NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott gives us his five bold M’s predictions for 2015– It’s true. The M’s are the sexy pick to win the AL West in 2015. When is the last time anyone thought that? 2002, maybe? Think about it for a minute. Their pitching is as good if not better than last year in terms of the rotation and the bullpen. Adding Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, Rickie Weeks, and Justin Ruggiano offensive has to buy at least few more runs and eventual wins than the package we had last year, right?
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott highlights the catching position for the 2015 Seattle Mariners– John Baker is a classic example of the wily, old, veteran catcher that teams sign to “mature kids”. Think Crash Davis although Baker has a lot more big league experience than the 21 days Crash once spent in the show not carrying his own bags, hitting white balls at batting practice, while admiring all the ladies with long legs and brains.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners writer Brian Scott gives us a look at which M’s will breakout in the 2015 season. I always look for guys coming into a contract year to have a big year. There is just something about playing for a big, new contract that tends to motivate players in those situations. Nelson Cruz and his 40 homers last year are a perfect example of just that very thing.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners insider Brian Scott highlights the positional battles to watch during the Mariners 2015 Spring Training. Gutierrez is another interesting name to consider. We all know what “Death To Flying Things” can do out there in the outfield and he’s a pretty solid .270 kind of bat too. Of course to get those things out of Gutierrez you need one important thing to happen– You need him to not be on the DL.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott breaks down the Tom Wilhelmsen contract stalemate with the Mariners. Look, I rarely take the side of ownership in these kinds of disputes but I really think Whilhelmsen is reaching here. You can’t expect to be paid for something you lost. In this case, Tom lost his role as closer when he lost his command and the M’s went out and signed a big money guy in Fernando Rodney to take that role.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at the Mariners battle for the 5th spot in the rotation. We know Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma will make up the first and second spots in the rotation. McClendon went on the record last week and stated “We didn’t bring J.A. Happ here to pitch out of the bullpen” so I that pretty much settles that, Happ is in the rotation. McClendon didn’t name the fourth starter but he certainly hinted that it was likely James Paxton’s job to lose and I think it’s a very safe bet that Paxton won’t be losing that spot. That brings us to that fifth spot in the rotation, the spot vacated when the Mariners decided to not re-sign veteran free agent pitcher Chris Young.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott weighs in on the Franklin Gutierrez talks: In 2013 Gutierrez appeared in just 41 games. In 2012 it was just 40 games. In 2011 he was a bit healthier an managed 92 games. Gutierrez last played a full season (152 games) way back in 2010.
With all of that missed time, what are the Mariners thinking here?
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott dives into the Seattle Mariners roster. Who will make the 25? Are the M’s a complete roster at this point? You have to have a backup catcher. It’s a given and Sucre is getting the nod. Bloomquist is healthy, under contract and is a wonderful bench player so I think his spot is safe. With the platoon situations in right field and at short you wind up with a four man bench.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott shares his memories of Randy Johnson who was elected to the MLB Hall of Fame Tuesday. No, no, no, the best pitch Randy threw was Mr. Snappy. That was nickname of his unbelievably deadly slider, oh, that by the way was a slider that he threw at 92 mph. Are you kidding me? A 92 mph slider? There a lot of guy starting games today that can’t throw a fastball that hard let alone a slider.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider breaks down the M’s off season moves so far and what likely lies ahead for their roster. Seriously, if you won’t trade Walker or Paxton for Kemp or Upton why would you give either of them up for Zobrist? It makes no sense to make this deal if you are the Mariners unless the price is significantly less than giving up Walker or Paxton.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott gives us the latest on the M’s search for a right fielder. I really think that filling this role from within is exactly where this right field situation is headed for the Mariners. The good news is that they do have options, options that I prefer to signing a guy who is finished, or over paying for a guy who is not, via trade.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at the M’s next potential acquisition, Melky Cabrera. Next up for big Jack appears to be Melky Cabrera. While nothing official has been reported or announced, Cabrera would be a great fit in the M’s new-look batting order while playing right field. Will the M’s stop there?