NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Jonas Hyde tells us why the return from the DL by Justin Smoak is a good thing for the Mariners. Gone are the days when Smoak was relied upon to carry this team offensively. Just look at the support he has had this season in Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager. Plus the demotions of Dustin Ackley and Jesus Montero have brought a couple more of the new wave up; Nick Franklin and Mike Zunino. And with the numbers of the latter, Smoak can focus more on playing 1B instead of trying to win every game with his bat.
NWSB insider and Mariners blogger Jon Irwin brings us his breakdown of the Mariner’s second-round pick in the 2013 draft. With the No. 49 overall pick the M’s selected outfielder Austin Wilson from Stanford University. Wilson is a high-upside bat who could have been a first-round pick if not for an elbow injury suffered earlier in the year.
NWSB insider and Mariners blogger Jon Irwin brings us his breakdown of the Mariner’s first-round pick in the 2013 draft. With the No. 13 overall pick the M’s selected third baseman D.J. Peterson from the University of New Mexico. Peterson was arguably the purest college hitter in this year’s draft, with his bat drawing many similarities to that of Mike Zunino—Seattle’s first rounder from last year.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke has had it with the Mariners’ front office. From the top management to Eric Wedge, Jeff voices his opinion on how lowly the organization has been the past decade. Seeing an excess of talent shipped away only for drearier results, Seattle’s organization must change if it is to succeed at any point in the future. The time for Eric Wedge may be running out.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us a piece that questions managements decision to keep the uber talented Nick Franklin down at AAA Tacoma while the starters are struggling. It’s not a secret that Brendan Ryan never brought his bat from St. Louis with him. And it seems that Robert Andino’s must have gotten lost in transport from Baltimore as well. But there is a kid that has been on the list of top prospects for a long time playing some good ball down in Tacoma. Nick Franklin.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke brings us his top five most positive aspects of the Jack Zduriencik & Eric Wedge era here in Seattle. Of course you can’t mention these two guys, and the Mariners in the same sentence without bringing up the great rebuild of the century. There sure have been plenty of moves, but it seems that we are finally on the right path here in Seattle. From the farm system to the trades, Jack Z has us on our way.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with a Mariners Spring Training update. The Bats are on fire! The M’s keep rolling off wins! But, can this continue when the team is trimmed to 25, and the position battles are no longer? This new power minded team was built by the one and only Jack Z for the new and improved Safeco Field. The walls have been moved in, prompting the GM to go out and find some power to restore the M’s to the glory days.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jordin Ereth brings you up to date on the torrid spring the Mariners are currently having in Peoria. While it may be against competition that make it to the majors, Seattle is currently crushing the ball and making a very early statement in the league. Players like Jason Bay, Justin Smoak, and Kendrys Morales are all trying to prove that they belong in the starting lineup come opening day.
NWSB insider and Mariners blogger Jon Irwin reports on the Seattle Mariners big Wednesday. After a few bumps in the road, the Mariners officially finalized King Felix’s new contract extension. That big news slightly overshadowed the news that the Mariners have traded Shawn Kelley to the Yankees for prospect Abraham Almonte.
NWSB insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jon Irwin reports on the news that Felix Hernandez has reached an impasse with the Mariner front office about his new contract. Reportedly, concerns of King Felix’s pitching elbow have stalled talks. If Hernandez’s elbow really does become a long-term cause for concern, any new contract could have injury clauses in case of major issues.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson gives us his real reasons that high prices MLB free agents don’t sign with the M’s. Danny says it all boils down to Seattle being such a beautiful city, yet it is shrouded in the clouds of rain and doubt. The local weather is a challenge and so is the ownership group. It was encouraging early in offseason thinking the M’s could land Josh Hamilton, Nick Swisher and Justin Upton. Now what? Raul Ibanez