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February 28, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Around the Blogosphere

Today, the Twitter world is abuzz with speculation that left-handed pitching prospect James Paxton has signed with the Mariners. I can tell you he most certainly has not signed. That doesn’t mean he isn’t close to signing. Paxton, the team’s fourth-round pick in last June’s draft and a onetime supplemental-round choice by Toronto in 2009, has been negotiating with the Mariners in recent weeks. But the terms would have to be hammered out on paper, then he’d have to take a physical — likely here in Peoria — and then put his name on the dotted line. That could take several more days, so, yeah, while he’ll probably be in camp at some point (and I’m guessing minor league rather than big league camp), there is no deal that’s been signed off on.
So, we wait.
But as you’d expect, the local blogosphere had plenty of Paxton talk this morning.
Lookout Landing gives a pretty good rundown of his recent history.


Over at USS Mariner, their go-to guy for minor league stuff, Jay Yencich, reminds everyone that Paxton only threw 17 2/3 innings for an independant team last season and may not be the potential top-of-the-rotation guy people remember from his University of Kentucky days.
At SoDo Mojo, Harrison Crow has an item on Brandon League that says his 2010 season wasn’t exactly the “disappointment” that many Mariners fans tend to view it as. In fact, Crow mentions that League had a stellar ground ball rate and very low line drive rate. He also had three pitches that were all above average or average.
ProBall NW talks about Paxton as well. But Taylor Halperin also has a post that takes a closer look at Felix Hernandez and decides he’s one of the few sure things in a very uncertain Mariners universe.
Finally, Prospect Insider brings you their top 15 Mariners prospects. Last week, they released prospects 16-30. Now, it’s the best 15, with Dustin Ackley at No. 1 followed by Michael Pineda and Nick Franklin. No argument there. But guess who’s at No. 4. I’m not telling. You have to go check the rest of their post out.

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