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Blue Jays claim Justin Smoak

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers from the Seattle Mariners both teams announced on Tuesday morning. Smoak was originally the key piece acquired by Seattle when they sent star hurler to the Texas Rangers in a 2010 trade. Smoak earned $2.6375 million in 2014 and was an obvious non-tender candidate this winter. However he was due a $150,000 buy-out on a $3.65 million club option for 2015 that was going to require a decision after the conclusion of the World Series. The Blue Jays…

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How good are the Seattle Mariners?

Many pundits had written off the Seattle Mariners before the 2014 season began. The rotation had several questions marks beyond Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma and the lineup lacked much punch beyond newly acquired second baseman Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager. Lloyd McLendon was the new manager in town after Eric Wedge called it quits with three games left in 2013, and reports about the dysfunction in the front office created some tension. The club did have a strong contingent of young players ready to make their marks, however the group assembled…

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Making an Impact: M’s rookie hitters in 2014

Aside from receiving key contributions from rookie pitchers in 2014, including top prospects Taijuan Walker and James Paxton, the Seattle Mariners also saw rookie hitters make serious contributions as well. Last year it was Mike Zunino and Brad Miller who played large roles, especially in the second half, for the team. Nick Franklin also saw the bulk of the middle infield innings as a rookie in 2013, but was finally dealt at the trade deadline after months of speculation. Jesus Sucre and Abraham Almonte would also make their big league debuts…

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Making an Impact: M’s rookie pitchers in 2014

The goal for all organizations is to draft and develop everyday major leaguers. Every year thousands of players are are drafted or signed but few end up graduating to a big league roster. In 2013, the Seattle Mariners sent ten rookie pitchers to the mound including the debuts of top prospects Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. However it was relievers Danny Farquhar and Yoervis Medina that played key roles in the bullpen as rookies. Farquhar would finish the season as the team’s closer. Brandon Maurer would also debut in 2013, as a starter,…

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Carmont: Thoughts on M’s PED stance

After what seemed like an entire winter of Nelson Cruz rumors, the outfielder and his connection to the Seattle Mariners has been back in the news over the last couple of days. On Friday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reported that the M’s had a one-year deal in place with Cruz worth $7.5 million with a $9 million club option for 2015 before ownership stepped in and nixed the deal. Cruz would wind up signing with the Baltimore Orioles for one year and $8 million a few weeks later. On…

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How the Mariners kept King Felix fresh in 2014

It’s no secret that Felix Hernandez has been among baseball’s elite for the better part of the past decade. The King has now topped 200 strikeouts and 200 innings pitched for the sixth and seventh consecutive year respectfully. He also hasn’t finished a season with an ERA or FIP above 3.50 since 2008. However, it’s also no secret that Hernandez has seen some decline in his performance as the season stretched on to August and September in recent years. With that in mind, the brain trust of the Seattle Mariners determined prior to…

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Mariners lack communication with Saunders

Fact: Michael Saunders is the best outfielder on the roster of the Seattle Mariners. Even considering he missed 70 games due to injury in 2014, that fact remains. Saunders is the best defensive corner outfielder on the club, one of its best baserunners and the third best bat behind Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager. The research, scouting and metrics each tell the same story, yet the Mariners benched their third-best player 28 times this season in favor of Corey Hart, Endy Chavez, the struggling version of Logan Morrison and to…

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