2014. A few seconds after I tweeted that out, the team confirmed, and the speculation began in terms of who might be next as the team’s president. I have no idea who it’s going to be, nor when that decision might be made — or if it will be made at all. What I do know is that it’s not going to be Pat Gillick. Gillick,…

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Churchill: Coaching staff doesn’t matter yet

The Seattle Mariners announced the rest of new manager Lloyd McClendon’s field staff Monday — bench coach Trent Jewett was announced last week — and among them are promotions for Howard Johnson, Rick Waits and Chris Woodward. Johnson served as the hitting coach in Triple-A Tacoma in 2013. Waits was the club’s minor league pitching coordinator for the past three seasons and Woodward was the team’s roving minor league infield coordinator a year ago. He’ll coach the Mariners’ infielders. It’s worth noting that Woodward, a former shortstop, was instrumental in…

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