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Mariners | Nathan Karns up next for M's

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:21:22 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Nathan Karns will make the start Thursday, April 21, against the Cleveland Indians in a day game. He is 1-1 in two career outings against the Indians, both coming when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fantasy Tip: Karns posted a 2.83 ERA in eight daytime starts in 2015, while posting a 4.06 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) under the lights. He could be a nice DFS value pitching in the sunshine.

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Mariners | Nathan Karns wins final spot

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:36:19 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP James Paxton was optioned to Class AAA Tacoma Monday, March 28, meaning SP Nathan Karns has won the No. 5 starting spot.

Fantasy Tip: Karns had an impressive rookie season with Tampa Bay in 2015 and was more attractive in fantasy drafts than Paxton. Now it's official. Karns showed improved command in the second half despite an ERA spike, meaning his floor is high as a late-round pick in mixed leagues. Bid with more confidence now.

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Mariners | Nathan Karns' curveball is key

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 11:48:19 -0800

Seattle Mariners SP Nathan Karns, who is competing for the final rotation spot with SP James Paxton this spring, used his curveball almost 30% of the time in 2015, and the pitch generated 31.23% swings and misses, according to Pitch F/X tracking from Brooks Baseball. Hitters batted only .179 with a .270 slugging percentage against Karns' curve.

Fantasy Tip: Because Karns isn't even a lock for a rotation spot, he's nothing more than a late-round dart throw in deep mixed leagues right now. But if he does win the job over Paxton, Karns has 200-strikeout potential over a full season. He'll need to work on his control, though, in order to deliver on his sleeper status in Seattle.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Seattle Times - Ryan Divish

Mariners | James Paxton alters arsenal

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:55:59 -0800

Seattle Mariners SP James Paxton is working on a new high fastball and a refined changeup this spring. He also worked on both pitches last fall in the Arizona Fall League. He will throw two innings against the San Diego Padres Wednesday, March 2, as he attempts to win a rotation spot. Injuries have limited Paxton to just 13 starts in each of the last two years. He's mainly competing with SP Nathan Karns in spring training.

Fantasy Tip: Paxton has an intriguing ground-ball profile and he's still young, but his control remains an issue, and most fantasy owners won't want to take this injury risk. There is limited upside, but he's worth a late-round stab in deep mixed leagues if he wins a rotation spot.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Bob Dutton

Mariners | Nathan Karns to enter rotation

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:08:51 -0800

Seattle Mariners SP Nathan Karns will enter the Mariners rotation immediately after being traded to them Thursday, Nov. 5. He went 7-5 with a 3.67 ERA in 26 starts for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015 and led all American League rookies in innings pitched and strikeouts.

Fantasy Tip: Karns has serious potential with the move to pitcher-friendly Safeco Field, especially if he can make gains in his control. He struggled at times with walks and had 3.4 walks per nine innings and a 1.28 WHIP. Karns will be a nice target in the middle rounds to strengthen your fantasy rotation.

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Mariners | SEA could make offer to Hisashi Iwakuma

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 18:44:32 -0800

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said SP Hisashi Iwakuma is still expected to receive a qualifying offer despite the team's acquisition of SP Nathan Karns in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fantasy Tip: If Iwakuma declines the team's qualifying offer, which is a one-year deal worth $15.8 million, he will become a free agent and the Mariners will receive compensation in next year's draft if he signs with another team. He went 9-5 with a 3.54 ERA in 20 starts this season.

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Mariners | SEA completes six-player deal with TB

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 18:11:29 -0800

The Seattle Mariners have acquired SP Nathan Karns, minor league P C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league OF Boog Powell from the Tampa Bay Rays, in exchange for 1B Logan Morrison, SS/OF Brad Miller and RP Danny Farquhar.

Fantasy Tip: Karns went 7-5 with a 3.67 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) in 2015 and will likely crack Seattle's rotation next year even if the team brings back Hisashi Iwakuma, making him a late-round draft option for AL-only and deep mixed leagues. Riefenhauser is a left-handed reliever who went 1-0 with a 5.52 ERA in 17 appearances. Powell hit .295 with a .385 OBP and 18 steals while splitting his time between Class AA Montgomery and Class AAA Durham.

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Rays | TB completes six-player deal with SEA

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:59:45 -0800

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired 1B/OF Logan Morrison, SS/OF Brad Miller and RP Danny Farquhar from the Seattle Mariners, in exchange for SP Nathan Karns, minor league P C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league OF Boog Powell.

Fantasy Tip: Morrison appears likely to serve as the Rays' designated hitter in 2016, with James Loney expected to remain the team's regular first baseman. Miller could compete for the starting shortstop position, with Asdrubal Cabrera eligible to become a free agent. Farquhar has closing experience at the major league level but will probably be used in a setup role in 2016. Morrison and Miller could be of interest to owners in AL-only leagues during the middle and later rounds of fantasy drafts next spring.

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Rays | Nathan Karns shut down

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:26:10 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP Nathan Karns (forearm) is dealing with a mild forearm strain, according to manager Kevin Cash. Karns has been shut down for the last two weeks and will not pitch again this year.

Fantasy Tip: There was very little chance that the Rays were going to risk it with Karns ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) before, and now it's official. You can cut ties with him in all formats if you still had him stashed. Karns had his issues with consistency in his first full season in a starting rotation, but he flashed plenty of potential with 8.9 strikeouts per nine inning. He'll be a decent target for rotation depth in drafts next spring in the middle rounds.

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Rays | Nathan Karns being skipped in rotation

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:12:49 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP Nathan Karns will have his next start skipped with SP Matt Moore rejoining the starting rotation. The Rays are not expected to go to a six-man rotation, either.

Fantasy Tip: You'll want to check back for an official word out of Tampa, but Karns ($6,700, 13.4% of cap) could be in danger of losing his rotation spot. He has pitched well this season (3.69 ERA and 4.05 FIP), though, so stand pat for now. Moore was awful through his first six starts this season, but he has been sharper at Class AAA, so he is worth a flier in the majority of fantasy leagues.

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