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Seattle Mariners update: Prospect review

Now that the Seattle Mariners have Nelson Cruz added to their lineup–not to mention all signs pointing to a silent rest of the off-season–it’s time to temporarily shift focus on the prospect pool for 2015. From Baseball America, the Mariners top 10 looks as follows: Alex Jackson, OF D.J. Peterson, 3B Ketel Marte, SS Patrick Kivlehan, 3B/1B Austin Wilson, OF Edwin Diaz, RHP...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kendrys Morales: A Gamble on Baseball’s Rhythms

In the weeks when between Billy Butler‘s contract was bought out and today, with Kendrys Morales brought to Kansas City on a two-year, $17 million deal, the Royals ranked dead-last in FanGraphs’ projected Designated Hitter Depth Charts. Not dead-last amongst American League teams: Dead. Last. Less projected WAR from their DH spot than 15 NL […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Injury Update: Danny Hultzen likely to start 2015 in minors

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Danny Hultzen is expected to begin the 2015 season in the minors as he recovers from major shoulder surgery, reports Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. View image | gettyimages.com Hultzen has not pitched in a game since undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff on Oct. 1 of 2013. Those injuries are very difficult...
Via Sports Injury Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kendrys Morales finally gets two years – from the Royals

Last winter, Kendrys Morales turned down a qualifying offer from the Mariners and held out for a multi-year deal that never came. This year, Morales wasn’t eligible for a qualifying offer after getting signed by the Twins in June and traded Seattle to July, but that’s OK – he got his multi-year deal from the Kansas City Royals, to the tune of two years and $17 million. Source...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Royals Sign Kendrys Morales To 2-Year Deal

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Royals have signed free agent first baseman and designated hitter Kendrys Morales to a 2-year deal. Source: #Royals nearing deal with Kendrys Morales. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 11, 2014 Source: Morales to #Royals done. 2 years with mutual option, per source. @JeffPassan says $17 million. — Chris Cotillo (...
Via Geeks and Cleats
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners Hot Stove Keeps Cranking

Is Melky Cabrera The Latest M’s Addition? The buzz is reaching a fever pitch for Seattle Mariners fans during this offseason. The Mariner’s General Manager, Jack Zduriencik, has been on a spending spree that stretches back all the way to last year’s off-season when they signed Robinson Cano.  And it doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon either. Jack Zduriencik says...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Designating A Spot In Cooperstown For Edgar Martinez

We are a little under a month away from the results being announced for the 2015 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame inductee class. Among the small handful of great Seattle Mariners over the years, many would argue that, with the possible exception of Ken Griffey Jr., none would rival Edgar Martinez for significance. To date, Edgar remains one of the most popular athletes in Seattle...
Via Oregon Sports News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings: Mets Approached Mariners About Chris Taylor and Brad Miller

Potentially some good news on the Chris Taylor front. Reporting from the Winter Meetings in San Diego, sources have told Adam Rubin that the Mets have had discussions with the Seattle Mariners about both of their young shortstops — Taylor and Brad Miller. Some reports have suggested that Seattle may keep both of them, playing Taylor at short and Miller in the outfield, but I think...
Via Mets Merized Online
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Rumors: Mariners still in on Kemp

The New York Post's, Joel Sherman states, according to sources, the Seattle Mariners are open to several options to fill their need for a power bat in left-field, which could include Melky Cabrera, Justin Upton and Matt Kemp. #451446638 / gettyimages.com Despite the teams' recent signing of slugging DH, Nelson Cruz, the team is still in the need for production from their...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Cruz Cashes In

I believe it’s safe to say this is the calm before the storm. Sunday, MLB’s annual Winter Meetings kick off in San Diego, and there’s still plenty around the baseball world that needs to be settled. We’ve had a “big” free agent signings, which we’ll get to momentarily, and we’ve also had a couple of notable trades. Still, the biggest names—Jon Lester, Max Scherzer...
Via The Sports Post
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners start ad campaign after Nelson Cruz signing

  The Seattle Mariners are hoping Safeco Field turns into a launching pad for home run balls after signing Nelson Cruz to a four-year, $57 million contract on Thursday.   And in case it does, the team wants to warn everyone in Seattle that their windshields might receive some harm from moonshots hit by Cruz. The team launched an awesome marketing campaign where they...
Via NESN.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade rumor: Charlie Blackmon heading to the Northwest?

