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How Iwakuma’s return helps M’s

Last night, Seattle Mariners fans received an unexpected and welcome surprise when general manager Jerry Dipoto announced that starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma would be returning to the team for the 2016 season. Yesterday was a tumultuous day for the 34-year-old starter and his fans. Earlier in the day, rumors were circulating that the Los Angels Dodgers were backing away from a three-year/$45 million deal with the right-handed free agent due to concerns with the results of his physical exam. By the end of the day, “Kuma” was back with the…

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Is Mariners lineup good enough?

Earlier this week, I wrote a piece about the Seattle Mariners’ reboot of their roster and – to the chagrin of some Mariners faithful – I concluded that the current roster had not ascended to the level of “fringe contender.” My doom and gloom rationale was primarily driven by the club’s lack of proven depth in the bullpen and rotation. I just don’t believe that Seattle’s current cadre of pitchers is ready to catapult the Mariners to the next level. The club is making sound moves to address their pitching,…

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Quick thoughts on Iwakuma’s failed physical

A report surfaced out of Japan this morning that the Los Angeles Dodgers had some concerns after former Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma took his physical. You may recall, the Dodgers gave Iwakuma a three-year, $45 million deal pending said physical. Details are still a bit hazy — some say the Dodgers are backing out, while others say the door isn’t yet closed — so we’ll have to see how things shake out, and if Iwakuma hits the open market again. There are a couple of ways you can…

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Mariners running out of options

After aggressively remodeling his club’s roster for the past three months, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto says that the team’s roster is essentially set for the beginning of Spring Training. Assuming for a moment that the 40-man roster remains intact between now and the start of Spring Training, the club will enter camp with six players who have no options remaining. This could set the stage for several tough roster-related choices by Dipoto and his staff. If these players don’t make the big league roster out of Peoria, they’d…

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How’s Mariners’ reboot going?

Since becoming the general manager of the Seattle Mariners, Jerry Dipoto has aggressively worked to transform the club’s roster. In just under three months, he’s added 16 players to the club’s 40-man roster. The 47-year-old’s moves have been greeted with a mixture of optimism, scorn, and indifference depending on the names of the players involved and fan’s perceived value of the individuals traded away and received. For example, dispatching Carson Smith and Roenis Elias to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro and the signing…

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Churchill: M’s add closer

Among the concerns left with the Seattle Mariners once they’d pack up and left Nashville in their rearview mirror was the bullpen. General manager Jerry Dipoto hinted, darned near telling the media, actually, that a deal for a reliever was likely to get done sooner than later, bolstering the relief corps. Early Saturday, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that right-hander Steve Cishek has agreed to a two-year deal with the Mariners, guaranteeing him $10 million. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweets that Cishek can earn up to $17 million in total…

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What’s next for the Mariners?

Nobody, perhaps not even the front office itself, knows exactly what comes next for the Seattle Mariners after GM Jerry Dipoto has turned over the roster in recent weeks. But despite GM speak that includes tones and words that discourage fans and lead them to believe the dealing is pretty much done, the Mariners have work to do if they wish to compete in the American League West in 2016. No. 2 Starting Pitcher It’s been discussed quite a bit on multiple platforms, but the Mariners’ current projected starting rotation…

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