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U.S.S. Mariner

Seattle Mariners blog and general baseball discussion

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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 […]

Alex Jackson to Atlanta for Two Pitchers

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:12:26 +0000

A day ago – literally a day ago – I said this of the Jerry Dipoto M’s: Jerry Dipoto and the M’s came to view a player who’d played his way to a lower ceiling as having more value in trade – even without a mint-conditioned prospect sheen – than they do on the M’s […]

The Trade: Walker, Marte for Segura, Haniger, Curtis

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:35:41 +0000

There’s a natural tendency for people writing about baseball to judge a General Manager based on his/her biggest moves: the blockbuster trade that changes a franchise, the big first-round draft pick who turns into a star, the key free agent signing (or avoiding the big free agent land mines). This isn’t wrong, of course, as […]

M’s Transactions: Bullpen Pile + OF Help

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 04:10:39 +0000

Given the sheer volume of activity during Jerry Dipoto’s first offseason at the helm of the M’s front office, it should be much of a surprise that he’s been busy again this fall. Since my AFL update post, the M’s have made three fairly interesting trades, added a few players to their 40-man roster, and […]

Trading Your Way to Success

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 01:30:59 +0000

So since last we spoke of Brazilian fireballers and AFL data, a lot has happened. Free agency is now in full swing, with the Braves already landing two starters in RA Dickey and Bartolo Colon. There’s been…other news as well. I’m not going to talk about any of that today, as I’ve a well-earned anti-topicality […]

’16 40-Man Preview Extravaganza

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:30:52 +0000

The timetable having moved up a year since our last check-in (I always re-read my old articles, it seems faster that way), we are now looking at 2013 college draftees and early international and high school signings from 2012 due to be added before the end of day on Friday. This would mean protecting Edwin […]

M’s Roster Turnover Continues

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 01:30:57 +0000

With Nori Aoki claimed by the Astros and Chris Iannetta opting for free agency, the M’s added two more players the other day. They claimed lefty reliever Dean Kiekhefer off of waivers from St. Louis, and then traded Vidal Nuno to the Dodgers for veteran catcher Carlos “Chooch” Ruiz. Kiekhefer is a side-arming lefty specialist […]

AFL Check-in and M’s Roster Moves

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:45:58 +0000

We’re nearly a month into the Arizona Fall League, the premiere offseason showcase for both top prospect and potential Rule 5 guys each year. The M’s contingent this year was a great mix of high-upside guys and close-to or even in-the-majors guys who could use some extra games. It also mixes guys with great stat […]