Mariner Squalls 01/31/14: Back in Business?

== Cruz Buzz Resonating == Suddenly news arrives that the Mariners are “back in business” and are in active pursuit of Nelson Cruz and Fernando Rodney. What’s not clear is what caused the “OPEN” sign to light back up. Was it new president Kevin Mather loosening the purse strings?  Maybe, but after Jack Zduriencik’s initial…

Late-January Mariner 25-Man Roster Checkpoint

Let’s go up to 35,000 feet for a moment and see where things stand with the 25-man roster. We’ll assume that they’ll go, as they have for many years now, with 12 pitchers. So here’s the landscape for the 13 position players, with the “running total” in parentheses.  Non-roster invitees are in green and speculative…

Today’s Mariner Squalls (01/27/14)

== More Prospect Lists, etc. == Two more prospect lists arrive! Baseball America.  Perhaps the granddaddy of them all.  My sense is that BA tends to be more scout-oriented than stat-driven, and that can result in some spotty results.  [For example, the late Greg Halman was No. 1 one year.  Halman was a great athlete,…