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Early trade talk

Last week, Jim Bowden of ESPN and the MLB Radio Network published a list of the 30 best players who could be on the move prior to the August 1 non-waiver trading deadline and where he thinks those players fit best. For some, it’s a tad early to be discussing deals when the deadline is still two months away. Bowden realizes that too and refers to his list as “my first take of the year” on players who could be dealt. Yet, some fans — and writers — find it…

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Early returns on Dae-Ho Lee

The Seattle Mariners spent much of the off season revitalizing a roster that lacked flexibility and in some cases, general athleticism. Given this, the arrival of Dae-Ho Lee was particularly intriguing. In part because the M’s went abroad to acquire a bat. Also, because while he was a premier hitter overseas, Lee didn’t fit the mould of this ‘new’ Mariners squad. I have to admit that I was one of many who, in Spring Training, felt that adding a bat-only — not bat-first, bat-only — player to what had become…

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Keep an eye on …

Who are some fringe prospects in the M’s system to keep an eye on? Prior to the season, as always, I posted my Seattle Mariners Top 25 Prospects. Just outside that list are some fringe prospects that bring some potential value to the table. Many are medium-to-high upside talents with immense risk. Others are those of the low-to-medium ceiling and risk levels that land all over the map. These types of players can be very valuable. Look at the rosters around the league then trace back where those players were…

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Checking Leonys Martin

The Leonys Martin most thought (I did) the Seattle Mariners would be acquiring is the one we’ve seen in the past with the Texas Rangers. A decent batting average, fringe-average (league) on-base percentages and maybe 8-10 home runs to go with very good defense in center field. The M’s are getting all of that. Already. Including the season-long power. In just seven weeks of the schedule. Martin’s 4-for-5 Sunday in Cincinnati brought his season line to .252/.331/.467, which, if held through the season, makes Martin a star, probably worth 5.5-6…

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M’s Quarterly Report: Scouting Scott Servais

“When the unexpected becomes the expected, strange becomes familiar.” — Jason A. Churchill | May 20, 2016 Of course nobody saw it coming. Not even for a quarter of the season. And even if it concludes without an end to the 14-year postseason drought, the 2016 Seattle Mariners have been one of the better teams in Major League Baseball through 40 games. A lot of things are going right for the club. Not everything, but most everything. What’s led the Mariners to first place in the American League West at…

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M’s Quarterly Report: Bench, Injuries & Roster

“When the unexpected becomes the expected, strange becomes familiar.” — Jason A. Churchill | May 20, 2016 Of course nobody saw it coming. Not even for a quarter of the season. And even if it concludes without an end to the 14-year postseason drought, the 2016 Seattle Mariners have been one of the better teams in Major League Baseball through 40 games. A lot of things are going right for the club. Not everything, but most everything. What’s led the Mariners to first place in the American League West at…

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M’s Quarterly Report: Down on the Farm

“When the unexpected becomes the expected, strange becomes familiar.” — Jason A. Churchill | May 20, 2016 Of course nobody saw it coming. Not even for a quarter of the season. And even if it concludes without an end to the 14-year postseason drought, the 2016 Seattle Mariners have been one of the better teams in Major League Baseball through 40 games. A lot of things are going right for the club. Not everything, but most everything. What’s led the Mariners to first place in the American League West at…

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