Transaction Analysis

Mariners sign Jeff Nelson for 3 years, $11 million

This is a strong move for the Mariners.  Nelson was one of the reasons the Mariners defeated the Yankees in the '95 playoffs and has been one of the reasons the Yankees have been so successful since then.  While the Phillies overpay for bad relievers, the Mariners correctly paid for one of the top set-up men in the game.  The Mariner rotation doesn't have big inning guys so having a deep strong pen will be imperative for their success.  Nelson will help out tremendously with that.

Triple Steal Rating: Triple

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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