Arizona Fall League (FINAL):
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang: 20 G, 76 AB, 9 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, SB, 15/9 K/BB, .263/.337/.368
RHP Steven Hensley: 1-1, 11 G, 11.30 ERA in 14.1 IP, 23 H (2 HR), 18 R, 15/16 K/BB, 2 HB
LHP Danny Hultzen: 1-0, 6 GS, 1.40 ERA in 19.1 IP, 16 H (HR), 3 R, 18/5 K/BB, 2 WP
SS Nick Franklin: 24 G, 89 AB, 15 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, SB, 25/11 K/BB, .258/.333/.393
C Adam Moore: 15 G, 54 AB, 9 R, 14 H, 3 2B, 8 RBI, CS, 15/6 K/BB, 2 HBP, .259/.355/.315
LHP Brian Moran: 1-0, 11 G, 1.32 ERA in 13.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 11/4 K/BB
RHP Forrest Snow: 1-1, 10 G (GS), 1.10 ERA in 16.1 IP, 10 H (HR), 8 R (2 ER), 16/3 K/BB, WP

Australian Baseball League:
OF Denny Almonte: 11 G, 41 AB, 10 R, 12 H, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 SB, CS, 11/6 K/BB, .293/.383/.415
OF James Jones: 11 G, 34 AB, 6 R, 8 H, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SB, CS, 4/8 K/BB, 3 HBP, .235/.422/.353
OF James McOwen: 11 G, 45 AB, 13 R, 14 H, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 7 SB, CS, 7/6 K/BB, .311/.392/.400
RHP Jandy Sena: 0-1, 2 GS, 11.25 ERA in 8.0 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 4/1 K/BB, 2 HB, WP
C Carlton Tanabe: 6 G, 21 AB, 2 R, 3 H, HR, 3 RBI, CS, 4/0 K/BB, HBP, .143/.217/.286

Dominican Winter League:
UT Leury Bonilla: 5 G, 2 AB, H, .500/.500/.500
LHP Fabio Castro: 0-1, 9 G (6 GS), 7.40 ERA in 20.2 IP, 28 H (4 HR), 17 R, 15/4 K/BB, HB, WP
3B Alex Liddi: 3 G, 7 AB, 2 R, 3/2 K/BB, .000/.222/.000
LHP Edward Paredes: 0-1, 9 G, SV, 4.15 ERA in 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4/4 K/BB, 2 WP
RF Carlos Peguero: 28 G, 107 AB, 20 R, 32 H, 9 2B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 3 SB, CS, 40/9 K/BB, 3 HBP, .299/.367/.636
SS Carlos Triunfel: 9 G, 23 AB, R, 5 H, 2B, 2 RBI, CS, 4/0 K/BB, .217/.217/.261

IBAF 2011 World Cup (FINAL):
OF Dwight Britton: 7 G, 23 AB, 4 R, 11 H, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SB, 2 CS, 5/6 K/BB, .478/.586/.565
RHP Scott Patterson: 0-0, 6 G, 1.69 ERA in 5.1 IP, 2 H, R, 6/0 K/BB
OF Kalian Sams: 9 G, 24 AB, 7 R, 5 H, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB, 7/3 K/BB, .208/.321/.458
RHP Daniel Thieben: 0-0, 2 G, 20.25 ERA in 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, HB

Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League:
OF Dwight Britton: 17 G, 52 AB, 13 R, 13 H, 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 SB, 12/17 K/BB, .250/~.435/.385

Puerto Rican Winter League:
OF Daniel Carroll: 15 G, 51 AB, 8 R, 12 H, 4 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 4 SB, CS, 17/6 K/BB, .235/.333/.373

