Is he worth It Mariners fans? – “King” Felix Hernandez

NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee decides to come over to the baseball side of things for his latest piece. So what do you think, is King Felix worth it? Steve gives us all sides of the equation, giving us everything we need to determine if our favorite son is worth the money. Steve doesn’t quite give us his personal answer, but he does liken the deal towards his grandmothers unmentionables, so to speak. Have a look, and let Steve know in the comment section what you think.

Concern over elbow holds up Felix Hernandez’s new deal

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.

Positives and negatives of the Mariners 2013 pitching staff

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke brings us the positive and negative approaches for the upcoming MLB season with the Mariners’ pitching staff. With King Felix Hernandez leading the charge, mentions Jeff, Seattle’s youngsters could develop into a great staff in 2013. That will only be so, however, if Felix is able to step into a mentor role and guide a few promising young arms like Danny Hultzen and James Paxton.

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

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.

Positives and Negatives of the Mariners infield

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke brings us the positive and negative approaches for the upcoming MLB season with the Mariners infield. Jeff puts it plain and simple for us; it’s put up or shut up time for several Mariners youngsters starting in the infield. Namely, Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackely, and even though he’s a veteran, Brendan Ryan. All three positions have players who were brought in this season chomping at the bit for starting time.

Positives and Negatives of the Mariners outfield

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke brings us the positive and negative approaches for the upcoming MLB season with the Mariners new stacked OF. Jeff thinks there will be a trade before the season starts, most likely Casper Wells, or Franklin Gutierrez. The M’s seemed to trade their youth and speed movement, for veteran players with old legs, and less athletic skills. But bats are what the M’s are in need of, and the new players definitely bring that to the mix.

Reasons why “big name” MLB free agents don’t sign with Mariners

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

Justin Upton: Reviewing Seattle Mariners attempted trade

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.

Five prospects with a shot at the Mariner’s opening day roster

NWSB insider and Mariners blog Jon Irwin reports on five impact prospects who could break Spring Training with the Seattle Mariners in 2013. Topping the list are well known top prospects such as Danny Hultzen and Nick Franklin. But if you don’t know the names of Carter Capps and Stefen Romero, it could be time to learn them.

Raul Ibanez: Reviewing Seattle Mariners free agent signing

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the MLB breaking news this week on the signing of Raul Ibanez. Returning for his third stint with the M’s, Ibanez brings much needed power to the lineup—just like the majority of Seattle’s signings this offseason. A big question is what does this mean for Justin Smoak?

Morales for Vargas: Reviewing Seattle Mariners trade

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the MLB breaking news this week on the trading of Jason Vargas for Kendrys Morales. It was inevitable that the M’s would cut ties with Vargas, and acquiring Morales is fantastic return. This is a win-win for both Seattle and Los Angeles.

What can Jason Bay bring to the M’s in 2013?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on 5 things to expect from Jason Bay in the upcoming baseball season. The M’s signed the left fielder hoping for a big rebound season. Can the inconsistencies and injury history be overcome? Or will Bay be just another failed Mariner experiment?

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