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Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/29/17: FanFest Highlights, James Paxton, and Corey Seager

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MLB: Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great weekend so far. If you were at FanFest yesterday, congratulations I’m jealous. I spent my Saturday stumbling around the kitchen until I came up with a hot sauce recipe for my entrepreneurship class.

James Paxton appears to be particularly excited for the 2017 season as he believes it could be a breakout campaign for him. He’s looking to build on the success he found after lowering his arm slot last year, and recently elected to forgo pitching in the World Baseball Classic in an effort to prepare for what he hopes will be a 200+ inning season.

Here are some more links from around the baseball world.

In Mariners news...

  • Some highlights from FanFest:
  • Drew Smyly enjoys making batters swing and miss.
  • Jarrod Dyson and the Mariners are very excited about his role as a tone setter at the top of the lineup.
  • In case you forgot, Nelson Cruz is very strong. I think his arms are bigger than my legs.

Around the league...

  • Twinkie Town asked their readers to rank all MLB teams from their favorite to least favorite. The Mariners finished as the #2 favorite team behind the Twins, who had a bit of an advantage.
  • The wrong Seager was named as the RBI Baseball cover athlete.
  • The Dodgers have signed Ike Davis to a minor league deal.
  • Travis Wood has received an offer to be a starter in 2017. Last year he only started nine games for the Cubs, and pitched out of the bullpen for the duration of the playoffs.
  • Bradford Doolittle of ESPN listed some of the most intriguing moves made by teams over the winter. The Mariners make up a large part of the article, and it’s worth a look if you’re trying to get caught up on Jerry’s offseason shenanigans.
  • You can vote who you think has the best dog in baseball here.

Adam’s picks...

In my entrepreneurial exploits, I came across this sauce. 10/10 would recommend.

Felix has me covered with a backup plan.