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Lookout Landing 5 hours ago

Lookout Linkage, 11/25/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Links! Dave Cameron of Fangraphs argues that Kyle Seager might be worth the huge contract extension he just received. Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs tries to find the minor league prospects most similar to Seager. Athletics Nation wonders how Seager's extension impacts third baseman Josh Donaldson and the A's. Something I missed from last time: Former Mariners' GM Bill Bavasi was named director of MLB Scouting Bureau. Jeff Sullivan wonders if the M's should consider swapping Hisashi Iwakuma for...
U.S.S. Mariner 19 hours ago

Kyle Seager: Core Mariner

We didn’t learn anything new about Kyle Seager as a player today. Presumably, nothing ought to change. I suppose it’s possible he could just up and stop trying now that he’s getting his money, but I’m going to regress that possibility very heavily to the mean. Kyle Seager now is what Kyle Seager was yesterday 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.Kyle Seager: Core Mariner
U.S.S. Mariner 20 hours ago

Would You? / Wouldn’t You?

I have to admit, I was a little caught off guard by that rumor being thrown around that the Red Sox could try to trade Yoenis Cespedes for Hisashi Iwakuma. It’s not that I’m surprised that Cespedes could be on the move — with what the Red Sox have just done on the free-agent market, 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.Would You? / Wouldn’t You?

The Hall of Mariners

How many Mariners should rightfully take their place in the Hall of Fame? Every year, sportswriters and fans alike regurgitate the same tired debate. What constitutes a Hall of Fame-worthy career? Do otherwise outstanding players deserve accolades if they used, considered, or looked at performance-enhancing drugs? If no players are inducted in a given year, has the system failed? Does the Hall of Fame even mean anything anymore? In an attempt to level the playing field, baseball saberhistorian Adam Darowski developed the Hall of Stats, a system that establishes a statistical threshold for...
Lookout Landing Nov 24, 2014

Free Agent Profile: Brandon McCarthy

A high risk, high reward option, Brandon McCarthy could be a huge bargain this offseason. Last week, I took a brief look at the mid-tier free agent starting pitching market, arguing that the Mariners could use some depth and the mid-tiers are rife with great values at a reasonable price. Every marginal upgrade to the roster pushes the team closer to a postseason appearance and, right now, it shouldn't matter where those upgrades are found. I've already written about Chris Capuano as a target for potential pitching depth. Let's take a look at another. One of the names that came up most often...
Lookout Landing Nov 24, 2014

Mariners sign Kyle Seager to a 7 year, $100 million extension

The Mariners kick off their offseason by keeping SeaBoss around for seven more years, at a steep price tag that should still be worth it. Kyle Seager is one of the most beloved Mariners over the last 10 years, a shining beacon in a sea of misery while countless other Mariner position player prospects have floundered. Seager has developed into one of the best third basemen in the league, improving every single year and capping off his best offensive season in 2014 with a gold glove award. While this might have been a lot cheaper a year before -- like, a lot -- it's happening now. Jeff...
Lookout Landing Nov 23, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 11/23/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Hello everyone! Here are your links for the day: The Mariners have received recognition for their "Refuse to Abuse" campaign. Shannon Drayer talks about M's catcher John Hicks and his addition to the 40-man roster. Bluebird Banter wonders how Russell Martin's superb pitch framing will impact the Jays' pitching corps. Eno Sarris of Fangraphs looks at if the Braves can fix newly-acquired starter Shelby Miller. The Phillies have cooled in their pursuit of Yasmany Tomas. The hunt for free agent Pablo...
Lookout Landing Nov 23, 2014

Trade Target Profile: Shane Victorino

The Mariners need an outfielder. The Red Sox have five outfielders. Seems like it's time for the Mariners to acquire Yoenis Cesp - wait, what? Last year, the Seattle Mariners had one of the worst single-season team DH performances in history. (The 24th worst, to be precise). It'd be lovely to say that this was unanticipated, but the post-Edgar Mariners have been incredibly unsuccessful at DH. In fact, three of the six worst team DH seasons in the last decade have come out of Seattle. This explains, perhaps, why the Mariners were so eager to hang on to Kendrys Morales: he was, quite...
Lookout Landing Nov 22, 2014

A quick look back at one of the worst M's commercials

Before the 2012 season, the Mariners thought it'd be neat to make a commercial featuring Justin Smoak, Miguel Olivo, Casper Wells, and Franklin Gutierrez. The other day, I found myself going through all of the old Mariners commercials. I've generally been impressed by the consistent quality that the M's advertising department has been able to produce, mixing good players with fun/silly lines and situations. However, during my most recent viewing, one commercial in particular caught my eye (and not in a good way!). Let's hop in our time machines and go back to the off-season between 2011 and...
Lookout Landing Nov 22, 2014

The defining moments of the Mariners' 2014 season: Corey Hart's hamstring injury

Each Saturday we will look at some of the defining moments of the 2014 Seattle Mariners season. It was May 18th, and the Mariners were trailing the Twins by two runs in Minnesota. Corey Hart was standing on first base, having just earned a walk, and he was staring across the diamond to perceive the noble visage of Robinson Cano only ninety feet away from home plate. Kyle Seager was at the plate and there was one out. None of us have any real idea what was going through his mind at the time, but for some reason, the $6 million dollar free agent coming off a season lost to double restorative...

