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Lookout Linkage, 4/5/15

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

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Happy MLB Opening Day everyone! Hope everyone has a fun 2015 season! But until then, we have some business to attend to:

  • The Mariners made a last-second bullpen swap, optioning Dominic Leone and calling up Carson Smith.
  • Marc W at U.S.S. Mariner looks at what could go wrong for the Mariners in 2015.
  • Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs goes through the teams ranked 1-15 in the relief pitcher depth chart. Sullivan then later wraps up the positional rankings series by taking an overall look at the shape of the league.
  • Josh Hamilton will receive no disciplinary action from the MLB for his relapse.
  • Grant Brisbee wonders why the Angels were upset over the ruling on Hamilton.
  • Craig Edwards at Fangraphs reviews the Jon Singleton contract now that a year has passed since it was signed.
  • Pinestripe Alley wonders if Michael Pineda is the new ace of the Yankees.
  • Over at SB Nation, Ryan Nanni prepares you for Opening Day.
  • Arodys Vizcaino, a Braves pitcher, was banned for 80 games for use of PED's.
  • Twins' starter Ervin Santana was also given an 80-game ban for PED use.
  • The Royals have signed starter Yordano Ventura to a five-year extension.
  • The Braves have acquired starter Trevor Cahill from the Diamondbacks.
  • Jarred Cosart has been fined by MLB for betting on sports.
  • Craig Edwards of Fangraphs tries to figure out which rotations are the most vulnerable if injury occurs.
  • Watch Bo Jackson tell his story to Adam LaRoche's son, who doesn't know who Bo Jackson is.