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Lookout Linkage, 3/22/15

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

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports


  • The Mariners have cut their Spring Training roster down to just 39 players.
  • Months after the move, Tony Blengino at Fangraphs sees the reasoning behind the Billy Butler signing for the A's.
  • A.J. Pierzynski is clearly not on Joe West's good side.
  • Dave Cameron at Fangraphs thinks Christian Yelich and Mookie Betts are pretty similar players.
  • The Atlantic League, an independent baseball league, will test out some pretty weird rules this season.
  • MLB plans to have an exhibition game in Cuba in 2016.
  • MLB added an interesting and cool wrinkle to the 2015 schedule.
  • Trying to piece together likely Opening Day rosters? Here's a list of players who are out of options in 2015.
  • Craig Edwards at Fangraphs notices that long relievers aren't as common as they used to be.
  • Sean Dolinar of Fangraphs challenges the idea that there is a scarcity in right-handed power around baseball.
  • The White Sox have signed outfielder Adam Eaton to a five-year contract extension.
  • Justin Verlander has an interesting theory on why pitcher injuries are becoming increasingly more common.
  • A pitcher at Oregon State University recently tossed a perfect game.