MARINERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Mariners manager Servais expects plenty from lefty Paxton

PEORIA, Arizona (AP) Forget the batter's box, pitching mound or anywhere else between the chalk lines of a baseball field. According to Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais, the location of one of the biggest obstacles blocking a player from consistently excelling isn't on the diamond. ''A lot of it with that last hurdle is between your ears,'' Servais said at the Peoria Sports...
Via Associated Press
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Impactful Seager crucial to middle of lineup

On a team with a few big-time stars in Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez, he's not the first name that pops up when people talk about Mariners baseball. But don't underestimate the impact of Kyle Seager on Seattle's club and its chances in 2017.
Via Mariners.com
8 hours ago

Law school will have to wait for Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz

In a pregame interview last August, Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz talked excitedly about his offseason plans. “I am planning on going home and trying to be a lawyer, starting my education,” he said. Drayer’s first impression: Felix Hernandez looks new and improved Cruz had started his applications to begin course work online over the winter. While he wasn’t looking to put...
Via MyNorthwest.com
10 hours ago

Mariners notebook: Plenty of work to be done on the field

PEORIA, Az.–A cloudless sky was a welcome sight Monday morning as the the Mariners are just 5 days away from the start of games, and have already lost one day of drills. It also made for some nice pictures.   Yes, it was the annual photo day. The pictures you see on the big board at Safeco Field were shot today along with photos for Topps baseball cards. The business end of baseball...
Via MyNorthwest.com
11 hours ago

Mather: Mariners fans deserve October baseball

Kevin Mather is beginning his third season as Mariners president, which puts him in perfect position to pass on a Presidents Day message for Seattle baseball fans.
Via Mariners.com
1 day ago

First impression: Mariners’ Felix Hernandez looks new and improved

PEORIA, Ariz. — Despite the rain Sunday, I was able to check in on what was No. 1 on the priority list to watch in spring training: Felix Hernandez. Felix and the other members of pitching “Group 2” were able to throw their bullpen sessions. And aside from the usual great-to-hear-the-pop-of-the-glove good feelings about baseball, there was also a sense of security in seeing...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Cruz says Mariners are 'more ready' in 2017

Nelson Cruz had only been back at Mariners camp for a day, but the slugger has already adopted manager Scott Servais' new slogan for 2017: "Whatever it takes."
Via Mariners.com
1 day ago

Mariners adopt 'Whatever It Takes' mantra for season

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) The words are displayed prominently inside the Seattle Mariners' spring training clubhouse. In two languages. Whatever It Takes. Lo Que Sea Necesario. It's a sign of raised expectations for the Mariners after coming close to a wild-card spot and finishing 86-76 last season. ''We've got to stay on the process. It's controlling the zone. It's how we play. If...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ariel Miranda is still a starter...for now

The 28-year-old’s potential switch to the bullpen will remain on hold While Ariel Miranda is still very much a candidate for a bullpen role in Seattle, he will spend the bulk of Spring Training being stretched out as a starting pitcher. This is hardly a surprise. While General Manager Jerry Dipoto added an abundance of pitching depth in Chris Heston, Rob Whalen, Dillon Overton...
Via Lookout Landing
1 day ago

Mallex Smith cracks funny joke about short stint with Mariners

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mallex Smith came to his current team by way of the Seattle Mariners. His tenure in the Pacific Northwest lasted just 77 minutes, as he was traded twice in one day.Smith looked back on his illustrious tenure with the Mariners, and the quotes are pretty hilarious. Hey, that short tenure can be his claim to fame now. Not many players get traded twice in the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano optimistic about Mariners' season

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Robinson Cano's 13th major league season starts Sunday when the Seattle Mariners gather as a full squad for the first team workout of spring training, and the seven-time All-Star was all smiles after arriving at team headquarters. There's reason for Cano's sunny disposition, despite the rain that fell Saturday in the greater Phoenix area. The Mariners came up...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryne Harper: The Boy Who Couldn’t Get Past Double-A

The long-lost book in the Matt Christopher Series Back on December 4, 2015, sandwiched between sending Mark Trumbo packing for Baltimore and jettisoning fan favorites Carson Smith and Roenis Elias to Boston in return for veteran innings-eater Wade Miley, to nobody's surprise, the Mariners shipped unimpressive bullpen arm Jose Ramirez to Atlanta for a PTBNL. Exactly one week later...
Via Lookout Landing
2 days ago

Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/18/17: Position Players Report, Thyago Vieira, and Goose Goosage

Happy full squad day! Good morning everybody! Today Mariners position players will join pitchers and catchers in Peoria which means we are that much closer to the first pitch of 2017. The first game of Spring Training is now only a week away! In the meantime, here’s what has been going on in Mariners camp and around the league. In Mariners news... In the latest internet scandal...
Via Lookout Landing
2 days ago

How Much Hope Is Appropriate for Felix Hernandez?

Felix Hernandez looks like a new man. He’s created a new self because he wants to more closely resemble his old self, the self that ranked consistently among the best pitchers in baseball. There are many different ways to tell the story of his decline, but I could note that he was most recently a one-win pitcher, where he used to be a six-win pitcher. The season before last, he...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Under the Greydar: The Inevitable James Paxton Column

Way back in January, when the very first signs of ADP data sprouted out of the ground, I went down the rabbit hole, hoping to catch a glimpse of early signs of value. ADP at that point was more convoluted than forming an expectation for how much Pablo Sandoval would weigh coming into Spring Training, but since it was the only sign we had as to the 'market' rate for various players...
Via Razzball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Reinvention of Franklin Gutierrez, Baseball Miracle

The Dodgers signed Franklin Gutierrez over the weekend. Now, I didn’t realize the Dodgers still had room on their major-league roster, but they probably know better than I do. Here is a list of problems that have sent Franklin Gutierrez to the disabled list over the past several years: stomach gastritis strained left oblique torn right pectoral concussion strained right hamstring...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mexico rips a walk-off grand slam to defeat Venezuela in Caribbean Series

If you have missed baseball and cannot possibly wait until Spring Training or the World Baseball Classic, you can watch the Caribbean Series. The tournament takes place this week and pits the winter league champions from four different countries and Puerto Rico to see who is the best team in Latin America. The host nation Mexico sure made the fans happy last night. Tied 1-1 in...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rewind: Remembering 'The Catch' 35 years later

Welcome to The Rewind, where we dig through tapes, YouTube videos and streaming services and revisit some of the most interesting games in history. There is something special about revisiting a favorite movie, a favorite show no longer on the air, or even just pulling out an album and giving it a spin the whole way through for the first time in a long while. Inevitably you pick...
Via Yardbarker
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Gordon joins historic ranks with Rolex 24 win

Competing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the second time in his career with Wayne Taylor Racing, Jeff Gordon joined historic ranks when his teammate Ricky Taylor passed Filipe Albuquerque with six minutes to go to win the race.Gordon kept the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R near the front of the pack for his segments in the car. Overall, the Wayne Taylor Racing ride raced...
Via FOX Sports
21 days ago

Wayne Taylor Racing wins thriller at Rolex 24

Wayne Taylor Racing has claimed victory in the 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona, despite controversial late-race contact between Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque with less than 10 minutes remaining in the rain-effected enduro.Taylor took his No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R across the line just 0.671 seconds ahead of Albuquerque's No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac, after the two DPi cars collided...
Via FOX Sports
22 days ago
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