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Lookout Landing 14 hours ago

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 19 hours ago

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 21 hours ago

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...
Lookout Landing Nov 18, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 11/18/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good morning everyone! The offseason is getting pretty exciting. Here's the latest from the last couple of days: Robinson Cano broke his toe during a game in Japan and will be out for 6-8 weeks. The Mariners are reportedly taking offers on Hisashi Iwakuma. Michael Saunders has hired a new agent. The Braves and Cubs have made a minor swap. Eno Sarris talks about the rarest pitch in all of baseball (spoiler: it isn't the knuckleball). Grant Brisbee argues that the Marlins had no choice but to make...
Lookout Landing Nov 17, 2014

Amid swirling trade rumors, Michael Saunders changes agents

Last week’s GM meetings came and went without a single transaction from the Mariners. And so too did did a surprisingly-active Monday morning, one that saw the Blue Jays add Russell Martin and the Cardinals trade for Jason Heyward. Well, I shouldn’t say the morning went without any transactions, as the Mariners did finalize their deal with Cuban lefty Misael Siverio. Oh, and then in what might be bigger news, there was this little ditty as well: We are thrilled to welcome Michael Saunders as the newest member of the #MeisterSports family! #Mariners — Brandon Meister...

A final look at the Mariners' AFL performances

Despite Taijuan Walker's early departure from the Arizona Fall League, several other high-profile prospects made strides towards their big league careers this fall. This fall, the Mariners sent eight minor leaguers to the annual Arizona Fall League for a tune-up. Among the five Single- and Double-A hurlers was right-hander Taijuan Walker, the only AFL selection to see any time in Seattle this season -- and the first player to leave the offseason league. While the organization hoped that Walker would use the AFL to hone his technique and make up for time spent on the disabled list in 2014,...
Lookout Landing Nov 17, 2014

Mariners sign Misael Siverio, Cuban LHP to minor league deal

The Cuban lefty will skip spring training next season, making his debut during minor-league mini-camp in February. Well it's no Jason Heyward, but the Mariners have added a little depth on Monday by signing Cuban defector Misael Sivero to a minor league contract, marking the first step in what should be an interesting transition year for an organization left looking at a few vacated minor league starting roles after a surprising 2014 season. According to Ryan Divish over at the Seattle Times, the 25 year-old left hander will be skipping spring training next year in favor of an invitation to...
Lookout Landing Nov 17, 2014

MVP & Cy Young Awards: A Mariners’ History

A history of the Mariners through the lens of MVP and Cy Young vote totals. Last week, both the Cy Young Award and the MVP Award winners were announced for the 2014 season. A few Mariner players received a decent amount of votes but, tragically, none of them took home one of these coveted awards. I don't need to recap what happened in the Cy Young Award voting but three Mariners earned MVP votes, Robinson Cano (124 pts.), Felix Hernandez (48), and Kyle Seager (1). Seeing those votes for multiple Mariner players got me thinking, which year did the Mariners as a team earn the most Cy Young...
Lookout Landing Nov 17, 2014

A discussion about the Braves, Justin Upton, and trade value

The Braves just dealt Jason Heyward for Shelby Miller, and there may be little point to keeping Justin Upton around for 2015. If the Mariners decide to tango with Upton again, he makes some sense as a rental, but will probably be too expensive to support. We've gotten spoiled by Twitter. Most deals occur, so to speak, well before they actually do -- reporters with their ear to the ground usually break major free agent signings or trades well before they're officially announced by the team. At the rate information is now consumed, that lead time can be days, hours, or even minutes. That's...
Lookout Landing Nov 16, 2014

Where Fangraphs is wrong about the Mariners

Dustin Ackley is better than Fangraphs' numbers indicate. Tom Wilhelmsen, maybe not so much. In the world of online baseball statistics, there are really only two big names. Sure, sites like Brooks Baseball, Baseball Savant, and Minor League Central offer great sets of exclusive numbers, but personally I consider them to be supplementary sources to internet sabermetrics' Big Two. You know who I'm talking about: Baseball Reference and Fangraphs. Each site has its pros and cons; I imagine if you ask a different sportswriter you'll get a different preference. It doesn't help that each site...
Lookout Landing Nov 16, 2014

Lookout Linkage, 11/16/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league. Good morning everyone! Here is your dose of links for the day! Shannon Drayer wonders what the M's should do now that Victor Martinez is off the market. Mike Trout has unanimously won the AL MVP Award for 2014, but three Mariners also received votes. The Orioles are moving towards finishing an extension with outfielder Nick Markakis. Bless You Boys wonders if signing Victor Martinez prevents the Tigers from reataining Max Scherzer. August Fagerstrom of Fangraphs looks at what Corey Kluber winning...
Northwest Sports Beat Nov 16, 2014

Should The Seattle Mariners Attempt To Re-Sign Their Own Free Agents?

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott runs down the Seattle Mariner's six free agents for 2014. Should they keep them or let them walk? Simply put, Beimel was the best lefty the M’s had in the bullpen in 2014. They’d be crazy to let him walk away without a solid offer. Also featured are: Kendrys Morales, Chris Young, Chris Denorfia, Humberto Quintero and more.
Lookout Landing Nov 15, 2014

The defining moments of the Mariners' 2014 season: The end of the eight-game losing streak

Each Saturday we will look at some of the defining moments of the 2014 Seattle Mariners season. The single most important pitch of the 2014 Seattle Mariners season was thrown by the player that the M's drafted 20th overall in the 2008 MLB Draft. It was also, oddly enough, hit by the player they drafted in the third round one year later. All of that is interesting, but the only thing that matters is where it landed, and it landed here: Your browser does not support iframes. Of course, it's far from a bold stance to claim that Kyle Seager's walkoff shot to end the eight-game losing streak...

A brief history of the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx

Can you remember the last time Carlos Peguero tied Giancarlo Stanton's home run totals? Three years before the Mariners planted their Double-A affiliate in Jackson, Tennessee, the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx were embroiled in a dispute with Major League Baseball. Significant financial losses plagued the club's ownership, prompting them to ask for a swift relocation to Mauldin, South Carolina. According to a decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Tennessee at Jackson in 2007, certain documents had been wrongfully withheld from reporters that revealed losses of at least $150,000 during both...
Lookout Landing Nov 14, 2014

The Mariners greatest pitching moments of 2014

Looking at the best pitch outcomes of Seattle's 2014 season based upon their WPA. Near the end of September, I put together a "Mariners greatest hits of 2014" list. (If you never got a chance to see that, go do it now! Or bookmark it for later. It might be helpful in the coming months to keep the lack-of-baseball blues at bay.) That post was a lot of fun to compile, so I wanted to see if I could also do something analogous for pitchers. First, a reminder that these plays have been selected based upon their Win Probability Added. WPA isn't necessarily perfect for singling out the most...

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