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Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/25/17: Edwin Diaz, Jung Ho Kang, and Devin Booker

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These links are the reason you look forward to the weekend.

Baseball: World Baseball Classic-Netherlands at Puerto Rico
A preview of Edwin Diaz when the Mariners win the ALCS in 2017.
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Good morning everyone. I don’t know where my two weeks of Spring Break went, but school starts again on Monday and I can hardly believe it. I hope these next nine days fly by just as quickly because my bracket is busted and I’m getting antsy to watch some baseball that counts.

Here are some links to get your weekend started on the right foot.

In Mariners news...

  • Our own Zach Sanders appeared on Playing Pepper to talk about his expectations for the Mariners in 2017.
  • Some dude named Nathan Bishop wrote a Mariners preview for Baseball Prospectus.
  • I motion for the Mariners to hold a full on fireworks show when Edwin Diaz strikes out Ian Kinsler this year.
  • Jarrod Dyson will be taking it easy to rest his sore legs as Opening Day approaches.

Around the league...

  • Kate continues to churn out baseball goodness. This piece is almost perfect.
  • Jeff Sullivan took a look at how each team’s WAR is distributed heading into 2017 and has the AL West making up five of the top seven most improved teams.
  • I’m already looking forward to 2021.
  • Like the Mariners, the Angels are undergoing some changes at first base after Luis Valbuena suffered a hamstring strain that will keep him out 4 to 6 weeks. C.J. Cron will likely take on a full-time role in his absence.
  • The Rays have agreed to terms (more playing time) with veteran catcher Derek Norris.
  • Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang was denied a visa to enter the United States and may not be able to play in 2017.
  • Cleveland has agreed to an extension with Jose Ramirez.

Adam’s picks...

  • Devin Booker went off for 70 points last night, but the rest of the Suns still managed to lose the game.
  • Whelp.