NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners’ Insider, Brian Scott, wonders why Dustin Ackley is still in Seattle– If you cut Ackley, you can recall Jesus Montero. His numbers in AAA (.306/.341/.468) on top of everything he has done to transform himself physically back into a baseball player certainly warrants a second chance. Defensively, all Montero has to do is DH. Nelson Cruz has been far better in right field than anyone could have dreamed and Brad Miller, Seth Smith, and Justin Ruggiano can all play left.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners insider Brian Scott highlights the positional battles to watch during the Mariners 2015 Spring Training. Gutierrez is another interesting name to consider. We all know what “Death To Flying Things” can do out there in the outfield and he’s a pretty solid .270 kind of bat too. Of course to get those things out of Gutierrez you need one important thing to happen– You need him to not be on the DL.
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 Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in on the year that was for the M’s. The Mariners started off the year with a bang as they beat up on the Angels early posting 16 runs in the season’s first two games. The Angels unfortunately had the last laugh as they went on to capture the AL West crown. Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Fernando Rodney were outstanding in 2014.
NWSB Insider Brian Scott gives us his reason the Seattle Mariners should start two rookie pitchers: Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. If you listen to the scuttle out there, it appears the M’s are far more interested in signing another bat (ie Nelson Cruz) rather than another starting pitcher. But if the M’s use their rookies in the rotation, that leaves just one spot.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down what’s left in MLB free agency now that Masahiro Tanaka has gone to the New York Yankees. When it comes to pitchers, keep an eye on Matt Garza and Ervin Santana. For hitters, look at Nelson Cruz, although his history with PEDs could be problematic for the M’s.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at some potential trade partners for the M’s. Despite signing Robinson Cano and others this offseason, the team still has needs. The New York Yankees could help fill those needs if the Mariners are willing to part with Dustin Ackley.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott wonders what the team should do with Michael Saunders now that they’ve re-signed Franklin Guiterrez. Before this signing, the outfield looked to be Corey Hart and Logan Morrison on the corners with Dustin Ackley in center and Saunders on the bench for defensive replacements. Now the M’s have brought in a fifth outfielder to the equation.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us his M’s player of the week. Michael Saunders. The Condor wins the prize this week. Brian says Saunders has that unique ability in the outfield to make the difficult plays look routine and the routine plays like he’s having a nap out there. It’s worth nothing that Saunders has committed just one error all year as a result. Over the past week Saunders has hit an impressive .364 (8 for 22) and also taken a walk 4 times.
NWSB Mariners Blogger and our resident Insider the man we call INSIDER Steve is back today with his first rant of the 2013 season. He’s only been back with us for 3 weeks so we’re surprised it took him this long to crank one of these bad boys out. Steve asks How did this once promising season end up on the trash heap so quickly? Problem 1. Jack Zduriencik and company were convinced that Franklin Gutierrez would stay healthy.
Seattle Seahawks blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with the news of the Percy Harvin upcoming surgery scheduled for Thursday. Harvin will end up missing a substantial amount of time for the Seahawks. It is predicted that the earliest he can return would be November. He will have to be back and able to play by week 11 or he will have to be put on the injured reserve list for the second straight year. Pressure is on Golden Tate, Sidney Rice & Doug Baldwin now.