Seattle Mariners young guns prove the future is brighter than it seems

Nick Franklin

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down why the future of the Seattle Mariners is brighter than it seems. It’s all about the prospects. Nick Franklin, Taijuan Walker, Brad Miller and Mike Zunino have a chance to turn this team around for the better. The 2012-13 season isn’t lost yet, but even if the year comes to an end with disappointment, there are far better things to look forward to.

Throwing back to get back: Mariners born in the 70’s

Raul launched a grand slam AND two-run home run yesterday (Reuters)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the five players on Seattle’s roster that were born in the 1970’s. Though it may not turn out to be this year (the Mariners are currently 10.5 games back in the AL West and still 8 games under .500), should Seattle keep a select few of the veteran players who are on the current roster, they could be back in the postseason in a year or two. Today we’ll look at Mariners who were born in the 70’s and their roles with Seattle moving forward.

2013 Mariners MLB Draft: Seattle picks and draft overview

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us a brief overview on the Mariners 2013 MLB Draft selections. From pick 1 to pick 10, Clinton gives us an inside look at what these players did prior to draft day, where they may play for the rest of this season, and what the M’s plan on doing with them, as there are a couple who will be switching positions once they receive their assignments. The top 10 look pretty solid, lots of power and a few nice looking pitchers as well.

A Prediction. The M’s Hisashi Iwakuma will be worth every penny!

Kuma and chain link don't get along, apparently.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the new two year $14 million dollar extension the Mariners gave to Hisashi Iwakuma. As a pitcher who started out in the pen last year, Iwakuma was later added to the rotation, starting 16 games while having an 8-4 record with an ERA south of 3.00. The extension proves that the M’s are serious about locking up talent in the rotation while awaiting the emergence of the “big 3.” This is great news for fans of the M’s.

2013 Seattle Mariners commercials have been released

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NWSB Managing Editor and Seattle Mariners blogger “Q” tells us today that the Mariners released their 2013 commercials. Not only did they bring back Felix Hernandez to do another one with the classic hot sauce but now Brendan Ryan talks to a Buffalo, which in itself is just classic. The newest season features Dustin Ackley wearing his love for fans on his sleeve.

A ton of positives to look forward to for the Mariners in 2013

Jesus Montero

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate brings us his reasons for not giving up on the Seattle Mariners…just yet. Despite the rough times of late, there is plenty to look forward to with all the new talent and young talent surrounding this team. Incoming players like Kendrys Morales and Jason Bay are looking to contribute while the younger players like Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley are looking to produce.

Justin Upton: Reviewing Seattle Mariners attempted trade

The Mariners front office is trying to make some big splashes this offseason. (Photo: Mark Rebilas / US PRESSWIRE

NWSB inside and Mariner blogger Jon Irwin is recapping the Seattle Mariners attempted trade for rightfielder Justin Upton. The proposed trade would have sent Upton to Seattle, and in return the D-Backs would receive Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor and prospects Nick Franklin and Taijuan Walker. While the deal looked like a done deal, Upton invoked his no-trade clause and will stay in Arizona—for now.

Mariners Bold Predictions! Improve *this statistic* win 80 games in 2013

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson gives us what he thinks needs to happen for the Mariners to improve the most important stat in all of baseball. Wins. The 5 guys who need improvement are Brendan Ryan, Justin Smoak, Hector Noesi, Mike Carp, and Dustin Ackley. Though Ackley already has an important role with this team, Danny is asking for about 20 more triples from the Ack Attack. These 5 guys improve, and the M’s will have 5 more wins in 2013.

The best case scenario with the Mariners return of Raul

Raul Ibanez

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the re-signing of OF Raul Ibanez. Danny, like a lot of other people, is scratching his head at the reason the Mariners brought back the aging OF. The youth movement is alive and well in Seattle, and should be given the chance to play. Danny gives us his “best case” scenarios of the move for the upcoming season.

Mariners have indirectly helped Jesus Montero become hitter Seattle needs

Jesus Montero

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about what we can expect out of Jesus Montero in 2013. Despite the Mariners failing to add a prominent position player (or anyone under the age of 29-Jason Bay 34, Raul Ibanez 40), some veteran leadership on this team will go along ways with this team. The combination of Kendrys Morales and an increasingly productive Kyle Seager will give Montero the opportunity to see and hit better pitches.

Question marks regarding the Mariners Kendrys Morales trade

Kendrys Morales

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on what he believes are prudent questions following the trade between the Angels and the M’s for Jason Vargas & Kendrys Morales. Danny wonders whats up with Justin Smoak now. The reason that Kendrys Morales was an available trade option was due the fact that the Angels had too many first base options. Do the M’s now too?

Offseason moves…what do the Mariners do in the outfield?

Eric Thames

New NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke weighs in on the M’s 2013 options in the outfield. Jeff is all in for Eric Thames. Thames only played in 40 games (the same number as Guti) for the M’s in 2013 after a midseason trade from Toronto, but he made his presence felt. Despite a .220 batting average, Thames showed some pop with a .439 slugging percentage. Mike Carp, Casper Wells, and Trayvon Robinson are in the mix too.

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