Franklin Gutierrez re-signs with the Mariners

Franklin

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott wonders what the team should do with Michael Saunders now that they’ve re-signed Franklin Guiterrez. Before this signing, the outfield looked to be Corey Hart and Logan Morrison on the corners with Dustin Ackley in center and Saunders on the bench for defensive replacements. Now the M’s have brought in a fifth outfielder to the equation.

Seattle Mariners winter meetings and roster review

Robinson Cano Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down the team’s roster after the 2014 Winter Meetings. Nice additions in Logan Morrison, Willie Bloomquist, Robinson Cano, and Corey Hart. Here’s the biggest weakness remaining with the Seattle Mariners for the 2014 season. The Bullpen. Yoervis Medina, Charlie Furbush, Tom Wilhelmsen, and Steven Pryor. The pressure is on.

Five Mariners that are likely trade bait at the winter meetings

Dustin Ackley

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at the team’s roster and gives us five players who could be traded at winter meetings. Making the list is Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, Tom Wilhelmsen, Justin Smoak and Kyle Seager. The team has already been linked to Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.

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.

My top 5 2013 Seattle Mariners pet peeves

Michael Saunders

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us his five pet peeves from the season that was. Howard Lincoln’s blunders are No. 1 — all of his blunders. Also making the list is a lack of bold deadline moves, a lack of steals despite Michael Saunders, Dustin Ackley, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, and Abraham Almonte all having speed and Robby Thompson’s brain fade.

Seattle Mariners player of the week…The Condor edition

Seager + Saunders widescreen

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us his M’s player of the week. Michael Saunders. The Condor wins the prize this week. Brian says Saunders has that unique ability in the outfield to make the difficult plays look routine and the routine plays like he’s having a nap out there. It’s worth nothing that Saunders has committed just one error all year as a result. Over the past week Saunders has hit an impressive .364 (8 for 22) and also taken a walk 4 times.

My oh My! Top play of the week for the Seattle Mariners

Justin+Smoak+Seattle+Mariners+v+Los+Angeles+JL7LOQNliaSx

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be Justin Smoaks go-ahead homer against the Los Angeles Angels. Save the best for last, perhaps, was what Smoak was thinking on Sunday. He finally hit his first homer from the right side of the plate! Better late than never, and hopefully this will stop the talk of him abandoning his switch hitting duties.

Projecting the 2014 Seattle Mariners’ opening day lineup

Miller has done well in his first stint with the club. Expect him to fill the two-hole next year.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott gives you his prediction for what Seattle’s 2014 lineup will look like. With a plethora of youth already up with the club, Seattle returns a bevy of starters in 2014 but does have a need to pursue a DH in free agency as Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez don’t seem like realistic options for the position next season.

The Mariners are hitting like contenders

Look for Franklin to continue to lead the Mariners in the future.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jonas Hyde statistically breaks down Seattle’s offense in a post that highlights how good the Mariners SHOULD be compared to how they actually appear. The Mariners are currently 53-61, which is a .465 winning percentage. Through those 114 games, they have scored 466 runs but given up 524, which is a .471 run differential, right in line with what their record has produced. Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales et al getting the job done.

My oh My! Top play of the week for the Seattle Mariners

306e542ce27646cd9af78b250ef744ed-5582c7d3792b425c87379f0534285c7a-0

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be the two homer day by Michael Saunders against the Baltimore Orioles. The first one gave the Mariners a 4 run lead in the 5th, pretty much securing the lead (well we thought that in Boston too). The second one put the nail in the coffin for the O’s. He ended the day with 5 RBI’s and was an integral part of the teams victory.

Be positive! Mariners top moments of a bleak Red Sox series

Mariners vs. Red Sox Series Recap

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Boston Red Sox in the 3 game series that ended tonight in Beantown. Jeff says there 5 positive moments for the M’s during the sweep. The double play by Hisashi Iwakuma. The throw to home by Michael Saunders. The pitching of Felix Hernandez. Henry Blanco hit his second grand slam of the season. Lastly, Kyle Seager launched another massive HR.

Time to buy or sell? Decision time for big Jack

Dustin Ackley

Brand new NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott breaks down the reasons that Jack Z must move Dustin Ackley at the MLB Trade Deadline. Brian says tell him to pack his bags and shave that beard. It’s time for a fresh start. He deserves it and it’s time for the Mariners to move on. AAA won’t do either. You have a log jam of outfielders named Stefen Romero, Carlos Peguero and Abraham Almonte. Decisions, Decisions.

NorthWest Sports Beat