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The Mariners as sellers

At 34-42 entering play Tuesday in San Diego the Seattle Mariners are running out of time. Not only are they up against the clock in terms of finding a way to the postseason for the first time in 15 years, but they’re running low on games before they have to make a decision to be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. While I don’t believe for one second the club will go into full sell mode — since that means admitting to even the casual fan that the 2015…

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Trumbo a streaky hitter?

Yesterday, Mike Ferrin from MLB Radio Network’s Power Alley spent a few minutes as a guest on The Steve Sandmeyer Show on 1090 The Fan to discuss the Seattle Mariners’ offensive woes with Steve Sandmeyer and Jason A. Churchill. During the conversation, the Power Alley host shared a few interesting comments about the newly-acquired Mark Trumbo. When Churchill asked Ferrin about Trumbo’s early struggles in Seattle, Ferrin referred to the 29-year-old slugger as a “really streaky guy.” After hearing Ferrin’s take on the Mariners’ newest acquisition, I decided to take…

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Seth Smith and platoon advantages

In an effort to receive some kind of consistent production out of one of the corner outfield spots this year, the Seattle Mariners picked up a pair of players who, if utilized to their strengths, could do exactly that. Justin Ruggiano and Seth Smith, acquired in seperate trades this winter, were the heirs to the right field throne to start the year. Fast forward to June and things have changed some. Ruggiano, to his credit produced a 135 wRC+ in 43 plate appearances against left-handed pitching. He was exposed to right-handers…

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2011 deadline deals in retrospect

On August 12 of 1987, the Detroit Tigers were just one and one-half game behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East division and were intent on improving their odds of catching Toronto. Back in those days, there was a heightened sense of urgency in finishing first place because there were only two divisions in each league and no wild card berths. With that in mind, the Tigers decided to make a deal to upgrade their starting pitching by acquiring veteran Doyle Alexander from the Atlanta Braves for…

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Everett AquaSox to watch

The Everett AquaSox, the short-season Class-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, begin their season Thursday night at Everett Memorial Stadium, or as I like to call it, Pat Dillon’s Megaphone. The club’s roster has been set for a few days. Here’s what I’m interested in with this group, plus what you can look for should you attend games, follow them online or listen to Dillon call the games on radio. The obvious names on the roster are Alex Jackson and Luiz Gohara. Jackson was the Mariners’ top pick a year…

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How Mariners can “right” ship

The best word to describe the Seattle Mariners offense may be “enigmatic.” That’s been especially true in the month of June. During 14 games this month, the team has scored two or fewer runs – including four shutouts – in nine games, while scoring five or more runs in three other games. The end result is a team with a 5-9 win-loss record and an increasingly frustrated fan base. This level of offensive unevenness isn’t a new challenge for an organization that’s sputtered at the plate for over a half-decade….

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Top picks Neidert, Moore agree to terms

The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms with their top two draft picks from the 2015 amateur draft, right-handers Nick Neidert and Andrew Moore. Jim Callis of MLB.com reports that Neidert, the No. 60 selection overall, will receive a bonus of $1.2 million — above the slot value of $1.026 million. Chris Cotillo of SBNation reports that Moore, the No. 72 overall pick, will receive a bonus of $800 thousand — under the slot value of $852.8 thousand. Neidert is a right-handed pitcher out of Peachtree High School in Suwanee, Georgia. His…

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