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Lookout Linkage, 6/12/14

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

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Links:

  • In case you missed the news, word is the Mariners might be looking for another starting pitcher to help bolster the roation.
  • Minor League Ball analyzes the draft picks by AL West teams.
  • Beyond the Box Score thinks that Cubs' pitcher and possible Mariner trade target Jeff Samardzija is an ace.
  • Brendan Gawlowski at Prospect Insider discusses the finance dance that surrounds the MLB draft.
  • Yoenis Cespedes had a sick throw from the outfield the other day that some are comparing to Ichiro's famous 2001 throw that nailed Terrence Long trying to advance to third.
  • Grant Brisbee takes this as a prime opportunity to list the best throws in the last 25 years.
  • Yu Darvish tossed his first ever major league shutout when he beat the Marlins last night.
  • Athletics Nation looks at how Josh Donaldson has done against top tier pitchers.
  • Crawfish Boxes argues that the Astros' latest hot streak was caused due to their luck catching up with them.
  • Brin-Jonathan Butler has a quality piece on the life of a Cuban player trying to make it in the bigs.
  • Dan Farnsworth at The Hardball Times questions if being left-handed actually helps fast players get to first base more efficiently.
  • Tony Blengino of Fangraphs talks about what it's like to be a team in "sell" mode.
  • While many fans might despise rain-outs, some players can still have a fun time.

Question of the day: What's the best fielding play (of any kind) you've ever seen in real time (TV or in person)?