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Rays, Mets reportedly interested in Franklin

Typically Spring Training rekindles some of the hot stove talk that cools off during January and February as teams are now attempting to make sense of the pieces currently on their rosters and how they’re going to fill their remaining holes. It’s been widely known that the Seattle Mariners are interested in moving Nick Franklin in a deal to improve their starting pitching or outfield since he was displaced by a certain quarter billion dollar acquisition. Currently Franklin is batting Brad Miller for the Mariners’ starting shortstop job, although many…

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REPORT: Baltimore close to saving Mariners

Yep, you read the title correctly. The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly close to a deal to save the Seattle Mariners from Nelson Cruz. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com wrote early Saturday morning that the Orioles were nearing a deal with Cruz. If and when the deal becomes official, Cruz will be off the market, leaving Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, New York Mets or Pittsburgh Pirates — or perhaps an ever-popular mystery team. I wrote late Friday night and included a potential lineup should the M’s bring back…

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Draft Prospect Watch: Hoffman vs. Fisher

Entering the D-1 season’s second week it seems most of the country came away wanting more from the top prospects. While it’s obviously far too early to make any assessments, the anticipation still runs wild and that’s not bound to change this weekend. The weather generally plays a significant role for half the season, depending on what part of the country your’re in, and it wiped out a lot of what North Carolina State had scheduled. That didn’t stop shortstop Trea Turner from putting up numbers nor southpaw Carlos Rodon…

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A healthy Hart could see plenty of outfield time this year

While it may not be much of a surprise, some will be intrigued to hear that the Seattle Mariners’ plan on using Corey Hart as their every day right fielder should his health allow it. As we’ve all heard several times by now, Hart missed the entire 2013 campaign after undergoing microfracture surgeries on both of his knees, and hasn’t seen regular outfield time since the first half of the 2011 season. The Mariners had expected Hart to see the outfield a couple days a week back when they signed…

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Spring Training notes: Walker, Smoak, Ackley, Miller, Jimenez

Spring Training 2014 is officially under way in Peoria, Arizona as the Seattle Mariners have begun their first sets of workouts. We’re still about ten days out from official Cactus League games taking place, but the anticipation for the start of the regular season has can officially begin as all thirty clubs start with a clean slate and visions of October baseball filling their heads. The Mariners are no different. Pitchers Felix Hernandez and Taijuan Walker threw their first bullpens of the spring today; Felix tossed around 30 pitches while Walker threw 25. The Mariners’…

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Draft Prospect Watch: Aces draw soft landings

It’s opening weekend of college baseball and that means the “draft season,” if there really is such a thing, is under way, too. And yes, there really is such a thing. D-1 schools generally play four games per week — occasionally five — with three coming over the weekend and one coming mid-week. You’ll hear the term “Friday starter” a lot in college ball, which is another word for an ace. That pitcher isn’t always the best draft prospect, but he is the anchor of the staff and usually the…

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2014 MLB Draft: Prep Top 10s

Michael Schwartze and I have ranked the top 2014 prep prospects in each region. Those are being posted daily at AreaCodeBaseball.com. Here are the links thus far: Northeast Top 10: Top Prospect — Scott Blewett, RHP Texas/Louisiana Top 10: Top Prospect — Tyler Kolek, RHP Four Corners/Hawaii Top 10: Top Prospect — Kodi Medeiros, LHP Next up include the Northwest, Midwest, Northern California, Southern California and the loaded Southeast, plus a Top 100 Prep Prospects list. Prospect Insider also will feature a pre-season Top 100 overall (college and prep combined),…

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