Mariners Rumors & News

  • Mariners, lefty Marc Rzepczynski agree on 2-year deal worth $11M

    ESPN "Free-agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski has agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Seattle Mariners, an MLB source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Friday. Rzepczynski, 31, posted a 2.64 ERA in 47⅔ innings last season for the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals. The Nationals..." December 03

  • Mariners reach two-year deal with lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski

    Tacoma News Tribune "General manager Jerry Dipoto checked another item off the Mariners’ off-season shopping list Thursday when the club reached a two-year agreement with veteran free-agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski. Financial details of the deal, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, are not yet..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Mariners Interested In Doug Fister

    MLB Trade Rumors "As the Mariners look to bolster their rotation, free agent righty Doug Fister is a “name of interest” to the organization, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. Already a plausible pursuer of starting pitching, the M’s now appear clearly in need of another arm after dealing Taijuan..." November 29

  • Mariners’ search for rotation help could lead them back to their past

    Tacoma News Tribune "The next step for the Mariners in bolstering their rotation is to find a veteran arm capable of stepping into the middle of the unit, and the search could lead them to return to their past. A source confirmed right-hander Doug Fister, a free agent, to be a "name of interest" in the club’s..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Mariners, Diamondbacks work out five-player trade

    ESPN "The Diamondbacks have acquired right-hander Taijuan Walker as part of a five-player trade that saw veteran shortstop Jean Segura shipped to the Mariners. Arizona also acquired infielder Ketel Marte from Seattle as part of the deal, with outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-hander Zac Curtis going..." November 24

  • Mariners release Tom Wilhelmsen

    Hardball Talk "The Mariners announced on Tuesday that reliever Tom Wilhelmsen has been placed on waivers for the purpose of releasing him. Wilhelmsen, 32, returned to the Mariners for a second time in June after opening the 2016 season with the Rangers. " November 22

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Mariners asked Pirates about McCutchen

    Hardball Talk "MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners inquired with the Pirates about outfielder Andrew McCutchen earlier this offseason, but talks didn’t advance any further. McCutchen, 30, is coming off an uncharacteristically mediocre season. The five-time All-Star hit .256/.336/.430 with 24..." November 21

  • Astros' deal with Josh Reddick makes Nori Aoki a non-tender candidate

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros have a decision to make in the next two weeks regarding recently acquired outfielder Nori Aoki. Thursday's four-year, $52 million agreement with free agent corner outfielder Josh Reddick makes it less of a certainty the team tenders Aoki a contract in arbitration before the Dec. 2..." November 20

  • Mariners acquire Shaffer, Motter from Rays in 5-player deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have traded infielder/outfielder Richie Shaffer and infielder/outfielder Taylor Motter to the Mariners in exchange for minor league first baseman Dalton Kelly and minor league right-handers Andrew Kittredge and Dylan Thompson, the teams announced. The 25-year-old Shaffer (pictured) was..." November 19

  • Mariners land lefty Pazos from Yankees

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced that they’ve acquired left-hander James Pazos from the Yankees in exchange for minor league right-hander Zack Littell. Additionally, Seattle has designated veteran righty Tom Wilhelmsen for assignment and added lefty Paul Fry, corner infielder D.J. Peterson and right-hander..." November 19

  • Mariners DFA Wilhelmsen, leave 'open door' for return "Veteran right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Friday on a busy day in which left-hander David Rollins was claimed off waivers by the Cubs and outfielder Stefen Romero was released in order to open up needed spots on the 40-man roster. Wilhelmsen has a 3.01..." November 19

  • Cubs Claim David Rollins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have claimed lefty David Rollins off waivers from the Mariners, per a team announcement. He can be controlled at the league minimum salary. It could be that Chicago intends to try to slip Rollins through waivers itself. After all, the Cubs are at the end of the line for waiver claims,..." November 18

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Mariners Remain Interested In Zack Cozart

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners nearly acquired Reds shortstop Zack Cozart prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, and their interest in the veteran infielder has persisted into the offseason, reports Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. Dutton has previously reported that back on Aug. 1, the Mariners and Reds..." November 16

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Mariners could say goodbye to Gutierrez, Lee

