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Lookout Landing Dec 13, 2017
Mariners sign Juan Nicasio, fanbase confused about good thing happening

Mariners sign Juan Nicasio, fanbase confused about good thing happening

I don’t understand it either but let’s just let it wash over us The Mariners have been selling off their international slot money like it’s Albanian lek (look it up) and it’s been a quiet afternoon in Bummerville until this came down from on bowtie high: #Mariners in agreement with free-agent reliever Juan Nicasio on two-year contract, sources tell The Athletic. Pending physical.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 13, 2017 Our own Jake Mailhot was a huge proponent of a Nicasio signing, but he wound up being left off our off-season plan in favor of Yusmeiro Petit...
Lookout Landing Dec 13, 2017
Mariners Acquire Shawn Armstrong for International Slot Money

Mariners Acquire Shawn Armstrong for International Slot Money

I’ve got to say, these Winter Meetings have been thoroughly underwhelming. Maybe we’ve just become accustomed to Jerry Dipoto’s rapid-fire trading style, so three days of virtual radio silence feels weird. In any case, this is probably not the sexy acquisition that we’ve all been holding our breath for. The Indians announce that they have traded RHP Shawn Armstrong to Seattle in exchange for international bonus pool money. Armstrong is out of Minor League options.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) December 13, 2017 Well, you’ve got to do something with all that extra pool money....
Lookout Landing Dec 13, 2017
Ben Gamel’s Identity Crisis

Ben Gamel’s Identity Crisis

Ben Gamel may have had ups and downs in his first full season, but he’s showing an ability to adjust, even if he then has to adjust to his adjustment Ed. note: I am happy to welcome Connor Donovan on board, mostly so he will stop scooping me on Fanposts, although it’s always fun to have a second member of the Mike Marjama fanclub on board. Connor has been reading the site since he was negative years old, and it’s exciting to have his prolific Fanposts up on the front page for all to see with nice art and everything. Welcome Connor! “Ben Gamel struggled in the second half.” How...
Lookout Landing Dec 13, 2017
Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/13/17: Winter Meetings, Elbows, and CRISPR-Cas9

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/13/17: Winter Meetings, Elbows, and CRISPR-Cas9

Some good news, some strange news, some nerdy news Hello, and a very happy Hump Day to you. It was a fairly wild Tuesday for a variety of reasons, so let’s recap the ones that the general rules of this website will allow me to recap. It was the second day of Winter Meetings last night, and not as much happened as we’d perhaps like. Still, there was enough to talk about. In Mariners News... Kyle Lewis is (supposedly) completely over his chronic knee issues. Sure hope that holds true as we progress through the beginning of this year! Dipoto said Mariners top prospect Kyle Lewis is...
Lookout Landing Dec 12, 2017
Starting pitching trade targets for the Mariners to chase down at the winter meetings

Starting pitching trade targets for the Mariners to chase down at the winter meetings

COME BACK SHARK I JUST WANT TO TALK Now that the Mariners have been dealt the blow of having Shohei Ohtani go to a division rival, they have to pivot quickly to salvage the rest of this off-season. Yesterday John took a broad view of what that may look like. It’s clear the Mariners have to add pitching help, and from Dipoto’s comments, it looks like that is what will happen. It seems like the FO views the position player side of the roster as being pretty well set, while the team hunts down a pitcher. Dipoto hasn’t expressed any preference about whether that pitcher is a starter or...
Lookout Landing Dec 12, 2017
Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/12/17: Winter Meetings, Matt Harvey, and Pat Neshek

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/12/17: Winter Meetings, Matt Harvey, and Pat Neshek

Getting your Tuesday started off right. Good morning and happy Day Two of the Winter Meetings! You know, everyone was joking yesterday that it was a slow day for the meetings, but there was actually a lot of activity. Let’s get you all caught up. In Mariners news... It sounds like the M’s are just about done with the position players on the roster. Dipoto said that any position player acquisitions would come on the secondary market -- waiver claimes, Rule 5 or minor league signs. That portion of 25-man roster is basically set.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) December 11,...
Lookout Landing Dec 11, 2017
The Mariners signed Gordon Beckham & claimed Mike Morin & Cam Perkins and we can’t ignore them anymore

The Mariners signed Gordon Beckham & claimed Mike Morin & Cam Perkins and we can’t ignore them anymore

They’re moves, dammit. Take your mittens off and learn about some new Mariners In our sorrow this weekend we somewhat overlooked a transaction, and while it may not be the one we’d all hoped for, any addition to the pile is still valuable. .@Mariners claim RHP Mike Morin off waivers from @Royals. #HotStove— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) December 8, 2017 Depending on how you look at it, Mike Morin has been a decent or atrocious reliever over the last four years. Over his first four seasons the 26 year-old posted an FIP of 3.38 with a solid 22.3 K% and looked like a respectable...
Lookout Landing Dec 11, 2017
How the Mariners move past Ohtani’s rejection

