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Lookout Linkage, 4/2/15

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

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Hello everyone! Spring Training is just now winding down as news and analysis is coming in hot. Let's break down what you need to know from the past few days:

  • Carson Cistulli at Fangraphs lists his top five Mariners prospects by projected WAR.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs scouts Taijuan Walker's changeup, noting some similarities to King Felix's changeup.
  • Purple Row's Bryan Kilpatrick explains MLB's service time rules.
  • Freddy Garcia has signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers.
  • The average MLB player salary has hit a record high.
  • The Astros have named Luke Gregerson as their closer for the season.
  • Coco Crisp will be out for at least two months with elbow surgery.
  • Owen Watson scouts Pat Venditte, the A's well-known switch-pitcher.
  • The Mets have signed center fielder Juan Lagares to a four-year contract extension.
  • A team in Korea's KBO had a very cool first pitch.