Arkins: Seattle Needs Shohei Otani

Every MLB organization could use a player like Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters. But, the Seattle Mariners could use him more than most. The Mariners need Otani to regain relevance in their hometown; Seattle needs the planet’s most publicized free agent to regain prominence on the baseball landscape. Fair or not, a perceived lack of commitment to winning by previous ownership has eroded the size and enthusiasm of Mariners fans. Heightening the malaise, the club owns the longest active postseason drought in MLB — 16 years. Things could…

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Arkins: Potential Rotation Help For Mariners

About a year ago, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto provided a straightforward assessment of his team’s rotation when talking to Brock and Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle. “I do believe we have created the depth that is required to get through a season,” Dipoto commented. He went on to say, “now we have to figure out a way to improve the quality at the higher end.” Ironically, the Mariners enter this offseason in a similar position. James Paxton, Felix Hernandez, and Mike Leake headline Seattle’s rotation. However, there are…

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Arkins: Potential CF Candidates For Mariners

With Jarrod Dyson testing free agency, the Seattle Mariners need center field help. As with the club’s first baseman search, how general manager Jerry Dipoto fills the void isn’t clear. Keeping in mind Dipoto could address Dyson’s departure several different ways, I identified a diverse group of replacement candidates I found intriguing. Internal Options In 2016, the Mariners found themselves in a bind when starting center fielder Leonys Martin was lost to injury for several weeks. Very quickly, it became apparent the club didn’t have a suitable substitute. A lot has…

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Arkins: Potential 1B Options For Mariners

The Seattle Mariners need help at first base. That’s not a surprise. Incumbents Yonder Alonso and Danny Valencia are free agents and prospect Daniel Vogelbach remains an enigma. How the club tackles the situation isn’t clear at the moment. Since joining the Mariners in September 2015, general manager Jerry Dipoto has favored trades over free agency to address major weaknesses. However, the pitching staff and outfield are also top priorities. Seattle may rely more heavily on free agency than in the past. Keeping that in mind, I compiled a list of…

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Arkins: Trades Alone Won’t Get Mariners To Postseason

Whenever queried about his team’s payroll, Seattle Mariners CEO John Stanton conveys a similar message. His team committed a historical amount of money to salaries last season and there’s room for growth. Another recurring theme; general manager Jerry Dipoto has the necessary financial resources to improve the roster. Stanton is right about his payroll. According to Baseball Prospectus, Seattle started the 2017 season with a team-record $154.3 million in player salaries. Whether the club is spending enough to field a contender is debatable. Let’s assume the Mariners grow their payroll…

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Seattle Mariners Top 10 Trade Assets

The Seattle Mariners have a rather enormous offseason ahead of them. A lot of the club’s tasks include maximizing roster spots without sacrificing future assets, but unquestionably trades will be a part of what GM Jerry Dipoto does to build a team, even after the executive said he’d probably slow down the movement. The club is thin in trade assets, but here are the Top 10, which includes three prospects.   10. Evan White, 1B White has a ways to go but figures to move relatively smoothly through the minors…

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Arkins: An Offbeat Proposal To Help M’s Rotation

There were plenty of good news stories for the 2017 Seattle Mariners. In the end though, misfortune prevailed. The team’s most notable dilemma; an injury-ravaged rotation slogging through a disappointing year with 17 different starters. Trouble initially surfaced when Drew Smyly went down with a season-ending elbow injury in Spring Training. At least the southpaw had a strong start for Team USA during the World Baseball Classic in March. The Mariners’ woes continued once the season got underway. Felix Hernandez and James Paxton each landed on the DL twice and Hisashi Iwakuma…

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