Seattle Mariners 

M’s mid-season report card

The Seattle Mariners hit the halfway point of the 2014 season over the weekend. The club currently is a Wild Card leader, 1.5 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. The M’s have done it with pitching, improved defense and timely hitting. We can talk for days about how the lineup needs a few upgrades, but the task at hand is assessing what’s occurred thus far. Grades do not reflect a player’s value to the team the way Wins Above Replacement is designed, but solely to place…

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Seattle Mariners 2014 Player Preview

The Seattle Mariners announced their roster late last week and while there weren’t many surprises, there were some changes between this year and last, as we showed you right here. We’ll make predictions about wins and losses later Sunday night, but here’s a quick rundown of each of the 25-man roster members, what to expect, what not to expect, obstacles, strengths, weaknesses and other things that come to mind. INFIELDERS — Tyler Carmont The most noted infield battle from Mariners’ camp this spring was who centered on the starting shortstop…

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Projecting the M’s Lineup 1.0

The Seattle Mariners signed or acquired via trade three new lineup pieces over the offseason and while I think most agree that more is needed — whether that be Kendrys Morales in March or April or a pre-summer trade — the offense is better, on paper at least, than it was a year ago. While there are a lot of scenarios that makes sense, such as Kyle Seager batting anywhere from second to fourth or fifth, to the leadoff spot where Brad Miller and Abraham Almonte could both make some…

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Seattle Mariners 

Report: Mariners sign John Buck

While it’s yet to be officially announced by the club, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports (via Twitter)┬áthat John Buck has agreed to sign a one-year contract worth $1 million with the Seattle Mariners. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports indicated that the two sides were nearing an agreement on Monday night (via Twitter). The move will likely be made official once Buck passes a physical and the club makes a corresponding 40-man roster move. The veteran catcher is expected to back up Mike Zunino as the top prospect enters his…

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Seattle Mariners 

Mariners need catching partner for Zunino

It appears that the Seattle Mariners are ready to officially hand over the reigns to former top prospect Mike Zunino as he projects to be the club’s Opening Day catcher in 2014. The M’s first pick in the 2012 draft appeared in 52 games in 2013 while splitting time with veteran backstops Henry Blanco and Humberto Quintero, both of whom are not expected to don blue and teal in 2014. While small sample sizes make it difficult to gauge what a player is really capable of, there’s good reason to…

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