Mariners Rumors & News

  • Rob Manfred hopes to rule on MLB domestic violence cases by opening day

    Sporting News "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred hopes to make his rulings by opening day on three pending cases under baseball's new domestic violence policy. Manfred — in a recent Q&A with Harvard Law Today — discussed a wide range of topics, including pace of play, the DH and negotiations on a new collective..." February 11

  • Mariners sign reliever Joel Peralta to minor-league deal

    Seattle Times "The Mariners announced Tuesday that they have signed right-handed reliever Joel Peralta to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. The 39-year-old Peralta was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA and three saves in 33 appearances in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He struck out 24 and..." February 09

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Mariners Sign Dae-ho Lee

    Lookout Landing "Late last night/early this morning, Jerry's team of elves were busy making some shoes, signing 33-year-old South Korean slugger Dae-ho Lee to a one-year, four million dollar contract. The imposing righty is coming off his best year of his four-year career in the NPB, bashing 31 HRs for the league..." February 03

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Mariners’ Paxton says he’s `ready to show I can last an entire season’

    Tacoma News Tribune "Left-handed pitcher James Paxton walked into the interview area this weekend at Safeco Field when the Mariners held their annual FanFest — and the first question was easy: "Where’s the rest of you?" Paxton, now 27, is down 20 pounds or more since he ended last season relegated again to..." February 01

  • Mariners trainer '100 percent' confident Iwakuma's healthy

    The Score "The Seattle Mariners will have a healthy Hisashi Iwakuma in their starting rotation next season when they strive to become American League West champions after a busy first offseason for general manager Jerry Dipoto. Mariners trainer Rick Griffin said he was "100 percent" confident in the..." January 29

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • Mariners' Sucre to miss 6 months after surgery

    The Score "The Seattle Mariners' catching depth took a major blow on Thursday, when it was announced that backstop Jesus Sucre would miss six months following surgery on a fractured fibula. Sucre broke his leg during winter ball in Venezuela earlier this month. Initial reports indicated the 27-year-old..." January 28

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

  • 22d
    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Busy Mariners make small roster improvements

    SI "2015 Results 76–86 (.469), fourth place in American League West (Hot Stove Preview) Key Departures LHP Joe Beimel*, LHP Roenis Elias, RHP Danny Farquhar, SS Brad Miller, 1B Logan Morrison, RHP Carson Smith, 1B Mark Trumbo, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen Key Arrivals OF Nori Aoki, RHP Joaquin..." January 20

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • 26d
    Bob Dutton @TNT_Mariners

    #Mariners confirm catcher Jesus Sucre has what has been initially characterized as a broken fibula, Complete exam scheduled for Monday.

  • Mariners' Sucre breaks leg in Venezuelan League

    MLB.com "Mariners pitchers and catchers are due to report to Spring Training in just over a month, and it appears the club will be without Jesus Sucre for the start of camp after the 27-year-old backstop broke a bone in his right leg during a playoff game in the Venezuelan League on Sunday. Sucre..." January 18

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Ishikawa will earn $900K if in majors with Mariners.

  • Furbush and Scribner reach deals, avoid arbitration

    Tacoma News Tribune "The Mariners avoided the possibility of any potentially messy arbitration hearings Friday by reaching one-year agreements with relief pitchers Charlie Furbush and Evan Scribner. Furbush will make $1.6 million, which represents a raise of $300,000 from his 2015 salary of $1.3 million. Scribner..." January 16

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    Rotoworld Baseball @Rotoworld_BB

    Mariners settle with Martin at $4.15 million https://t.co/5hUkfWh5ex

  • Mark Trumbo, Orioles avoid arbitration for $9.15 million

    Hardball Talk "Baltimore knew Mark Trumbo would command a big salary when they acquired him from Seattle and now the Orioles have signed the first baseman/outfielder to a one-year, $9.15 million deal to avoid arbitration. Trumbo didn’t cost much to acquire because he was a quasi-salary dump, as the Mariners..." January 14

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • Mariners acquire right-hander Joe Wieland from the Dodgers for a minor league infielder

    Seattle Times "The Mariners continued to make tweaks and minor changes to their roster as spring training lingers just over 30 days away. On Tuesday, general manager Jerry Dipoto made a trade for starting pitching depth, acquiring right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for..." January 13

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Source: Mariners acquire right-hander Joe Wieland from the Dodgers. Minor leaguers believed to be coming back from Seattle to Los Angeles.