Venezuelan Winter League:
RHP Jose Campos: 2-0, 10 G, 3.15 ERA in 20.0 IP, 17 H (2 HR), 7 R, 19/13 K/BB, 2 WP
OF Johermyn Chavez: 11 G, 24 AB, R, 4 H, SB, CS, 8/1 K/BB, .167/.200/.167
RHP Jarrett Grube: 1-0, 5 GS, 3.05 ERA in 20.2 IP, 17 H (2 HR), 7 R, 19/5 K/BB
CF Brandon Haveman: 10 G, 20 AB, 2 R, H, 6/3 K/BB, .050/.174/.050
RHP Moises Hernandez: 0-2, 5 G, 19.89 ERA in 6.1 IP, 18 (2 HR), 14 R, 3/5 K/BB, HB
LHP Cesar Jimenez: 1-2, 12 G, 6.00 ERA in 15.0 IP, 20 H, 13 R (10 ER), 8/6 K/BB, 2 WP
LHP Jose Jimenez: 1-0, 16 G, 1.04 ERA in 8.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R (R), 11/4 K/BB
DH Luis Antonio Jimenez: 38 G, 136 AB, 23 R, 40 H, 7 2B, 8 HR, 20 RBI, SB, CS, 28/25 K/BB, .294/.404/.522
3B Alex Liddi: 14 G, 44 AB, 2 R, 6 H, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, CS, 18/7 K/BB, HBP, .136/.269/.250
LF/1B Johan Limonta: 13 G, 45 AB, 5 R, 11 H, 2 2B, 3B, RBI, 10/4 K/BB, .244/.300/.333
3B Francisco Martinez: 23 G, 84 AB, 12 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 8 RBI, 2 CS, 21/6 K/BB, .274/.315/.321
3B Mario Martinez: 9 G, 18 AB, H, 6/0 K/BB, HBP, .056/.105/.056
RHP Yoervis Medina: 0-6, 7 GS, 4.41 ERA in 32.2 IP, 35 H (2 HR), 19 R (16 ER), 28/14 K/BB, 4 HB, 5 WP
RHP Jessie Nava: 0-0, 5 G, 5.14 ERA in 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3/5 K/BB, WP
RHP Scott Patterson: 0-0, 9 G, 6 SV, 2.53 ERA in 10.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 13/4 K/BB
RHP Stephen Pryor: 1-1, 13 G, 3.38 ERA in 16.0 IP, 15 H, 7 R (6 R), 9/9 K/BB
RHP Angel Raga: 0-0, 6 G, 4.22 ERA in 10.2 IP, 10 H (2 HR), 5 R, 6/5 K/BB
RHP Erasmo Ramirez: 2-1, 6 GS, 1.48 ERA in 30.1 IP, 24 H (HR), 6 R (5 ER), 20/1 K/BB, 3 HB, WP
LHP Mauricio Robles: 0-1, 3 G (2 GS), 54.00 ERA in 1.0 IP, 4 H (HR), 10 R (6 ER), 1/6 K/BB, 2 HB
IF Luis Rodriguez: 32 G, 97 AB, 23 R, 31 H, 6 2B, HR, 15 RBI, 8/30 K/BB, .320/.477/.412
OF Michael Saunders: 16 G, 54 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SB, 15/11 K/BB, .148/.292/.259
C Jesus Sucre: 15 G, 44 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 2B, 7 RBI, 6/4 K/BB, CS, .205/.314/.227
SS Roberto Velasquez: 7 G, 11 AB, H, 4/0 K/BB, .091/.091/.091
OF Mike Wilson: 33 G, 105 AB, 16 R, 21 H, 2B, 7 HR, 16 RBI, SB, CS, 33/21 K/BB, .200/.346/.410
OF Mario Yepez: 22 G, 19 AB, R, 5 H, RBI, SB, CS, 5/3 K/BB, .263/.364/.263

