Seattle Mariners Free Agent Gossip and Trade Scenarios

New faces to watch in 2014.

NWSB Blogger and Seattle Mariners insider Brian Scott weighs in on the offseason transactions the M’s Jack Z should be making. He points out The M’s can find another re-tread arm to replace Chris Young as the 5th starter and have a rotation that goes Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Roenis Elias, and TBD.

Who is Jack eyeing?  Seattle Mariners Top Free Agent Targets

Jack Z, Cano, McClendon

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at who the Seattle Mariners top free agent targets should be for the 2015 season. Would the M’s dare to chase down another big money free agent? One of the biggest names out there has to be the Tiger’s Victor Martinez. Martinez led the majors with a .974 OPS this year while batting .335 and crushing 32 dingers. He’d be a huge upgrade hitting behind Cano in the M’s lineup.

Who’s on 1st? Smoak. What’s on 2nd? Cano. What about SS?

Brad Miller Nick Franklin

NWSB Insider Brian Scott brings us up to speed with the Seattle Mariners’ 2014 offseason by asking: Who’s going to play short stop? The M’s have two young candidates worth considering: Nick Franklin and Brad Miller. Scott looks at both players in regard to statistics and the team’s current rotation.

Will the Mariners start the season with two rookies in the rotation?

Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider Brian Scott gives us his reason the Seattle Mariners should start two rookie pitchers: Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. If you listen to the scuttle out there, it appears the M’s are far more interested in signing another bat (ie Nelson Cruz) rather than another starting pitcher. But if the M’s use their rookies in the rotation, that leaves just one spot.

Tanaka goes to the Yankees, Flood gates open for the Mariners

Matt Garza

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down what’s left in MLB free agency now that Masahiro Tanaka has gone to the New York Yankees. When it comes to pitchers, keep an eye on Matt Garza and Ervin Santana. For hitters, look at Nelson Cruz, although his history with PEDs could be problematic for the M’s.

Mariners Jesus Montero listed on Miami PED list

Jesus Montero

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the connections between Jesus Montero and Biogenesis, an anti-aging company being investigated by the MLB for supposedly providing high-profile athletes with banned substances. Though nothing has been proven at this time, Montero’s connection to the agency is troubling and could have big ramifications for the Mariners in 2013.

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