Hart: ’14 Mariners similar to ’08 Brewers; young and exciting

The Seattle Mariners held their 16th annual FanFest this past weekend and set a record with an attendance of 21,019 combined for the two days. The event offers a chance for fans to rub elbows with the players, wonder Safeco Field, and take part in various activities (zip line!). In keeping up with the trends, the Mariners had several players hit the social media booth to take questions from fans via Twitter. Newcomer Corey Hart was one of them, and offered an interesting answer to a question sent his way…

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The month in transactions: January

Often considered to be one of the slowest months in terms of meaningful major league transactions, January has seen plenty of them over the years. In fact, the Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a nine-year deal worth $214 million on January 25, 2012. This month we’ll see a decision from Masahiro Tanaka which will, hopefully, reignite the stagnant starting pitching market with plenty of multi-year deals; some of which won’t occur until February of course. Let’s take a look at some of the notable January transactions the Seattle Mariners have…

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ICYMI: January 1-19

It’s that time of the year again when the Hot Stove cools to barely a broil, despite the fact plenty of top free agents still remain unsigned.  That should change soon however, as a Masahiro Tanaka decision is expected by Tuesday or Wednesday. It doesn’t appear that the Seattle Mariners are finalists for the Japanese ace at the moment after being labelled as favourites earlier this month. Of course a lot can change over the next 48 hours, but considering the Mariners didn’t meet up with Tanaka and his representatives…

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Report: Mariners sign John Buck

While it’s yet to be officially announced by the club, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports (via Twitter) that John Buck has agreed to sign a one-year contract worth $1 million with the Seattle Mariners. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports indicated that the two sides were nearing an agreement on Monday night (via Twitter). The move will likely be made official once Buck passes a physical and the club makes a corresponding 40-man roster move. The veteran catcher is expected to back up Mike Zunino as the top prospect enters his…

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Valuing Michael Saunders

It’s been ten years since the Seattle Mariners drafted Michael Saunders in the 11th round of the 2004 Amateur Draft, and it appears as though they’ve found out what they’ve got in the Canadian-born outfielder. Heading into his first season as an arbitration-eligible player, he appears to be a lock to play everyday in either center or right field in 2014 after passing the 130 game plateau in a second straight season. Not to mention the lack of superior alternatives currently on the roster. Saunders enjoyed somewhat of a breakout…

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Walker, Zunino should be only untouchables

The Seattle Mariners may or may not land right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Whether or not that occurs does not impact the value of the M’s young pitching collection, namely right-hander Taijuan Walker and southpaw James Paxton. It doesn’t make them more expendable and it doesn’t mean it “frees them up” to be traded. I get the sense, based on nothing but the lack of movement on additional position players, that the Mariners may be treating Paxton and Walker equally. I think that’s a mistake. I get Walker. He’s still very young,…

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Plenty of late innings options available

The closer’s role is often considered to be either the most overrated role, or most important role for a club’s bullpen depending on what school of thought you belong to. What’s not up for debate however, is the need of reliable arms waiting in the bullpen. It’s not too surprising to see plenty of familiar relievers on the free agent market this time of year, especially since the baseball world doesn’t seem willing to blink until a certain Japanese ace finds a destination. There’s plenty of younger arms ready to…

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Farquhar adding to arsenal

Seattle Mariners right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar had a terrific 2013 season, both in the minors and once he was summoned to the big leagues. Yes, his ERA landed at 4.20, but his FIP of 1.86 and 2.40 xFIP are far more indicative of how well he performed. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Louisiana-Lafayette product whiffed nearly 13 batters per nine innings, countering the occasional bout with control problems. He employs a 92-96 mph four-seam fastball, cutter that hovers in the 89-92 mph range and a 77-79 mph curveball. He’s thrown a few…

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