Nine on the edge

In looking around Major League Baseball one might find a number of players that haven’t yet panned out, yet still sit on a roster — sometimes prominently — taking up space, and often times earning seven figures via arbitration. There’s a reason they’re still around, however, and that’s because there’s a glimmer of hope the once-promising talent will finds it’s way through the muck to the surface. Here are nine I’m keeping an eye on this spring and summer — four in the bigs, five in the minors. Desmond Jennings,…

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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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Breakthrough Candidates: Hitters

Every year in Major League Baseball a handful of players take their game up a notch or two and post star-level numbers after falling somewhere between pedestrian and downright awful the previous season. Some of those that do so come as no surprise, as often they are young players starting to live up to expectations. As Chris Moran did with starting pitchers here, Prospect Insider’s Brendan Gawlowski discusses the most likely hitters to break out and significantly improve from 2013. 1. Bryce Harper, LF — Washington Nationals Could it be…

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