2014 Fantasy Baseball: Rotters and Sleepers — Center Field

Source: Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America Sleepers come in all shapes and sizes and that can be seen more acutely in center field. Some leagues don’t differentiate between outfield positions, but enough leagues do that it makes sense to look at each position individually. Ironically, the players we are profiling today arguably had better seasons than they had in the past...
Via The Fantasy Fix
22 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball Team Previews: Seattle Mariners

Note: This article is simply a preview of content that was originally published in TheFantasyFix.com’s 2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide. Average draft position and other data have not been updated since. This preview does not contain all the content from the original piece. You can find the draft guide here. OFFSEASON OVERVIEW The Seattle Mariners look to be a vastly improved...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

In The Battle For Short, Franklin & Miller Making A Case

In Center, The Issue May Be Already Decided It’s a bit early still in the 2014 Seattle Mariners Spring Training season, but you wouldn’t know it by the way Nick Franklin and Brad Miller are duking it out over the starting shortstop position. Just a couple of weeks ago, manager Lloyd McClendon announced that it was an open competition between these two guys for the right to be...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox, Mariners Rumors: Michael Saunders for Dayan Viciedo in the works?

The Chicago White Sox & Seattle Mariners have had talks about the potential swap of outfielders.  Dayan Viciedo is in the midst of a spring training battle with Alejandro De Aza for the starting left field position.  Michael Saunders has fallen out of favor in Seattle due to his bat but can play any of the outfield positions.  Jason Churchill of 1090 AM in Seattle tweeted...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
March 11, 2014  |  1 Comment

Can the Seattle Mariners compete in 2014?

Last night I was tweeting that writing was coming hard for me lately. After cranking out over 3,000 long-form posts over the last five years, the cupboard has gotten a bit empty. After bemoaning my state, a long-time Twitter bud, Chris Cochran (@kingkube), suggested I write about the Seattle Mariners' chances of winning the AL West. I wrote back that I had to believe that was...
Via The Flagrant Fan
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners, Michael Saunders agree on 2014 contract

The Seattle Mariners and outfielder Michael Saunders have reached agreement on a $2.3 million contract for the 2014 season and avoided salary arbitration. The Mariners announced the deal with Saunders on Wednesday. He can earn an additional $75,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. Saunders, 27, has spent his entire career in the Mariners organization. He made...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Potential Seattle Trades and Mariners needs

There’s still a few holes to fill The Seattle Mariners certainly have been busy this offseason. The first shot fired was just a pop gun snapping saying, “Hey, we just signed utility man Willie Bloomquist.” The second shot was fired from a cannon and one heard all throughout the Bronx when the M’s landed Robinson Cano. The Mariners sailed on and landed Logan Morrison and...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
January 05, 2014  |  1 Comment

Franklin Gutierrez re-signs with the Mariners

Often-injured outfielder returns to M’s The Seattle Mariners continue to makes moves in anticipation of the 2014 MLB season, this time re-signing one of their own free agents, center fielder Franklin Gutierrez. Franklin Gutierrez is an outstanding outfielder.  He has a decent bat too.  Franklin is fully capable of hitting .270 or better, that is, assuming he can stay healthy...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Five Mariners that are likely trade bait at the winter meetings

Nice knowing you guys The hot stove is already cranking out deals, and it’s not even time for the annual December winter meetings. Heck, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.  Were’ getting the offseason fire cranking early this year, and the Seattle Mariners are not going to be left out for long. The Mariners have been linked to virtually every free agent out there and even a...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
November 25, 2013  |  3 Comments

My top 5 2013 Seattle Mariners pet peeves

Can it get any worse? I’ve taken quite a few pot shots at the Seattle Mariners‘ brass this past week as the team wrapped up another abysmal season.  It occurs to me however, that there is plenty of blame to go around. While I’m sure Howard Lincoln is part of the problem, not the solution, let’s call all of Lincoln’s blunders #1 on my list of my Top 5 pet peeves from 2013...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners player of the week…The Condor edition

The Condor – Michael Saunders It has been a mighty impressive last 7 games for the kid they call the Condor.  Michael Saunders is starting to look like the player that batted so well in the leadoff spot for the Seattle Mariners at the beginning of the 2013 campaign. Speed kills and never slumps is how the saying goes and Michael used that speed to steal yet another base last week...
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September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Saunders chased in 6th, Mariners lose to Tigers

Joe Saunders was much better against Detroit than he was in his previous start. Then the Tigers finally broke through in the sixth inning - a frustrating finish for the veteran left-hander. Victor Martinez hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth, and Omar Infante followed with his own RBI single to chase Saunders and help Detroit to a 4-2 victory over Seattle on Monday night. The...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