    Hardball Talk "The Mariners netted themselves another viable hitter on Saturday, swapping right-hander Paul Blackburn for Athletics’ infielder Danny Valencia, but GM Jerry Dipoto thinks it could spell the end for first baseman Dae-Ho Lee and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez. Although the Mariners haven’t refused..." November 13

  • A's Trade Danny Valencia to Mariners

    NBC Bay Area "The A's on Saturday traded infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia to the Mariners, according to multiple national reports. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! was first to report the news. Greg Johns of has reported the A's will receive minor leage pitcher Paul Blackburn in return." November 12

  • Mariners Have Interest In Brett Cecil, Boone Logan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have expressed some early interest in free agent lefty Brett Cecil tweets Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, and the M’s are also likely to take a look at southpaw Boone Logan in free agency, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times tweets. Morosi notes that the Mariners are “determined” to add a..." November 10

  • Mariners like Marte, but could acquire SS help "The Mariners like what they have seen so far from young shortstop Ketel Marte. They just want to see more and on a more consistent basis. "With Mike Freeman, with Shawn O'Malley and with Ketel, we feel we have some level of depth," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said at the General..." November 10

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Mariners showing interest in Mike Napoli

    Larry Brown Sports "Mike Napoli returning to the AL West might not actually be the craziest timeline. According to a report by Jon Morosi of FOX Sports on Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners are showing early interest in Napoli. Morosi also notes Napoli’s history with Mariners manager Scott Servais, who served as..." November 08

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Dodgers reportedly trade veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz to Mariners

    CBS Sports "The Seattle Mariners have acquired veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jon Heyman reports. Ruiz will be 38 next season and just experienced his first few months away from the Phillies. After 11 years and 3,884 plate appearances with the Phillies, the man we affectionately..." November 07

  • Hazelbaker, Kiekhefer are claimed on waivers

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Early-season sparkplug Jeremy Hazelbaker, who hit three homers and batted .481 in the first two weeks of the 2016 season, and lefthanded reliever Dean Kiekhefer were lost by the Cardinals through waiver claims Friday. The Arizona Diamondbacks plucked lefthanded-hitting outfielder Hazelbaker and..." November 05

  • Astros claim outfielder Nori Aoki off waivers

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros on Thursday claimed outfielder Nori Aoki off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Aoki, who will be 35 next season, batted .283 with a .349 on-base percentage and a .388 slugging percentage in 417 at-bats in 2016. " November 03

  • Mariners Exercise Seth Smith’s Option, Decline Option On Chris Iannetta

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced today that they’ve exercised their $7MM option on outfielder Seth Smith and declined a $4.25MM option on catcher Chris Iannetta. " November 03

  • Rangers get RHP Adrian Sampson on waiver claim from Mariners

    Sportsnet "The Texas Rangers have received right-hander Adrian Sampson on a waiver claim from the Seattle Mariners. Sampson made his major league debut last season before surgery to repair of flexor tendon in his right elbow. He is expected to be in an injury rehabilitation program for the start of the..." November 02

  • Mariners Interested In Re-Signing Dae-Ho Lee

    MLB Trade Rumors "Korean slugger Dae-ho Lee recently returned home after his first season in the Majors and spoke to reporters at Incheon International Airport in Korea, revealing that manager Scott Servais and second baseman Robinson Cano have already informed him that they hope he’ll return for a second season..." November 01

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • Leonys Martin Switches Agencies

    MLB Trade Rumors "Mariners center fielder Leonys Martin has changed agencies and will now be represented by Wasserman, according to a tweet from his new representation. Martin, 29 next March, slumped badly over the final two months of the 2016 season but still enjoyed a nice all-around year in his debut campaign..." October 26

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Mariners add Scott Brosius as assistant hitting coach

    Today's Knuckleball "The Seattle Mariners announced on Thursday that the club has added Scott Brosius to their Major League coaching staff. He will serve as the club’s assistant hitting coach alongside Edgar Martinez. The team also announced that the rest of the coaching staff will return next season as..." October 20

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Kyle Seager checked up on Matt Shoemaker every day after line drive injury

    Hardball Talk "Last month, Angels starter Matt Shoemaker was hit in the head by a line drive hit by Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. He suffered a fractured skull and a hematoma, requiring emergency surgery. Fortunately, Shoemaker is recovering and sounds eager to return to the mound. Good Morning America..." October 10

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