Five AL West Rookies To Watch

With Spring Training slogging along at a snail’s pace, I thought it’d be fun to discuss five AL West rookies worth keeping an eye on once the regular season gets underway. Before going any further, I want to acknowledge not all of these players will make their respective club’s Opening Day roster. In fact, some won’t see the majors without an injury or trade clearing a roster spot for them. As you’ll see, I didn’t necessarily select the most obvious names. However, these five young players intrigued me enough to…

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Arkins: Gordon’s CF Defense Matters, But Not Really

News that the Seattle Mariners were converting Dee Gordon into a center fielder created a sense of restlessness among fans and local sports talk radio hosts in Seattle this winter. Why the uneasy feelings in the Emerald City? It’s simple. Gordon broke into the majors as a shortstop before becoming an all-star second baseman. He has no outfield experience at any professional level. Now, he’s expected to defend the same territory once patrolled by the likes of Ken Griffey Jr, Mike Cameron, and Franklin Gutierrez. Having said that, fretting about…

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Projected Rotation, Lineup, Bullpen & Bench 2.0

Full rosters are in Seattle Mariners camp this week and I thought it’d be fun to start the conversation into what the roster might look like if the season started today and as of Opening Day. But rather than just projecting 25 players to make the roster, let’s toss out lineups, rotations, bullpens and benches, eh? This is version 2.0, Get the latest MLB Draft Analysis at HERO Sports Subscribe to the Baseball Things Podcast Mariners Updated Payroll Alright, let’s get this started with the Starting Lineup, one versus RHP,…

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Arkins: What To Make Of Ryon Healy’s Injury

Just one after pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training, the Seattle Mariners got bad news on the injury front. Projected starting first baseman Ryon Healy underwent surgery to remove a bone spur in his right hand. The club expects Healy to be ready for game action within four to six weeks. While losing Healy on day-one of Spring Training is not optimal, it is not a catastrophic either — at least not yet. Assuming the 26-year-old has no post-surgery complications or rehab setbacks, he could be ready for the…

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Mariners Roster Lacks Upside and Rebuilding Restrictions are Melting Away

The Seattle Mariners welcome pitchers, catchers and players rehabbing from injury to spring training next week, officially beginning the long trek that is the 2018 Major League Baseball season. But the club lacks the upside necessary to quiet doubters, and the restrictions on rebuilding the old-fashioned way may be fading fast. When Jerry Dipoto took the GM job in September of 2015, the belief was he’d try and rebuild on the run. That appears to be clear after two seasons and three winters.  What isn’t clear is the Mariners’ path…

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Seattle Mariners Offseason Review

This week, we have been reviewing the offseason upgrades made by the Seattle Mariners’ division rival. Now, it is time to focus our attention on moves made by Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto. After coming frustratingly close to a 2016 wild card berth, the Mariners took a step backwards losing eight more games than the season prior. The primary cause of the club’s decline; a rotation decimated by injuries. Only three Mariners — Ariel Miranda, James Paxton, and Yovani Gallardo — logged 100-plus innings tying the club with the Oakland…

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Houston Astros Offseason Review

Pitchers and catchers report within weeks. That means it is time to review the offseason moves of the Seattle Mariners and their division rivals. We have already discussed the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and Los Angeles Angels. Now, it is time to discuss the World Series champion Houston Astros. Houston’s offense led the American League in runs scored and every other significant offensive category with the exception of home runs where they finished second. Jose Altuve was MVP and earned a batting title. Altuve and teammates George Springer and Marwin…

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Los Angeles Angels Offseason Review

Pitchers and catchers report within weeks. That means it is time to review the offseason moves of the Seattle Mariners and their division rivals. We have already discussed the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers. Next, the Los Angeles Angels. A club that finished two games under .500, but won six more contests than in 2016. Once again, injuries significantly hampered the Angels rotation. In total, manager Mike Scioscia needed 13 starters to get through the season, including reliever Yusmeiro Petit for a spot start. Only Ricky Nolasco made over 30…

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