Until last season, Charlie Blackmon was always considered as a mere trade asset for the Colorado Rockies organization. Their farm system’s top prospect, Blackmon was the subject of a number of potential trades. Most Rockies reporters assumed that Blackmon wouldn’t likely find his way into the everyday lineup before he was shipped off. This December it appears that the Blackmon...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Winter Meetings Preview

On December 6th, 2013, the Mariners agreed to a $240 Million deal with 2nd baseman Robinson Cano, making him the higthest paid player on the team. Nearly one year later, the Mariners have officially announced the signing of slugger Nelson Cruz. The M’s are on their way to become postseason favorites, but the job is not yet done. With the recent trade of Michael Saunders, it is...
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik Finally Making The Right Moves

Seattle Mariners management has finally pulled the trigger on that elusive right-handed power hitter we’ve all been begging for up here in the Northwest: the guy to dig us out of a depressing playoff slump has finally arrived. With the impending addition of Nelson Cruz to the Seattle Mariners for a reported $57 million over 4 years, it really does appear that Jack Zduriencik is...
Via Oregon Sports News
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Land Pitcher J.A. Happ, Send Michael Saunders To Blue Jays

SEATTLE — The Toronto Blue Jays hope they found their starting left fielder in Michael Saunders, while the Seattle Mariners hope J.A. Happ will be another left-hander for their strong starting rotation. The Mariners sent Saunders to the Blue Jays on Wednesday in exchange for Happ, with the trade filling needs for both clubs. The Mariners were hoping to...
Via NESN.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners trade Michael Saunders to Blue Jays for Happ

Lost in the hysteria of the Nick Markakis signing was this little nugget that seemingly sets the Braves up for another move. The Seattle Mariners traded outfielder Michael Saunders to the Toronto Blue Jays for starting pitcher J.A. Happ. #Mariners have traded OF Michael Saunders to #BlueJays for LHP J.A. Happ, according to a source. More to come at http://t.co/gtnhE8SFiG —...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Trade Michael Saunders to the Blue Jays

The Seattle Mariners made their first big trade of the offseason by sending former top prospect Michael Saunders to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for starting picther J.A. Happ. The move was first reported by ESPN’s Jayson Stark. #Mariners have traded OF Michael Saunders to #BlueJays for LHP J.A. Happ, according to a source. More to come at http://t.co/gtnhE8SFiG — Jayson...
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners acquire J.A. Happ from Blue Jays for Michael Saunders

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Blue Jays and Mariners have agreed to a trade that sends LHP J.A. Happ to Seattle for outfielder Michael Saunders. #Mariners have traded OF Michael Saunders to #BlueJays for LHP J.A. Happ, according to a source. More to come at http://t.co/gtnhE8SFiG — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 3, 2014 Happ, 32, posted a 4.22 ERA in 158 innings pitched...
Via Baseball Essential
14 days ago  |  Discuss

How Valuable a Trade Piece is Taijuan Walker?

It’s beyond evident the Seattle Mariners are trying to win in 2015. That’s the only reason you’d commit $58 million to a guy like Nelson Cruz, and even after that acquisition, the Mariners continue to look to add another bat. If they find one, it’s probably going to be an outfielder, and as the Mariners […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz: Meet Safeco Field

On Monday, one of the more anticipated transactions of the past two off-seasons finally came to pass: Nelson Cruz finally signed with the Mariners. Seattle’s interest in him dates back to at least last winter, but for various reasons, he ended up settling for a one year, $8 million deal with the Orioles for 2014 […]
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Mariners Now the Best Team in the AL?

Times are changing in Seattle. Their streak of losing seasons has come to an end and General Manager Jack Zduriencik has saved his job. After missing the playoffs by only one game in 2014, the Seattle Mariners proved that they are finally done rebuilding and were just a few solid additions away from not only contending for the AL wild card, but for the AL West Divisional Crown....
Via Baseball Essential
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners rumors: Cespedes, Cruz, Kemp

Hanley Ramirez is out of the equation, as is (now) former third-baseman Pablo Sandoval. Both are now heading to Boston to be members of the Red Sox. As for the Seattle Mariners, the key targets in this year’s free agency pool remain the same: Yoenis Cespedes, Nelson Cruz and Matt Kemp. All three would presumably bring the much-needed component of power to the Mariners lineup. And...
Via isportsweb.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Seager reportedly agrees to seven-year extension with Mariners

Holy crap, the Seattle Mariners are doing something good once again. The club is reportedly in agreement with third baseman Kyle Seager on a seven-year contract extension worth $100 million. The contract also contains an eighth year option worth $20 million. The 27-year old Seager has hit .262/.328/.429 in three-plus seasons in the majors. 2014 was the best year of his career, as...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Seager, Mariners Agree On Seven-Year, $100 Million Contract

SEATTLE — Kyle Seager has cashed in on the best season of his young career, becoming the third Seattle Mariners player to reach the $100 million threshold. The third baseman and the Mariners have agreed to a $100 million, seven-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the...
Via NESN.com
23 days ago  |  Discuss

M's sign Kyle Seager to $100 million extension

The Seattle Mariners have yet to hit the free agent market hard this offseason, but they appear to have signed third baseman Kyle Seager to a whopping seven-year, $100 million contract extension (via ESPN.com). Seager hit .268 with 25 homers and 96 RBI in a 2014 season that saw him earn an All-Star appearance and win the Gold Glove award. All three were career high numbers for the...
Via Sportsnaut
23 days ago  |  Discuss
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