Seattle Mariners 

2012 deadline deals in retrospect

Last June, I wrote a piece reflecting on several non-waiver deadline deals made in July 2011. My rationale for looking back so far was simple. Most of these trades involve prospects who are years away from reaching the majors — assuming they ever do. Since I enjoyed picking away at those old trades last year, I thought I’d do it again and put several 2012 deadline deals under the microscope this time. There weren’t many sexy moves that year, but I chose a few that I found interesting. I hope…

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Seattle Mariners 

Can Mariners rotation pitch until Halloween?

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training tomorrow, Seattle Mariner fans have plenty of reasons to be excited about the 2015 season. It’s not just Seattle fans who see good things for the team in 2015; national pundits, well-respected baseball websites, and Las Vegas bookmakers alike are forecasting that Seattle will reach the postseason and possibly the World Series. To reach the World Series for the first time in the club’s 38-year history, Seattle’s starting rotation would have to do something that it hasn’t needed to do in over…

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Seattle Mariners 

M’s still have financial flexibility for a big move

As the calendar turns into January, the hot stove typically cools until pitchers and catchers report in February. Although in recent years, including this one, a high-profile Scott Boras client has remained unsigned and figures to be a talking point for the next couple weeks. James Shields is also available, but Max Scherzer is the big fish that has yet to find a home. The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees are the most discussed landing spots for Scherzer, and one can’t count out the Boston Red Sox or Los Angeles…

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Seattle Mariners 

Is Happ part of the plans for 2015?

It wasn’t a surprise to anyone to hear that the Seattle Mariners had dealt outfielder Michael Saunders. After a tumultuous couple weeks at the conclusion of the 2014 season, there was an obvious tension between the two parties that would probably only be resolved by a conclusion of the relationship. The Toronto Blue Jays were identified as a potential fit for Saunders and earlier in the week would acquire the Victoria, BC native in exchange for starter JA Happ. Toronto needed some help in the outfield with the departures of…

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