New NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke weighs in on the M’s 2013 trade options for Kansas City Royals slugging 1B Billy Butler. No matter which way you slice it, the Mariners will have to give up one of the big three pitching prospects, Jeff says he would go with James Paxton, plus M’s stud Jason Vargas, and throw in Justin Smoak just to get him off our hands. Let’s see what the KC GM thinks.
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.
The Seattle Seahawks injury report is adding some players this week. The Seattle Times is reporting rookie first round draft pick and starting right tackle James Carpenter had to leave Seahawks practice with a reported knee injury. Last week starting rookie right guard John Moffitt suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Matt Larkin our Northwest sports beat writer tells us how far Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Aaron Curry’s stock has fallen. He was once considered one of the safest bets in the 2009 Draft, he was the #4 Pick, and is no Longer In Seahawks Plans being replaced by rookie KJ Wright? Amazing what happens to the “Safest pick” after all once the new regime of Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider got involved…