How the Mariners move past Ohtani’s rejection

The first step to recovery is investigating free agency It’s been approximately 70 hours since Shohei Ohtani chose the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, tipping the expected balance of power in the AL West and breaking the hearts of Mariners fans and Jerry Dipoto alike. Rejection stings, and when it arrives it usually brings its nastier cousin, failure. Fear of rejection and failure can be paralyzing, and it comes for us all at some point. Apparently the famously garrulous Jerry sat in silence at lunch on Friday, stunned that his efforts been in vain, and that he had lost out to the...
Lookout Landing Dec 11, 2017
Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/11/17: Seth Frankoff, Hall of Fame, and Brandon Morrow

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/11/17: Seth Frankoff, Hall of Fame, and Brandon Morrow

Happy Monday! Good morning everyone! Today is the start of the Winter Meetings. That means we’re probably going to see a ton of activity around the league, so keep your eyes peeled. Meanwhile, let’s get you caught up on what you may have missed from the weekend. In Mariners news... Greg Johns previews what could be a busy Winter Meetings for the Mariners. Good luck, Seth! We hardly knew ye. #Mariners release RHP Seth Frankoff. Frankoff is seeking an opportunity to play in Korea.Seattle's 40-man roster is now at 36 players.Read: https://t.co/Tk85ZaYKUm pic.twitter.com/SbzKofGQaA—...
Lookout Landing Dec 10, 2017
Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/10/17: Dee Gordon, Braden Bishop, and Shohei Ohtani

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/10/17: Dee Gordon, Braden Bishop, and Shohei Ohtani

Shohei would I leave Ohtani out of the links. Do you want to know what’s a bummer. Walking to my car in the mornings with a sheet of frost on my windshield and having to wait for it to defrost. I personally wish it would just snow instead of do this unbearably cold but dry nonsense. How do you feel about snow? How do you feel about links? In Mariners News... Dee Gordon’s Instagram story featured his outfield glove. Braden Bishop partnered with the Ronald McDonald House and Progressive Motion Physical Therapy for his Toy Drive, taking place December 18th. I’m super...
Lookout Landing Dec 9, 2017
Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/9/17: Shohei Ohtani, Dashed Expectations, Doom, and Gloom

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/9/17: Shohei Ohtani, Dashed Expectations, Doom, and Gloom

Well, that huffed ass So yeaaaaah, hey everyone. Happy Saturday to you. At least as happy as it can be given the Mariners offseason may or may not be ruined. Shohei Ohtani, a probable generational talent, has signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim instead of the previously front-running Mariners, which is pretty much the worst case scenario of the teams thought to still be in the running. It’s weird to vehemently hate a team like the Angels yet still be a big enough fan of baseball in general that I still want Ohtani to do well. That’s where I’m at. I want all the bad things...
Lookout Landing Dec 8, 2017
Nobody Owes the Mariners Anything

Nobody Owes the Mariners Anything

Not even Shohei Ohtani It’s really hard to be a Seattle sports fan for more than a few years and not approach fandom with a fatalistic outlook. With the exception of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win a few years ago, we have become accustomed to failure. Feeling downtrodden and defeated is the norm. There have been moments, especially after James Paxton got hurt last year, during which I’ve genuinely wondered whether the Mariners would make the playoffs during my lifetime. It seems like a silly thing to wonder - I’m young, and how the organization looks now will have little bearing on...
Lookout Landing Dec 8, 2017
Shohei Ohtani chooses the Angels, Mariners again do not get nice things

Shohei Ohtani chooses the Angels, Mariners again do not get nice things

Friday is canceled. December is canceled. 2018 is canceled. Shohei Ohtani has made his choice, and it’s the worst possible choice for the Mariners: their division rivals, and Jerry Dipoto’s former club, the LA Angels of Anaheim Los Angeles/Flying Red Tomatoes. Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the @Angels. Club hasn't confirmed. #HotStove pic.twitter.com/hnYw5RrorF— MLB (@MLB) December 8, 2017 Gross. Of all the outcomes, this is the worst for the Mariners, who will now have to face Ohtani and Trout whenever they play the Angels. I don’t know what to say, you guys. It was...
Lookout Landing Dec 8, 2017
Sporcle Friday: Steals in a Season

Sporcle Friday: Steals in a Season

In honor of Dee Gordon The Mariners’ newest centerfielder, Dee Gordon, stole 60 bases last year. Only one Mariner ever has stolen 60 bases in a season. Additionally, Gordon has stolen 30 bases or more in all five seasons in which he has tallied at least 300 plate appearances. Steals are fun. We are going to have fun with steals. I want you to try to name all the Mariners that have registered 30 steals or more in a season. Link!
Lookout Landing Dec 8, 2017
Lookout Landing Podcast 33: The Dee Gordon Trade and Shohei Ohtani with Jordan Shusterman from Cespedes BBQ

