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Lookout Linkage, 12/4/14

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

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Hello LL readers! Here are some links to start out your day:

  • The non-tender deadline has come and gone, and the Mariners tendered contracts to all but one.
  • The Mariners will hold a press conference for new Mariner Nelson Cruz on Thursday at 11am PT.
  • Jon Morosi reports that the M's and Rockies could be preparing to make a blockbuster trade during the winter meetings next week.
  • While the Mariners might be interested in Charlie Blackmon, Dave Cameron of Fangraphs argues that they already have him (kinda).
  • If Hall of Fame entrants were decided by Bluebird Banter readers (Blue Jays fans), Edgar Martinez would be inducted this time around.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs wonders what Taijuan Walker's trade value would look like if the M's were willing to deal him.
  • Rumor has it there was a backstory that ultimately caused Josh Donaldson to be dealt away from Oakland.
  • The Marlins are attempting to retain a good portion of their young talent through contract extensions.
  • Chris Mitchell of The Hardball Times does a tremendous analysis of pitchers who should have used certain breaking pitches more often (based on the results they got when using them).
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs explains what happens to pitchers who pitch in Arlington.
  • Bluebird Banter unveils a "part 2" in their analysis of newly-acquired first baseman Justin Smoak.
  • Dale Scott has become the first active MLB umpire to come out as gay.
  • The Cardinals have signed reliever Matt Belisle.
  • The Reds have shipped outfielder Chris Heisey to the Dodgers.
  • The Royals re-signed pitcher Luke Hochevar to a two-year pact.
  • Torii Hunter has decided on returning to where his career started with the Twins.
  • The Braves signed reliever Jim Johnson to a one-year deal.
  • The Braves also made a bigger splash, inking outfielder Nick Markakis to a four-year deal.