AL West deadline deal recap

Much to the chagrin of Seattle Mariners fans, their team was relatively inactive at Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Certainly, watching two consecutive late-inning losses to the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, while other contenders improved their major league rosters didn’t help their morale either. It’s not as if the Mariners season is over because they didn’t make any big moves. They remain relatively close in wild card race. Plus, they’re eight games behind the division-leading Texas Rangers with seven contests remaining with Texas. Plus, they’re just 2.5 games behind…

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AL West trade primer: Los Angeles Angels

The Major League Baseball (MLB) non-waiver trading deadline is barreling down upon us and Seattle Mariners fans are anxious to see what general manager Jerry Dipoto does with the club’s roster during his first “deadline season” with the Mariners. With that in mind, I thought I’d provide a primer for each club in the American League (AL) West division to see where the Mariners and their divisional rivals stand as the August 1 trade deadline approaches. A word of caution though, the trade market will fluctuate greatly during the next…

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Not for nuthin’: Be a WAR-monger

Baseball, like no other sport, relies upon statistics to recognize greatness. Even the casual fan recognizes the significance of milestones such as 3,000 hits, 500 and 600 home runs, and 300 pitching wins. Reaching these heights of statistical superiority places a player in exclusive company. Fans aren’t the only users of these time-tested milestones. Nearly every baseball writer refers to statistics when discussing the players who merit inclusion into baseball’s Hall of Fame. It doesn’t matter whether fans view Hank Aaron or Barry Bonds as the game’s all-time home run…

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Fearful, foolish 2016 predictions

Prospect Insider founder Jason A. Churchill fearlessly shared his forecast for 2016 yesterday. So, I figured that I should I join the fray and add my projections for the new season, although mine are more likely to end up in either the “fearful” or “foolish” categories. Since Jason skillfully covered the standard stuff — playoff teams and awards winners — I decided to do something a little different. Perhaps, offbeat or quirky in the eyes of some. I’m going to avoid projecting the winners of awards and pennants. Instead, I’ll make…

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Devaluing the RBI

About a week ago, I heard an MLB Radio network commentator say  Jeff Kent deserved to be in the Hall of Fame, which isn’t big news in itself. Plenty of fans and media personnel feel the same way. What came next was both surprising and disappointing. This particular analyst continued to make his case for Kent by noting Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson “only” had four seasons with 100-plus runs batted in (RBI) compared to Kent’s eight. Somehow, this rationale was supposed to reinforce Kent’s case. At this point,…

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Did Mariners get centerfielder of future?

  Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto continued his effort to transform the identity of his roster by completing his third trade in just 11 days. This time, he executed a five-player deal with the Texas Rangers that acquired outfielder Leonys Martin and relief pitcher Anthony Bass in exchange for reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, outfielder James Jones, and a player to be named later. For Seattle, Martin was the key piece in the deal. The 27-year-old is one of the best defensive centerfielders in baseball, ranking third among his peers in defensive…

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Robbie Cano and the second half

It doesn’t take a sabermetric analyst to tell you that Robinson Cano had a terrible first half of the 2015 season. His lack of appearance at this year’s Mid-Summer Classic can tell you a portion of the story on its own. The perennial All-Star has been exactly replacement level this season based on fWAR. His bWAR is a tad more forgiving at 0.4, but the point of the matter is simple: the Seattle Mariners did not pay $24 million for a replacement level player. There have been several excellent articles written about Cano’s first-half…

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Seattle Mariners exit velocity data

You can find exit velocity — miles per hour off the bat — in a lot of places, including Statcast via MLB.com. I used some of those resources, including PitchfX, to answer a question I had. We often hear and read about exit velocity, usually on home runs. But sometimes balls hit very hard do not leave the yard or even land for hits. I wondered how often balls that leave the bat at certain velocities do indeed fall for hits. Rather than search and calculate for the entire league…

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