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A Mariners Thanksgiving

Carve it up. Scott Servais: Ok you guys I just wanted to say again how much I appreciate all of you making this work. I know you're all busy, many of you with families, but I really think an oppurtunity for all of us to get together as a team and get to know each other is invaluable. My experience as a manager may not be what most of you are looking for but I just want to emphasize how much I think my experience /enthusiastic, ever so slightly non-genuine laughter drowns out everything Jerry Dipoto: OK thanks Scott I'm so glad that you made it down all of you have a look at this spread I...
Lookout Landing Nov 25, 2015

Who is Marcell Ozuna? Examing the reported Mariners trade target

Jerry Dipoto plans to build his version of the Seattle Mariners around run prevention. That much has been made clear on multiple occasions. But what remains unclear is how Dipoto plans to take this version of the Mariners and make it into that version of the Mariners. Because right now, those are two different things. cTake a look around the roster—or really, the diamond. If you're realistic, the Mariners have two players who are clearly above-average defenders. Those would be Kyle Seager and Leonys Martin. Now, having an elite defensive centerfielder provides a big boost, but I'm not...
Lookout Landing Nov 24, 2015

The Nelson Cruz question

The Mariners incumbent right fielder was one of 2015's most potent offensive forces, but a change at the top makes his fit for 2016 a bit fuzzy. Let's examine this issue. As Jerry Dipoto has wasted no time in reshaping the top, middle, and lower portions of the Mariners organization we are seeing a complete philosophical change wash over us in shockingly swift fashion. When large scale leadership changes are made and visions laid out at introductory press conferences typically these are the kinds of things we plan on waiting years, if ever, to see fully implemented. At his first day on the...
Lookout Landing Nov 22, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 11/22/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good morning! There are exactly two weeks left until the Winter Meetings start, but there is still some recent news from around the league. Let's check it out: Bud Black has been hired as a member of the Angels' front office. The Astros have traded shortstop Jonathan Villar to the Brewers. The A's also sent pitcher Jesse Chavez to the Blue Jays. The Marlins might be looking to deal ace Jose Fernandez. David Schoenfeld at ESPN looks at some possible destinations for the starter. Fernandez isn't the...
U.S.S. Mariner Nov 20, 2015

The M’s 40-man Roster Set After Another Trade and a DFA

1: Last night, the M’s shipped recently-acquired and even more recently-injured OF prospect Ramon Flores, in part, it seems, because the player they got in return (Luis Sardinas) had another option year while Flores did not. As Flores is still recovering from an on-field compound fracture, you understand the it’s-just-business aspect of it, but it’s This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.The M’s 40-man Roster Set After Another Trade and a DFA
U.S.S. Mariner Nov 20, 2015

Andy Van Slyke and Baseball Reference

This is neither especially timely nor enriching, so I’ll be brief. The M’s 2015 coaching staff has had a rough go over the past few months, and while they were highly paid, visible and generally successful people, it can’t be any fun to be nominally in leadership in a bad organization. None of them, and This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.Andy Van Slyke and Baseball Reference
Lookout Landing Nov 20, 2015

Uh oh: A look back at first rounds past

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair. We DFA'ed Danny Hultzen today. It was sad. We're sad. Our drafts are really sad. Let's all just be sad and make therapeutic art.
U.S.S. Mariner Nov 20, 2015

Mariners and Brewers Swap Bench Depth, Finalize 40-Man

Three posts in a row by me? Madness. So, the Mariners have announced a trade of OF Ramon Flores to the Brewers in exchange for IF Luis Sardinas, thus exchanging two players that you have likely never heard of. Flores is a guy whom you probably wouldn’t be as aware of had you tuned out This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.Mariners and Brewers Swap Bench Depth, Finalize 40-Man
Lookout Landing Nov 20, 2015

Twenty-Twos & Tridents, Ep. 043: Hello, Leonys

Jerry Dipoto said the Mariners will be built around run prevention, and he picked up a couple guys whose entire job is preventing runs. I mean, in different ways, of course. But yes, preventing runs. Leonys Martin and Joaquin Benoit join the fray, and we talk about it. Also, Andy Van Slyke may or may not have had something to drink and then gone on the radio to discuss the Mariners (who does that?!), so we talked about that too. Beers: I had the Elysian Night Owl. I know, I know—selling out a little here. But it's so good. Con had the Topcutter IPA from Bale Breaker. I can never remember...
Lookout Landing Nov 19, 2015

Other things that are Robinson Cano's fault

Andy why you gonna leave all the good stuff out? Yesterday evening former outfielder/ former Mariner coach/MLB dad/probable alcohol consumer Andy Van Slyke went onto a radio show in St. Louis to have a sports chit chat about this, that, and the other. One of the big things he said  (prefaced with "between you and me" because that's how live radio works, good job Andy) was to not so subtly insinuate that Clayton Kershaw wants Yaisiel Puig off the Dodgers. One of the other things Van Slyke touched on in this very private correspondence was Robinson Cano, and his performance in the first...
Lookout Landing Nov 19, 2015

