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Lookout Linkage, 10/12/14

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

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  • Tony Blengino on Fangraphs analyzes Mike Trout's evolving skill set.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs explains why the projections favor the Royals to win the World Series.
  • Word on the street is Dodgers' GM Ned Colletti's job might not be safe this offseason.
  • Fangraphs' Mike Petriello predicts which major league hitters will receive qualifying offers and what they will do with them.
  • A.J. Burnett is likely to play again in 2015.
  • J.J. Hardy has signed a three-year extension to remain in Baltimore.
  • The Orioles are also working on extensions for outfielders Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz.
  • Could baseball see its next knuckleballer soon?
  • Even though his team is still in the playoffs, James Shields is already the subject of free agency rumors. Has an early favorite for his services emerged?
  • Marc Normandin wonders if the Royals can sustain their success for years to come.
  • The Diamondbacks have narrowed their managerial search to just four candidates.