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March 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM

A few morning links …. Ervin Santana signs with the Atlanta Braves

Update 10:30 a.m. …. The Mariners commercials are out … you can watch them HERE and vote on your favorite.

It appears as though the Mariners’ rotation will be determined by players in Mariners camp. With Kris Medlen expected to need a second Tommy John surgery and Brandon Beachy feeling tightness in his biceps, the Braves signed Santana to a 1-year, $14.1 million contract. Here are 10 things to know about Santana other than his apparent love of white sunglasses.

Santana was in Braves camp yesterday and throwing today.

So with Santana off the market, there really aren’t any other starting pitching options unless they do something via trade – always a possibility.

If you’re scoring at home, that leaves Erasmo Ramirez, James Paxton, Scott Baker, Randy Wolf, Brandon Maurer and Blake Beavan to fight out the final four spots behind Felix Hernandez for the opening day rotation.

Baker wasn’t particularly sharp against the Angels yesterday or as I called him “so-so.” (I’m a regular Roget’s Thesaurus) ¬†One thing he mentioned that wasn’t in my story is that the feel for his secondary pitches is with two strikes and trying to throw them out of the strike zone. He wasn’t able to throw the curveball low and away or get good downward movement for a change-up out of the zone. It’s about feel and he hasn’t had it consistently this spring.

“All in all, it was a fair outing, not a great outing,” McClendon said.

To guess, I think Baker has a spot in the rotation along with Paxton and Ramirez. The final spot is open to the other three. Wolf has the experience and understands how to get outs. Beavan could be a little more predictable with what would he bring. Maurer has the best arm and the most potential but still has frustrating lulls of consistency during outings.

Fans will be able to watch Wolf’s start tonight since it’s being televised on Root Sports.

The Mariners made 11 cuts yesterday and Nick Hill was one of them. And while we aren’t supposed to be a fan, I’m pulling for that guy to have success. He’s really good guy, who has persevered through years of injuries. I’m guessing he’ll start the season in Class AAA Tacoma.

Here’s the updated spring stats …03.12.14 Stats

Scott Weber had an extensive game recap for Lookout Landing with .GIFs of some of the highlights.

Marc W. of USS Mariner wrote about the split finger fastball.

Tony Blengino wrote this piece for fangraphs about the value of impact prospects.

Kent Hrbek cried when they deflated the Metrodome. Yeah, it was a dump. But it was special to me. I saw the first 12 big league games of my life in that place.



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