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.

Mariner's batting coaches tried to teach Brendan Ryan to hit for power not avg???

"Ryan said he and Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long are going to a more simplified approach instead of trying to hit for power, which, the shortstop said, he was instructed to try to do in Seattle. Ryan has never hit more than four home runs in a season."

Grantland Ponders What Could Have Been With A-Rod

Interesting article here. Grantland writer Rany Jazayerli considers how A-Rod's legacy might have been different had he (1) stayed in Seattle, or (2) successfully been traded to the Red Sox. Not as much talk about the M's as you might think, but a good read nonetheless.

Mariners have agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with Fernando Rodney

Clay Davenport predicts the Mariners will finish 83-79

Of course, he also predicts the Tigers will lead the majors with a comparatively pedestrian 91-71, but it's still interesting to look at. Mariners have a 30.9% chance of making the playoffs.

BPro top 101 prospects

Baseball Prospectus's top 101 prospects lists is out (no subscription required), including three Mariners: 8. Taijuan Walker 65. D.J. Peterson 68. James Paxton

Tanaka--> Yankees for 7 years $155M with 4th year opt out

Glad we didn't give him that

Dave Sims on MLBN - Sunshine and Lollipops

Sims talks about his online hat store, calling games, and more intriguingly, he talks about King Felix days being universally known as "Happy Felix Day" and adopting the song "Sunshine and Lollipops" for each occasion. Also, short togas.

Mariners season opener to be on ESPN2

I can't remember the last time ESPN had the Mariners on so that's nice.

Tony La Russa could be the Mariners new club president

Not quite there yet though. Per Bob Nightengale, This is speculation but there's some actual meat here. Mariners began interviewing two internal candidates this week. Howard Lincoln did not confirm nor deny La Russa's candidacy. The forgotten story is looking to get more interesting in the coming weeks. Edit: Ryan Divish reports that interviews begin next week with internal candidates. There are also external candidates for consideration.

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