Potential trade targets for M’s

The Seattle Mariners’ pursuit of offense and perhaps a few key ancillary pieces is likely to come from three distinct avenues; free agency, of course, in-house progress and trades. Free agency is simple, it’s about money and opportunity. Mostly money. Trades aren’t as easy to project and they aren’t as simple to accomplish. They are, however, the more likely manner in which the club in Seattle turns the winter into more than a buy-one, make due the rest of the way like it was a year ago when Robinson Cano…

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Who’s In, Who’s Out: NL West

The National League West division got a whole lot stronger when the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new ownership decided to push their cards all in and spend as much as necessary to win. It was a fairly busy offseason for the five clubs, but both the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants elected to use plenty of their resources on retaining some of their key pieces. The Arizona Diamondbacks made a series of interesting trades while the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies made a couple interesting acquisitions of their own. Let’s…

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Top 2014 NL MVP candidates

Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen took home the hardware after the 2013 season, posting superstar offensive numbers to pair with his strong defense and baserunning. It didn’t hurt that the Pirates were contenders, but there’s no denying how well McCutchen performed in 2013. The 2014 race starts with McCutchen, because he’s currently walking around with the title belt, but there are numerous worthy candidates to unseat the 2005 first-round draft pick. In assessing the top candidates for the award this season, I will ignore the voter aspect in my rankings,…

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