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Disconnect on Mariners Trade Deadline Strategy?

I read. I watch. I listen. And the past few weeks I have read, watched and listened to a lot of folks discuss the Seattle Mariners and their trade deadline strategy. What it could be. What it should be. Why they should buy. Why they should sell. And so on. But it sounds to me like there’s a missing factor or three not being connected to the club’s current position. The Mariners are 39-39 entering play Tuesday night at Safeco Field versus the hapless Philadelphia Phillies. It just so happens…

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More Trade Ideas for the Seattle Mariners

We’re six weeks from the trade deadline and the Seattle Mariners need pitching. Not only do they need it, but they need it beyond the returning rotation trio of Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly. Another impact starting pitcher would be No. 1 on my list. By impact, I mean a proven arm capable of wearing the No. 3 tag, or at least a strong No. 4. There are going to be some of those available by July 31. For example: Jason Vargas, LHP — Kansas City Royals There’s…

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Mariners Farm Report: May

While the big club looks to get healthy after a .500 month of May, the top talents in a very shallowly-stocked organization has changed quite a bit. Preseason Top 25: LINK Preseason Org Rank: 28 Farm Report: April Here’s an updated Top 10 with scouting & player development notes. (A full re-ranking of the Top 25 will occur in four weeks in the Mid-season Report) Only players in the minors on Jun 1 are eligible. Kyle Lewis, OF Lewis is getting close to being sent out on assignment after spending…

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Checking Hisashi Iwakuma

With news popping Sunday that right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma‘s sore knee will push back his start to Thursday in Toronto, it’s a good time to talk about the 36-year-old’s immediate future. Iwakuma was solid a year ago, making 33 starts and covering 199 innings with a good-enough 4.27 FIP. Reliability is the name of Iwakuma’s game. He averaged six innings per start, whiffed 17.6 percent of the batters he faced and walked just 5.5 percent. Iwakuma averaged 88.2 mph with his four-seam fastball for the year and was strong in September,…

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