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

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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.

Seattle Mariners winter meetings and roster review

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down the team’s roster after the 2014 Winter Meetings. Nice additions in Logan Morrison, Willie Bloomquist, Robinson Cano, and Corey Hart. Here’s the biggest weakness remaining with the Seattle Mariners for the 2014 season. The Bullpen. Yoervis Medina, Charlie Furbush, Tom Wilhelmsen, and Steven Pryor. The pressure is on.

Five Mariners that are likely trade bait at the winter meetings

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at the team’s roster and gives us five players who could be traded at winter meetings. Making the list is Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, Tom Wilhelmsen, Justin Smoak and Kyle Seager. The team has already been linked to Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.

Off season & off beat Mariners can’t miss analysis

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott breaks down the M’s today with some witty banter and offseason analysis. To Raul Ibanez. Congratulations on winning the Hutch. You epitomize class and you are definitely deserving of this award. To Jesus Montero. You are still on the roster! Are you as surprised as we are? To Lloyd McClendon. Welcome to the great northwest. To Felix Hernandez what is going on OFF the field in your life???

Looking back: Lessons learned from the Mariners road trip

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke gives you three players to pay attention to on the Mariners in the coming months. Justin Smoak, Erasmo Ramirez, and Brandon Maurer will all be interesting players to watch as the season comes to end. Not contending for the playoffs, these three will likely attempt to prove their worth for 2014 as Seattle makes the stretch run to the offseason.

Despite first blown save, the M’s Farquhar is the “Real Deal”

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonas Hyde examines the Mariners newest closer, Danny Farquhar. Does he have the ‘stuff’ and mental makeup to succeed in the closer role? Will he perform better than banished closer, Tom Wilhelmsen? Last year Mariner fans were teased by Wilhelmsen’s emergence. This year, Farquhar is the real deal. So while Wilhelmsen was pyrite in the closer role, look for Farquhar to be solid 24k gold.

Mariners salvage one of three, but Jays take series and the crowd

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Toronto Blue Jays today in MLB action. Aaron Harang tried his best to lose this game for the M’s, but for some reason the bats decided to come alive and give Seattle the come from behind win. All the while possibly delaying the DFA of Harang. Brandon Maurer got the win and Danny Farquhar got the save.

Bartender heading back to school: Wilhelmsen to AAA

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Tom Wilhelmsen’s move to AAA Tacoma. At times appearing to still have the magic from 2012, Wilhelmsen, for the most part, has been a major disappointment in 2013. Currently boasting a 4.37 ERA in 47 appearances this year, he just doesn’t have the look/feel of a dominating closer anymore. Whether or not this has to do with the league adjusting to his style of pitching remains to be seen, but the biggest difference between 2012 and 2013 has been his command. Read on for more analysis on the move.

The bandwagon is still in motion, Mariners take two of three

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Cleveland Indians today in MLB action. Jeff says that Tom Wilhelmsen, Kyle Seager, Erasmo Ramirez and Aaron Harang arae getting the job done. Jason Bay, however, is not, and the team is struggling with opposing pitchers and run differentials.

No mystic in Seattle: A look back at past drafts

Hopefully the top picks of recent years will pan out better than in year's past.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Alex McPhee talks about Seattle’s misfortunes in prior MLB drafts. Selecting players who were considered to have been sure things at the next level, for whatever reason, the Mariners have had a tough time developing their draft picks into players who could contribute significantly at the next level. Citing numerous picks after Seattle’s who have become MLB stars, Alex runs down the unfortunate selections Seattle has made in the past.

M’s weekend recap: Love & hate from the heat of Houston

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke breaks down what happened against the Houston Astros today in MLB action. Jeff says this is what a team should look like coming out of an All Star Break! 26 runs for the Mariners offense makes the second half look brighter. With Brad Miller and Nick Franklin shouldering (carrying) the top of the lineup and playing excellent defense, the offense has had more opportunities to score runs.

Medina quickly stepping into new role for the M’s

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the Mariners’ bullpen and how Yoervis Medina figures into its future. Making his debut on April 16 against Detroit in an outing that saw him come in for 1 1/3 innings while surrendering no runs, he has been absolutely stellar since getting his first shot. Currently boasting a 2-2 record in 25 appearances with a 2.70 ERA, Medina looks like the closer of the future in Seattle, especially with the struggles of Tom Wilhelmsen and the rest of the crew.

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