Looking for trade clues in Dipoto’s past

Since arriving in Seattle, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has proven to be an aggressive deal maker. Thanks to his efforts, the Mariners are on the edge of contention as the club approaches the all-star break. A winning record during the first week of July has been a rare occurrence in Seattle. So, naturally, fans want the front office to aggressively pursue upgrades in the trade market. They’re tired of the franchise’s 14-season playoff drought, which happens to be the longest current streak of futility in the majors. With that…

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Seattle Mariners deadline deal primer

The Major League Baseball non-waiver trading deadline is nearing and Seattle Mariners fans are anxious to see how general manager Jerry Dipoto handles the club’s roster during his first “deadline season” in Seattle. With that in mind, I’ve been doing “primers” for each American League (AL) West division club to see how the club’s rivals stack up as the August 1 trade deadline approaches. In recent days, I’ve discussed each of Seattle’s divisional rivals — the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers. Now, it’s time to…

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Not for nuthin’: Goose’s legacy and hypocrisy

In a recent interview with ESPN, Hall of Fame reliever Rich “Goose” Gossage went to great lengths to express his disdain for the way baseball has changed since his retirement from the game after the strike-shortened 1994 season. To put it mildly, he wasn’t pleased by what he’s been observing. Gossage criticized the theatrics of Toronto Blue Jays hitters and specifically called out their slugging outfielder — Jose Bautista, who he referred to as a “disgrace to the game” Bautista’s crime against baseball? An energetic bat flip after hitting a…

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Who’s In Who’s Out: NL Central

The National League Central saw one team break out and sent another to the World Series in 2013. It wasn’t the busiest division this offseason, but all five teams did bring in some fresh faces and some saw key pieces leave for greener pastures. It doesn’t appear that the divisional hierarchy will be changing much if at all in the upcoming year and the St. Louis Cardinals still stand out as the club to beat with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds not that far behind. Let’s take a look…

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Hart: ’14 Mariners similar to ’08 Brewers; young and exciting

The Seattle Mariners held their 16th annual FanFest this past weekend and set a record with an attendance of 21,019 combined for the two days. The event offers a chance for fans to rub elbows with the players, wonder Safeco Field, and take part in various activities (zip line!). In keeping up with the trends, the Mariners had several players hit the social media booth to take questions from fans via Twitter. Newcomer Corey Hart was one of them, and offered an interesting answer to a question sent his way…

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