Lookout Linkage, 5/20/14

Thearon W. Henderson

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

Currently, the Mariners are preparing for the longest homestand of the season starting later in the week. Mentally, you can prepare yourself by reading the following links:

  • I know the news has been coming at a snail's pace as we await their return, but here's the latest on James Paxton and Taijuan Walker.
  • Jeff Sullivan of U.S.S. Mariner churned out a trio of articles, including one on Robinson Cano and his power output, one on Felix Hernandez and his being sick/not being sick, and another on fun Roenis Elias things.
  • Additionally, Jeff and Matthew have a new podcast up.
  • If you're wondering about the latest concerning Cuban prospect Daniel Carbonell, here you go.
  • Rangers' pitcher Tanner Scheppers will be rehabbing as a starter, supposedly because the organization thinks he can be a future ace.
  • The Oakland A's have acquired pitcher Jeff Francis from the Reds.
  • Athletics Nation has also noticed that the A's appear to be making a lot of moves lately, and wonders if the team is done for the summer. Alex Hall examines some future potential moves.
  • If you're looking for some juicy minor league drama, it appears as though the A's and Giants are fighting for custody of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.
  • Crawfish Boxes challenges the notion that shorter batters are at a disadvantage.
  • It seems like there have been a lot of position players pitching this year (seven, to be exact). Grant Brisbee has a list of each team's most recent player to do that.
  • Alex Skillin of SB Nation writes about what Jose Abreu's injury could mean for the White Sox.
  • The Marlins are a team that's pretty hard to figure out at this point, Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs notes.
  • Dave Cameron of Fangraphs responds to Bob Ryan's recent post. A great piece by Cameron (shout-out to AndrewMcQ for pointing this out in the comments yesterday).
  • Jeff Zimmerman of The Hardball Times tries to figure out how to predict decline based on pitch velocity dropping.
  • The Washington Nationals' daily presidents' race ended in tragedy on Monday.
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