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Mariners sign international amateur SS Christopher Torres

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The Mariners picked up a new amateur to their system, this time a shortstop named Christopher Torres, for $375k. He's ranked 18th among international prospects on MLB.com.

Money can't buy success for MLB teams anymore

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An article from the Providence Journal (Boston). In essence, spending money still works but not as well as it used to. Or basically the opposite of a Geoff Baker article.

Homage shirts/stickers are in, take a look at the final product!

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Homage is making more if you missed your chance the first time. Thanks to all who supported it!

Castillo to Boston

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Looks like no Rusney for the M's. 7 years, $72 million.

Tom Verducci on M's historic season

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My favorite tidbit? "Hernandez's changeup is so nasty that he has allowed only 23 hits on the 797 times he has thrown the pitch this year."

Scoreboard Watching: 8/14/14

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Results aren't really going our way today: Tigers win. (Boo!) Royals push five across in the seventh to take the lead over the A's. (Boo!) I guess the M's are just going to have to win the west.

2000 AL MVP, Pedro gets 0 1st place votes with a sub 2.00 ERA

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There have been 3 pitchers in the last 45 years with a higher WAR (Baseball Reference 11.7) than Pedro and NOT won MVP.

1985 Dwight Gooden - 12.2 WAR - 4th in voting
1972 Steve Carlton - 12.0 WAR - 5th in voting
1997 Roger Clemens - 11.9 WAR - 10th in voting

Pitchers need more recognition in this vote.

WC Contenders

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A short article done by Royals Review on the contenders for the 2nd WC spot.

BlessYouBoys' Goodbye to Austin Jackson

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The SBN site for the Tigers had a good post - and an even better comments section discussion / remembrance - lamenting the loss of a favorite everyday player.

Morban coming up to AAA. Moves to follow?

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Re: last RT and Julio Morban reportedly on his way up, Tacoma does not have a roster spot open, so something's gotta give.

— Mike Curto (@CurtoWorld) July 27, 2014
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