Seattle Mariners 

Nine on the edge

In looking around Major League Baseball one might find a number of players that haven’t yet panned out, yet still sit on a roster — sometimes prominently — taking up space, and often times earning seven figures via arbitration. There’s a reason they’re still around, however, and that’s because there’s a glimmer of hope the once-promising talent will finds it’s way through the muck to the surface. Here are nine I’m keeping an eye on this spring and summer — four in the bigs, five in the minors. Desmond Jennings,…

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Mariners need: first base

  When Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto set out to reshape the club’s roster, the prevailing thought was that the team needed to address their starting pitching, bullpen, catching depth, outfield defense, and fringe depth. Prospect Insider Executive Editor Jason A. Churchill first discussed these areas of need in late October. Since then, Dipoto has aggressively addressed everything that Jason mentioned through a series of transactions that’s seen 30 players change teams. All-in-all, the Mariners have netted 17 new players. That doesn’t mean that Seattle is ready to field a contender….

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All catcher crew

The Major League Baseball amateur draft is less the a month away and I thought that I’d take a stab at putting together an “All catcher crew” of players who were selected during the amateur draft as catchers and subsequently moved to another position before debuting in the majors.I did something similar earlier this month when I compiled an “All shortstop squad” of drafted shortstops who changed position. Once again, I was able to find enough good players to create a good lineup and – just like the shortstop list…

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Outfielders on the move, M’s stand pat

Despite the commodity that power has become in today’s game, a trio of slugging outfielders were moved west this past week. All three were, somewhat surprisingly, acquired by the San Diego Padres. Matt Kemp was officially acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers after some concerns arose in his physical. Wil Myers was brought on board in a three-team blockbuster with the Tampa Bay Rays. The cherry on top of the newly formed outfield is Justin Upton, acquired from the Atlanta Braves. All three are right-handed, outfielders, and hold plenty of power….

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Who’s In, Who’s Out: AL East

The American League East has often been deemed the toughest division to win in all of baseball with at least three teams in serious playoff contention any given year. The New York Yankees spent large this winter and brought in a number of key free agents, while the Boston Red Sox decided to let most of their free agents walk. The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles both tinkered with their rosters, while the Toronto Blue Jays only made one real addition to their major league roster. Let’s take a…

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American League Rookie of the Year race

A year ago there was quite the debate on the American League MVP race — Mike Trout vs. Miguel Cabrera — and Cabrera won fairly easily. The 2013 AL MVP race hasn’t driven the conversation nearly as much this season, despite both Cabrera and Trout repeating their tremendous seasons and a few others, including Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and even Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson. Perhaps the closest awards race in the American League this season is the Rookie of the Year chase. Through the All-Star break,…

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