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Lookout Linkage, 11/18/14

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

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everyone! The offseason is getting pretty exciting. Here's the latest from the last couple of days:

  • Robinson Cano broke his toe during a game in Japan and will be out for 6-8 weeks.
  • The Mariners are reportedly taking offers on Hisashi Iwakuma.
  • Michael Saunders has hired a new agent.
  • The Braves and Cubs have made a minor swap.
  • Eno Sarris talks about the rarest pitch in all of baseball (spoiler: it isn't the knuckleball).
  • Grant Brisbee argues that the Marlins had no choice but to make the Giancarlo Stanton extension offer.
  • The Blue Jays have signed catcher Russell Martin to a five-year deal.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs wonders what the Martin signing means for the Blue Jays going forward.
  • The Braves and Cardinals have made the first blockbuster trade of the winter, swapping Jason Heyward for Shelby Miller in a four-player deal.
  • Dave Cameron of Fangraphs takes a full in-depth analysis of the trade, arguing that it was a win for both sides.
  • The Jose Canseco shooting-his-finger-off saga continues.