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Lookout Linkage, 12/17/15

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

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning! If you're like me then you're just waiting for this evening when STAR WARS AHHHHH but yeah baseball things happened too so let's talk about that:

  • ESPN tried to figure out what the starting lineups would be for each sport if they consisted of Star Wars characters.
  • The Mariners have claimed swingman A.J. Schugel off waivers from the Diamondbacks.
  • Tony Blengino takes a look at Jerry Dipoto's first couple of months as Mariners' GM.
  • Former Mariners' catcher Josh Bard will join the Dodgers' coaching staff.
  • Outfielder Daniel Nava has agreed with the Angels on a one-year deal.
  • The Indians have signed first baseman Mike Napoli to a one-year contract.
  • Rajai Davis also agreed to a one-year deal with the Indians.
  • Korean closer Seung-hawn Oh is under investigation for gambling.
  • Infielder Sean Rodriguez has re-signed with the Pirates.
  • Jerry Blevins will return to the Mets on a one-year deal.
  • Bartolo Colon is also coming back to Queens after inking a one-year contract.
  • Jeff Francis has retired.
  • The White Sox acquired third baseman Todd Frazier in a three-team blockbuster.
  • Jonathan Papelbon has quite the long list of teams on his no-trade clause, but the Mariners are not on it.
  • Dave Cameron notes that even though the dollar value of Johnny Cueto's offer from the Diamondbacks was lower, he will earn less money playing for the Giants.
  • Yadier Molina is out for 4-5 weeks after getting thumb surgery.
  • Korean outfielder Hyun-soo Kim has signed a multi-year deal with the Orioles.