Found February 03, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. In 2011, the Seattle Mariners won just 67 games, and earned the number three pick in the MLB draft...a year after winning just 61 games, and earning the number two pick in the draft. They won't draft nearly as high next year, because the Seattle Mariners....are World Champions. Offense was an issue for the Mariners in 2011, and it was in 2012 as well, though not to the extent that it was last season. Former MVP and Rookie of the Year Ichiro Suzuki, who had the worst year of his career in 2011, rebounded quite nicely, hitting .320/.381/.423, stealing 45 bases, and cracking 220 hits. Second baseman Dustin Ackley, who only played in 90 impressive games in 2011, played in a full season's worth this year, and hit .317/.408/.464. He was the best second baseman in the AL not named Robi...

Seattle Mariners 2012 starters, relievers and closers. My Oh My!

Predicting The Arms The Mariners pitching staff are headed to their training complex in Peoria Arizona a full 8 days earlier than any other major league team. The M’s have a major overhaul coming to their starting rotation having lost 3 of their solid starters from 2011 due to trades, and their bullpen has a strong core, but needs a few pieces to round it off before opening day...

Predicting the Seattle Mariners 2012 starting line up

Touch decisions for Wedge The Seattle Mariners have made quite a few acquisitions this offseason to compliment their already young roster. Most notably is the trade to get Jesus Montero from the Yankees. That move alone gave Mariners fans a shot of excitement and a reason to show up to Safeco Field this year. The conundrum for Eric Wedge will be how young does he want this lineup...

Five big things to expect from the Mariners in 2012

Seattle Predictions The Seattle Mariners are right in the midst of their organizational rebuilding process, which means that there is likely to be little difference between last year’s season and this one. However, here are five things to look for to see that there is forward momentum in the franchise. 1. More Honesty. Last year, as the M’s headed into spring training, General...

2012 Seattle Mariners Projected Roster

Seattle Mariners Manager Eric Wedge has several new roster pieces after a busy offseason. After last week's events, Mariners fans have a clearer picture of what their team will look like in 2012.   Without Prince Fielder, the Mariners need to find another way to drastically improve their offensive output from last season in order to contend. Another issue is Michael Pineda...

Predicting the Seattle Mariners 2012 starting rotation

So many choices… The Seattle Mariners went out and stockpiled a lot of pitchers this offseason. That is on top of the slew of young talent they already have in the minors and in their current starting rotation. We saw Michael Pineda get traded away, but we also saw a big list of new names come to town to compete for spots in the Mariners starting rotation. Veterans like Kevin Millwood...

Mariners Sign Carlos Guillen

He's BACK! Infielder Carlos Guillen, who began his major-league career with the Mariners in 1998, has signed a minor-league deal with Seattle that includes an invitation to spring training. The Mariners have Chone Figgins and Kyle Seager in the utility role already don't they? The only thing I can see Guillen doing is bringing in some more power. (Much needed) ...

Mariners Give Guillen One Last Go

Among Wednesday’s moves, the Seattle Mariners announced the signing of Carlos Guillen to a minor league contract. After a very successful career with the Tigers, Guillen returns to the team he broke into the majors with all the way back in 1998. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t appear Guillen has anything left in the tank. Although Guillen made an impact as an above-average shortstop...

Mariners will be looking for better approach and discipline at the plate this season

Now that we know the Mariners will be staying young for the next little while, it may be best to explore some of the things to look for in 2012. Too many people will be focused on things like won-lost record while missing the bigger picture of what's going on. The won-lost record won't tell you much until it starts approaching 90. I've seen too many teams soar past 80...

Mariners sign Carlos Guillen

The Seattle Mariners have signed Carlos Guillen to a minor league deal, Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports. Guillen will earn a base salary of $1mm and has incentives tied to plate appearances included in the deal. Last season with the Tigers, Guillen was limited to only 95 at-bats and hit .232. Image taken by Keith Allison and used under the Creative Common License Agreement.

Will Kyle Seager automatically make the team this spring? Not guaranteed

Interesting decision the other day by the Mariners to sign onetime Seattle infielder and longtime Detroit Tigers stalwart Carlos Guillen to a minor league deal. The Mariners, as you'd know from reading our winter meetings coverage, have been in on Guillen for quite a while. He'll earn $1 million in base salary if he makes the team plus an additional incentive bonus based...

Northwest Coach Profiles: Jim Lefebvre

Are you a Lefebvre Believer? Born: January 7, 1942 (age 70) Inglewood, California Manager Seattle Mariners (1989–1991) Last MLB Apperance: September 19, 1972 for the Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star selection (1966) World Series champion (1965) 1965 NL Rookie of the Year Like many American boys growing up in 1950′s Jim Lefebvre had a dream of becoming a big league ball player. Having...
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