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Lookout Landing Nov 29, 2016

The evolution of Mitch Haniger

Tinkering with his swing led to big improvements for Mitch Haniger Jerry Dipoto was certainly busy over Thanksgiving weekend. Two trades bracketing the long weekend gave the Mariners’ a number of new players to integrate into the organization. Jean Segura grabbed all the headlines in the trade with Arizona right before Thanksgiving, but it seems like everyone else is talking about Mitch Haniger. Over on FanGraphs, both Dave Cameron and Jeff Sullivan highlighted Haniger as a piece with unexpected potential. Much of that newfound upside was driven by a number of changes Haniger made to his...
Lookout Landing Nov 28, 2016

The Segura trade was good

And that's all there is to it. Come fight me if you disagree. It was Wednesday evening, the night before Thanksgiving, and baseball was scarcely a glimmer in anyone’s eyes, save for one Gerard Peter Dipoto. While everyone else was out drinking with old friends whom they may or may not still like, or preparing food for the next day, or perhaps simply lying comatose on the couch, our dear friend Mr. Dipoto traded Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Jean Segura, Mitch Haniger, and Zac Curtis. In the blink of an eye any question about the Mariners’ win-now...
Lookout Landing Nov 22, 2016

Announcing the Offseason MaiLLbag

A chance for you to ask us questions and for us to pretend like we know what we’re talking about. Hello, LL faithful! With the departure of our one-time fearless leader Nathan Bishop, the LL Podcast (Dome and Bedlam) has been thrown into question for the immediate future. But we, the undersigned members of the LL staff, would never leave you without a chance to engage with us and talk about the Mariners. To that extent, we’re debuting something BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW: the MaiLLbag. Here’s how this MaiLLbag thing is going to work. Leave a comment below (or on Twitter, or on Facebook)...
Athletics Nation Nov 14, 2016

Danny Valencia trade makes sense for both Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners

The Oakland A’s made their first big move of the offseason over the weekend, and now it’s time for every baseball fan’s favorite exercise: Judging a trade! The fun part comes a year from now, when we get to look back on this and laugh/cry/nod in agreement after seeing how things actually turned out. For now, all we can do is analyze the wisdom of the deal in this current moment. Saturday’s trade sent positionless hitter Danny Valencia to the Mariners in exchange for minor league pitcher Paul Blackburn. Let’s look at it from both sides. Oakland A’s It was time for Oakland to move...
Lookout Landing Nov 14, 2016

Danny Valencia can mash righties too

Danny Valencia is a more complete hitter than you might think. The more I look at the Mariners’ acquisition of Danny Valencia, the more I love it. The easy analysis sees Valencia as a lefty masher, who can competently play at any of the corner positions. Over the last four years, he’s sporting a 148 wRC+ against southpaws, good for 12th in the majors. Jerry Dipoto recognized a need and filled it with someone who has truly excelled. But over the last two years, Danny Valencia has shown that he’s not just a lefty masher, he’s been able to hit right-handed pitching too. First, let’s...
Lookout Landing Nov 12, 2016

Mariners acquire Danny Valencia

Jerry Dipoto is never sleeping. Or, really, doing anything other than making trades. What, you wanted to spend your Saturday relaxing at home, focusing on today’s big Washington-USC football game? Jerry Dipoto has other plans. Source: Seattle acquires Danny Valencia from Oakland.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 12, 2016 Hearing Valencia coming to Seattle in exchange for Minor League RH Paul Blackburn. No confirmation from clubs yet though. https://t.co/mniiOoKM2n— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) November 12, 2016 Blackburn was the lesser-known, lesser-loved half of the Mike...
Lookout Landing Nov 10, 2016

Meet Your Newest M's Catcher: Carlos Ruiz

What even is a Carlos Ruiz? Entering this offseason, we all knew the Mariners had a couple spots to focus on. And though we certainly expected Jerry Dipoto get started quickly, I know that I didn't expect him to move quite this fast. But in typical Trader Jerry fashion, less than a week after Game 7 of the World Series, he'd already moved to plug one of those leaks. #Mariners officially announce the trade for Carlos Ruiz, sending Vidal Nuno to the Dodgers — Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) November 7, 2016 Now, Ruiz is far from a sexy backstop option, as he turns 38 in January and makes...
Lookout Landing Nov 9, 2016

Oh shift—a look back at defensive shifts in 2016

Towards the beginning of this year, I took a look at how the Mariners were utilizing the infield shift and how their batters were faring against it. In 2016, a defensive shift was employed well over a quarter of the time the ball was put in play. That represents a significant increase in shifting over last year—more than 10,000 more plate appearances ended with a defensive shift employed, leaguewide. While slow to adopt this strategy in years past, the Mariners bought into the defensive strategy wholesale this year. First, a few reminders about the data that we’re working with: It only...
Lookout Landing Nov 6, 2016

Lookout Landing determines MLB's end-of-year award winners

The fine folks at LL submit their ballots to determine who they think should win the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year awards. Hello. It's November 6th and Major League Baseball is about to kick off its annual awards week extravaganza! (This extravaganza is actually 11 days long and isn't really much of an extravaganza.) Tomorrow, the BBWAA awards finalists will be announced on MLB Network at 3 pm PST. Over the course of the next several days, many players will be fortunate enough to receive shiny metallic trophies that are shaped like gloves or bats or balls or...
Lookout Landing Nov 5, 2016

