Found January 26, 2012 on USS Mariner:
Eric Wedge hinted at this towards the end of last season, but tonight he made his most declarative statement on the issue, telling Mike Salk on ESPN 710 that he was “leaning in (the) direction” of moving Ichiro out of the leadoff spot. People have been talking about shifting Ichiro to the third spot in the order for years, and it seems like his poor performance in 2011 has given Wedge a reason to try something new. This is going to be a big story among the mainstream fan base, and will get plenty of coverage in Spring Training, but the reality is that every study ever done on the issue comes to the same conclusion – batting order just doesn’t really matter all that much. You want your best guys at the top of the line-up and the worst guys at the bottom in order to allocate the maximum amount of at-bats to your most productive players, but in terms of producing runs, the exact order isn’t a big deal. Hit the pitcher cleanup? Yeah, that’s bad. Stick your 50 homer guy in the lead...

State Of The Mariners – Offseason Player Updates | Media Day

M’s All Access! So many questions! Were the Mariners ever really in on the Prince Fielder talk?  Is there a possibility the fences will be moved in at Safeco?  What is the plan with Figgins?  Who will be the starting catcher? Will Ichiro be leading off? All of these questions and more were addressed during the Media day hosted by the Mariners. It has been an interesting week...

Thoughts on Millwood

Veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood will have a shot at making the Mariners' rotation this spring, according to Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik. When Millwood was with the Indians he won the American League ERA title in 2005 at 2.86. Wedge was his boss then. We'll see if he can re-create some magic. We'll see. I think the rotation is pretty crowded. But...

Behold: Jesus Montero gets his Mariners mugshot

Well, the Mariners didn’t get Prince Fielder. But they did pick up a hot hitting prospect in Jesus Montero. On Monday, the M’s made the official announcement: Seattle had traded All-Star pitcher Michael Pineda and minor-leaguer Jose Campos to the Yankees in return for Montero and right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi. You can read all about [...]

Seattle Mariners To Drop Ichiro Suzuki?

The Seattle Mariners are considering dropping Ichiro Suzuki. You heard it here first. They are considering dropping him in their batting order entering the 2012 MLB season. You didn’t really think I meant that the team was going to do anything such as cut or waive him entirely, did you? Mariners manager Eric Wedge admitted on multiple occasions that he was considering...

Your thoughts on Ichiro possibly batting 3rd this year?

The man! The myth. The legend. Ichiro Suzuki has been M's leadoff hitter for 1,722 games. We all know he shouldn't be any longer. (Most anyways) Wedge is dropping hints to anyone that will listen that Ichiro could be on his way out of the lead-off spot. Wedge said he hasn't decided yet who would hit first if Ichiro doesn't, nor where Ichiro would land in the batting...

Trade Finalized between Mariners and Yankees for Pineda and Montero

The Yankees and the Mariners have finally finalized the trade sending Michael Pineda to Yankees for Jesus Montero. Both teams acknowledge they gave up impact players in Jesus Montero and Michael Pineda, but say the risks were worth it. Quote: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who has held that job for 14 years, said Monday that Jesus Montero "may...

Mariners have best roster of top prospects, says

The Seattle Mariners may stink now, but they could be the team to beat in a few years. Well, possibly … maybe … if all goes to plan down in the farm system. The Mariners have five players in’s new list of the 100 best prospects, and those players gave Seattle the best score [...]

Current Depth Chart

Prince Fielder isn’t coming to Seattle, so you can officially cross him off the “what’s next” list of possibilities. You could have done that after the team traded for Jesus Montero, honestly, but now you can officially stop wondering if the team was really going to put four 1B/DH types in the line-up at the same time next year. The answer is no – they’ll settle for...

Mariners might move Ichiro out of leadoff spot

Seattle manager Eric Wedge says he's leaning toward moving Ichiro Suzuki out of the leadoff spot as a way to improve the Mariners' anemic offense.

Pineda – Montero Trade Fantasy Baseball Implications

Jonathan Bentz of Fantasy Baseball Dugout discusses the Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero trade and its impact on fantasy baseball 2012.

Kevin Millwood will get a chance to earn spot in Mariners' rotation

Veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood will have a shot at making the Mariners' rotation this spring, according to Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik.

Fielder Signs With Detroit

9/214. Seriously, if you’re upset that the Mariners “missed out” on that deal, you’re nuts. Huzzah for the Mariners not wasting that kind of money on one player. -- This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.Fielder Signs With Detroit

Princely signing means Mariners are gambling on youth

With Detroit signing Prince Fielder for $214 million, Jack Zduriencik is banking everything on Seattle's farm system.

Pitching surplus OK with Girardi

Joe Girardi is looking forward to having Michael Pineda pitch every five days but still isn’t sure what his rotation is going to look like.“I like the additions we made,” the Yankees manager said. “We had a really good year last year. We got a lot from our...
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