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Lookout Linkage, 3/20/14

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  • In case you didn't catch it, Hisashi Iwakuma's finger is now pain free and he will begin throwing -- first with a tennis ball -- on Friday.
  • Another ICYMI: the Mariners reassigned OF Cole Gillespie to minor league camp. This leaves seven players on the roster who are vying for a role in the outfield.
  • Apparently Corey Hart had a similar situation with the Brewers as Robinson Cano did with the Yankees this offseason.
  • Could Blake Beavan and Roenis Elias be the solution for the Mariners' pitching problems? Tracy Ringolsby thinks so.
  • Ken Rosenthal wonders why George Springer was good enough to receive a seven-year, $23MM offer from the Astros, but wasn't considered good enough to play in the majors.
  • U.S.S. Mariner's Marc W. analyzes the various projections for the AL West.
  • Scary moment in Surprise yesterday as Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman was nailed by a line drive and sent to the hospital, an event which prematurely ended the Spring Training contest against the Royals. Here's to hoping he makes a successful recovery.
  • Jarred Cosart of the Astros threw five perfect frames in a Spring Training game, but Craig Goldstein is not impressed.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs discusses an interesting phenomenon: when a player attempts to bunt and then later homers in the same at-bat.
  • Baseball Prospectus deciphers some manager-umpire arguments during the 2013 season with some help from a lip reader.
  • The Dodgers and Diamondbacks play their series in Australia this weekend, and I suppose Yasiel Puig's signature move travels pretty well.
  • Patrick Dubuque discusses how the role of the baseball villain has aided fans who need something to place blame on for their disappointment.
  • Jason Churchill at Prospect Insider wonders if the Mariners should be interested in Pirates' outfielder Jose Tabata.
  • The Mariners have supposedly offered Kendrys Morales multiple different contracts over the course of the offseason, all of which he rejected.
  • Justin Millar at MLB Daily Dish does a preview for the 2014 Seattle Mariners.
  • Bless You Boys also does a season preview for the Mariners.