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40 in 40: Jake Fraley

The Loving Lumberjack | Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports After a rough trial run, Fraley looks to bounce back in a big way in 2020 The second piece of the Mariners’ first big trade last offseason, signaling the firesale that would ensue, Jake Fraley had an up and down 2019 season. While his trade counterpart, Mallex Smith, would slot right into center field for the Mariners, Fraley still needed some seasoning in the minor leagues. Traded for former top pick Mike Zunino and fan favorite...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/20/20: Yu Darvish, Alex Gordon, and Lou Piniella

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Some links for your Monday morning.

Good morning everyone and happy Monday! Here are some links to get your day started.

In Mariners news... I need to get me one of those green jerseys.

Eric Filia’s time in LIDOM goes on as he’s selected in the re-draft for the championship series by the Tigres del Licey with the second pick. https://t.co/UjgWDoeqEj

— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) January 19, 2020 Congratulations to the Swanson...

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40 in 40: Phillips Valdéz

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Newwww bird on the wiiiiiiiiiire. Last winter, as the Mariners prepared for a season of non-contention, they made a minor addition that drew little intrigue. They selected Brandon Brennan in the Rule-5 draft from - a 27 year old reliever from the Rockies who even the most well-researched experts had barely more than a couple notes on. Encouraging him to use his changeup far more than ever before, the Mariners whipped a groundball specialist out of the...

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Becca Weinberg

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/19/20: Dae-Ho Lee, Juan Nicasio, and Joe Panik

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Happy Sunday!

Hi all! In a few days, I will be going on a study abroad program in Israel for a few months so this will be my last links post for a bit. I will be doing lots of learning and exploring and can’t wait to share some of my experiences when I return. I’ll also start doing links again after I get back. Now, here’s your links for today:

In Mariners News... Justin Dunn discusses his journey to the Mariners.

The next episode of Mariners...

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Becca Weinberg

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/18/20: Noah Syndergaard, Craig Stammen, and Dusty Baker

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Saturday links!

In Mariners News... Mariners x Canucks.

As they say in hockey, let's do that hockey. @SLONG895, @bradenbishop7, @TheDaveSimsShow and @jlsofoly take in some action on the ice at the @Canucks game. pic.twitter.com/KyhHg3L9Xe

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) January 17, 2020 Corey Brock provides us with a look inside the Mariners’ offseason pitching camp.

Mariners pitchers are doing more than turning up the heat at “Gas Camp.”
An...

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Matthew Roberson

Sporcle Friday: Teams that have been caught illegally using technology to steal signs

you cheated didn’t you, squidward?

a real brain buster for ya

There is only one team in Major League Baseball history to get caught illegally using technology to steal their opponents’ signs. It was not very long ago.

LINK TO QUIZ

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40 in 40: Dan Altavilla

The patriot we need | Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images The only man for the job is struggling to keep his. Rob Manfred wipes the sweat from his brow and groans. They’ve been hiking for over two weeks now, through forest and farm and field, on the most important mission of his career, hoping to assemble a crack team capable of handling the crisis his sport faces. He furrows his brow, inspecting the carpet of pine needles exposed below a dusting of frost and snow. “Read me the...

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Becca Weinberg

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/17/20: Carlos Beltran, Alyssa Nakken, and Drew Smyly

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Friday!

In Mariners News... Get to know Mariners prospect Brandon Williamson:

He's got the look.

The @therealBwill shoved in his first year of pro ball—learn more about the 6'6" lefty in our ongoing series, Unfinished.

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) January 17, 2020 As the Mariners Caravan continued trekking, and NHL Seattle has yet to announce their team name, Shed Long Jr., Braden Bishop, and Dave Sims took in some Vancouver Canucks...

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Lookout Landing Podcast 97: “Why I’m a Mariners Fan” with Jordan Shusterman

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The question isn’t so much WHY we’re Mariners fans but HOW that’s affected the rest of our existence

0:00-18:15: Jordan Shusterman aka half of Cespedes Family BBQ aka Gringo Mr. Worldwide aka Yung Mariners Fan aka Mango White Claw joins the show! As the Astros keep pantsing themselves in public, we laugh at the fact that nobody has ever come close to embarrassing themselves quite like our Seattle Mariners. When unearthing Jordan’s fandom, we...

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40 in 40: Austin Nola

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports You can find backups in the darndest places The Mariners took a flier on Austin Nola during the 2019 off-season on the recommendation of infield coach Perry Hill, who had known Nola when he was a member of the Marlins’ organization and raved about the converted catcher’s work ethic. As a 28-year-old journeyman player, opposing scouts likely didn’t scout Nola too heavily in preparing reports, giving Nola the element of surprise in his debut year. In 2019,...

