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  • 10 June 2019
    Victor Decolongon/Getty ImagesA skirmish reportedly broke out
    in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse at Safeco Field prior to Tuesday's game
    against the Baltimore Orioles.According to the Seattle Times' Ryan
    Divish ,
    the incident occurred after Mariners center fielder Dee Gordon "asked the media
    to leave and shut the doors."Ryan Divish RyanDivishWe saw bits and pieces of it
    and heard it. It was mostly guys in a big scrum trying to break it up. Not
    actually sure who or what it involved. Servais was on the field when it
    happened. He said he trying to find out all the detailsRyan Divish
    RyanDivishThis stuff happens at least once a year. We usually aren around to
    see it.Divish reported Wednesday that the altercation was between Gordon and
    Jean Segura and "stemmed from Gordon's misplay on a ball in center field during
    Monday's win over the Orioles."The Mariners have been sputtering of late and
    finished August at 12-16. All told, they are 19-22 since the All-Star break
    after posting a robust record of 58-39 prior to the Midsummer Classic.Seattle is
    nine games back of the Houston Astros in the American League West and 5.5 games
    back of the Oakland A's for the second AL wild-card spot.Seattle will wrap a
    three-game set with Baltimore on Wednesday before welcoming the New York Yankees
    to town over the weekend. That seems good."69. David PriceNice. Price moves up
    12 spots from last year’s list, which is not typical of a pitcher with his
    mileage and in his age group. The Red Sox lefty, like Eovaldi, made real changes
    in the second half last year that give some hope for him aging gracefully. As
    his velocity drops with each passing year, Price has now shown he’ll be able to
    lean more on his secondaries and command pitches with movement to get outs.
    We’ve seen with guys like CC Sabathia how well that can work, and if pitchers
    buy into that approach they can pitch effectively for much longer than we’d
    expect, even if their days as dominant aces are over. Price getting that playoff
    monkey off his back certainly helps his public
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    , too. He was ranked between Mariners outfielder Mitch
    Haniger and Blue Jays super prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr.57. Xander
    BogaertsBogaerts had a substantial jump from last year, moving up 28 spots.
    After last season, I think you could certainly argue he should be even higher on
    this list, but that may also be coming from a position of bias. As we’ve talked
    about plenty this offseason, it’s easy to look at Bogaerts’ breakout 2018 as the
    new normal. It’s what we always expected him to be, and since he’s still only 26
    it’s not unheard of for someone of his age to take that next step. If I was to
    bet on it, I’d say he’ll be closer to his 2018 level of production in 2019 than
    any of the years prior to it. That’s both in terms of overall value and the way
    in which he got to that value. However, it’s also fair to mention it was just
    one year in a five-year career. I can see the argument for holding him back
    until he repeats
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    , which is why I won’t be surprised if he’s a top-30 player
    on next year’s list. Bogaerts finds himself between Braves second baseman Ozzie
    Albies and Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain.How much leeway will the Red Sox
    give their relievers?Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports50. Andrew BenintendiI love
    Benintendi as a player, and his slow second half has seemingly overshadowed just
    how great he was for much of 2018. He’s a legitimately huge part of the top of
    this order and is going to be a table-setter in 2019 out of the leadoff spot.
    That being said, I’m a little surprised he was ranked more highly than Bogaerts.
    I think their defensive reputations make it seem like there’s a large gap, but
    when factoring in positional value I don’t think they are all that far apart. I
    think Bogaerts has a higher ceiling at the plate, too. That being said,
    Benintendi is probably a little safer just because his profile of plate
    discipline-based value is easier to bet on. I think this might be a little high,
    at least in the context of other Red Sox players on the list, but I’d like to
    see him prove me wrong in 2019. Beintendi is ranked between A’s closer Blake
    Treinen and Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager.17. J.D. MartinezMartinez doesn’t
    provide any value on defense. In
    fact ,
    when he’s out there he’s probably a net negative. Okay, we got that out of the
    way. He’s still properly ranked here because, in case you forgot, the dude
    absolutely mashes. He won two Silver Sluggers last year! I wouldn’t argue for
    it, but you wouldn’t be unreasonable to argue Martinez being the best hitter in
    baseball. Over the last three years, only Trout has a better wRC+. Martinez is
    an amazing hitter and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. If he was even an
    average contributor in the field at any position he’d be a lot higher on this
    list. Still, this is more than fair. Martinez is ranked between Braves first
    baseman Freddie Freeman and Indians starter Corey Kluber.Photo by Adam
    Glanzman/Getty Images9. Chris SaleI have certainly contributed to this, but a
    lot of the conversation around Sale this winter has been about his
    injury-riddled second half and general late-season struggles over his career.
    It’s been a big enough focus that it’s starting to overshadow the fact that he
    is straight-up bananas for the vast majority of his starts. He was the best
    pitcher in baseball before he got hurt last year and was on track for his first
    Cy Young award. Even without
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    , and even with those well-documented late-season struggles,
    Sale has finished in the top five of Cy Young voting in each of the last six
    years and he was sixth in the voting seven years ago. He’s amazing, and his
    ranking as the third best pitcher in baseball (behind Max Scherzer and Jacob
    deGrom) is well-deserved. Sale is ranked between Astros second baseman Jose
    Altuve and Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.2. Mookie BettsDuh. Before last
    season I think there was a real argument for who should be recognized as the
    second best player in baseball. Trout has been the clear number one for years
    now, but there wasn’t exactly a clear number two. After what Betts showed last
    year, and after three straight top-six MVP finishes including a win last year,
    he’s clearly number two. I don’t think there’s much of an argument for anyone
    else. We are watching a special player in right field every day. Get that
    extension done, Dave. Betts is ranked between Scherzer and Trout.