Seattle Mariners 

Seager contract money well spent

By locking up Kyle Seager to a seven-year, $100 million contract extension, the Seattle Mariners have confirmed the importance of the 27-year-old to their organization and helped shed some light on his stature among fellow major league third baseman. Becoming an established star After helping propel the Mariners to their first winning record since 2009 and earning his first All Star game selection in 2014, Seager is now firmly entrenched as one of the top third baseman in the majors and he has the numbers to prove it. He has…

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Report: Hanley Ramirez heads back to Boston

Another big-name free agent hitter is off the board. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported Sunday night that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms on a five-year, $90 million contract with Hanley Ramirez. The sides were reported to be closing in on a deal earlier in the day. As noted in his free agent profile, Ramirez was one of the top position players available via free agency this winter. He missed time in 2014 with a myriad of smaller injuries, but only hit the disabled list once in…

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Seattle Mariners 

Outfielder Rumors: Tomas, Kemp, Bruce, Joyce

It has been a busy week for the hot stove as Russell Martin, Billy Butler, Adam LaRoche, and Jason Heyward have all found new homes. The Seattle Mariners were involved in talks with Martin before he signed a five-year, $82 million with the Toronto Blue Jays. Butler was thought to be a primary target of the M’s but ended up taking a three-year deal with the Oakland Athletics. LaRoche didn’t appear to be on Seattle’s radar at all despite the fact that the club has a need at first base…

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Seattle Mariners 

Free Agent Profile: Chase Headley

Several years ago Chase Headley was an emerging superstar with the San Diego Padres. He showed power in the minors before blossoming into a star in the very pitcher-friendly Petco Park. After the 2012 season trade rumors escalated as Headley was coming off a 7.2 fWAR season and had just two years of club control remaining. The small-market Padres seemed likely to deal the third baseman. That didn’t happen, however, and after a stint on the disabled list in 2013 and a drop in value of approximately 50 percent to 3.6 fWAR,…

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Seattle Mariners 

Free Agents 101: Corner Bats

Kyle Seager makes for a franchise cornerstone at third base, but otherwise the Seattle Mariners have holes at first base, both corner outfield spots, and designated hitter. As it stands Dustin Ackley and Logan Morrison figure to be the club’s starting left fielder and first baseman respectively if the new season were to start today. However both are coming off strong second half performances that may be unsustainable. Seattle also has Michael Saunders penciled in as the everyday right fielder but there are reports that the club will be aggressively shopping…

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Qualifying Offers: Who Should Accept?

It’s year three of MLB’s qualifying offer experiment, and we’ve got our list of players that were extended $15.3 million contracts by their clubs. These are they: Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates Russell Martin, Pittsburgh Pirates Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers David Robertson, New York Yankees Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants Ervin Santana, Atlanta Braves Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers James Shields, Kansas City Royals During the last two offseasons, exactly zero of the 22 players that…

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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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