Speculating an Iwakuma extension

The Seattle Mariners did well to attain some value for assets on expiring contracts, as well as Dustin Ackley, prior to Friday’s trade deadline. Both Mark Lowe and J.A. Happ were set to hit free agency at season’s end. The list of pending free agents also includes Fernando Rodney and Austin Jackson, but with having a rather terrible season and the other not garnering much interest, hanging on to the pair is understandable. One more name is on that list, and curiously never seemed to be all that much available: Hisashi…

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Free Agents 101: Starting Pitchers

With Felix Hernandez locked-up long term and Hisashi Iwakuma’s 2015 option vested, the Mariners have a secure one-two punch at the top of the rotation. On paper the other three spots will be filled by youngsters Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, and Roenis Elias reasonable to significant upside. There isn’t a true need in the rotation outside of some back-end depth, however adding a significant piece strengthens the run prevention of a club that again finished near the bottom of the league in runs scored in 2014. If a frontline arm…

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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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Should M’s Have Interest In Tabata?

The Seattle Mariners have long been searching for right-handed hitting and have clear and present need to improve their outfield crop. The Pittsburgh Pirates may have an answer. Maybe. Maybe not. The Pirates, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune, are shopping outfielder Jose Tabata. The 25-year-old has had problems staying healthy, though we’re not talking about entire seasons spent on the disabled list. The former Yankees farmhand played 106 games a year ago, 103 in 2012 and 91 in 2011. In two of those seasons, however, Tabata has posted…

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