Despite first blown save, the M’s Farquhar is the “Real Deal”

New Seattle Mariners closer, Danny Farquhar, is the real deal. AP Photo/Nick Wass

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonas Hyde examines the Mariners newest closer, Danny Farquhar. Does he have the ‘stuff’ and mental makeup to succeed in the closer role? Will he perform better than banished closer, Tom Wilhelmsen? Last year Mariner fans were teased by Wilhelmsen’s emergence. This year, Farquhar is the real deal. So while Wilhelmsen was pyrite in the closer role, look for Farquhar to be solid 24k gold.

Seattle Mariners resign reliever Oliver Perez

Oliver Perez

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the MLB breaking news this week on the resigning of reliever Oliver Perez. The left-handed relieve returns on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, with an extra $600K in bonuses. It’s another lateral move by Jack-Z, designed to retain his solid pitching staff from 2012.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Detroit, Toronto

George Sherrill

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The Mariners took on Detroit Tigers and swept their 3-game series in D-town. Then headed over the lake to Toronto and won game 1 of their series with the Blue Jays before losing two. Steve Delabar, Lucas Luetge, Tom Wilhelmsen, and Brandon League pitched well in Detroit.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Cleveland, Chicago

Blake Beavan

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The Mariners took on Cleveland and the Chicago White Soxk in what turned out to include a few VERY noteworthy pitching performances. Hector Noesi had a hard time finding the strike zone. Blake Beavan pitched against a guy throwing a perfect game. Brandon League blew a Felix Hernandez win.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Texas, Oakland

Hector Noesi, Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The Mariners took on Texas and Oakland this week in what turned out to be quite a few pitching duels. While Felix Hernandez still worried some, the under rated Blake Beavan, Jason Vargas and Hector Noesi stunned. The Mariners bullpen was a little shaky, but evened itself out to hold on.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Oakland

Mariners Pitching

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The issues surrounding Felix Hernandez and his drop in velocity, which was completely evident in his two starts, could’ve been attributed to the time differences and the body chemistry adjusting to travel. The Mariners open up a four-game set with Texas as Hector Noesi takes the mound.

Spring training foreshadow? The 2012 Seattle Mariners bullpen

Shawn Kelley, Seattle Mariners

NWSB insider Jonathan Irwin brings us his 5 reasons why fans should already fear for the Seattle Mariners bullpen. While Tom Wilhelmsen and Brandon League preformed well in the season opener. Shawn Kelley, Steve Delabar and George Sherrill did the opposite in game 2. The team has no set up man, no swing man and didn’t exactly wow fans with the bullpen performance this Spring.

Mariners Breaking News: Figgins to lead off Ichiro now hitting 3rd

Chone Figgins

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us the breaking news out of Seattle Mariners spring training today in Peoria. Manager Eric Wedge announced Chone Figgins to lead off in 2012. Ichiro Suzuki will now bat third in the lineup. We have all seen the magnificence of Ichiro’s long ball in batting practice. For first time in his career, he will have a chance to showcase that power in live ball games.

Seattle Mariners 2012 starters, relievers and closers. My Oh My!

Brandon League

Danny Ferguson weighs in with his thoughts on the 2012 Starting Pitchers, Bullpen, and Closers for the Seattle Mariners. The M’s have a major overhaul coming to their starting rotation, and their bullpen has a strong core, but needs a few pieces to round it off. Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hisashi Iwakuma, Blake Bevan, and Brandon League are in for sure.

MLB Rumors: Seattle Mariners Pursuing Andrew Bailey via Trade

Andrew Bailey

Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us a new Mariners MLB Trade Rumor. ESPN’s Buster Olney put the odds of an Andrew Bailey trade by the Oakland A’s at 100%. While nothing has been released officially, it is no surprise their hopping with the 2009 Rookie of the Year. Could Bailey land in Seattle to replace David Aardsma?