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Lookout Linkage, 3/5/15

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

No longer a Ranger
No longer a Ranger
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Cactus League baseball has officially started! That and more is among today's dose of links:

  • The Rangers will return pitcher Edgar Olmos to the Mariners after Olmos was diagnosed with shoulder impingement.
  • Danny Hultzen threw his first batting practice of the spring and seems to be progressing well.
  • Kyle Seager is joining a former University of North Carolina teammate in the fight against cancer.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs analyzes the changes in playoff odds from the beginning of 2014 to the beginning of 2015.
  • Alex Skillin discusses the likely-forgotten offseason moves that could have a big impact on the 2015 season.
  • Victor Martinez believes he will be healthy in time for Opening Day.
  • On the flip side, Joel Hanrahan will undergo his second Tommy John surgery.
  • Grant Brisbee presents a player from each AL West team whose individual performance will be key to his team's performance.
  • Pitcher Chris Young is expected to sign a deal fairly soon.
  • The Padres are testing out a new spring training gadget designed to help fielding drills for outfielders.
  • Brian Dozier is currently in talks with the Twins about a possible contract extension. Craig Edwards at Fangraphs wonders what this could mean for the rest of the league.
  • Some teams have already started implementing pace-of-play clocks in their Spring Training facilities.
  • Two Yankees' employees were fired for making comments about Curt Schilling's daughter. Schilling is planning to "pursue all legal options."
  • Grant Brisbee breaks down the interesting situation that unraveled at Mets' spring training involving three players and a sandwich.
  • Billy Bean wrote an article over at in response to some comments made by Mets' second baseman Daniel Murphy.
  • An MLB panel of voters is struggling to figure out a punishment for Josh Hamilton's actions.