I don't really know how to jump back into this, so I'll divert first. A lot has been written in the past week about Halman. This is a non-exhaustive collection of those links. MLB.com: Greg Halman Obituary and Articles. Shannon Drayer: Remembering Greg Halman. Drayer: Brendan Ryan on Greg Halman. Drayer: Ken Griffey Jr. saw himself in Greg Halman.710 ESPN: Zduriencik: Teammates 'crushed' by Halman's death. Larry LaRue: Not even Milton Bradley could resist Halman. Larry Stone: Pedro Grifol on Greg Halman: "Our hearts are broken. Mine's in pieces.". Stone: (UPDATED) Greg Halman's agent: "It's difficult for me to even talk of Greg in the past tense". Stone: Greg Halman: A freakish talent, a tragic end. Geoff Baker: Dan Cortes devastated by death of Greg Halman, who had become "like a brother" to him. Baker: Greg Halman was becoming "an icon" to baseball lovers in his homeland in weeks before his death. Steve Kelley: Outfielder Greg Halman robbed of a promising future. Seattle Times: Reaction to the death of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman. Baseball America: Greg Halman Murdered. USSM (marc w): This Doesn't Make Sense. Lookout Landing (Jeff): On the Passing of Greg Halman. Lookout Landing (Greg's cousin): Greg Halman passed away. It's taken several days to accumulate all this. Don't try to go through it all at once unless you're planning on being in tears by the end.

Things have a way of continuing to happen though, and probably the biggest of the big things was the announcement of a new CBA. That article breaks down a lot of it if not all, so I won't bother to reiterate the ways in which quite a lot has changed. And not much is positive in those changes. Rob Neyer thought in spite of all the uproar, maybe we should wait and see. Dave Cameron, plainly, hated it and thought that it hurt the Mariners a lot with its new rules on international free agency. Churchill also had his spin on it, which saw some positives and some negatives. I think I settle somewhere in between, because on one hand, the new rules may steer international athletes away from baseball or provide them with fewer opportunities (Churchill seems to think this is already happening), which is capital b Bad, but on the other, teams that have incredible ground operations like we do and are capable of digging up players are still in good shape. Felix signed for less than a million. Pineda signed for far less than Felix did, and years later at that. Neither Liddi nor Peguero nor Medina, to go through a few names on the 40-man, cost a whole lot of money to acquire. I'm not a fan of this going down, and do think that throws off the equilibrium for teams that relied on internal development, which is bad as a fan of minor league baseball, but it's probably not the end of the world. Most things are not the end of the world, the end of the world excluded. I'm pretty sure that's only happened a few times though.

As usual, some transactions happened. Most recently, the Mariners announced that SS Luis Rodriguez re-signed with an invitation to spring training, an invitation also extended to Fox, Jarrett Grube (yay!), Marquez, Henn, and newcomer LHP Steve Garrison, who is one more Steve added for your consideration (SO MANY OF THEM). I suggested before that Rodriguez might re-sign given that there's an open position (backup shortstop/infielder) and not a great deal of internal competition for it at the moment. I have also indicated that I'm pleased that Rodriguez is walking because, hey, we ranked 28th of 30 in walks last year and every little bit helps. Brendan Ryan played in 123 games last year and was fifth on the team with thirty-four walks. Rodriguez had twenty-four walks in twenty-six games as of last week. As for the new guy, Garrison was a prep draft pick of the Brewers in the 10th round of 2005, and we all basically know what that means (Except he was traded to the Padres later and then picked up on waivers by the Yankees… whatever). Garrison was in the high-80s as a high school senior and touched the low-90s with the thought that he could add more. He also was reported as having a solid slider and some regarded him as a signability risk due to a commitment to North Carolina. He made his major league debut this year, against us, incidentally, and threw two-thirds of an inning with six of nine pitches for strikes. His velocity was high-80s in that limited sample, and he's kind of sputtered in the high minors due to a drop in Ks, a slight uptick in walks, and generally being hittable. He's been a starter the whole way up, so there's always that possibility that something different will happen if he's put in the bullpen, but I have no way of knowing whether the M's will be attempting this.