A brief history of the San Antonio Missions

Have you ever seen a jalapeño play baseball? Following a near-miss in the 2000 playoffs, the 2001 Mariners were ready to win -- at every level. The Dodgers had just been dropped from a 23-year affiliation with the Double-A San Antonio Missions following their third consecutive losing season. Budget cuts and a change in ownership led to significant staff turnover, but the strained relationship between the teams' front offices stemmed primarily from the Dodgers' on-field product. In a decade, the Missions had managed to scrape together a winning record just twice. After the teams parted...
Lookout Landing Nov 21, 2014

The cost of Justin Upton, Seattle Mariner

Justin Upton is again being linked to the Seattle Mariners. How far are you willing to go to get him? The Mariners have shored up their outfield with the acquisition of the power-hitting Justin Upton, surrendering a trade package that includes top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker. That is a sentence that could be true in a couple weeks, and it is also a sentence that was true two years ago when it actually happened. Except this time Upton may actually board that plane, and if his one remaining contractual season is going to cost as much as the Braves are insinuating it will, then the...
Lookout Landing Nov 20, 2014

Mariners make a bunch of moves, acquire Sam Gaviglio for Ty Kelly

The Mariners add some pitching depth, and Lookout Landing says goodbye to a friend of the site. It begins with a farewell. Before we get into the two new additions to the Mariners organization, it's time to bid farewell to Ty Kelly, who was long a favorite sleeper prospect of ours, if you can call him that at 26. Kelly came over from the Orioles system in the Eric Thames trade and promptly turned heads in Tacoma by choosing to not to swing. Like, ever. Kelly wasn't quite as good this year but still admirable, and with terrible DH production through 2014, some of us lobbied for him, even...
Fish@Bat Nov 20, 2014

Marlins LHP Edgar Olmos was claimed by the Seattle Mariners. Marlins 40-man roster now at 40.

Marlins LHP Edgar Olmos was claimed by the Seattle Mariners. Marlins 40-man roster now at 40.
Lookout Landing Nov 20, 2014

Starting the Discussion: Mid-Tier Starting Pitching

The Mariners need pitching depth and the free agent market is rife with mid-tier starting pitching options. With the offseason in full swing, the Mariners are completely focused on upgrading their offense. With good reason too -- the Mariners received a combined -1.1 WAR from their center fielders and a combined -2.1 WAR from their designated hitters in 2014. The biggest holes on the roster are on the offensive side of things. Still, we have no idea what the Mariners are going to do this offseason. That could lead to some creative solutions to upgrading our roster. As you could have...
Lookout Landing Nov 20, 2014

Agent: Victor Martinez nearly signed with the Mariners

The Mariners came about as close to signing V-Mart as we expected—both very close, and also not really. In the end, it played out about as expected. The Mariners pursued, and the Tigers spent more. Those details are probably enough for most, as it was apparent Martinez was never going to leave Detroit if the Tigers put a respectable offer on the table—but nevertheless, we have some specifics now. And those specifics come from the man doing the negotiating. Actually, they come from the man who talked to the man doing the negotiating. That's Venezuelan reporter Victor Boccone of Ultimas...
Lookout Landing Nov 20, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 11/20/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Happy Thursday! Here's your dose of links for the day: The Mariners have hired a new manager for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. Fish Stripes argues that the Stanton extension puts pressure on the Marlins to win soon. Believe it or not, Stanton's extension actually gives the Marlins more flexibility. Grant Brisbee wonders if the Russell Martin move makes sense for the Blue Jays. Bluebird Banter looks at the pros and cons of the Martin deal. Viva El Birdos takes an in-depth look at the Jason Heyward...
Lookout Landing Nov 19, 2014

Brad Miller had the worst day at the plate last season

In fact, three different Mariners had their worst WPA in the same game. Does July 18th, 2014 ring a bell with anyone? It should for some of you. July 18th was the first game back after the All-Star break. It was Jered Weaver vs. Hisashi Iwakuma. It was a game that would last for 16 innings instead of nine. It was a game where Lookout Landing saw 2,672 comments over two different gamethreads. It was also the worst batting performance by any Mariner all season. Now, let us be fair to 'ol Sergio Miller who unceremoniously won this award. This is going strictly off of win probability added (or,...
Lookout Landing Nov 19, 2014

No, you don't know what the Mariners are going to do

The Mariners tried to sign Russell Martin, Billy Butler is an Athletic and we should know better by now. It was all so clear. With the Mariners' apparent needs, their obvious desires and the players available, the team's 2014-2015 off-season might as well have been set on rails. They'd make their push for Victor Martinez, he'd go back to the Detroit Tigers as expected, and the Mariners would quickly move on to plan B and sign Billy Butler to a deal longer than the one or two years he was expected to receive. At least, I thought so. Well, the first part went as expected, despite some...
Lookout Landing Nov 18, 2014

Free Agent Profile: Nelson Cruz

The Mariners find themselves connected to Nelson Cruz for the second offseason in a row. At what point does his cost make sense for the Mariners? It's no secret that the Mariners are in the market for an upgrade to their offense. If there's someone out there who can swing the bat with any amount of skill, the Mariners have probably been rumored to be interested in acquiring them. Nelson Cruz has been the center of many of those rumors for the past two years now. Last year, it seemed inevitable that Cruz would end up on the Mariners -- and he almost did. If it weren't for a last minute veto...

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