Arkins: Potential CF Candidates For Mariners

With Jarrod Dyson testing free agency, the Seattle Mariners need center field help. As with the club’s first baseman search, how general manager Jerry Dipoto fills the void isn’t clear. Keeping in mind Dipoto could address Dyson’s departure several different ways, I identified a diverse group of replacement candidates I found intriguing. Internal Options In 2016, the Mariners found themselves in a bind when starting center fielder Leonys Martin was lost to injury for several weeks. Very quickly, it became apparent the club didn’t have a suitable substitute. A lot has…

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Arkins: Potential 1B Options For Mariners

The Seattle Mariners need help at first base. That’s not a surprise. Incumbents Yonder Alonso and Danny Valencia are free agents and prospect Daniel Vogelbach remains an enigma. How the club tackles the situation isn’t clear at the moment. Since joining the Mariners in September 2015, general manager Jerry Dipoto has favored trades over free agency to address major weaknesses. However, the pitching staff and outfield are also top priorities. Seattle may rely more heavily on free agency than in the past. Keeping that in mind, I compiled a list of…

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Arkins: Trades Alone Won’t Get Mariners To Postseason

Whenever queried about his team’s payroll, Seattle Mariners CEO John Stanton conveys a similar message. His team committed a historical amount of money to salaries last season and there’s room for growth. Another recurring theme; general manager Jerry Dipoto has the necessary financial resources to improve the roster. Stanton is right about his payroll. According to Baseball Prospectus, Seattle started the 2017 season with a team-record $154.3 million in player salaries. Whether the club is spending enough to field a contender is debatable. Let’s assume the Mariners grow their payroll…

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Arkins: An Offbeat Proposal To Help M’s Rotation

There were plenty of good news stories for the 2017 Seattle Mariners. In the end though, misfortune prevailed. The team’s most notable dilemma; an injury-ravaged rotation slogging through a disappointing year with 17 different starters. Trouble initially surfaced when Drew Smyly went down with a season-ending elbow injury in Spring Training. At least the southpaw had a strong start for Team USA during the World Baseball Classic in March. The Mariners’ woes continued once the season got underway. Felix Hernandez and James Paxton each landed on the DL twice and Hisashi Iwakuma…

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Arkins: No Quick Fix For Mariners Base Running

Last week, we learned the Seattle Mariners began their offseason by reshuffling their field staff. Among the casualties, first base coach and base running mentor Casey Candaele. Media reports suggest the Mariners’ lackluster performance on the bases factored into the 56-year-old’s dismissal. We may never know the full story behind Candaele’s departure, but one thing is certain. A coaching change alone won’t fix Seattle’s base running issues. Sure, a new voice may bring out the best in some. However, there aren’t enough players on the current roster to “coach up.”…

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Arkins: Should M’s Extend Mike Zunino?

The emergence of Mike Zunino as a hitter qualifies as a one of several good news stories from an otherwise disappointing season for the Seattle Mariners. After being an offensive liability for the majority of his career, Zunino was one of the most productive hitting catchers in the game this year. Considering his great season, it’s reasonable to ponder whether Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto would entertain the idea of signing Zunino to a contract extension. I know. Some fans don’t view anyone with a .251 batting average as an…

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Arkins: Where Should M’s Upgrade Lineup?

Just one year ago, the Seattle Mariners propelled themselves into wild card contention with a torrid 18-9 win-loss record in September. The club fell short of a playoff berth, but their strong finish energized baseball fans throughout the Pacific Northwest. The combination of that late season surge and the aggressive offseason maneuvering of general manager Jerry Dipoto further fueled optimism for 2017. Perhaps, this would be the year the Mariners returned to the postseason for the first time since 2001. Then, reality set in. The Mariners regressed finishing 78-84 and…

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Arkins: Plotting M’s Narrow Postseason Path

It’s been a tough five weeks for the Seattle Mariners. Since the beginning of August, the club has a 15-18 win-loss record and continues to descend in the AL wild card standings. Entering today’s action, Seattle is four games behind the team holding the second wild card spot in the American League — the Minnesota Twins. Not only is surprising Minnesota leading the way, five other clubs stand between them and Seattle. Despite the fact the Mariners are facing a path to the postseason that narrows with each passing day,…

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