Lookout Landing Podcast 33: The Dee Gordon Trade and Shohei Ohtani with Jordan Shusterman from Cespedes BBQ

We promised we wouldn’t just scream “Shohei Ohtani” for an hour and we didn’t. We did it for an hour and a half. The Hot Stove continues to cook for Jerry Dipoto alone, as he sends off three prospects, including top pitching prospect Nick Neidert and high-ceiling shortstop Chris Torres to Miami in exchange for...center fielder Dee Gordon? Oh, and a million extra dollars in slot money, which gives the Mariners the most out of all remaining teams, take that LA. Jordan from Cespedes BBQ joins us and refuses to shade a certain beat writer, despite my best efforts. 0- 6:00: General...
Lookout Landing Dec 8, 2017
Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/8/17: Dee Gordon, Shohei Ohtani, and Tyler Chatwood

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/8/17: Dee Gordon, Shohei Ohtani, and Tyler Chatwood

Happy Friday! Happy Friday everyone! Let’s take a look at what you may have missed yesterday. In Mariners news... Dave Cameron at Fangraphs gave his take on the Dee Gordon acquisition and his impending move to the outfield. It wouldn’t be an M’s move without Jeff Sullivan’s opinion, either. Because Jerry Dipoto loves us, he recorded a quick special edition of The Wheelhouse podcast to discuss his swap to acquire Gordon. James Paxton was happy to welcome the Mariners’ newest addition. Welcome to the @Mariners @FlashGJr ⚡️— James Paxton (@James_Paxton) December 7,...
Lookout Landing Dec 7, 2017
Mariners Acquire Dee Gordon and International Pool Money for Prospects

Mariners Acquire Dee Gordon and International Pool Money for Prospects

This could be very good or very bad After the stressful trades last night between the Angels, Mariners, and Twins, it’s probable that many people were refreshing Twitter throughout most of this sleepy Thursday, looking for the first hint of Ohtani news. Well. Source: #Mariners acquire Dee Gordon from #Marlins.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2017 Uh, doesn’t he play second base? Source: Dee Gordon has been traded to the Seattle Mariners, who plan on using him as a center fielder. Considering just how much emphasis the Mariners placed on outfield defense last year,...
Lookout Landing Dec 7, 2017
Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/7/17: Shohei Ohtani, Shohei Ohtani, and Shohei Ohtani

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/7/17: Shohei Ohtani, Shohei Ohtani, and Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani? Shohei shohei ohtani ohtani. Shohei. Ohtani. It was Shohei Ohtani’d yesterday that Shohei Ohtani Shohei Ohtani. Shohei, if that is the case, Ohtani Ohtani Ohtani. While Shohei Ohtani Shohei Ohtani, only Shohei Ohtani if Shohei Ohtani will Shohei. All we can do is Shohei Ohtani, and Shohei Shohei Shohei. Hopefully by next Shohei Ohtani we will have a Shohei Ohtani. Onto the daily Shohei Ohtani. In Shohei Ohtani/Mariners News: Shohei Ohtani Shohei Ohtani Shohei Ohtani! Tracking data backs up the hype about the Japanese sensation, writes Mike Petriello. The Mariners made a...
Lookout Landing Dec 6, 2017
Mariners trade C David Banuelos to Twins for $1 million in international slot money in pursuit of Shohei Ohtani

Mariners trade C David Banuelos to Twins for $1 million in international slot money in pursuit of Shohei Ohtani

All systems gohtani We’ve got ourselves a late night trade as the Mariners jockey for position in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. #Mariners acquire international slot money from Minnesota in exchange for minor league catcher David Banuelos.Read: https://t.co/pfwgEK3Jo0 pic.twitter.com/yNHwdNUQyX— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) December 7, 2017 The Mariners gave up their 5th round pick, a well-regarded defensive catcher who hit respectably in Low-A Everett this year and signed for $300,000. Seattle’s number 10 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, Banuelos will be missed, particularly as...
Lookout Landing Dec 6, 2017
MaiLLbag Time!

MaiLLbag Time!

We need your questions! (And not just about Shohei, okay?) Hello, extended Mariners family. It is I, Grant, your favorite/most anonymous East Coast-based ghost writer, back from being busy with a “job” just in time to deliver you the content you’ve been craving. Oh, what’s that? Every team is in stasis until Shohei Ohtani signs? Then I guess you’ll have to be the ones that provide us the content. Leave a comment below for the MaiLLbag and we’ll have our crack team of analysts and pundits take a swing. Whether you’re wondering about current Mariners or future Mariners,...

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