Let us discuss that starting rotation

More pretty things on the mound, please. It is November 19, 2015 -- not yet Thanksgiving. The Josh Donaldson trade, the blockbuster of the offseason in 2014, didn't happen until the end of November. The next round of Winter meetings, where trade and acquisition foundations are oft made, do not occur until December 7th. The Mariners didn't trade for Seth Smith until December 30th last year. Indeed, the offseason is pretty much in its infancy. Maybe I'm simply geeked out by this handsome smiling DiPoto character who has pulled off numerous deals like he's careening down a clearance aisle at...
Lookout Landing Nov 18, 2015

Sign Jason Heyward

A case for improving the final corner spot with cold, hard cash. Leonys Martin, barring any sort of new devilry, is the 2016 Seattle Mariners starting center fielder.  In left field, us here at Lookout Landing, and likely anyone else looking at the current M's roster* sees a natural platoon between Seth Smith and Franklin Gutierrez.  This, unless you believe in Nelson Cruz Right Fielder, leaves an open spot in the outfield, one that needs fixing, and probably won't and shouldn't be handed directly to Boog-ey Lewis and the News.  The Seattle Mariners should spend money, maybe even lots of...
Lookout Landing Nov 18, 2015

The LL Premier League Mid-Year Primer

Are you ready for some football? The winter months are upon us and the days grow ever-darker and shorter.  It is the time of year where the mind wanders and seeks new hobbies and things to hold the attention.  Enter the veritable mastermind combination of Brendan Gawlowski and David Skiba to give you yet another sport to care about.  The English Premier League is now fully available for consumption in the US market and as such, we found it prudent to not only provide a small soccer primer, but also to anoint MLB comparisons on each of the twenty squads currently battling it out in the...
Lookout Landing Nov 17, 2015

Edgar Martinez vs. David Ortiz

The hall of fame is bad, and this post is annoyingly necessary. Sometimes, you have to say the obvious. Shortly after today's announcement that David Ortiz will retire after the 2016 season (actually it began with the announcement) the campaign to get Ortiz elected to the hall of fame began. I hate this discussion; I hate that it's going to get louder in coming years, and that it's going to require me to write things that are easily construed as me dismissing David Ortiz or his accomplishments. David Ortiz is a fantastic baseball player, one who has spent 13 years starring for one of...
U.S.S. Mariner Nov 17, 2015

Mariners, Rangers Reconfigure Outfield and Bullpen Piles

I have a rather uncanny knack for having my regularly-scheduled, irregularly-posted contributions here usurped by major deals or trades that have come to fruition without our prior awareness. Thus, it came to pass that Monday, the Mariners traded with Texas to acquire outfielder Leonys Martin and right-hander Anthony Bass while sending way once-closer Tom Wilhelmsen, This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.Mariners, Rangers Reconfigure Outfield and Bullpen Piles
Lookout Landing Nov 16, 2015

Mariners trade Tom Wilhelmsen, others for Leonys Martin, other

I bet Jerry Dipoto is exhausting to live with. This morning I got an email from a contact with the Mariners. In the communication was a single line paragraph, blinking neon: "buckle up for this week!" Now, ignoring the fact that my chair does not have a buckle, nor would being buckled for an entire week be practical for a variety of reasons, this nonetheless very much got my attention. We are learning more and more about Jerry Dipoto everyday it seems, and one of the things about Jerry Dipoto is he has no chill: #Mariners acquire OF Leonys Martin and RHP Anthony Bass from Texas in...
Lookout Landing Nov 15, 2015

Lookout Linkage, 11/15/15

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Links! The Silver Slugger awards were announced, and Nelson Cruz was among the recipients. David Laurila had a terrific article at Fangraphs in which he interviewed Jerry Dipoto about his new plan for the Mariners. Jeff Sullivan gave his take on the Joaquin Benoit trade. The Mets have signed Ty Kelly to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. The Angels have acquired shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves. Dave Cameron projects Simmons' career. Colby Rasmus accepted his...
U.S.S. Mariner Nov 14, 2015

Checking In on the Arizona Fall League

As you probably know, MLB runs a domestic “winter” league for minor league prospects and potential Rule 5 guys in October/November of each year. The league consists of six teams, with each team comprised of 5-6 MLB teams’ prospects. The league generally draws some of the bigger names in the prospect world, particularly position players, This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.Checking In on the Arizona Fall League
Lookout Landing Nov 14, 2015

On having a catch

Time and timelessness. I'm the guy that tears up watching Field of Dreams. Not when James Earl Jones gives his "because baseball" speech. Not in any impassioned Amy Madigan diatribe. Certainly not in any scene with Ray Liotta. But you know the one -- when Ray Kinsella asks his Dad if he wants to have a catch. I'm embarrassed by that fact. Because that's what the scene was written for, almost pandering to that father-son bond. But it resonates nonetheless. My Dad was born and raised in Roslyn, Washington. You might have seen it in a re-run of Northern Exposure. A practical man, he was an...
Lookout Landing Nov 13, 2015

Joaquin Benoit and the Dipoto Plan

What does Statcast have to say about the Mariners' newest reliever? Jerry Dipoto has wasted no time as he begins to revamp the Mariners’ roster. We’re just a week and a half into the offseason and he’s already made two trades. As he settles into his new position, his plan for the Mariners and the philosophies that back it are becoming clearer. Acquiring Joaquin Benoit from the Padres yesterday is a perfect example of these values Dipoto has subscribed to. Yesterday, David Laurila from FanGraphs posted an interview with Jerry Dipoto from the GM meetings that took place this week. It...

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