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Lookout Linkage, 3/12/15

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

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Good morning everyone! Here's the latest from around the league:

  • Tony Blengino at Fangraphs isn't too concerned about how Austin Jackson will fare in 2015.
  • Greg Johns at spoke to Lloyd McClendon about Tyler Olson, who might be a dark horse candidate for the second lefty spot in the bullpen.
  • Owen Watson at Fangraphs argues that Hisashi Iwakuma is a severely underrated pitcher.
  • Marc W at U.S.S. Mariner outlines the pros and cons of demoting the loser of the shortstop battle to Tacoma.
  • Cliff Lee never fully recovered from his torn left flexor tendon, but will apparently continue to throw anyway.
  • Blue Jays' starter Marcus Stroman is out for the season with a torn ACL.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs takes another stab at measuring depth in baseball.
  • The Braves received some good news on starter Mike Minor, who has no structural damage on his shoulder and will just need to rest for a couple of weeks.
  • Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs notices a strange trend concerning middle infielders.
  • Jonathan Judge at The Hardball Times compares FIP to other pitching statistics and takes a look at cFIP, one of the newer statistics used to analyze pitchers.
  • Rumor has it University of Washington alum and former NFL quarterback Jake Locker might be looking to try his hand at professional baseball.
  • The Padres are expected to make a big offer to Cuban prospect Hector Olivera.
  • Dave Cameron at Fangraphs points out that there is a bright side to the Rangers' loss of Yu Darvish.
  • Hideki Matsui has been named as a special advisor to Yankees' GM Brian Cashman.