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Lookout Linkage, 8/31/14

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

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Here's the latest from all around Major League Baseball:

  • The Mariners have agreed to a deal with 16-year-old shortstop Christopher Torres.
  • The M's have announced the names of players they will send to the Arizona Fall League.
  • Here's the latest on the Brady Aiken saga.
  • The Oakland A's are working towards drawing up some designs for a possible new ballpark.
  • The Rangers have activated Derek Holland from the DL.
  • Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports thinks Yu Davish is wise to be so cautious about his sore elbow.
  • The Braves' Jonny Venters will have his third Tommy John Surgery.
  • Masahiro Tanaka has been shut down due to elbow soreness.
  • Rusney Castillo will report to his first minor league game today.
  • The Orioles and Nelson Cruz might be working on hammering out a contract extension soon.
  • Cubs fans are certainly enjoying their first taste of Jorge Soler and the power he brings to the lineup.
  • Marc Mormandin discusses the Cubs and how well they've done so far in their latest attempt to rebuild.
  • Tony Blengino of Fangraphs talks about a possible surprise AL MVP candidate.
  • Jeff Zimmerman of Fangraphs looks at how outfield defensive numbers might have impacted Alex Gordon's rise to the top this season.
  • Bill Petti discusses the value of consistency in baseball.