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Lookout Linkage, 1/31/16

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

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Sunday everyone! Things are (oddly) starting to heat up here as the dull part of the offseason is present as ever. Let's look at some of the latest headlines:

  • Mariners farmhand Dylan Unsworth will represent South Africa in the World Baseball Classic.
  • Jesus Sucre's broken leg will keep him out of action for six months.
  • The Astros have agreed to a one-year pact with starter Doug Fister.
  • Strange but true: Major League Baseball might change the strike zone a little.
  • Next year's free agent class doesn't appear to be as strong as this year's version. Craig Edwards at Fangraphs tries to figure out why this might be.
  • Meanwhile, Grant Brisbee looks at possible homes for the current remaining free agents.
  • No further predicting needs to be done on Howie Kendrick, as the infielder has re-signed with the Dodgers.
  • Major League Baseball is looking to get Opening Day 2017 in London.
  • An interesting and unique problem may be the cause for the Nationals' recent free agent woes.
  • The Rockies and Rays made a fairly big trade, swapping outfielder Corey Dickerson for pitcher Jake McGee.
  • Baseball Prospectus unleashed their list of the top 101 prospects in baseball, while MLB Pipeline also released their top 100 list.
  • The Diamondbacks have acquired infielder Jean Segura from the Brewers.
  • Manny Machado got a pretty bold tattoo on his arm.