Five Mariners that are likely trade bait at the winter meetings

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at the team’s roster and gives us five players who could be traded at winter meetings. Making the list is Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, Tom Wilhelmsen, Justin Smoak and Kyle Seager. The team has already been linked to Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.

The Economics of Baseball & The 2014 Seattle Mariners

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us a look at the financial situation facing the team in the upcoming MLB season. Notable names with big money deals that have ended would include Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez, Chone Figgins, and Franklin Gutierrez. The only two guys we know for sure will be on the roster in 2014 are Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.

Off season & off beat Mariners can’t miss analysis

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott breaks down the M’s today with some witty banter and offseason analysis. To Raul Ibanez. Congratulations on winning the Hutch. You epitomize class and you are definitely deserving of this award. To Jesus Montero. You are still on the roster! Are you as surprised as we are? To Lloyd McClendon. Welcome to the great northwest. To Felix Hernandez what is going on OFF the field in your life???

The Future: Seattle Mariners players poised to break out

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us two players who are poised to break out during the 2014 MLB season. The Freak from Goose Creek (Justin Smoak) came to the Mariners in 2010 when the team dealt co-ace Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers. Kyle Cease was once known as “the other guy” alongside Dustin Ackley, but now he has a chance to make a name for himself. Could we see Jacoby Ellsbury in our future?

My top 5 2013 Seattle Mariners pet peeves

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us his five pet peeves from the season that was. Howard Lincoln’s blunders are No. 1 — all of his blunders. Also making the list is a lack of bold deadline moves, a lack of steals despite Michael Saunders, Dustin Ackley, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, and Abraham Almonte all having speed and Robby Thompson’s brain fade.

Howard Lincoln…An in-depth look at how his brain works

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott discusses the train wreck that has become the Mariners ownership folks. Namely Howard Lincoln who granted three interviews this week with Seattle Media’s Greg Johns, Jerry Brewer and Ryan Divish. Is he seriously giving Jack Zduriencik an “A” on his performance of scouting both professional and amateur players? Chone Figgins, Michael Pineda, Jesus Montero, David Pauley, Casper Wells…aye aye aye.

Projecting the 2014 Seattle Mariners’ opening day lineup

Miller has done well in his first stint with the club. Expect him to fill the two-hole next year.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott gives you his prediction for what Seattle’s 2014 lineup will look like. With a plethora of youth already up with the club, Seattle returns a bevy of starters in 2014 but does have a need to pursue a DH in free agency as Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez don’t seem like realistic options for the position next season.

My oh My! Top play of the week for the Seattle Mariners

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be the MLB debut made by Taijuan Walker on Friday night against the Houston Astros. Tai shut down the Stros for 5 innings, not giving up an earned run in the process. The M’s got out of there with a 7-1 victory in part of POTW runner up performance by Dustin Ackley. It’s nice to feel good about this team every once in a while isn’t it?

Mariners fans…If you put Harang on waivers, he will come

Does Taijuan Walker remain a Mariner in 2014?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott talks about the recent call up to the Mariners for Taijuan Walker, pitcher extraordinaire. Jack Z and Eric Wedge can’t wait anymore. They want to see what he can do in the bigs. Brian says Yes, he’s only 20 years old, but let’s not forget that a once very young Felix Hernandez made his major league debut at 19. Brian firmly believes Taijuan is ready.

Looking back: Lessons learned from the Mariners road trip

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke gives you three players to pay attention to on the Mariners in the coming months. Justin Smoak, Erasmo Ramirez, and Brandon Maurer will all be interesting players to watch as the season comes to end. Not contending for the playoffs, these three will likely attempt to prove their worth for 2014 as Seattle makes the stretch run to the offseason.

Zduriencik receives the quietest 1-year contract extension

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott talks about the recent contract extension that Jack Zduriencik received. A one-year contract extension, Brian says that Z will be on a short leash next year and that the same will go for Eric Wedge as well. While he could have made some moves for a better future, it appears Zduriencik’s unwillingness to move anybody at the trade deadline bought him a little extra time.

Mariners “honor” Griffey with embarrassing loss

Griffey Jr. likely left the ballpark disappointed on Saturday (Elaine Thompson/AP Photo)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the disappointing loss the Mariners put together on a night that saw the organization honor one of the greatest ballplayers of all time, Ken Griffey Jr. Downed 10-0 by Milwaukee — who are 51-66 on the year — Seattle tallied just four hits over the course of the game while Iwakuma and the Mariners’ stellar bullpen (particularly Lucas Luetge) surrendered 16. It was a complete embarrassment on a night that should have been filled with spectacular.

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