The Economics of Baseball & The 2014 Seattle Mariners

Kendrys Morales

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.

Dear Jack Z please let Kendrys Morales walk

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott breaks down the M’s today with some reasons why M’s GM Jack Z has to let Kendrys Morales go and move on. Kendrys Morales has turned down your qualifying offer. You’ve got your precious draft pick Jack says Brian…Brian doesn’t care if he was the Mariner’s leading hitter last year, and points out the leading hitter last year hit .277! That’s it. .277. C’mon Seattle. Let’s have a good offseason.

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???

Simply the best: 2013 Pitchers – Seattle Mariners

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down which pitchers stood out for the team during 2013. Although Felix Hernandez garners most of the attention, Hisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton caught Scott’s eye. Scott believes that if there were such thing as a team Cy Young award, Hisashi Iwakuma would deserve it. Paxton also performed well despite playing in just three games.

Flashback Time! 2013 Seattle Mariners season rewind

Veterans Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales both had solid years.

NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in today on the M’s 2013 season with his season rewind post. He says it’s another difficult season for the Mariners faithful was finally put to bed Sunday as the Mariners looked like a team ready to hit the links, losing 9-0 to the AL West Champion Oakland A’s. Michael Saunders hit a whopping .236. Nick Franklin, a mid season call up at 2nd base, finished the year hitting .225. Thank goodness for Felix Hernandez & Hisashi Iwakuma.

2014 Seattle Mariners managerial candidates

Joey Cora would obviously be a popular choice in Seattle.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott discusses the train wreck (yes another one) that is the Mariners skipper situation. He throws out some possible names to replace Eric Wedge. Joey Cora, Bryan Price, and Robby Thompson could be in the running. He says when the dust settles, I believe the Mariners are going to go with Robby Thompson as their new manager. An obvious choice, but a smart choice.

Looking Back: Royals vs. Mariners series rewind

Kuma was as dominant as ever in his final start of the season. (Elaine Thompson/Seattle PI)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps Seattle’s latest series against the Kansas City Royals. Far out of any playoff race, the Mariners made sure to leave their effort on the field as they took 2-of-3 from a team still looking to contend for a postseason berth. James Paxton was stellar, Justin Smoak came through in the clutch, and Hisashi Iwakuma was better than ever. Nice to see Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders swinging the bat right now too.

Looking Back: Mariners vs. Tigers series rewind

The Mariners have lost 4 starting pitchers to injury in 2014

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps Seattle’s series in Detroit against the Tigers. Taking 1-of-4 from the soon-to-be AL Central Champions, the Mariners actually played pretty well against Detroit despite winning just one game. They received a few quality outings from their starters and managed to get the offensive ball rolling in the final two games of the series.

Looking Ahead: Mariners at Tigers Preview

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson preview the upcoming series for the Seattle Mariners against the Detroit Tigers. Having dropped their past two series to the Astros and the Cardinals, the Mariners will be looking to bounce back against a hot and dangerous Detroit Tigers squad. Joe Saunders and Brandon Maurer will get the start in the first two games for Seattle while it is still unknown who will get starts in games 3 and 4.

Looking Back: Mariners vs. Cardinals series rewind

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps Seattle’s series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Playing a team who is battling for supremacy in their division, don’t let Sunday’s outcome fool you, the Mariners played a good series. Dropping the first game in extra innings, Seattle received a day two boost from James Paxton before an embarrassing loss on Sunday.

Projecting the 2014 Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation

Paxton has given up just 3 earned runs in 13 innings. (Ted Warren/AP Photo)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott gives you his ideal starting rotation for the 2014 Seattle Mariners. Right now Brian says that you have 3 players you can pencil in as starters: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Taijuan Walker. While James Paxton will likely be a starter as well, the Mariners should look towards free agency to fill the 5th spot in their 2014 rotation.

Looking Ahead: Rays at Seattle Mariners

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews the upcoming series for the Seattle Mariners. Set to face the Tampa Bay Rays for a three-game series at Safeco Field, the Mariners will send Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, and Erasmo Ramirez to the mound to counter Alex Cobb, Chris Archer, and Matt Moore. Let’s hope the Mariners can give that same support to Paxton tomorrow night.

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