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  • The Cubs are trying to contend right now. I think that’s become pretty clear, with the moves that they’ve already made. If you examine the Cubs’ current roster, I think it’s fairly evident they could use some help in the outfield. Okay, so, file that away. Have you ever heard of Matt Brazis? Had you ever heard of him before today? I don’... read more...
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  • The ‘mystery’ player the Mariners were in the process of acquiring has been announced: Chicago Cubs OF Justin Ruggiano. Deal announced: @Mariners acquire Justin Ruggiano from @Cubs for relief pitching prospect Matt Brazis, a product of @BCBirdBall. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 17, 2014 As a Boston College student, it’s sad to see a fellow […] ... read more...
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  • The Seattle Mariners traded for outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday morning, adding a right-handed bat to help fill a hole at right field. In exchange, the Mariners sent minor-league reliever Matt Brazis to Chicago. Ruggiano, 32, was a solid part-time player for the Cubs in 2014, hitting .281 with six home […] read more...
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  • With the Winter Meetings a distant memory, Mariner fans everywhere are a bit antsy. No major move came in San Diego when all the GM’s had a large cocktail party and many exchanged players with one another. While all that was going on, Jack Z was drinking ginger ale in the corner and plotting his […] ... read more...
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  • The Seattle Mariners may have found the right-handed bat they were sorely lacking last season by reportedly agreeing to terms with free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz. Dominican newspaper El Caribe first reported the news on Monday, citing sources close to negotiations who placed the deal at four years and about $57 million, with a possible […] read more...
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  • Oh, you can trade Brad Miller for Steven Souza. That’s fine. That’s filling a need. You can trade Brad Miller in a good trade. A good trade probably involves a long-term piece coming back. I don’t like the idea of discarding Miller for a year or two of a guy. I’ll go on to explain! This post is not over. Right now there are two Mariner trade p... read more...
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  • I don’t mean to exaggerate, but it’s kind of like being sick. If you’re like me, you’re a bit of a worrier, and you have a tendency to worry about symptoms. You worry less upon receiving a diagnosis, even if it turns out something is wrong. It’s just better to know how to focus your worry — it’s the mystery that’s terrifying. ... read more...
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  • The Mariners’ reported signing of free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz signals that Seattle is no longer content to just stay competitive: the M’s want to win big, and they want to win now. The club that was renowned for its penny-pinching ways just a couple of seasons ago has, over the past two years, committed $572 […] read more...
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  • Given the timing, the weather, and my own sentiments, “lukewarm” is about all that I could muster at this point. Unless you have been hiding under a hole in the ground for the last several hours, you are probably aware at this point that the Mariners have made an offering to free agent Nelson Cruz of four years and $57 million. Not an offering of blood sacrifi... read more...
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  • Jim Bowden made five separate trade proposals on ESPN Insider for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton. His name has come up in trade talks constantly this offseason, but the Braves want more for one year of the slugger than they’re likely to receive. When the Mariners first talked to the Braves about Upton, the Braves […] ... read more...
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  • Right is what’s wrong with the Seattle Mariners’ offseason so far. After making some major moves this offseason that included shipping off incumbent right fielder Michael Saunders, M’s general manager Jack Zduriencik still has a hole to fill in his outfield. The good news is that’s about the only glaring weakness facing a club that […] read more...
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  • Sometimes trade speculation gets out of hand. It’s hard as an excitable and dedicated baseball fan to muse and dream about who could play for your team in 2015. Mariners fans, myself included, have been guilty of such thinking for much of the offseason. Sure, Ryan Braun would look nice in right field, or left, […] ... read more...
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  • Now that the Seattle Mariners landed their middle of the lineup slugger, Nelson Cruz, Vegas is showing some love to the Mariners. According to Bovada’s latest figures, the Mariners have the fourth-best odds of winning the 2015 World Series at 14-to-1. That number improved from 18-to-1 odds that were released shortly after the 2014 World […] ... read more...
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