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11-06

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

09-04

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BP Unfiltered: Decoding the Safeco Paper
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R.J. Anderson

06-28

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The Call-Up: Brad Miller
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Jason Cole and Paul Sporer

06-12

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The Call-Up: Mike Zunino
by
Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

05-28

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4

Overthinking It: The Montero-Pineda Trade in 2013
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Ben Lindbergh

05-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 210: Revisiting the Montero-Pineda Trade/Your Ticket Refund/Giveaway Ideas
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-23

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BP Unfiltered: Hot Prospect Video: Taijuan Walker
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Jason Cole

04-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 189: Should Chad Billingsley Have Had Surgery Sooner?/Brendan Ryan, Robert Andino, and the Mariners
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Ben Lindbergh and Paul Sporer

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Maybe-Next-Years
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Bradford Doolittle and Harry Pavlidis

02-19

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Skewed Left: A Meeting of the Mariner DHs
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Zachary Levine

02-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 140: 2013 Series Preview: Seattle Mariners
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

02-01

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon and Taijuan Walker
by
Doug Thorburn

01-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 121: The Three-Way Trade and the Mariners' Quest for a Big Bat
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 117: Justin Upton Update: Still Not Traded
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-20

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13

Transaction Analysis: The Mariners Acquire the Angels' Logjam
by
Sam Miller

10-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 55: Shrinking Safeco/The Unpredictability of Japanese Players
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-19

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7

What You Need to Know: Wednesday, September 19
by
Daniel Rathman

08-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 28: Austin Jackson and Debating Defense/What Does the Mariners' Winning Streak Mean?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-17

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BP Unfiltered: The King of All Wild Things
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Ben Lindbergh

08-02

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The Process: The Mariners' Missed Opportunity
by
Bradley Ankrom

07-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 5: Foghorn
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-03

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BP Unfiltered: Just Sayin': Oliver Perez Might Be Back
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Ben Lindbergh

06-04

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BP Unfiltered: Pictures of Chris Sale That Make Me Uncomfortable
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-16

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18

Bizball: Why the Seattle Mariners Could Be Sold
by
Maury Brown

01-31

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Western Front: Fixing a Bug in the Mariners
by
Geoff Young

09-13

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Seattle Mariners
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Jay Jaffe, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-09

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Prospectus Perspective: The New Jack Zoo Review
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Bradley Ankrom

07-26

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The BP Broadside: The Mariners are Simultaneously Sinking and Treading Water
by
Steven Goldman

05-30

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On the Beat: The Clouds Part in Seattle
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John Perrotto

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-12

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GM for a Day: Seattle Mariners
by
John Perrotto

09-20

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Seattle Mariners
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John Perrotto, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-10

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23

Prospectus Perspective: Man Up, Mariners!
by
Steven Goldman

08-16

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On the Beat: Picking Up the Pieces
by
John Perrotto

08-11

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Prospectus Perspective: Resetting Their Course
by
Marc Normandin

06-04

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12

Ahead in the Count: No Turnover Standings Breakdown
by
Matt Swartz

05-17

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On the Beat: Monday Update
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John Perrotto

04-04

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29

Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

12-17

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26

Ahead in the Count: Anatomy of a Blockbuster
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Matt Swartz

12-09

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On the Beat: Day Two of the Winter Meetings
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John Perrotto

09-25

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Seattle Mariners
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Baseball Prospectus

04-06

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28

Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

01-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Tony Blengino
by
David Laurila

12-11

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Transaction of the Day: Three-Way Mayhem
by
Christina Kahrl

12-03

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GM for a Day: Mariners
by
Joe Sheehan

04-03

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-14

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Prospectus Today: The Mariners Mirage
by
Joe Sheehan

02-10

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Transaction of the Day: Bedard for Five
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

04-20

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Schrodinger's Bat: Baserunning, in Two Acts
by
Dan Fox

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January 31, 2012 3:00 am

Western Front: Fixing a Bug in the Mariners

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Geoff Young

Though Seattle is riddled with major glitches, it addressed a "blue screen of doom" type of malfunction by acquiring a bat this offseason.

Despite research and development's best efforts, the 2011 Seattle Mariners shipped with several bugs that prevented them from performing as desired by those who built the product and those who paid to watch it. In preparing the 2012 release, the team's engineers set about fixing some of those bugs—most notably the complete absence of offense—in the hope of improving the product's effectiveness, increasing its sales, and keeping customers happy enough to buy future versions.

The big move came last week, when the Mariners sent right-handers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos to the Yankees for catcher Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi. If we were to document the bug fix, it would look like this:

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September 13, 2011 9:00 am

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Seattle Mariners

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Jay Jaffe, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

The Mariners have some nice building blocks but are still a couple of bats short.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fadewhether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.

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Were the Mariners wise to issue a contract extension to Jack Zduriencik?

