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Lookout Linkage, 7/20/14

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

Brian Blanco

We've got some lunchtime baseball today. We've also got some stories here while you're getting ready to watch the series finale:

  • Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times has the story on James Paxton's latest efforts to make it back to the Mariner rotation.
  • Jeff Sullivan of U.S.S. Mariner gave out some first-half grades, first for the team's hitters and then for the pitchers.
  • Jeff also (this time for Fangraphs) discusses the King's magnificent changeup.
  • Ken Rosenthal (video) talks about the Mariners and their talks with the Rays about David Price.
  • While we're at it, Jon Paul Morosi (another video) also discusses the M's and trade rumors surrounding them.
  • KC Kingdom wonders how the M's could possibly be interested in acquiring Billy Butler.
  • Emerald City Swagger thinks acquiring Matt Kemp would be a bad idea.
  • Padres' closer Huston Street has been acquired by the Angels (and he pitched against the M's last night!)
  • Rumor has it the Tigers are calling about Rangers' closer Joakim Soria.
  • Jon Heyman talks about which players the Rangers are looking to trade and which ones they'd rather hang on to.
  • The Astros have failed to sign 2014 No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken. Here's the SB Nation story stream filled with all you need to know about the situation.
  • CC Sabathia will have knee surgery and is done for the season.
  • Colby Lewis of the Rangers and Colby Ramus of the Blue Jays got into a little bit of a scuffle yesterday.
  • MLB chose not to mention the passing of the great Tony Gwynn during the All-Star game festivities, and Steven Goldman writes about how awful of a decision it was.
  • Paul Swydan of Fangraphs wonders who will receive the next retirement tour.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs analyzes the worst called strikes so far this year.
  • Alex Remington of The Hardball Times discusses what challenges baseball's next commissioner will face.
  • Max Weinstein wonders who deserves credit for caught base-stealers.
  • Should the A's sign Dan Uggla?
  • What are some better ways to decide home field advantage in the World Series than an exhibition game? Tyler Drenon has some ideas.