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Lookout Linkage, 7/3/14

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

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The M's are surging and getting plenty of national attention for their latest streak. Today's an off-day which is a major bummer but here's some links that should help you get through the day:

  • There have been a lot of new regular visitors to the site here recently. This is great! Welcome all you new readers! To all those who comment, new and old, I highly encourage you to read this fanpost if you have not yet already done so. It will help make everyone's experience at LL a positive one!
  • James Jones is quickly becoming a very easy player to like.
  • King Felix was awarded AL Pitcher of the Month for June.
  • Ryan Divish talked to some members of the team about their recent run of success.
  • John Sickels at Minor League Ball talks about Taijuan Walker now that he is back up with the big club.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs analyzes Walker's first start of the year.
  • Mike Petriello of Fangraphs believes in Jose Altuve as a good player.
  • David Schoenfeld of ESPN breaks down the trade deadline plans for all AL West clubs.
  • Bless You Boys wonders if former M's closer J.J. Putz makes sense for the Tigers.
  • The international signing period has just began. Here are some profiles on the top prospects who are likely to sign and here is how the process works.
  • Jason Churchill at Prospect Insider discusses the international signings for the Mariners.
  • MLB has revealed what the All-Star Game hats will look like and they're...uhh....well you decide. (Am I alone in not hating them?)
  • As a big fan of "MLB The Show", this is fantastic and hilarious.