Last week, the Seattle Mariners announced a multi-year contract extension for general manager Jack Zduriencik, putting to rest the speculation that a second-consecutive losing season would put his job in jeopardy. Keeping Zduriencik in charge of the rebuilding effort for at least two more years seems like a wise decision on the surface, but how much has he really accomplished in his time with the Mariners?

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What makes the M's special isn't their losing streak or their poor hitting, but their similarity to last year's team.

Just a few more days to go. On Monday night, the Seattle Mariners lost their 16th consecutive game, falling to the Yankees in a sloppy 10-3 contest that saw them make two errors and numerous other misplays. It was not an atypical game for a team that has scored just 2.7 runs per game during this stretch while allowing 6.1. And yet, the Mariners’ freefall must run another six games before they break the American League record of 21 straight losses set by the Orioles in April 1988, and they have to toss up another eight in a row before they dethrone the 1960 Phillies and their 23 straight losses.

The 2011 Mariners have a lot in common with that long-ago Phillies club. The roster contained more than its share of has-beens, never-weres, and never-would-bes; throughout that season they added solid contributors like Johnny Callison, and Tony Gonzalez, who would star on the ill-fated but still quite successful 1964 team that won 92 games. In the same way, the Mariners have added Dustin Ackley and Michael Pineda. Of course, the Phillies lost 95 games that year and 107 the next before they finally broke through and posted the first of what would be six years of winning records.

Until then, the Mariners remain a team that can pitch, even if they aren’t doing so right now, but can’t hit  at all. Their offense is so bad that you might say it’s historic. They have nine players with over 100 plate appearances batting under .230, and nearly half of them are under .200. According to WARP, their best player is Brendan Ryan, a sweet-fielding but light-hitting shortstop who was lightly dispensed with by a Cardinals team desperate for middle infielders. Even the ageless Ichiro Suzuki is scuffling, and Justin Smoak, who looked as if he was going to justify his part in the Cliff Lee deal early on, has completely disappeared, hitting .206/.296/.358 since April ended.

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The Mariners hope that that their arrival at .500 is a sign of better things to come.

Conventional wisdom says that it is nearly impossible to rebuild and contend at the same time. Just as they did two years ago, though, the Mariners are laughing at conventional wisdom.

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Pegging BP's favorites in both leagues, both in the standings and for the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards  (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division with first-place votes in parentheses, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting. 

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that has been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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October 12, 2010 8:00 am

GM for a Day: Seattle Mariners

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John Perrotto

The offense needs an overhaul, but the organization really needs to rebuild.

Jack Zduriencik understands how fickle baseball can be after spending a lifetime in the game. He was reminded of that this season as he went from being hailed as a genius in his first season as the Mariners' general manager in 2009 to being rumored that his job was in jeopardy in 2010.

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September 20, 2010 8:00 am

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Seattle Mariners

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John Perrotto, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

It was a disappointing season and they may go into full rebuilding mode.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade—whether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview of this season from Buster Olney, a take from Baseball Prospectus, a look toward an immediate 2011 move courtesy of Rumor Central and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview. You can find all the teams on one page by going here.

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September 10, 2010 12:00 pm

Prospectus Perspective: Man Up, Mariners!

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Steven Goldman

Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln's criticism of the media's coverage of his terrible team in an inter-office memo is laughable.

Man up, Seattle Mariners. On August 27, Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln e-mailed his employees a message which read in part:

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August 16, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Picking Up the Pieces

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John Perrotto

The Mariners try to distance themselves from a shipwreck of a season, along with other news and notes from the major leagues.

The Mariners prefer to look ahead rather than back on what has been a disastrous season. And who can really blame them? The Mariners went to spring training as the trendy pick to win the American League West by such national publications as Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. Instead, a season-long soap opera has ensued.

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August 11, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Perspective: Resetting Their Course

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Marc Normandin

The Mariners don't need to be fixed as much as they need to settle on a direction, which should be getting younger.

Optimism for the 2010 Mariners has been harder and harder to come by as the season drags on in the Pacific Northwest. Yet at the start of the season, it seemed that the possibilities for this team were endless. Well, depending on whom you were talking to, anyway—projection systems didn't love the Mariners, including, but not limited to, PECOTA. In the preseason projections, I slotted them in behind the Rangers and Angels, feeling that their offense just didn't offer enough to overcome those two clubs, and I wasn't alone in this sentiment. Most of the positive vibes for the 2010 Mariners were built up by the fan base and national publications who got a little too excited about the additions of Cliff Lee and Chone Figgins to a team lucky to win 85 games in 2009 as it gave more runs than it scored.

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June 4, 2010 9:00 am

Ahead in the Count: No Turnover Standings Breakdown

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Matt Swartz

Putting every major-league player back with his original team in an alternative universe can tell us a lot about team building.

In March, I introduced The No Turnover Standings which measured what teams’ records would have been if Major League Baseball did not allow any player movement and all players had provided the same production for the team that originally drafted or signed them as amateurs.  As I described in that article:

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