Opening Day just beginning of M’s odyssey

There’s just over a week remaining before the Seattle Mariners start their 2016 season and, as usual, fans have concerns about the team’s Opening Day roster. This year, speculation centers around who’ll fill out the club’s bullpen, and hold down the backup first baseman and utility infielder spots. More from Prospect Insider Projected Rotation, Lineup, Bullpen & Bench Arkins: What To Make Of Ryon Healy’s Injury Mariners Roster Lacks Upside and Rebuilding Restri…

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Did Edgar fix Mariners offense?

  I’m not a native of Seattle and I only moved to Washington in early 2009. So, the most vivid highs and lows in the history of the Seattle Mariners aren’t embedded into my psyche like they are for so many Pacific Northwesters. The team’s trade of Randy Johnson, Alex Rodriguez’s departure via free agency, and the infamous late inning melt downs of Bobby Ayala don’t make my blood boil just like the Mariners’ historic 116-win season isn’t the first thing that I recall about the 2001 baseball season. Perhaps,…

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Seth Smith and platoon advantages

In an effort to receive some kind of consistent production out of one of the corner outfield spots this year, the Seattle Mariners picked up a pair of players who, if utilized to their strengths, could do exactly that. Justin Ruggiano and Seth Smith, acquired in seperate trades this winter, were the heirs to the right field throne to start the year. Fast forward to June and things have changed some. Ruggiano, to his credit produced a 135 wRC+ in 43 plate appearances against left-handed pitching. He was exposed to right-handers…

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M’s move on from Weeks experiment

Well you can’t blame the Seattle Mariners for trying, but the Rickie Weeks experiment simply hasn’t worked out. The veteran was designated for assignment on Saturday to make room for reliever Danny Farquhar who was re-called from Triple-A Tacoma. Weeks, signed to a one-year, $2 million contract this winter, has produced a .167/.263/.250 slash line in 95 plate appearances. His 53 wRC+ is third-worst on the team — minimum 50 plate appearances — and is trailed only by Chris Taylor and Willie Bloomquist. Weeks hit two home runs but only…

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Can’t argue with results

When I served in the Navy, I had the privilege of working with a superb aircraft maintenance officer and a dynamic leader who was simply known throughout Naval Aviation as “Big John.” On one particular occasion the unit that I was leading had endured a series of discouraging events, but we eventually bounced back and succeeded when it really mattered. When I talked to John about the difficulties leading up to our eventual success, he simply said that you “can’t argue with results.” John’s philosophy was simple – all that…

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Ruggiano DFA hurts Mariners

The Seattle Mariners made a roster move today that leaves the impression the team may be hesitant to move past certain players for personal history reasons. Despite widespread expectation that the team would part ways with either Dustin Ackley or Rickie Weeks, the Mariners chose to designate outfielder Justin Ruggiano for assignment. If Ruggiano isn’t claimed off waivers or traded within ten days, Seattle can either assign the 33-year-old to Class-AAA Tacoma or release him. There had been a great deal of speculation about the future of Ackley and Weeks…

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What’s next for Stefen Romero?

At this time last season Stefen Romero found himself as a regular in the Seattle Mariners lineup. In a similarly timed late-May weekend series against the Houston Astros in 2014, he started all four games at designated hitter, picking up two singles and three walks in 16 plate appearances. Not a terrible performance, but perhaps indicative of how the season would end up going for him: not enough performance with the bat. Prior to cracking the M’s Opening Day roster out of Spring Training last year, Romero’s bat was described as major…

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Bloomquist no longer fits

Despite their recent uptick in success –- five wins in the last seven games -– the Seattle Mariners continue to struggle at consistently generating offensive production. This week exemplifies the Mariners’ offensive unevenness during the 2015 season. After scoring 11 runs on May 12, Seattle scored a total of five runs in the next three games, including last night’s 2-1 walk-off win against the Boston Red Sox. Just like in 2014, the team is well below league-average in every major offensive category, with the exception of home runs and that…

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