Analysis: Benoit deal a win for M’s

The Seattle Mariners have been active early this offseason, consummating a six-player deal with the Tampa Bay Rays last week, signing Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year deal Wednesday and dealing for relief help Thursday. Jerry Dipoto sent infielder Nelson Ward and right-hander Enyos De Los Santos to San Diego in exchange for veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit. Benoit, 38, has experience late in games including a 24-save season in Detroit in 2013. He’s typically been a seventh or eighth inning option, though it remains to be seen what role he will…

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Bullpen remodel begins with Benoit

New general manager Jerry Dipoto is wasting no time in his efforts to improve the Seattle Mariners. One day ago Franklin Gutierrez was re-signed for another year and a deal with veteran catcher Chris Iannetta was reported to be close. Today, reliever Joaquin Benoit has been acquired from the San Diego Padres in exchange for two minor league players. Since debuting in 2001 and splitting the next three years between the rotation and bullpen, Benoit has been a reliable bullpen arm. He did miss the 2009 season after undergoing rotator cuff surgery,…

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Mariners 2015 Prospects of the Year

It’s usually not difficult to identify the players of the year in minor leagues of a big-league organization. Determining the prospects of the year isn’t necessarily as elementary. In fact, it never is in my experience. The difference? Player of the year typically is all about performance. Prospect of the year is significantly more intricate and sophisticated, and requires a lot deeper and widespread investigating. The Seattle Mariners have what many call a weak farm system. I don’t entirely disagree, since a large portion of the club’s talent spent 2015…

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De Los Santos a legit prospect

EVERETT, WA. — There’s only so much evaluation that can be done from afar. Boxscores, texts from scouts and emails from members of the player development staff are extremely helpful, but they’re without the appropriate context. Thus was my case with Enyel De Los Santos. Until Friday night. De Los Santos had the limited yet shiny stat line from his five starts in the rookie Arizona League, including 29 punchouts and five bases on balls in 24 2/3 innings of work. But despite an unimpressive line in his debut in…

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