The Mariners and free agency

The Seattle Mariners have a multitude of needs if they plan to rectify the issues that kept them from building upon their 87-win season of 2014. Hundreds of free agents are on the market as of Friday, free to sign with any club. Many make some sense for a club like the Mariners. Some do not. The M’s need pitching, at least one more starter, probably even if Hisashi Iwakuma is re-signed or accepts the qualifying offer. The bullpen needs at least three new names, including a high-leverage arm that…

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Forecasting the Mariners needs

With the trade deadline only days away and the Seattle Mariners currently on the outside looking in, much space has been put towards dissecting what exactly the team should do this week. Should the M’s be sellers? Could they be buyers? Sitting 9.5 games back in the division and 6.5 games back of a wild card berth entering Tuesday’s games likely suggest the former more so than the latter. Whatever the case, getting a head start on filling holes for next season should be more important than attempting an incremental upgrade for…

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M’s take risk with short bullpen

Austin Jackson is set to rejoin the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday in Tampa Bay after completing his rehab assignment. The player who’s roster spot he will be taking, at least temporarily, isn’t who many hoped or thought it should be. Former closer Danny Farquhar was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday night following the M’s following a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The demotion of Farquhar isn’t all that surprising. Simply put, the right-hander has struggled. He owns a 6.46 ERA and a 4.24 FIP in 23 and…

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