Seattle Mariners 

Building a roster for Safeco

From the moment Jerry Dipoto became general manager of the Seattle Mariners, he’s emphasized the need to build a roster capable of taking advantage of the expansive Safeco Field dimensions. As I see it, the 48-year-old executive envisions a foundation of athletic and accomplished players, who are adept at reaching base and wreaking havoc through productive aggressiveness on the bases. Equally important are outfield defenders who can run down balls in Safeco’s spacious outfield. In Dipoto’s world, a run save is as valuable as a run scored. To be honest,…

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Nook Nacks — May 30

I had a delightful Memorial Day weekend, and I hope you did too. I barbecued and went to the beach and played with this great, genius dog named Jamo He’s easily a 7-8 WAR (Wags Above Replacement) dog, and he’s aging like Chipper Jones. A very good boy, indeed. Memorial Day is also the unofficial point of the baseball season where I stop citing small sample sizes and start thinking that what we see might be what we get. Some of these players below are just starting to heat up,…

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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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2014 Impact Rookies: American League

Impact is a beautiful word. Two quick syllables, a breadth of possible meanings and just a dash of onomatopoeia. When Giancarlo Stanton sends a baseball to its retirement it almost sounds like the word itself, compressed into a fraction of a second. Mike Trout impacts the game in pretty much every way a player can, and does so dynamically. Jose Molina impacts the game by framing pitches better than nearly any other catcher, and he’s rarely called dynamic. They couldn’t be much more different, but both are impactful in their own, unique way….

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Top 25 Fantasy Prospects

The Constitution of the United States is often referred to as a “living document.” The Constitution itself hasn’t been amended in over twenty years, but interpretations of it have  changed during that time. Think of this list, and all the fantasy lists we’ve posted this offseason in the same way. Players can get traded, players can get injured, player evaluations can ebb slightly or transform entirely. For those reasons, the player rankings below do not exactly align with the positional lists. And, like the prior lists, the top 25 is…

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Fantasy Prospect Rankings: Shortstop

Who’s the best fantasy shortstop in baseball? Hanley Ramirez? Troy Tulowitzki for 113 games? Elvis Andrus and his Amazingly Empty .270 Batting Average? Ian Desmond and his 145 strikeouts, thank you very much? Jean ‘This Doesn’t Look Sustainable’ Segura? You can make arguments for any of them. What I’m trying to say is that there’s no great answer at short anymore. It’s a murky position right now, but there are beams of light on the horizon. Again, please know that this list is for fantasy impact in 2014 only. If…

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