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Lookout Linkage, 3/1/16

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

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Hello everyone! Cactus and Grapefruit League games are just about to begin. Let's see what's been going on around camps as full squad workouts are underway:

  • Rick Randall finished up his top 50 countdown of Mariners prospects.
  • Rickie Weeks has joined the Diamondbacks on a minor league deal.
  • August Fagerstrom wonders how much Ichiro's speed helped him during his career.
  • The A's have acquired utilityman Chris Coghlan from the Cubs.
  • The Rangers have signed Ian Desmond to a one-year deal to be their left fielder.
  • Abe Almonte has been suspended for 80 games for a failed drug test.
  • MLB Daily Dish doesn't think the Angels did enough this offseason.
  • It turns out that Austin Jackson spurned an offer from the Angels this winter.
  • Former Mariners prospect Ji-Man Choi has picked up switch hitting during his time with the Angels.
  • Dave Cameron at Fangraphs explains why the projections are not high on the Diamondbacks.
  • Major League Baseball has added a couple of new rules for the season, including a mound visit clock.
  • The Cubs have signed outfielder Shane Victorino to a minor league contract.
  • Rob Manfred says that baseball could expand to 32 teams soon.