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February 6, 2015 at 10:45 AM

A few Friday Mariners’ notes and links — Robinson Cano ranked as top second baseman in baseball by MLB Network

I’m working on a story for Sunday on the Mariners and then a blog previewing first base, but I wanted to get a Mariners’ related few notes posted.

There was a minor stir on the Twitter and other places when Ben Badler of Baseball America noted that GM Jack Zduriencik and Kevin Mather were spotted at workout of multiple Cuban free agents at their Dominican Republic facility. The main prospects of this workout were infielders Andy Ibanez (age 21) and Hector Oliveira (age 29). Both players are projected as second baseman or third baseman. That seems odd considering the Mariners are pretty set at the position.

But baseball sources downplayed the presence of Mather and Zduriencik at the workouts. They were on hand for them because there were organizational meetings going on at the facility that same week. Both Zduriencik and Mather were down there for those meetings not specifically to see those two players.

It’s not to say the M’s aren’t interested in taking advantage of the Cuban market (see Roenis Elias). But to make any assumptions that they were there looking at Ibanez or Oliveira is a little premature.


MLB Network has it’s Top 10 Right Now!  program running in the offseason. (I don’t know why there is an exclamation point). Anyway, they aired their show last night on the Top 10 second basemen in baseball. To no real surprise, Robinson Cano was at the top of the list.


Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now:

1. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

2. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

3. Ben Zobrist, Oakland Athletics

4. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates

5. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers

6. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

7. Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Dodgers

8. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

9. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins

10. Scooter Gennett, Milwaukee Brewers

The Fernando Rodney Experience didn’t make the list of top relievers.


Speaking of lists, Baseball Prospectus released its Top 10 prospect list for the Mariners – the full article needs a subscription, but here’s the list.


  1. 1B/3B D.J. Peterson
  2. RF Alex Jackson
  3. 2B/SS Ketel Marte
  4. RF Gabriel Guerrero
  5. RHP Edwin Diaz
  6. C Tyler Marlette
  7. LHP Luiz Gohara
  8. RHP Victor Sanchez
  9. RHP Carson Smith
  10. OF Austin Wilson


Here’s an update on MLB and FOX’s negotiations about blackouts to streaming games on-line, particularly on Saturdays.

 If you want to geek out a little, here’s this story from Baseball Prospectus on catcher framing and measuring it.

Jonah Keri of Grantland had his annual worst contracts in baseball post – always a fun read. No Mariners contracts on there — yet.



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