In other news of some importance to us, the Tacoma Rainiers lost Alonzo Powell to the hated Padres who hired him as an assistant batting coach. Of course, since there can only be so many coaches in a dugout at any given time, his capacity is advisory and he can't be there during games. I guess it's a major league gig, but there were some Rainiers batters that worked well with him and he's gone turncoat on us. More fuel for our fierce rivalry. There was also an article at BA about the Mariners' relationship with the Lara Cardenales of the LVBP. If you don't know anything about that relationship, it's informative. If you do, it's probably nothing you haven't already heard at some point. BA also had an Arizona Fall League Top 10 for subscribers in which Hultzen was named the league's #3 prospect. Franklin didn't make the list, or the also-rans.

I guess that we'll start off making the rounds with the smaller leagues before we get to the big one. The Colombian League started play on Friday, but they haven't yet switched their stats over from last year to this year. This can sometimes be the case in the lesser leagues. That leaves us with Australia, the Dominican, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. The exports to Australia had eventful weeks, at least relative to what they had the previous week (in which case, anything would be relevant). McOwen pretty much stayed the course by going 5-for-15 and adding a triple and three walks. Jones went 4-for-15, which improves his average somewhat, and went yard, though the decrease in walk totals saw his OBP drop. Tanabe also featured somewhat mixed results because he did hit a home run, which is great, but that was his only hit in eleven at-bats. Of course, given that he's never played more than fifty games a season and was a backup for forty-eight games in Clinton last year, I suppose expectations should be kept in check somewhat. Almonte went 4-for-16 which I suppose is better than a lot of the alternatives. He struck out in a quarter of the ABs though. In the Dominican Republic, the only ones especially active were Castro, who managed 1.2 innings and let a run score (this lowered his ERA), Paredes, who threw two-thirds of an inning, and Peguero, whose predicted slide seems to be coming to pass though he still hit a home run and a double this week. Nine Ks in nineteen at-bats this week, friends. Britton, down in the Nicaraguan League, switched on again and was 8-for-17 this week with four walks. There were no extra-base hits, but it's fun to stare at in the way that mostly confusing things can be. And Carroll? He did pretty well too, going 5-for-12 on the week with a couple of doubles. I'm not seeing as much of the walks this week though, which is disappointing as that was one of the main things that made him interesting last season.

That brings us to the big league, which I should probably split into pitching and hitting again. Pitching didn't do a whole lot for us this week. Campos got another 3.1 innings in and ran a 5/3 K/BB in that span. I suppose I'm not overly concerned about the results for him at the moment though; that he's managing to hold ground in a league where he should be way over his head signals something good to me. If we had a Cal League affiliate that was in any way reasonable, I'd suggest that he skip over the Midwest League to start next season. Given how they handled Medina, they might try that anyway. Medina and Grube were both inactive, and a lot of others only managed a little bit of time. Nava got a frame in, and gave up a couple of runs. Raga pitched a third of an inning. Patterson, who might head elsewhere before this is all through, got an inning and a third in and gave up a run on a couple of hits. Felix's brother pitched a little and was less awful in purely relative terms. As for the Jimenezes, Jose is still doing his thing and maintaining that extra-low ERA, though I'd think that with his hit and walk totals he'd have a few more runs score against him, but Cesar just had a bad week, no two ways about it. In 4.0 innings, six runs scored on five hits and five walks. Recognizing that we need someone to be alive and in the bullpen and that we aren't immediately hitting up against the 40-man cap, I would still say that Jimenez' spot on the roster seems more vulnerable than some of the others might be.

Hitting didn't have many exciting developments. Chavez went 2-for-2 in his only at-bats this week. So why didn't they start him more? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE. Hitting Jimenez pretty much stayed the course this week. Rodriguez, I already sort of touched on above, but the basics of it are that he's still walking a lot. Limonta had a rough week, going 3-for-20 with a double and a walk. Mike Wilson was in a similar sea-faring vessel, going 1-for-15 with a double, though he managed to walk five times. Francisco Martinez didn't play, but you now know, because I am now telling you, that he has grounded into five double plays which is more than anyone else in our system so far. We'd better start signing more dudes or doing something (Rule 5 picks?) because this is getting a little boring.