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U.S.S. Mariner

Seattle Mariners blog and general baseball discussion

Last Build Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:47:57 +0000


Will There Be Enough for Martin/Dyson to Do?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:47:57 +0000

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, everyone. So, with the trade of Mallex Smith, the M’s are back down to 2 or 3 CFs, with Mitch Haniger – a competent CF himself – playing RF. There’s nothing wrong with defense first OFs, and in general, I subscribe to the idea that a run saved […]

This Team…Just..hold on :catches breath: M’s Acquire Drew Smyly for Mallex Smith+Prospects

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:23:09 +0000

For the second time in a week, I hit publish on one trade recap and news of another trade hits twitter. If you’ll remember to, oh, a half hour ago or so, I said that the M’s simply couldn’t keep ALL of Mallex Smith, Leonys Martin and Jarrod Dyson – one or two of them […]

Mariners Swap Luiz Gohara for Mallex Smith/Shae Simmons

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:42:28 +0000

The M’s face an uncertain future thanks to an aging core and an ace starter that looked much more common than royal in 2016. That’s led many fans to encourage the M’s to stop *tweaking* the roster and actually overhaul it by bringing in talent, even if that makes them weaker in 2018 and beyond. […]

Aaaaaand the M’s Also Traded Nate Karns for Jarrod Dyson

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 01:30:46 +0000

After creating an opening for a platoon OF, the M’s filled that position quickly by trading for ex-Royals CF Jarrod Dyson. Dyson’s been one of the league’s best defenders, but he’s not much of a hitter, as he’s got both very little power and serious platoon problems that have limited him to part-time duty in […]

Mariners Swap Seth Smith for SP Yovani Gallardo

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 23:46:11 +0000

As we talked about last time, the M’s looked to be a team with an exceptionally wide range of possible outcomes in 2017. Many of the players they’re counting on are old, volatile, or untested. There are a couple of ways to deal with this: the club could either leverage their prospects and even young […]

Volatility and The M’s Last Best Shot

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 01:34:04 +0000

The M’s won 86 games last year, and are once again forecast to be in the running for one of the AL Wild Card spots. They are also one of the AL’s older teams, and several players are now at an age when age-related decline comes quickly and decisively. This is the premise of this […]

Rule 5, SP Depth, and Free Agent Flyers

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:11:11 +0000

1: MLB held the Rule 5 draft today at the winter meetings in Washington, DC, and with the M’s roster full, they weren’t able to make any selections in the big league phase. They were *involved,* however. Tampa took SP Kevin Gadea from the M’s with the 4th overall pick, and this one hurts…at least, […]

Casey Fien and Spin Rates

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:30:31 +0000

Not that long ago, I had a post about some early contenders for the bullpen pile after the M’s acquired Dean Kiekhefer in a waiver claim. With his low 3/4 delivery and the resultant horizontal movement, he looked a bit like fellow new-Mariner, Ryan Weber. Two things are clear at this point, some 13-14 months […]

Mariners Fulfill Pledge To Sign Free Agent LOOGY for Some Reason

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:30:39 +0000

You’ve got to hand it Jerry Dipoto: there’s no subterfuge, no hiding his wish-list. He’s told everyone who’ll listen for months that a high priority of the team was signing a veteran left-hander to round out the team’s bullpen, so we can’t be shocked that he’s signed Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year deal. I think […]

A Few More Words on Rob Whalen and Pitch Terminology

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:30:48 +0000

Rob Whalen is one of two starting pitcher prospects the M’s picked up from Atlanta in exchange for Alex Jackson, and given his size, stuff, and results in his first big league trial with the Braves, I kind of skipped over him in my write-up of the trade to get to Max Povse. Povse is […]