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Though I do believe there should be a one Mariner maximum when it comes to fantasy baseball bloggers and I’ve already filled that need with my Olivo post, it’s hard to ignore what Kyle Seager has done over the last couple of weeks.  Blame Mike Carp for using fugu as a shoulder wrap for this article if you’re angry.  The ESPN crowd is slowly coming around to him at a 5.5% ownership clip but for the most part they just haven’t found the need for a Mariners hitter on their roster that isn’t posing for a last supper painting.  Yahoo owners do have him already with an 18% clip, but that’s mainly for his shortstop eligibility where as long as you have a pulse and you’re not Alex Gonzalez, you’re probably on someone’s team.  Actually, if there were a zombie Phil Rizzuto (Spelled ‘Rirruto’ in cursive for Billy Madison fans), they’d probably pick him up too.  In Fleaflicker leagues, he’s at 9% owned.  All that said, let’s take a look at why I’m eager for Seager in AL-only and deeper leagues.

First off, he’s hitting…I don’t think that needs much more of an introduction.  Production is production, folks, and you take it where you can get it.  Over 40 at-bats, Seager has hit .300 with 1 slam and 1 leg (slam and leg sold separately).  What that equates to if you dig math is about a 10/10 clip given 450 at-bats.  Though the average won’t stick and will probably slip down to the .260 or .270 area, that line is in line (say that 5 times fast) with what is reasonable to expect.  The only issue we may have with Seager is the bane of every Mariner’s fan: Chone Figgins.  The giant albatross around the M’s neck (Get it?  Mariners?  Albatross?  Samuel Taylor Coleridge?  Oh sure you got Rirruto but not that one.  I weep for the youth of this once great nation) since he signed a hurkin – technical term for ‘large’ – contract in 2010.  If and when Carp and/or Franklin Gutierrez come back, Seattle is going to have a tough call on their hands.  Do they keep allowing Chone to get Figgy with it in the hopes of a contender trading for him or do they do the right thing and let Seager stick at 3rd?  Well, we all know how large contracts go; most likely Seager goes back to a utility role once the dust has settled.  However, when you have a chance to ride a luckdragon you don’t turn it down, do you Bastian?  There’s still a chance he gets to stay around and be productive.  Since he has played SS in the past, there could be room for him to spell Brendan Ryan or possibly take over if he keeps raking.  The Mariners need to string together more singles to score runs than match.com has to offer so it is a plausible reality we see Seager quite a bit even after Figgins gets his 3rd base gig back.  With any luck, Falkor comes by and saves us from these swamps of sadness and Figgins is playing for *insert contending team here* soon.  Yeah, I really liked the Neverending Story.

  1. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Seager’s surprised me but that offense is so awful and yeah the playing time situation is going to get even more complicated as guys get healthy.

    When the perennial cellar-dweller in my keeper league drafted Seager, I looked at him like he had a cow utter on his face. He’s in first place now and I’m 2nd to last, so what do I know?

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      Oregon Nut Cups says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Agree about the offense, though I foresee a useful UTIL guy that might garner 2B,3B,SS status by season’s end

      It’ll be interesting to see how the playing time shakes out. Figgins should be out of Seattle at some point. The big question will be when, not if.

  2. MrHappyTime says:
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    Zito or Cahill tomm? Who would you rather stream?

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      Oregon Nut Cups says:
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      @MrHappyTime, Cahill

  3. Niq Castro says:
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    They look like big, good, strong hands….. Don’t they?

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      Oregon Nut Cups says:
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      @Niq Castro, Nice!

  4. Gavin says:
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    I appreciate the Seager love. I followed him last year as he was on my team in a super deep league. (I follow my unknown players like an MLB scout.) He’s a career .328 hitter in the minors. I put a lot of stock in guys that hit for average consistently in the minors. After 200 AB’s last year, I’d give him a shot at .285+ if he gets the bulk of PT.

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      Oregon Nut Cups says:
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      @Gavin, Agree.

  5. PrinceRudyNasim says:
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    what up Bones. I was actually peeping some of those glorious 40 hr seasons you had back in the ’90s lol……

    ..yeah this guy Seager is interesting. I was reading on how he altered his swing for more power this yr and got stronger on off season. Pretty cool you singled this guy out

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      Oregon Nut Cups says:
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      @PrinceRudyNasim, Ha, if only Seattle still had those 40 HRs in their lineup from someone.

      Yeah, I picked him up about 2 weeks ago and had been meaning to do a write-up but it just hadn’t happened yet until this week. He really should stick given what he can do and what the Mariners have to work with. He’s been hitting a lot of doubles which is always a good sign for swing improvements for power. We’ll see how the season plays out but for now, he’s downright useful.

      • princerudynasim says:
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        @Oregon Nut Cups, lol i was looking at the ’98 line up smh amazing. I remember being so sad bc Buhner streak of 40 was done that yr….

        Bones, quick question…..Nfbc 12 team some guy just dropped Kenley, would you drop Volquez for KJ? Im bout to send crazy Eddy packing

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          @princerudynasim, If you need saves upside, I’d say yes. Better ratios and a few wins along the way.

  6. Okay ONC here’s a toughie for you:

    Brett Gardner needs to go to DL so I can pick up someone who will get ABs.
    To get space for Gardner I will need to
    Drop Farnsworth (currently on DL) or
    Drop Lidge. I have H KRod.
    Drop Norris.
    No bench hitters to drop.

    Or ride it out with roster as is.

    Saves are scarce, 175 game start limit.

    10 team ESPN 5×5.

    • Oregon Nut Cups

      Oregon Nut Cups says:
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      @The Miracles, Ugh, that is tough. Even though saves are scarce, I’d still drop Farnsworth.

      • @Oregon Nut Cups, Agreed, thanks.

  7. Rabbit says:
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    Hey, I appreciated the Rime of the Ancient Mariner reference, well done. Though I weep for the fact that you felt the need to explain it in a parenthetical.

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      Oregon Nut Cups says:
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      @Rabbit, Let us weep together.

  8. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Worley and start Harrison or lynn today?
    Looking to maximize starts..
    Thanks!

    • Oregon Nut Cups

      Oregon Nut Cups says:
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      @Mike, Without league size/type, this is hard to answer. If it’s a thin enough league to grab Lynn, it’s probably worth it.

  9. Gweilo says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m a couple of days late on this one. I have an idea for your request on a term for Carlos Beltran’s year. An old guy who comes out of nowhere to play to his former glory.

    “Driving the Delorean”

    I can’t take credit for that, since you made the reference to a Delorean in one of your blogs last year. I just tweaked it a bit.

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