Seattle Mariners 

Not for nuthin’: Could M’s learn from Sounders?

The Seattle Mariners regular season home opener is just 10 days away and anticipation for a new season is building. As always, Safeco Field will be in a festive mood during Opening Day ceremonies. You can count on a few watery eyes when the late Dave Niehaus narrates  “Welcome back baseball” over the public announcement system. Fans will remain on their feet as they cheer wildly when each Mariner enters individually, via a red carpet in right field, and is introduced to the home crowd for the first time. Finally,…

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Moving on from Montero

The odyssey of Jesus Montero and the Seattle Mariners came to a close on Monday. The centerpiece of the deal that sent Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees was claimed on waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays after four seasons in the Mariners organization. All Seattle has to show for it’s efforts are the $20,000 waiver fee and a handful of stories that include an ice cream sandwich. My initial reaction to hearing the news was disappointment after seeing, from a distance, how hard Montero has worked to get his life…

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Why Paxton was optioned

You’ve likely read by now the Seattle Mariners optioned left-hander James Paxton to Triple-A Tacoma and thereby announcing right-hander Nate Karns will be the final piece to the starting rotation behind Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Wade Miley and Taijuan Walker. Both Paxton and Karns struggled in Cactus League play, but barring injury it’s been my opinion all along Karns was going to be the choice. Why? Because spring training is the definition of small sample and smart clubs don’t base their decisions solely on performances in March. Not many will…

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M’s Projected 25-man Roster: Edition 2

One can make the argument there are more questions surrounding the Seattle Mariners’ 25-man roster four weeks into Cactus League play than when camp opened six weeks ago. We still don’t know for sure whether or not the club will carry a right-handed first-base platoon. Gaby Sanchez was released, Ed Lucas appeared to never have much of a chance and sources told Prospect Insider Saturday that the club had made a move with Jesus Montero. Montero, who is out of options, reportedly had cleaned out his locker at Peoria Sports…

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Opening Day just beginning of M’s odyssey

There’s just over a week remaining before the Seattle Mariners start their 2016 season and, as usual, fans have concerns about the team’s Opening Day roster. This year, speculation centers around who’ll fill out the club’s bullpen, and hold down the backup first baseman and utility infielder spots.

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Sizing up a Robinson Cano rebound

In a matter of days Robinson Cano will have completed his third Spring Training as a member of the Seattle Mariners. The excitement and shock of the surprise free agent signing has settled into a reality that one of the game’s top players chose to make his home in Seattle. In fact, the reality of the ‘what-have-you-done-for-me-lately’ nature of professional sports has also settled in with some expressing doubt about the rest of the slugger’s career after a down season. Certainly nobody expected Cano to be a perennial Most Valuable Player candidate for the…

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M’s shortstop situation

The Seattle Mariners find themselves in familiar territory once again. They have not one, but multiple potentially-viable shortstops. This time, both will make the 25-man roster out of spring training. In recent years it was Brad Miller, Chris Taylor and Nick Franklin vying for the regular role at the position. This season, Ketel Marte entered camp the overwhelming favorite to get the everyday job at shortstop. He’s still going to get that nod to start 2016, but Luis Sardinas also is going to make the club, and it’s not just…

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