Mariners linked to Jonny Gomes

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is reporting that the Seattle Mariners, along with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers have expressed interest in free agent Jonny Gomes. The outfielder started 2014 with the Boston Red Sox and was traded to the Oakland Athletics along with pitcher Jon Lester for Yoenis Cespedes at the July 31st trading deadline. Gomes, who broke into the majors with Tampa Bay in 2005, is primarily a leftfielder; playing that position in 84 games with Boston and Oakland and 11 in right field for both teams. The…

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Mariners in hunt for Torii Hunter

Tony Paul of The Detroit News is reporting that former Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter relayed to Mark Whicker of the Los Angeles News Group that he has whittled down his list of potential teams to the Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, and Seattle Mariners. Other teams including the Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, and Toronto Blue Jays had been previously mentioned as possible suitors for the 39-year-old outfielder. The Mariners, who have been aggressively searching for right-handed power bats during this offseason, have been…

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Jays sign Martin after Mariners make push

The calendar has yet to hit December and the top free agent catcher is already off the board. On Monday Russell Martin agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. The deal does not come with a no-trade clause, per Toronto’s team policy, and is heavily backloaded. Martin will earn just $7 million in the first year, $15 million in the second, and $20 million in each of the final three seasons of the deal. The deal allows the Jays to pursue other players, such as Jon…

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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 Central

The National League Central saw one team break out and sent another to the World Series in 2013. It wasn’t the busiest division this offseason, but all five teams did bring in some fresh faces and some saw key pieces leave for greener pastures. It doesn’t appear that the divisional hierarchy will be changing much if at all in the upcoming year and the St. Louis Cardinals still stand out as the club to beat with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds not that far behind. Let’s take a look…

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Fantasy Prospect Rankings: Catcher

Now that the season’s over and we’ve all read “The Green Fields of the Mind” once more, it’s time to look towards 2014 … Fantasy Baseball 2014. Not the one where Your Favorite Team trades it’s third, fourth and sixth best prospects for Giancarlo Stanton and he hangs out with you on off days. No, the fantasy where you draft baseball players with your friends or co-workers or internet confederates and probably pay way more attention to them than is healthy. Probably. This offseason I’m going to rank which prospects…

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