Lookout Linkage, 5/18/14

High-five = hand link? - Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league.

Here are some links to get you started on this Sunday morning:

  • James Paxton recently threw a simulated game and Taijuan Walker threw a 55-pitch bullpen session, both reporting they felt fine afterwards.
  • Seattle P-I hands out first quarter grades for the Mariners.
  • There were rumors about his interest in a front office job with the Mariners this last offseason, and now Tony La Russa is going to be the Chief Baseball Officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • The Astros have signed relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth who was recently released by the Mets.
  • The A's have acquired outfielder Kyle Blanks from the Padres.
  • Athletics Nation wonders if the A's should look for a new rival to worry about now that the Rangers have had so many injuries and might not be competitive this year.
  • Billy Frijoles of Athletics Nation also discusses heckling and how not to do it.
  • 55-year-old Julio Franco is going to play baseball again, but not in the majors (yet?). He will be suiting up for the independent league Fort Worth Cats.
  • There appear to be some problems with getting Mexican star Alfredo Despaigne to play in the States.
  • Wendy Thurm of Fangraphs talks about the financial impact of all the Tommy John Surgeries this year.
  • The Hardball Times talks baseball nicknames.
  • Purple Row questions the validity of wRC+ given the dramatic home/road splits it imposes on the Rockies.
  • David Schoenfeld lists five potential future aces, two of which are from AL West clubs.
  • SB Nation compiled a list of 50 baseball player names who could also be complete sentences (about 70% of which I'm still trying to figure out).
  • The Mets' front office screwed up in a whole new way this time.
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