Seattle Mariners 

Aiken to be draft eligible in 2015

After being selected No. 1 overall in the 2014 amateur draft, Brady Aiken thought that he was about to become a member of the Houston Astros organization with a $6.5 million signing bonus. But an abnormality in his elbow showed up during his physical and the two sides wound up not agreeing to terms. It was unclear what the left-hander’s next move would be, but on Thursday we got an answer. According to ESPN’s Keith Law, Aiken will head to Florida and pitch for the postgraduate team at IMG Academy in Bradenton….

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Temper big league expectations for Hultzen in 2015

It seems like a lot more than three-plus years ago that the Seattle Mariners made University of Virginia standout Danny Hultzen the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft. Hultzen appeared to be on a fast track to the majors after tearing through Double-A for the first half of 2012 but struggled with his command after making the jump to Triple-A. The left-hander started 2013 strong in four Triple-A starts, but was shut down in late April after experiencing shoulder discomfort. He would reappear again in late June to…

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Can Mariners rotation pitch until Halloween?

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training tomorrow, Seattle Mariner fans have plenty of reasons to be excited about the 2015 season. It’s not just Seattle fans who see good things for the team in 2015; national pundits, well-respected baseball websites, and Las Vegas bookmakers alike are forecasting that Seattle will reach the postseason and possibly the World Series. To reach the World Series for the first time in the club’s 38-year history, Seattle’s starting rotation would have to do something that it hasn’t needed to do in over…

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MLB Draft: 2009 ReDraft

It’s been nearly five years since the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. For college draftees, it’s been plenty of time to determine with hindsight whether or not they warranted their selection. For high school picks, at the very least it’s safe to say the baseball world has a very good idea what kind of value they carry. In light of the previous two declarations, let’s see what the first natural round (30 picks) of the 2009 Draft might look like if we could use said 20-20 hindsight goggles. A few…

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The value of Rickie Weeks

According to MLB Network’s Jim Bowden, via Twitter, the Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms with veteran Rickie Weeks on a one-year deal worth $2 million, pending a physical. Weeks, 32, has spent his entire career as a second baseman and a below-average one at that. He has produced at the plate, too, despite a career .249 batting average, thanks to good power and solid on-base skills outside his tendency to strike out at a rate of 23 percent. Weeks was originally drafted and signed by the Milwaukee Brewers where…

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ICYMI: January 7 — February 10

Pitchers and catchers are now just days away from reporting to Spring Training complexes, signalling the nearing of Opening Day. As of Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners are just 55 days away from opening the season against the Los Angeles Angels on April 6 at Safeco Field. Now that James Shields has signed on with the much-improved San Diego Padres, the Hot Stove season is all but finished. Once we reach the mid-point of March and teams have began to make roster decisions things will heat up slightly with several out-of-options…

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The value of stolen bases

Offensive production in major league baseball has dropped sharply over the past decade. The most frequently suggested causes behind this decline are an aggressive performance-enhancing drug testing, the implementation of state-of-the-art analysis on hitters’ tendencies, rising pitch velocities, increased relief pitcher specialization, and more defensive shifts. Regardless of the cause behind the offensive swoon, teams are seeing fewer hitters reach base. League-average on-base percentage (OBP) in recent years harkens back to the levels that prompted Major League Baseball to lower the pitcher’s mound in 1969. You have to go back…

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