With R.B.I. Baseball 14, MLB takes a full swing at making its own games

NES classic RBI Baseball is back ...from LMLBAM?? This is a fascinating development in baseball video game content delivery. Will MLB seek to cut the publishers out of the equation? Seems like it would always be beneficial to sell expensive licenses to the game publishers, but why else do this if that's not your endgame (to de-leverage the publishers as a middle man to the video game market)?

Hector Noesi taking talents to Arlington

Not only is Noesi no longer a Seattle Mariner, he is now a Texas Ranger. Win-win situation for the Mariners.

Wow, this is a must read if you're into $/WAR

Well for me, at least, it was a must read a few times to understand all of it. He also penned a precursor piece explaining his methodology, to provide background for his analysis:

538: When Spring Training Matters

Neil Paine at did some research into how to adjust player projections based on their spring training performance, taking the top ten positive and negative adjustments and showing them in the post. Interestingly, four Mariners are included: Dustin Ackley and Brad Miller on the positive side, Corey Hart and Abraham Almonte on the negative.

Some appreciation for Adrian Beltre

Some nice words for our ex-3B with the broken testical over at Sports on Earth.

Cruz Signs with Orioles

1 year 8MM + 750K in incentives

The Doug Fister trade finally pays off

If the 2011 Doug Fister trade never happened, the Mariners' 2014 signing of Robinson Cano would have topped Dave Cameron's "Worst Transactions of the Off-Season" list. However, Jack Z's trade savvy has once again paid off. Without the Fister deal to Detroit, there would have been no Fister deal to Washington, which took the top spot on Cameron's list. It is this kind of dealing for the future that has helped Z solidify his job as the team's GM and which should keep him in Seattle's good graces for years to come.

BPro measures selective aggression

Ben Lindbergh at Baseball Prospectus looked at the best and worst Z-Swing to O-Swing ratios of last season. The top 10: 1) Dan Uggla 2) Chris Iannetta 3) Andrew McCutchen 4) Matt Joyce 5) Michael Saunders 6) Justin Ruggiano 7) Dexter Fowler 8) David Wright 9) Logan Morrison 10) Yunel Escobar Good news: two Mariners in the top 10. Bad news: in a list where Dan Uggla is number 1.

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