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John Trupin

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/16/20: Carlos Beltrán, Mike Fiers, and burner accounts

“I wish somebody would’ve told me, babe, that these would be the good old days.” | Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

Punishment is settled, but hand-wringing continues in the sign-stealing scandal fallout.

Welcome to a Thursday morning that is snowy where I am, and perhaps where you are too! Just a few notable free agents remain, but the arbitration decision on Kris Bryant seems to be holding up the trade market. Still, plenty of note to unpack in baseball yesterday.

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Mariners 2020 Draft Preview: OF Heston Kjerstad

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A switch hitting, slight-framed power hitter out of Arkansas

A switch-hitting outfielder hailing from Amarillo, Texas, Heston Kjerstad figures to be one of the more proven plus power hitters in 2020’s relatively deep draft class. After being drafted in the 36th round out of Randall High in Amarillo by our very own Seattle Mariners, the Texas native has helped to boost his draft stock with two impressive years at Arkansas...

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Nationals agree to minor league deal with free agent OF Mac Williamson

The Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Mac Williamson, tweets USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’ll be in Major League camp this spring and would earn a modest $700K salary if he makes the big league club. He’s represented by CAA Sports. For years, the Giants hoped that Williamson, now 29, would eventually seize an everyday spot in an outfield corner. But despite a strong Triple-A track record and some occasional flashes of potential, Williamson mustered a...

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Kate Preusser

AL West Threat Assessment: Texas Rangers

yes, a new stadium is a boondoggle, but have you ever been in Texas in August? | Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

But maybe Kyle Seager could still hit in Globe Life Park, for fun memories

We pushed the Rangers to the end of this AL West preview series waiting to see if they would indeed lure Josh Donaldson to the Lone Star State, but after some initial interest flamed out, the main suitors for rain-bringing narrowed to Atlanta and the formerly impecunious Minnesota Twins, who have agreed to...

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Joe E. Doyle

Baseball America Announces Mariners Top 10 Prospects

Courtesy Julio Rodriguez Instagram

A surprise at the top!

On Wednesday, Baseball America announced their preseason Top 10 Mariners prospects for 2020. While many publications have highlighted Jarred Kelenic as the cream of the crop, the folks at Baseball America decided Julio Rodriguez has surpassed his outfield counterpart as the top prospect in the organization.

Whoops!

Here it is

Baseball America Top 10 Prospects for 2020

1) Julio Rodriguez
2) Jarred Kelenic
3) Evan White
4) Logan...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/15/20: Alex Cora, The Houston Astros, and Josh Donaldson

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People around baseball react to Major League Baseball’s punishments for the Astros.

Good morning everyone! The fallout from the sign-stealing scandals continued yesterday, and there will likely be reverberations for not only the coming weeks, but the coming season in general. With that, here’s what went down yesterday.

In Mariners news... The Astros’ loss of picks had some effect on the Mariners.

The MLB Draft order has been updated after the...

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What Taijuan Walker and the 2020 Mariners can do for each other

Not many rumors have swirled around the Mariners this year, but a reunion with their former top prospect has been hinted at. Despite the quietest offseason in Jerry Dipoto’s tenure, the Mariners have been involved in a few rumors. They were recently outbid by the Dodgers for former Brewers RHP Jimmy Nelson, who was one of a couple pitchers Seattle has been connected to in contract negotiations, per MLB’s Greg Johns. The other is a more familiar name - Taijuan Walker. Sidelined with Tommy...

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Kate Preusser

40 in 40: Ricardo Sanchez

let’s play a little game | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

A tale of two Ricardo Sanchezes. Sanchezzeses. Sanchezzi.

Ricardo Sanchez has been playing affiliated ball since 2014 and is headed into his second year on the Mariners’ 40-man roster, but the lefty is yet to receive his big-league callup. As such, searching his name currently returns other, more famous Ricardo Sanchezes in search results, including a popular Christian musician, a retired Army general, a Spanish water polo...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/14/20: Sign Stealing Fallout, Alex Cora, and Spring Training

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Yesterday provided a whole host of clarity on MLB’s new standard on sign-stealing.

Good morning folks! By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the discipline that Major League Baseball leveled against the Houston Astros for their sign-stealing scandal. If not, John broke that down for us yesterday here. We’ll no doubt be hearing more news surrounding this story as the dominoes continue to fall. With that, here’s what you need to know today.

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MLB levies suspensions, fines, and strips draft picks from Astros in cheating scandal fallout

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

One of the heaviest punishments in MLB history, yet

If you’ve somehow missed it, the Astros punishment for technologically enhanced sign-stealing is in, and it’s one of the steepest punishments an organization has received for in-game misconduct in many years.

BREAKING: Per sources, MLB’s penalties for #Astros include:

*One-year suspensions for GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch.

*Losses of 1st and 2nd round draft picks in both 2020 and ‘21.

*A...

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