NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott breaks down the Tom Wilhelmsen contract stalemate with the Mariners. Look, I rarely take the side of ownership in these kinds of disputes but I really think Whilhelmsen is reaching here. You can’t expect to be paid for something you lost. In this case, Tom lost his role as closer when he lost his command and the M’s went out and signed a big money guy in Fernando Rodney to take that role.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at the Mariners battle for the 5th spot in the rotation. We know Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma will make up the first and second spots in the rotation. McClendon went on the record last week and stated “We didn’t bring J.A. Happ here to pitch out of the bullpen” so I that pretty much settles that, Happ is in the rotation. McClendon didn’t name the fourth starter but he certainly hinted that it was likely James Paxton’s job to lose and I think it’s a very safe bet that Paxton won’t be losing that spot. That brings us to that fifth spot in the rotation, the spot vacated when the Mariners decided to not re-sign veteran free agent pitcher Chris Young.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott weighs in on the Franklin Gutierrez talks: In 2013 Gutierrez appeared in just 41 games. In 2012 it was just 40 games. In 2011 he was a bit healthier an managed 92 games. Gutierrez last played a full season (152 games) way back in 2010.
With all of that missed time, what are the Mariners thinking here?
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott dives into the Seattle Mariners roster. Who will make the 25? Are the M’s a complete roster at this point? You have to have a backup catcher. It’s a given and Sucre is getting the nod. Bloomquist is healthy, under contract and is a wonderful bench player so I think his spot is safe. With the platoon situations in right field and at short you wind up with a four man bench.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott shares his memories of Randy Johnson who was elected to the MLB Hall of Fame Tuesday. No, no, no, the best pitch Randy threw was Mr. Snappy. That was nickname of his unbelievably deadly slider, oh, that by the way was a slider that he threw at 92 mph. Are you kidding me? A 92 mph slider? There a lot of guy starting games today that can’t throw a fastball that hard let alone a slider.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider breaks down the M’s off season moves so far and what likely lies ahead for their roster. Seriously, if you won’t trade Walker or Paxton for Kemp or Upton why would you give either of them up for Zobrist? It makes no sense to make this deal if you are the Mariners unless the price is significantly less than giving up Walker or Paxton.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott gives us the latest on the M’s search for a right fielder. I really think that filling this role from within is exactly where this right field situation is headed for the Mariners. The good news is that they do have options, options that I prefer to signing a guy who is finished, or over paying for a guy who is not, via trade.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at the M’s next potential acquisition, Melky Cabrera. Next up for big Jack appears to be Melky Cabrera. While nothing official has been reported or announced, Cabrera would be a great fit in the M’s new-look batting order while playing right field. Will the M’s stop there?
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott breaks down the free agent signing of Nelson Cruz. While Cruz’s numbers .271/.333./.525 with those 40 dingers and 108 runs driven in certainly look shiny he does come with concerns and only a fool wouldn’t take them at least a little bit seriously.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at Kyle Seagers new contract with the Mariners. What Seager’s deal does not do is immediately improve the club for the upcoming 2015 season. Seager would have been their regardless of this deal getting done this year or next. The Mariners seem to be taking their time in either evaluation of talent or in making the decision on what deal to make or try to pull off.
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.
NWSB Blogger and Seattle Mariners insider Brian Scott weighs in on the offseason transactions the M’s Jack Z should be making. He points out The M’s can find another re-tread arm to replace Chris Young as the 5th starter and have a rotation that goes Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Roenis Elias, and TBD.