Hot stove rewind

  The end of the World Series signals that the Hot Stove season is upon us. Free agency starts in a few days, the GM meetings follow next week, and the Winter Meetings are only a month away. The games may be over, but there’s no offseason for front offices –  including the Seattle Mariners. As the Mariners ramp up their efforts to get better, baseball blogs will also be bustling with activity. There will be both analysis on potential deals and passionate reader reaction. In that vein, Hot Stove…

CLICK

Free Agents 101: Corner Bats

Kyle Seager makes for a franchise cornerstone at third base, but otherwise the Seattle Mariners have holes at first base, both corner outfield spots, and designated hitter. As it stands Dustin Ackley and Logan Morrison figure to be the club’s starting left fielder and first baseman respectively if the new season were to start today. However both are coming off strong second half performances that may be unsustainable. Seattle also has Michael Saunders penciled in as the everyday right fielder but there are reports that the club will be aggressively shopping…

CLICK

What Could Have Been: Chris Davis, Mariner

There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding the Baltimore Orioles the last several weeks as they’ve now clinched the American League East division for the first time since 1997, but recently chatter has turned towards slugger Chris Davis who was suspended for 25 games after a second positive test for Adderal. Davis has struggled to replicate his breakout 2013 season, but he still represents a key component of the Orioles’ batting order. Former Seattle Mariners special assistant to the general manager and current FanGraphs writer Tony Blengino attempted to determine what exactly…

CLICK

Wild Card race update — August 18

When we checked in last week, the Los Angeles Angels had a firm hold on the top American League Wild Card spot while the red-hot Kansas City Royals had surged themselves into the second spot. Since then the Royals have knocked the Detroit Tigers out of the top spot in the AL Central division while the Angels have added a game to their lead. The Seattle Mariners have propelled themselves back up into the second Wild Card slot after taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers who now sit…

CLICK

Latest on M’s trade rumors

The July 31st non-waiver trade deadline is now less than 48 hours away and several teams are still trying to determine whether they want to bolster their club for the stretch run or point their thoughts towards 2015 and beyond. Obviously the addition of a second Wild Card slot has greatly changed the dynamic in both leagues and we saw a relatively quiet final few days of July last year. This year could be different however as there are plenty of teams willing to deal and some top tier pitching talent available,…

CLICK

What’s next for Jesus Montero?

When the Seattle Mariners sent Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees in a four-player deal that netted promising young slugger Jesus Montero it appeared to be a win-win trade based on each club’s respective needs. The Yankees were in dire need of some, preferably young, pitching depth, and the Mariners were struggling to acquire and develop hitters. Many people around baseball, executives and writers alike, lauded both clubs for the deal since players held superstar potential. Fast forward two-and-a-half years later and the M’s are stuck in a difficult position:…

CLICK

M’s acquire Morales, again

The Seattle Mariners were finally able to get their guy, again. Designated hitter Kendrys Morales returns to the Emerald City after a brief stint with the Minnesota Twins who acquired reliever Stephen Pryor in exchange for the slugger. Said to be seeking a multi-year deal in the offseason, Morales ended up setting for a one-year deal worth a prorated $12 million with the Twins shortly after the amateur draft in took place in June. Obviously the required draft compensation greatly hindered the market for Morales and despite turning down several offers…

CLICK

ICYMI: May 10 – June 22

After a couple tough losses to the San Diego Padres earlier in the week, the Seattle Mariners have managed to pull off a sweep of the red hot Kansas City Royals and now sit four games above .500. The previous six weeks or so have been up and down for the M’s, and have included a five-game winning and five-game losing streak, but a Wild Card spot is easily within reach at the moment. Let’s take a look at what’s been covered at Prospect Insider over the last six weeks. The…

CLICK