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Lookout Linkage, 3/25/14

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

The Mariners begin the regular season on Monday, and we've got all the links you need to get  caught up on the action!

  • Hisashi Iwakuma played catch from 45 feet on Monday, his first time throwing a baseball since his injury. Shannon Drayer has the story.
  • Jonathan Mayo has released his list of the top 20 Seattle Mariners prospects for 2014.
  • Alex Hall from Athletics Nation shares the story of his friend who traveled to visit the Opening Day games in Sydney between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.
  • The Texas Rangers have been riddled with injuries this spring already, as Yu Darvish is now questionable for opening day, Jurickson Profar is out 10-12 weeks with a shoulder issue, and Geovany Soto is out for 10-12 weeks with a torn meniscus.
  • The Rays have suspended starting pitcher Alex Colome for 50 games for use of PED's. Colome was one of the prospects Scott suggested the M's should look for in a possible Nick Franklin trade with the Rays. Now it's probably safe to say that's no longer in the discussion.
  • The White Sox and starting pitcher Jose Quintana agreed to a five-year, $21MM extension. He was a Lookout Landing trade target from earlier in the offseason who now figures to be sticking with the club at -- in my opinion -- a mighty cheap price.
  • In light of the George Springer drama with the Astros, Dave Cameron of Fangraphs discusses the myth of six years of team control.
  • Even though Spring Training stats "don't matter," Jeff Sullivan is concerned about Matt Moore's control the same way the Mariners were concerned about Scott Baker's.
  • Can the Marlins be a playoff contender in 2014? It's possible, writes Jeff Sullivan.
  • Beyond the Box Score has their own projection of how the 2014 season will shape up.
  • Are PED's still commonly used in the MLB? A recent player poll shows that the answer might not be too pleasing.
  • MLB Daily Dish will be doing live updates on player opt-out clauses for the next week as Opening Day draws closer.
  • The Orioles and Tigers traded Alex Gonzalez for Steve Lombardozzi, making that Doug Fister trade look even more head-scratching than it was before.
  • Nico of Athletics Nation did a visit of A's Spring Training and wrote two posts on his observations from camp.
  • The Houston Astros roster appears to be set, says to David Coleman of the Crawfish Boxes.
  • Prospect Insider takes a look at rookies who will likely play a big role for their clubs this year in the American League.
  • Beyond the Box Score has a preview of the Seattle Mariners.