NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the 2012 American League West division. If any team’s spot in the standings is bound to change, it has to be Oakland. Right now nothing seems to be holding the Rangers back. As long as the pitching stays strong, and the offense starts to heat up, the Angels could be climbing the ladder very soon here.
Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us it is possible to strike gold as is the case with Josh Hamilton – a rule five pick who became the 2010 American League MVP. This year the rule five draft was again utilized by the Mariners in the selection of a left handed relief pitcher from the Brewers organization, Lucas Luetge.
Insider Steve says so what if the Anaheim Angels signed Albert Pujols. The Seattle Mariners need to tune out the gallery and keep with the current plan in place, and not over react to what other teams are doing. It’s a matter of trusting Jack Zduriencik and his model of operation. The Mariners are the Texas Rangers, just three seasons behind.
Our man on the Mariners beat Danny Ferguson breaks down the Rule 5 draft in this piece. What could it mean for the Seattle Mariners? They protected Carlos Triunfel, Francisco Martinez and Chih-Hsien Chiang from it, so they must think highly of them! The success rate of this move is practically nil, but then again Jack Z could find the next Josh Hamilton that way.