Seattle Mariners 

State of the Systems: NL Central

This offseason I will be working on a series that examines the strengths and weaknesses of each of the 30 farm systems in Major League Baseball. The series will be broken up into 6 parts, with each section focusing on one division at a time. These are not prospect rankings, but rather a general outlook and a diagnosis on the overall health of the organization. I will also shed some light on some of the top prospects in each organization who are starting to generate some hype. The statistics, heights, and weights that…

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Seattle Mariners 

2014 Arizona Fall League Preview

The Arizona Fall League is chance for teams to get an extended look at their prospects who are getting close to the majors. Often times they will send players here who have a chance to break camp with the team the following spring. Other times they use the league as a chance to watch players before they make the decision to protect them or not on the 40-man roster. Finally, it is an opportunity to give innings or at bats to players who may have missed time with injuries or…

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Seattle Mariners 

Nook Nacks — Futures Game Edition

The Futures Game is a beautiful event. And it’s not just because it’s the best prospects in baseball all playing on the same field, though that’s mostly why it’s beautiful. The real beauty is that right then, on that day, those players have more promise than anyone else in the minors. Some of them will go on to be stars, some will be bench players, some will get hurt and some won’t ever make the bigs, but, on that day, you, I, and Whitney Houston believe they’re the future. Over…

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Seattle Mariners 

Revisiting the Bedard trade six years later

Nobody likes to admit when a deal doesn’t go their way, especially a sports franchise. But there’s no question that the Baltimore Orioles got the better end of the deal that sent Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a package of five players in February of 2008. The O’s received a prized prospect named Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Tony Butler, Chris Tillman, and Kam Mickolio in the trade and in exchange, the M’s were receiving a starter who was coming off a fifth place finish in the 2007…

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