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Outfield Trade Targets for the Mariners

It’s no secret that the Mariners need to upgrade in the outfield. Despite hitting a major league best 84 home runs, M’s outfielders combined to produce a .242/.307/.405 line for a 95 wRC+. Additionally, with Raul Ibanez and Michael Morse receiving significant time in the outfield and Michael Saunders manning center, it’s no surprise UZR graded the Mariners as the worst defensive outfield in the majors. Overall, their outfield totaled -0.4 fWAR. Only three teams fared worse. So far, the Mariners have acquired Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, both of whom can play the outfield in theory….

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The Amazing Consistency of Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez has been the picture of consistency for the Seattle Mariners. He’s made at least 30 starts in every season since 2006 and his only DL trip resulted from an ankle injury suffered in 2008. In the last five seasons, his xFIP- has ranged from 67 to 78. His contract, which calls for him to earn $25 million a year through the 2019 season with a team option for 2020, is looking like a bargain. It’s easy to forget that the Mariners ace won’t turn 28 until April but he’s already…

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Comparing Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana

The Mariners are in play for a lot of free agents. Buster Olney writes that one of the three big-name starting pitchers, Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana, appears to be destined to end up in Seattle. Adding one of these names to a rotation that features Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and the possible contributions of big name prospects Taijuan Walker and James Walker could make for a formidable pitching staff. That being said, here’s a comparison of the three pitchers. Garza has the advantage of not being tied to compensation. As he was traded midseason from…

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Assessing Matt Kemp

Trade rumors have the Seattle Mariners connected with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Kemp has six years remaining on an eight-year, $160 million deal. A trade for him would likely involve the Mariners throwing in some solid prospects in exchange for the Dodgers eating some of Kemp’s contract. This would be a significant move for the Mariners. The multi-tooled star comes with some major concerns, however. In 2011, Kemp was one of the best players in baseball. After a disappointing 2010 season where he had a slash line of .249/.310/.450 with an…

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Valuing Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales

Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales are looking for big money this offseason. Morales rejected the Seattle Mariners qualifying offer and is seeking three to four years at 15 million per. On the other hand, Cruz is supposedly looking for four years and 75 million. The Seattle Mariners have been linked to both players. At first glance, those dollar amounts look ridiculous.  Cruz has a career .268/.327/.495 line with a 114 wRC+.  The Texas Rangers outfielder is 33 years old and has amassed 3.9 fWAR the past three seasons. Morales has a career .280/.333/.480 line and a 117 wRC+….

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Any upside left for Smoak?

Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak hasn’t lived up to the high expectations M’s fans had for him after he was acquired from the Texas Rangers in 2010 as the main piece in the Cliff Lee trade. In the first half of 2013 it looked like the 26 year-old first baseman might have turned a corner, as he was hitting .272/.372/.431 before the All-Star break. But, in the second half, his lofty .331 in-play batting average dropped to .220, and his strikeout rate climbed to 24.2 percent. By season’s end, his numbers were .238/.334/.412, very pedestrian marks…

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Matt Adams: Legit or just a guy?

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is generating some buzz in trade rumors. The former 23rd-round draft pick played in 108 games for the Cardinals this past year and put up a solid .284/.335/.503 line with a 136 wRC+. Several teams are looking for a first baseman, and with Allen Craig seemingly entrenched at the position for St. Louis, Adams looks like a valuable trade chip. What kind of player is Adams going forward? Is he a reliable bat, or was 2013 more of an aberration? Let’s dig a little deeper. Adams has a…

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