My oh My! Top play of the week for the Seattle Mariners

Twice as nice If you think the Mariners have had an up and down roller coaster season so far, just think how Michael Saunders has felt. He’s been on a roller coaster inside of the roller coaster the M’s have been on. On Saturday night in Baltimore, Saunders went yard twice at the Yards, capping another hump in his up and down season. It all started with his hot start (including...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
August 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Saunders powers M’s past Orioles with two home runs

Everyone in the dugout felt the momentum swinging against them with each new pitch thrown. So when Michael Saunders did what the Mariners do best it sent palpable waves of relief through the ranks of a squad about to snap a four-game losing streak. Few were more relieved by a two-run Saunders home run in the ninth inning of this 8-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles than the Seattle...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Mariners 8, Orioles 4

Michael Saunders homered twice and drove in five runs, Erasmo Ramirez retired 18 of the first 20 batters he faced and the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Saturday night to end a four-game losing streak. Saunders hit a three-run drive in the fifth and added a clinching two-run shot in the ninth. It was his fifth career two-homer game, the second this season. Justin...
Via Fox Sports
August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes’ Unassisted Double Play in Left Field Preserves Red Sox’ Lead in 15th Inning (Video)

Unassisted double plays are nothing new in baseball, but they don’t usually come courtesy of the left fielder. Jonny Gomes pulled off that rare feat Wednesday night — in the 15th inning, no less. With two men on and one out in a 4-4 game, Seattle’s Michael Saunders sent a sinking line drive into left field. Gomes robbed Saunders with a diving grab, however, before trotting...
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August 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Mariners Do That Which Has Never Been Done Before

Early on, every team and every game in baseball is interesting. For the first few weeks of the season, things feel so fresh, and things are so unpredictable, that you’re thirsty for any kind of action. As things progress, teams fall off the radar of interest. Fans start to focus more on the teams that might make the playoffs, and teams in basements continue to play largely un-discussed...
Via Fangraphs
July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

With a single hit, Mariners beat Astros, 4-2

Drained but delighted, bordering on delirious, the Mariners were in full agreement on one thing after they had — somehow — pulled out a 4-2 victory over the Astros on Saturday night. This one was special. Special, as in a win to savor. And special, as in, you might not see another quite like this for awhile. “It’s the oddest win I’ve ever been a part of,’’ said Michael...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros give up 1 hit, lose to M's

Michael Saunders got Seattle's only hit with a two RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning to lift the Mariners to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. Erik Bedard (3-7) pitched 6 1-3 innings of no-hit ball before he was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who walked Mike Zunino with two outs before the double by Saunders put Seattle ahead 4-2. The long fly ball...
Via Fox Sports
July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Mariners 4, Astros 2

Michael Saunders got Seattle's only hit with a two RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning to lift the Mariners to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. Erik Bedard (3-7) pitched 6 1-3 innings of no-hit ball before he was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who walked Mike Zunino with two outs before the double by Saunders put Seattle ahead 4-2. The long fly ball...
Via Fox Sports
July 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros give up 1 hit, lose to M's

Michael Saunders got Seattle's only hit with a two RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning to lift the Mariners to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
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July 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Mariners 4, Angels 3

Hisashi Iwakuma won for the first time in over a month and the Seattle Mariners completed their first sweep of the season, beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-3. Michael Saunders hit a two-run homer and Raul Ibanez had an RBI double as the Mariners topped Los Angeles for the third straight day. The Mariners have homered in 22 consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors since...
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July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Reds trying to break Mariners hex

After making an immediate impact in his return to the lineup, Michael Saunders will try to help the Seattle Mariners add to their dominance over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Before a 4-2 victory in the series opener Friday, Saunders was limited to coming off the bench after his right middle fingernail was spiked on a pickoff play in a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs a week earlier...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Mariners Welcome Back Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders Awaits His Return

The Seattle Mariners will soon breath a sigh of relief, as they prepare to welcome back reinforcements to the ranks of their injury-depleted outfield. Newly christened center fielder Dustin Ackley, returned to the lineup tonight after spraining his thumb while diving for a ball during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Cubs. While Michael Saunders inches ever closer to...
Via MLB Injury News
July 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Michael Saunders' May To Forget

I expected big things for Michael Saunders in 2013.  He was fresh off a 2.1 fWAR season and had just won his World Baseball Classic pool’s MVP.  Fast forward to late June and Michael Saunders is not looking good.  In May and June, he is hitting .201, and while June has seen a slight rebound in average (.222) he has still been a bad hitter.  However, looking at Saunders'...
Via Oregon Sports News
July 02, 2013  |  Discuss

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