MARINERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Dae-ho Lee To Sign With KBO’s Lotte Giants

Slugger Dae-ho Lee has decided to return to his native Korea, according to Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency (Twitter links). Lee will receive a $12.9MM guarantee over four years from his first professional team, the Lotte Giants, representing a record contract for the Korea Baseball Organization. Lee, 34, came to the majors last year after joining the Mariners on a minor-league...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 hours ago

Mariners to make announcement with Edgar

The Mariners have announced they will hold a news conference on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. PT at Safeco Field that will include team president Kevin Mather and hitting coach Edgar Martinez, though the reason for the gathering was not disclosed.
Via Mariners.com
4 hours ago

Ichiro easily ranks as Mariners' all-time best signing

Before bidding adieu to the Hot Stove season, we asked our 30 beat reporters to look back at their club's past and answer the following question: Who is the best free-agent signing in the team's history?
Via Mariners.com
4 hours ago

Mariners make promotions in baseball ops

The Mariners announced several changes in their baseball operations department on Monday, including the promotion of Jack Mosimann from assistant director of player development to the director of Major League operations.
Via Mariners.com
5 hours ago

Yordano Ventura had all the makings of a star

I know what some people thought. They saw Yordano Ventura's on-field indiscretions, his jawing with opponents, his drilling of opponents, his triggering of bench-clearing incidents. And they thought: What a punk.Ventura earned that distrust, but as often is the case, the easy characterization was not the correct one. The Yo that I knew had the warmest of smiles, the most engaging...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Edgar Martinez gains steam eclipsing the 58% for Hall of Fame voting

Edgar Martinez of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait circa 1997 Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/MLB Photos via Getty Images) Edgar Martinez gains steam eclipsing the 50% for Hall of Fame voting Seattle Mariner legend Edgar Martinez has been shunned for the 8th year in a row by Baseball Hall of Fame voters. On Wednesday, Martinez accumulated...
Via Seattle Side Up!
4 days ago

40 in 40: Rob Whalen

I’m officially starting the Rob Whalen Fan Club. Who’s with me? I’ll be honest with you: I had no idea who Rob Whalen was until the Mariners traded for him. I can’t imagine I’m alone among Mariners fans in that regard. With all of five big-league appearances under his belt, and as a 12th-round pick who had never pitched above A+ ball heading into 2016, Whalen was far from...
Via Lookout Landing
4 days ago

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/18/17: Disconnection, FanFest Lineup Announced, and Expansion Team in Seattle

It’s the mid-way point of the work week! Time to celebrate with some links. Happy Wednesday everyone! I’ve got a long, busy few days of traveling back to New York and transitioning back to the college life for the semester ahead of me. As such, the wonderful Ethan Novak will be taking care of the links for the next couple of days. So I’m sure Dipoto will do something totally...
Via Lookout Landing
5 days ago

Robinson Cano’s 2016 Season Was a Flashback to His Yankee Days

Handing out a lucrative, multi-year contract to a player is always risky for an MLB organization, no matter how much of a no-brainer it appears to be. That risk factor goes through the roof when it’s a 10-year, $240 million deal, like the one Robinson Cano signed prior to the 2014 season. In situations like this — when a player signs a long-term deal on the wrong side of 30...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

40 in 40: James Pazos

Take a vacation to the island of possibilities: Pazos. It's been a long, cold offseason In Seattle. A few weeks ago my hair froze while I was walking to work, which I believe qualifies me for a tax credit directly from the mayor. Mercifully, Trader Jerry foresaw the frosty winter conditions and, in an unprecedented move, traded minor league pitcher Zack Littell for an all-expenses...
Via Lookout Landing
6 days ago

Will There Be Enough for Martin/Dyson to Do?

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, everyone. So, with the trade of Mallex Smith, the M’s are back down to 2 or 3 CFs, with Mitch Haniger – a competent CF himself – playing RF. There’s nothing wrong with defense first OFs, and in general, I subscribe to the idea that a run saved is essentially equal to a run scored. As M’s fans, we’ve seen an object lesson that...
Via USS Mariner
7 days ago

Jerry Dipoto’s Trade Activity, in Context

I recently took a vacation, which meant I recently missed some Mariners trades. The trades weren’t conditional upon me being somewhere else; they were conditional upon the passage of some amount of time. The Mariners subtracted from the pitching staff to add to the outfield. They then subtracted from the outfield to add to the pitching staff. Later, they subtracted from the minors...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

M's avoid arbitration with all players, like Smyly, Dyson

SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners agreed to terms Friday on 2017 contracts with all of their arbitration-eligible players, including left-hander Drew Smyly and outfielder Jarrod Dyson after acquiring them in trades earlier this month. Smyly will earn $6.85 million, a raise from his $3.75 million last year, while Dyson is set to make $2.8 million after he earned $1,725,000 in 2016. Second...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Drew Smyly Already Fix What Was Broke?

The last time I saw Drew Smyly, it was during one of the lowest points of his career. It was July and he’d just completed a stretch of 20.2 innings over which he’d allowed 21 earned runs. He’d been assured that his job was secure, for the moment, but when a local beat writer asked him how it felt, the pitcher had a hard time looking up, doing his best to provide an honest answer...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Jean Segura agrees to $6.2 million contract with Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) Jean Segura and the Seattle Mariners have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $6.2 million, one-year contract, a huge raise from his $2.6 million salary last year. The centerpiece of Seattle's offseason moves, which have included 11 trades, Segura was acquired from Arizona in late November and is projected to play shortstop and hit leadoff. Segura batted a...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the Prospects Seattle Traded Yesterday

The Mariners continued their early-January flurry of activity yesterday, swinging two trades in short succession. First, they dealt left-handed pitchers Thomas Burrows and Luiz Gohara to the Braves for Mallex Smith and intriguing arm Shae Simmons. They promptly flipped Smith, along with prospects Carlos Vargas and Ryan Yarbrough, to the Rays for Drew Smyly. The most interesting...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: busy offseason continues with pair of trades

The Seattle Mariners made another pair of trades on Wednesday, one with the Atlanta Braves, the other with the Tampa Bay Rays. The first trade with the Braves brought the Mariners outfielder Mallex Smith, and right-handed pitcher Shae Simmons in exchange for a pair of left-handed pitchers Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows. During his rookie season, Mallex hit .238 with three home runs...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Busy cooking on the Hot Stove

2017 is barely a week old, and already Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto has been busy reshaping the roster to break the Mariners’ playoff drought.  After a 2016 season where the Mariners almost broke through, Dipoto made a splash early in the offseason acquiring Jean Segura from the Arizona Diamondbacks to shore up the top of the order.  In two separate deals on Friday, Dipoto...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: 2017 Lineup Preview

Jerry Dipoto, who I will forever refer to as JeDi, has seemingly found his starting lineup for 2017. While he still looks for another arm for the bullpen, I am going to look at the offense and see what the Seattle Mariners are bringing to the plate to try and end that long and painful drought of 16 postseason-less years. My New Years Resolution is to not cry (again) if the Mariners...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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