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Lookout Linkage, 7/6/14

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

Otto Greule Jr

Here are your links as you prepare for another morning game for the M's:

  • Chance Ruffin, who was the PTBNL that came back for Doug Fister in 2011, has retired.
  • Contrary to what had originally been reported, it appears there have not been serious talks between the Mariners and White Sox about Dayan Viciedo.
  • Bob Dutton goes over the Marinerslikely all-stars. The rosters will be announced later today.
  • Larry Stone of The Seattle Times speaks to team president Kevin Mather about contention and possible roster moves.
  • Tyler Carmont of Prospect Insider thinks Corey Hart's next couple of weeks could really impact what the M's do at the trade deadline.
  • Jonah Keri of FiveThirtyEight has a very fascinating article on the Seattle Mariners and luck. A must-read.
  • Kind of sad to report that Cole Gillespie has been claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays.
  • Baseball's best soap opera, the Oakland A's stadium drama, has had a new plot twist.
  • David G. Temple of Fangraphs takes a look at how Astros' pitchers are evolving.
  • Mike Petriello of Fangraphs analyzes the A's-Cubs blockbuster trade.
  • The Angels and Diamondbacks also pulled off a trade involving major league players, though not exactly a blockbuster.
  • Lone Star Ball's Adam J. Morris discusses Alex Rios and what the Rangers could get back for him.
  • Neftali Feliz of the Rangers is now back in action with the big club.
  • Crawfish Boxes wonders how the Astros could fix their strikeout problem.
  • CC Sabathia is likely out for the year, which could change the dynamic of the trade market.
  • Tony Blengino at Fangraphs wonders who the best pitcher of this era might be.
  • Weird things tend to happen around the trade deadline.