NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, gives us a much too early report card for the 2015 Seattle Mariners– Seth Smith had to be considered the afterthought in all of the M’s moves that were made prior to the 2015 season in an attempt to improve the offense. Smith was just a guy the M’s brought in to replace Michael Saunders as the left handed half of a right field platoon. Well, if Saunders had ever been able to hit like this, he’d probably still be wearing teal and blue.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a look at the development of Taijuan Walker. Is he finally ready to break out? We’ve heard the talk about Taijuan Walker, the former first round draft pick from Shreveport. He’s the latest M’s pitcher to be praised with scouting reports that describe his arm as electric, his stuff as nasty and his potential as limitless.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott looks at Seattle Mariners players who are the bubble of making the 25 man roster. Five starting pitchers, eight guys on the field, one DH, and seven guys in the bullpen. That’s 21 names on the roster right there. Throw in a backup catcher and that leaves room for just 3 platoons which I already mentioned. Can Bloomie squeeze in somehow, someplace? Maybe, if you eliminate one platoon but I just don’t see any other way.
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 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 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 breaks down the free agent signing of Nelson Cruz. While Cruz’s numbers .271/.333./.525 with those 40 dingers and 108 runs driven in certainly look shiny he does come with concerns and only a fool wouldn’t take them at least a little bit seriously.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott runs down the Seattle Mariner’s six free agents for 2014. Should they keep them or let them walk? Simply put, Beimel was the best lefty the M’s had in the bullpen in 2014. They’d be crazy to let him walk away without a solid offer. Also featured are: Kendrys Morales, Chris Young, Chris Denorfia, Humberto Quintero and more.
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.
Brian Scott our NWSB insider and Seattle Mariners blogger weighs in with some predictions for the M’s should they make the postseason in MLB. The need for a 5th starter just doesn’t happen in the post season. With Roenis Elias shutdown for the rest of the year anyway and Taijuan Walker much too green to pitch in the post season it really doesn’t make sense to move him to the pen.