Scott Servais

James Paxton, Paxton, Taijuan Walker
This year was a make or break year for Seattle Mariner’s pitcher James Paxton, who pitched brilliantly in his first stint with the Mariners back in 2013. He went 3-0 in four starts with a 1.50 ERA and was slated to be the Mariners’ third starter behind Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma in 2014. Unfortunately, Paxton’s next two seasons were plagued by injuries and he made just 13 starts in each season. Still even injured Paxton showed promise in those 26 total starts. He posted a 3.05 ERA in 2014 and a 3.90 in 2015. Preparing for a good year […]

With King Felix out, James Paxton is getting what could ...

utility player, Chris Taylor
Who will be the Mariners’ utility player in 2016? Seattle Mariners’ new general manager Jerry Dipoto has done well at improving his team under some difficult circumstances. He was given limited funds, with most of the team’s money invested into just four players, a low-ranking farm system (meaning no viable prospects) and the task to turn the team into “win now” contenders in the American League. He turned over more than 40% of the team’s roster in his attempt to successfully complete his task. He’s also done so without making too many positions overcrowded. There will be a question of […]

A position battle for utility player? You don’t see that ...

It appears that all but one vacant manager positions were filled within the last week, most within the last couple of days. The San Diego Padres fired former manager Bud Black in June and the Miami Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond in May and made the bizarre choice to put general manager Dan Jennings in his place. That did not work out as the Marlins went 71-91 (55-69 with Jennings as manager) in 2015. Now Jennings is out of a managerial job as well as his general manager job.  News of the end of Jennings’ tenure with the Marlins was reported […]

The managers and executives shuffle

New Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is certainly building an interesting core around him, both in the Mariners’ front office and in the clubhouse. Some of his recent hires, however, appear to be somewhat questionable, especially his choice for the team’s manager. Thursday, the Mariners introduced the former assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Angels, Scott Servais, as their new skipper. An interesting choice, but Dipoto was clearly looking for someone he knows he can trust, even at the expense of managerial experience. He interviewed quite a few candidates, including Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoya, […]

Do some of Dipoto’s recent moves seem questionable?