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Walker turning in solid campaign

The hype-machine had been in full force for what turned out to be a disappointing 2014 season for Taijuan Walker. The former top prospect spent time on the disabled list with shoulder troubles and a prolonged stint at Triple-A while battling growing pains. All in all, Walker had a 2.61 ERA and a 3.68 FIP in the 38 innings he pitched in the big leagues. Entering 2015, Walker would beat out left-hander Roenis Elias for the final spot in the Seattle Mariners rotation during Spring Training — a spot he has maintained since. Through…

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Seattle Mariners 

Speculating an Iwakuma extension

The Seattle Mariners did well to attain some value for assets on expiring contracts, as well as Dustin Ackley, prior to Friday’s trade deadline. Both Mark Lowe and J.A. Happ were set to hit free agency at season’s end. The list of pending free agents also includes Fernando Rodney and Austin Jackson, but with having a rather terrible season and the other not garnering much interest, hanging on to the pair is understandable. One more name is on that list, and curiously never seemed to be all that much available: Hisashi…

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Forecasting the Mariners needs

With the trade deadline only days away and the Seattle Mariners currently on the outside looking in, much space has been put towards dissecting what exactly the team should do this week. Should the M’s be sellers? Could they be buyers? Sitting 9.5 games back in the division and 6.5 games back of a wild card berth entering Tuesday’s games likely suggest the former more so than the latter. Whatever the case, getting a head start on filling holes for next season should be more important than attempting an incremental upgrade for…

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Seattle Mariners 

Repositioning Seattle’s future

The 2015 Major League Baseball amateur draft is just three months away and, based on the reader feedback to Jason A. Churchill’s recent “MLB Draft: 2009 ReDraft” article, the annual draft is a passionate subject for many of Seattle’s baseball faithful. One aspect of the draft that will probably garner more attention than necessary will be the positions played by the team’s higher draft choices. For example, if the Mariners drafted a shortstop in the early rounds of the 2015 draft, would fans be in an uproar because the team…

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Wilhelmsen M’s lone remaining arbitration case

The deadline for teams and players to submit arbitration figures passed on Friday. The Seattle Mariners had six arbitration-eligible players for the 2015 season, three of them eligible for the first time. Three of the four projected regular outfielders, Austin Jackson, Dustin Ackley, and Justin Ruggiano, all agreed to new contracts as well as bullpen arm Charlie Furbush. Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen was the lone player who failed to reach an agreement prior to the deadline. Austin Jackson — One-year, $7.7 million Seattle’s starting centerfielder, acquired at last year’s trade deadline…

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Pitching On Zero Days Rest: A History

On Monday, the Mets found themselves in a jam after scheduled starter Bartolo Colon was placed on the bereavement list. With a taxed bullpen and a Triple-A affiliate 2,000 miles away, manager Terry Collins was forced to call upon journeyman Carlos Torres to start, even though the right-hander had just pitched out of the bullpen the previous night. (Is there anything more Mets than needing to start a reliever on zero days rest because they can’t fly a minor league pitcher to the stadium in time for first pitch?) Despite…

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