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Lookout Linkage, 2/22/15

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

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

With Spring Training now officially underway, the links will be coming in hot. Here's the latest from Spring Training complexes everywhere:

  • Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times breaks down the 5 big story lines of Mariners Spring Training.
  • Ryan Divish also has a nice piece on the story of Jesus Montero's big life changes this offseason.
  • Could there be a player with similar abilities to George Springer who isn't drawing as much hype? August Fagerstrom at Fangraphs believes so.
  • Cole Hamels nearly became a Padre, but Ruben Amaro wisely turned an offer down, opines Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs.
  • The Rangers have inked current infielder Rougned Odor's brother of the same name to a contract.
  • Jurickson Profar is likely to miss the entirety of the 2015 season following shoulder surgery.
  • Josh Hamilton could be out of the game for longer than expected.
  • The Dodgers have signed pitcher Brandon Beachy to a major league deal.
  • Grant Brisbee gives 5 potential breakout candidates for the 2015 MLB season.
  • Craig Edwards has noticed that winter contract extensions are becoming more and more rare lately.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs wonders how many good players were considered top prospects.
  • Matthew Murphy of The Hardball Times argues that groundball pitchers are overrated.
  • Infielder Nick Punto will sit out for the 2015 season.
  • Major League Baseball will officially implement a few new pace-of-play rules for the 2015 season.