Seattle Mariners 

Looking for trade clues in Dipoto’s past

Since arriving in Seattle, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has proven to be an aggressive deal maker. Thanks to his efforts, the Mariners are on the edge of contention as the club approaches the all-star break. A winning record during the first week of July has been a rare occurrence in Seattle. So, naturally, fans want the front office to aggressively pursue upgrades in the trade market. They’re tired of the franchise’s 14-season playoff drought, which happens to be the longest current streak of futility in the majors. With that…

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2012 deadline deals in retrospect

Last June, I wrote a piece reflecting on several non-waiver deadline deals made in July 2011. My rationale for looking back so far was simple. Most of these trades involve prospects who are years away from reaching the majors — assuming they ever do. Since I enjoyed picking away at those old trades last year, I thought I’d do it again and put several 2012 deadline deals under the microscope this time. There weren’t many sexy moves that year, but I chose a few that I found interesting. I hope…

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How MLB’s top 10 prospects have fared

Despite the historic influx of impact rookies last season in Major League Baseball, the crop of prospects in 2016 again is strong. Some began the season in the majors and remain stalwarts, while others began the season there and either remain or have since been promoted. I spent the past week digging, studying, calling, texting and emailing scouts that have seen the top talents to get their takes on the first month of the season for the game’s best prospects. For context, I’m using Keith Law’s Top 100, since he’s…

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Not for nuthin’: MLB’s misguided outrage

There’s a groundswell of unease taking hold of Major League Baseball (MLB). Both executives and pundits alike are expressing concern that the league is facing a problem that, if not addressed, could jeopardize the integrity of the game and ultimately lead to a loss of fan confidence. When Jayson Stark of ESPN wrote about the sport’s dilemma in January, an unnamed team official stated, “I’ve never seen the game so messed up.” What predicament could possibly be so troublesome that it would spur such pessimistic commentary from a baseball official? Believe…

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Seattle Mariners 

Analysis: M’s trade for 1B

In acquiring first baseman Adam Lind from the Milwaukee Brewers, the Seattle Mariners improve their everyday lineup, and do so without committing long-term dollars or sacrificing any of the few near-ready prospects left in the organization. Right-handers Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki and Freddy Peralta head to Milwaukee in exchange for one season of Lind, who will earn $8 million in 2016. Lind has had a nice run the last three seasons, going back to his days in Toronto. He’s compiled a career .332 on-base percentage while batting .274, but the…

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Mariners upgrade at first base

  The Seattle Mariners were clearly in the market for a new starting first baseman after they traded away Mark Trumbo and last season’s Opening Day first baseman Logan Morrison. Today, the club got their man when they acquired Adam Lind – who projects to be the best Seattle first baseman in over a decade – in a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. In exchange for the veteran first baseman, the Mariners sent three right-handed minor league pitchers – Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki, and Freddy Peralta – to Milwaukee. Since Lind has one…

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Trumbo deal adds flexibility

December 1, 2015 will be known less for the trade that sent Mark Trumbo to the Baltimore Orioles, and entirely for David Price agreeing to take his talents to Beantown. But, it does mark week five of new general manager Jerry Dipoto‘s reconstruction of the Seattle Mariners. In the deal, the Orioles receive a presumed replacement for free agent slugger Chris Davis and left-handed reliever C.J. Riefenhauser. The Mariners receive Steve Clevenger, a catcher most notably known for being the other player the Chicago Cubs sent to Baltimore in the…

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