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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 11/7/18

The Mariners will be sellers; free agent weaknesses; matching free agent to park

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FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: The Mariners are going to become sellers, and they are only looking to hold on to Mitch Haniger, Edwin Diaz, and Marco Gonzales. They’ve been bad before, but rarely on purpose, and it’s strange to see Jerry Dipoto’s model of “keep trying” to “sell-mode,” but it could be interesting to see a return for, say, James Paxton.

ESPN Insider | Dan Szymborski ($): Free agents always come with caveats and red flags, and this class is no different. Manny Machado has his questionable defense; Bryce Harper has his inconsistency; and, Patrick Corbin has his lack of track record. Any team will be taking a big risk, but someone is going to get a big reward.

The Athletic | Owen Poindexter ($): Free agents don’t just match up with team, but with park. Patrick Corbin fits best in Mailwaukee with strong infield defense. Dallas Keuchel fits best in a bigger park like Oakland, and someone like Hyun-Jin Ryu has a profile that could fit in anywhere.