Seattle Mariners 

Mariners need: outfield defense

  In recent years, the Seattle Mariners haven’t placed a high value on defense, especially in the outfield. This becomes particularly clear when you look back at their most recent corner outfield pickups, via the trade and free agent market. Since 2013, the team has used players with limited range like Nelson Cruz, Mark Trumbo, Corey Hart, Raul Ibanez, and Michael Morse to play left and right field. Further proof of the low importance placed on outfield run prevention by the Mariners was their trial and error attempts of putting…

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Seattle Mariners 

Potential Mariners trade targets

New general manager Jerry Dipoto prefers the trade route, and while the club never will ignore the free agent market, the second-time show runner already has demonstrated an ability to identify his team’s needs and execute a quality trade. Whether or not the most recent deal made with the Tampa Bay Rays turns out to be one of them remains to be seen, but Dipoto already has a track record that supports the former claim. Exhibit A may be the three-team transaction that sent Mark Trumbo from the Los Angeles…

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