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. Luke ArkinsLuke is a native New Yorker, who grew up a Mets fan. After the US Navy moved him to the Pacific Northwest in 2009, he decided to make Seattle his home. In 2014, Luke joined the Prospect Insider team and is…

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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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Mariners part ways with Ackley

What seemed inevitable in recent months has come to fruition: Dustin Ackley has been traded. The New York Yankees are betting prospects Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez that the former No. 2 overall draft pick is just a couple fixes away from being a consistent major league hitter again. Ackley, 27, has been more or less a fixture in the Mariners lineup since summer 2011 when he burst onto the scene. Drafted as a can’t-miss hitting prospect, the left-hander immediately left a mark with a .273/.348/.417 slash line and 117…

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Jesus Montero needs a chance

The 2014 season for Jesus Montero could be best described in one word: forgettable. Between the rough Spring Training entrance to the ice cream sandwich related exit, it couldn’t have gotten much worse. It couldn’t have, if his 2013 season didn’t involve a PED suspension, injuries, losing a starting job and being sent down to the minors. But all that appears to be in the past for the former top prospect, we hope. Montero impressed his superiors by showing up to camp this spring in excellent shape and reportedly losing the 40…

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The ‘Jack Zduriencik type of player’

Throughout his tenure as general manager of the Seattle Mariners, Jack Zduriencik has attempted to acquire hitters able to succeed in the pitcher friendly realm of Safeco Field. Often these players are bat-first corner outfield, first base types who are best served as a designated hitter. The term ‘one-dimensional’ encapsulates said player quite well. Some were bought low on, some came at sticker price. A few of the moves made were questionable from the beginning, with serious concerns arising from the value given up for what was on the return end.…

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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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