Seattle Mariners deadline deal primer

The Major League Baseball non-waiver trading deadline is nearing and Seattle Mariners fans are anxious to see how general manager Jerry Dipoto handles the club’s roster during his first “deadline season” in Seattle. With that in mind, I’ve been doing “primers” for each American League (AL) West division club to see how the club’s rivals stack up as the August 1 trade deadline approaches. In recent days, I’ve discussed each of Seattle’s divisional rivals — the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers. Now, it’s time to…

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Hot stove rewind

  The end of the World Series signals that the Hot Stove season is upon us. Free agency starts in a few days, the GM meetings follow next week, and the Winter Meetings are only a month away. The games may be over, but there’s no offseason for front offices –  including the Seattle Mariners. As the Mariners ramp up their efforts to get better, baseball blogs will also be bustling with activity. There will be both analysis on potential deals and passionate reader reaction. In that vein, Hot Stove…

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The value of stolen bases

Offensive production in major league baseball has dropped sharply over the past decade. The most frequently suggested causes behind this decline are an aggressive performance-enhancing drug testing, the implementation of state-of-the-art analysis on hitters’ tendencies, rising pitch velocities, increased relief pitcher specialization, and more defensive shifts. Regardless of the cause behind the offensive swoon, teams are seeing fewer hitters reach base. League-average on-base percentage (OBP) in recent years harkens back to the levels that prompted Major League Baseball to lower the pitcher’s mound in 1969. You have to go back…

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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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Time for M’s to get ‘creative’ in search for bat

Another day comes to a close and another option for the Seattle Mariners is taken off the board. According to several reports outfielder Melky Cabrera has agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox. It’s expected that the total dollar value of the contract will fall in the $42-43.5 million range according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. The signing comes literally hours after the Mariners were considered the favorites to sign Cabrera. Reportedly Seattle had engaged in multiple discussions with the free agent and had extended a three-year offer,…

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Expect the Hot Stove to really heat up

The decision is finally in: Jon Lester will be a Chicago Cub. The left-hander has reportedly agreed to a six-year deal worth $155 million with a $15 million vesting option for a seventh year. According to various reports Lester’s decision came down to the Cubs and his former team the Boston Red Sox. The San Francisco Giants were informed earlier on Tuesday afternoon that they would not be the ace’s destination. The Red Sox reportedly made a six year offer worth $135 million to Lester, who ultimately decided he wanted a…

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Fowler could be a fit for the M’s

It’s no secret that the Seattle Mariners are in dire need of an everyday outfielder. Particularly one that can hit left-handed pitching and bat near the top of the order. Reports have linked the M’s to free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, but it doesn’t sound as though the two sides are or were close to an agreement. Trade talks surrounding Matt Kemp and Justin Upton appear to have cooled on the Mariners front as well, at least for the moment. Fowler, 28, is in the final year of a two-year…

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Matt Kemp vs. Melky Cabrera

The Seattle Mariners have been linked to both Matt Kemp and Melky Cabrera. Both players would serve as offensive upgrades to what the club tossed out in right field a year ago. Neither is going to come cheap to the Mariners, or any other club, but each player’s merits and shortcomings appear to be slipping by at least some observers. There are similarities between the two. Each are 30 years of age. Both have recent and career-long production versus left-handed pitching and both play the outfield. Neither plays the outfield…

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