Proposed 2017 World Series parade route for Seattle Mariners leaked

The city of Seattle is preparing for the inevitable after the Chicago Cubs finally won a World Series. The streets in Chicago were flooded with citizens and fans who have spent generations waiting for the Chicago Cubs to proudly hold a World Series parade. Today, it is a new world, where all sports dreams can come true. One of those dreams is for the Seattle Mariners to finally achieve postseason glory. The Seattle Mariners are one of two teams to have never appeared in the World Series, and the city of Seattle has prepared a planned route for a 2017 World Series parade. Unlike the parade...
Lookout Landing Nov 5, 2016

#EdgarHOF - Day 2

Making the case for Edgar Martinez in the Hall of Fame, one day at a time We all know the Designated Hitter award is named after Edgar (which...how? How do you not have THE GUY THE AWARD IS NAMED AFTER in the Hall?!), but there’s another award named after Edgar within the Mariners organization: a minor league award, the Edgar Martinez Productive Team Plate Appearance (PTPA) Award. The award is given to the player who best embodies the C the Z philosophy and finds a way to maximize the possibility of his team scoring a run, focusing on the overall offensive health of the team rather than...
Lookout Landing Nov 5, 2016

Mariners claim LHP Dean Kiekhefer off waivers

Let’s all get to know the Mariners’ newest baseball chucker Jerry Dipoto has wasted no time forming the annual pile, claiming LHP Dean Kiekhefer off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday afternoon. The #Mariners have claimed LHP Dean Kiekhefer off waivers from St. Louis. The 40-man roster is now at 36 players.— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) November 4, 2016 Kiekhefer has been in the St. Louis Cardinals’ system since he was drafted in 2010 and made his major league debut this past season, posting a 4.92 xFIP and 0.0 fWAR in 22.0 innings. If you’re like me, you spent the...
Lookout Landing Nov 5, 2016

Mariners Moose Tracks 11/5/16: AFL Fall Stars Game, Best Baseball Games Ever, and Hot Stove Happenings

It's officially hot stove season! Get the stove cooking! Just make sure you turn it off before you leave the house. I know you guys have been waiting forever for this news, but I am here to tell you that the hot stove is finally cooking. It took us almost 24 hours for some gosh darn moves! I tell you, it seems like it takes longer every year. What? No, it's definitely not because of shortening attention spans nationwide. What a crazy theory. What was I just talking about? I don't know. Here's some baseball. In Mariners news... In case you haven't heard about it yet, Tyler O'Neill will...
Lookout Landing Nov 4, 2016

Arbitraging the Market: Infield

There are some young options on the roster, but the club will still be searching to see if a shortstop or first baseman meet their needs. The season is no longer post, it's hot and there's a stove. Huddled around that stove are the masses, looking forward to next year. The Mariners are there, fueling the fire with their paper-based currency, leaving less to fill a few holes in the lineup. Two of those holes are in the infield, specifically first base and shortstop. Adam Lind was the club's first baseman, platooning with a teddy bear incarnate, Dae-Ho Lee and the pair -- along with a handful...
Lookout Landing Nov 4, 2016

#EdgarHOF

Edgar Martinez deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Let’s make this year the year he goes in. When the Hall of Fame voters open their ballots this month, Edgar Martinez will appear on them for the eighth time. This means he has two more chances, after this year, to reach the 75% threshold required for admission. Last year, Gar climbed all the way up to 43.4%, almost ten points higher than his previous high of 36.5% in 2012, his second year on the ballot. It’s still a long, uphill climb for #11, but he’s faced worse adversity in his career. Also, he has his buddies here at Lookout...
Lookout Landing Nov 4, 2016

Sporcle Friday: Mariners postseason strikeout leaders

Can you name all 25 Mariners pitchers who have recorded a strikeout in the postseason? The 2016 MLB season is officially in the books, and the hot stove season has already started to catch fire. What will Jerry do next?! Unfortunately, it's quite difficult to make a Sporcle that focuses on future events. Therefore, we're forced to dwell on the past. As such, similar to the most recent LL Sporcle, today's quiz asks you to recall some of Seattle's postseason leaders. Specifically, you are tasked with naming the 25 pitchers who have recorded a strikeout in a postseason game for the M's. This...
Lookout Landing Nov 4, 2016

Mariners Moose Tracks, 11/4/16: Cubs Still Partying, #4MOM, and Stacey’s Mom

The column formerly known as Lookout Linkage Happy Friday, for those of you with the M-F work week! I am not Anders and this is not Lookout Linkage, but it basically is. (I’m still not ‘Ders, though. My hair wishes it was that golden and curly.) From now on, there will be a daily post in this space, at this time, catching you up on what happened the day before in the world of Mariners baseball, as well as baseball baseball, as well as anything else we think might be of interest to you, the discerning public with fine taste in everything except baseball teams. Think of it as a place to...

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