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Lookout Linkage, 2/5/15

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

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Now that the Super Bowl is over, the baton has officially and metaphorically been passed over to baseball. Here's what you need to know from the last few days:

  • Andruw Jones is trying to make a comeback to Major League Baseball.
  • Eno Sarris at FOX Sports wonders what makes a great curveball.
  • Alex Skillin checks in on the free agents still in play.
  • Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors explains why James Shields' odds of finding a $50MM+ deal are looking slim at this point.
  • Speaking of Shields, the righty is expected to sign a deal by the end of the week.
  • Rob Manfred has hinted that if the MLB were to add a team or move a team, the most likely destinations would be Canada or Mexico.
  • Bless You Boys tries to explain Justin Verlander's strange 2014 campaign.
  • Russell Wilson will once again visit Rangers' spring training this year.
  • Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs breaks down everything you need to know about the newest Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada.
  • Bryan Kilpatrick then looks at all of the teams currently in play for Moncada.
  • In the latest of Dave Cameron's unusual new rule suggestions, he wonders if MLB should eliminate the draft entirely.
  • The Mets have been charging players extra for offseason workouts.
  • The Rockies have signed pitcher Kyle Kendrick.
  • Josh Hamilton is out for 6-8 weeks because of shoulder surgery.
  • Josh Lueke (Mariner in 2011) has signed with a team in Mexico.
  • After failing to find a suitor, the White Sox have released outfielder Dayan Viciedo.