Prospect Insider’s 2014 MLB Predictions

The 2014 Major League Baseball season is upon us. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks opened the season in Australia last week, but the rest of baseball joins the race Sunday and Monday. After a winter of free agent signings and trades it’s time for clubs to put their transactions to the test. The rosters are set and the fans are ready. To view the player movement by division, click on the following: NL West | NL Central | NL East | AL West | AL Central | AL…

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Who’s In, Who’s Out: NL West

The National League West division got a whole lot stronger when the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new ownership decided to push their cards all in and spend as much as necessary to win. It was a fairly busy offseason for the five clubs, but both the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants elected to use plenty of their resources on retaining some of their key pieces. The Arizona Diamondbacks made a series of interesting trades while the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies made a couple interesting acquisitions of their own. Let’s…

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Temper Expectations for Elias

On Thursday morning, the Seattle Mariners appeared to finalize what had been an unusually turbulent and acrimonious battle for jobs in the back of their starting rotation. After releasing popular pre-spring training rotation candidate Scott Baker and parting with Randy Wolf under contentious circumstances, the Mariners signed Chris Young to a one-year deal. Young is healthy and reportedly throwing well, so he makes sense as a stopgap number four starter. The surprise of the spring thus far, though, is that Roenis Elias is slated to break camp as the team’s…

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Comparing the 2013-2014 Opening Day Rosters

The Seattle Mariners announced their Opening Day roster Friday. One thing I noticed was that despite the absence of right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, the 25-man group is clearly better than it was one year ago. 2013-Starting Rotation-2014 There aren’t any surprises here, considering what took place Tuesday and Wednesday. Felix Hernandez, RH Felix Hernandez, RH Hisashi Iwakuma, RH Erasmo Ramirez, RH Joe Saunders, LHP James Paxton, LHP Brandon Maurer, RHP Roenis Elias, LHP Blake Beavan, RHP Chris Young, RHP 2013-Bullpen-2014 Easily there are potential and significant upgrades in the bullpen, having…

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Prospect Insider Mariners tickets challenge

Prospect Insider will be giving away a pair of tickets, plus parking, to Opening Night at Safeco Field Tuesday, April 8 to see the Seattle Mariners face the Los Angeles Angels. First pitch is set for 7:10pm, but the pre-game ceremonies begin at 6:30, honoring the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. The tickets are in the FRONT ROW of Terrace Club section 231, which are just off-center behind home plate. To win the tickets, you must be following Prospect Insider on Twitter, @ProspectInsider, as well as @tixdealz. The winner will…

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Mariners sign Chris Young

The wait for pitching help was short one now that the Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign starter Chris Young to a one-year, major league deal with a base salary of $1.25 million and another $3.475 million available in performance based incentives. The move comes a day after the M’s officially cut Scott Baker and Randy Wolf from the team. Seattle was reportedly looking to acquire another pitcher yesterday, and Young is expected to fill the No.4 spot in the rotation to start the year. Young, 34, hasn’t pitched in…

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2014 Potential Impact Rookies: National League

The National League isn’t quite as loaded with top prospects that may break into the big leagues in 2014 and supply impact value, but the circuit certainly is not short on talent. The American League impact rookie article can be found here. Today we deal with their counterparts. EAST Christian Bethancourt, C — Atlanta Braves The Braves seem to have committed to an Evan Gattis/Gerald Laird timeshare behind the plate this season, and that might work out fine. Gattis hits bombs and Laird might put together another solid fifty games…

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Mariners Re-sign Chavez, Quintero and Release Baker, Wolf

As the old saying goes, there’s never such a thing as too much the depth. A day after releasing both Endy Chavez and Humberto Quintero who were in camp on minor league deals, the Seattle Mariners re-signed both players to new minor league deals and they will stay within the organization according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. (Twitter links). Chavez, 36, appeared in 97 games for the Mariners in 2013 which marked his second stint with the club, the first coming back in 2009. The outfielder managed…

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