Seattle Mariners 

Building a roster for Safeco

From the moment Jerry Dipoto became general manager of the Seattle Mariners, he’s emphasized the need to build a roster capable of taking advantage of the expansive Safeco Field dimensions. As I see it, the 48-year-old executive envisions a foundation of athletic and accomplished players, who are adept at reaching base and wreaking havoc through productive aggressiveness on the bases. Equally important are outfield defenders who can run down balls in Safeco’s spacious outfield. In Dipoto’s world, a run save is as valuable as a run scored. To be honest,…

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The Mariners and free agency

The Seattle Mariners have a multitude of needs if they plan to rectify the issues that kept them from building upon their 87-win season of 2014. Hundreds of free agents are on the market as of Friday, free to sign with any club. Many make some sense for a club like the Mariners. Some do not. The M’s need pitching, at least one more starter, probably even if Hisashi Iwakuma is re-signed or accepts the qualifying offer. The bullpen needs at least three new names, including a high-leverage arm that…

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Fowler could be a fit for the M’s

It’s no secret that the Seattle Mariners are in dire need of an everyday outfielder. Particularly one that can hit left-handed pitching and bat near the top of the order. Reports have linked the M’s to free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, but it doesn’t sound as though the two sides are or were close to an agreement. Trade talks surrounding Matt Kemp and Justin Upton appear to have cooled on the Mariners front as well, at least for the moment. Fowler, 28, is in the final year of a two-year…

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Potential trade targets for M’s

The Seattle Mariners’ pursuit of offense and perhaps a few key ancillary pieces is likely to come from three distinct avenues; free agency, of course, in-house progress and trades. Free agency is simple, it’s about money and opportunity. Mostly money. Trades aren’t as easy to project and they aren’t as simple to accomplish. They are, however, the more likely manner in which the club in Seattle turns the winter into more than a buy-one, make due the rest of the way like it was a year ago when Robinson Cano…

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Who’s In, Who’s Out: NL West

The National League West division got a whole lot stronger when the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new ownership decided to push their cards all in and spend as much as necessary to win. It was a fairly busy offseason for the five clubs, but both the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants elected to use plenty of their resources on retaining some of their key pieces. The Arizona Diamondbacks made a series of interesting trades while the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies made a couple interesting acquisitions of their own. Let’s…

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Who’s in, Who’s out: AL West

It was an extraordinarily busy winter for the five clubs in the American League West. Each organization made significant moves, with all but the Los Angeles Angels spending big dollars to improve their respective rosters. Two of the biggest free agents — Robinson Cano and Shin-Soo Choo — joined the AL West and even the Houston Astros made noise spending some money and acquiring an impact centerfielder. Let’s take a look at what each club gained and lost over the winter, starting with the defending division champions. Oakland Athletics |…

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AL West 2013-2014 fWAR Comparisons

With 2014 just around the corner, it’s time to take a look at how each team is shaping up at this point in the offseason. With several marquee free agents still available, expect these numbers to fluctuate over the next couple months, making this exercise exactly what it’s meant to be; a rough estimate at this point in time. Firstly, we’re going to look at how American League West teams, including your Seattle Mariners, project in 2014 and compare it to their 2013 seasons. -All numbers are provided by FanGraphs…

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