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

  • Ken Griffey Jr.'s No. 24 will be retired by Mariners organization

    Yahoo! Sports "Two days after Ken Griffey Jr.'s call to the National Baseball Hall of Fame became official, the Seattle Mariners have announced perhaps the coolest possible tribute to Griffey aside from his election to Cooperstown. Beginning in 2016, no player in the entire Seattle Mariners organization will..." January 09

  • Hall of Fame hat announcements: Mariners for Griffey, Mets for Piazza

    Hardball Talk "At a dual press conference this afternoon Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza revealed the hats they’ll be wearing on their respective Hall of Fame plaques. Griffey, who played 13 of his 22 seasons and hit 417 of his 630 home runs in Seattle, will be wearing a Mariners hat. He’ll be the first..." January 07

  • Looking Ahead To The 2017 Hall of Fame Class

    Baseball Essential "With the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class consisting of two very worthy members in Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the voters of the BBWAA will have another ballot to cast one year from now. Griffey Jr. received the highest percentage of the vote in history, left off only three ballots, while..." January 07

  • 36d
    Greg Johns @GregJohnsMLB

    Mariners have signed RH reliever Ryan Cook to a one-year deal.

  • MLB has a billion reasons for new live-streaming deal in China

    Sporting News "MLB's international initiative has targeted all the TVs in China. That's a growth potential of more than 1 billion new fans, the result of a "wide-ranging partnership" announced Wednesday with China-based Le Sports in which major league games will be live-streamed in China for the first..." January 07

  • Hall of Fame may let Ken Griffey Jr.’s plaque feature backwards hat

    Larry Brown Sports "There are two things that stood out about Ken Griffey Jr.: his picturesque swing and his picturesque smile. It wasn’t just his ability to hit and rob home runs on the field that stood out, but also how cool he looked while doing it. Griffey had a smile made for Instagram’s heart button, and his..." January 07

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    SI MLB @si_mlb

    Your first new member of the Baseball Hall of Fame: Mike Piazza

  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza elected

    CBS Sports "The National Baseball Hall of Fame has two new members. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza have both been voted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, it was announced Wednesday evening. Induction weekend will be held July 22-25 this summer, at the Hall of Fame in..." January 06

  • 37d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    Griffey left off 3 ballots, still sets record for highest percentage ((over 99) surpassing Tom Seaver.

  • Griffey looks spiffy; percentage junior to none?

    MLB.com "While Tim Raines, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and a few others will wait with varying levels of uncertainty for their phones to ring on Wednesday to find out if they have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, one candidate will have no such anxiety. For Ken Griffey Jr., it's not a..." January 05

  • Shift In Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Could Pave The Way For Those Clouded In PED Controversy

    Forbes.com "Since 1936, players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it’s safe to say that in no time since has there not be controversy about players that did, or did not gain inclusion. The criteria for voting, based upon the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), is described..." January 04

  • Mariners expect to have right roster mix in '16

    MLB.com "Sometimes you can feel the winds of change coming. But for the Mariners, it's been more like watching a hurricane blow through as new general manager Jerry Dipoto flipped the franchise in short order after coming on board in the final week of a disappointing 2015 season. The biggest question..." December 30

  • Will Ken Griffey Jr. get 100 percent of the Baseball Hall of Fame vote?

    Sporting News "Who he was: It might actually happen. With 112 ballots made public so far in the BBWAA vote for the Hall of Fame, Ken Griffey Jr. has been named on all of them. While around 350 ballots remain to be seen, there’s a chance one of the finest baseball players of his generation could go into..." December 30

  • Postseason hero Dave 'Hendu' Henderson dies at 57

    Yahoo! Sports "Former major league outfielder Dave Henderson, who was best remembered for his postseason heroics with the Boston Red Sox during the 1986 ALCS, died Sunday at the age 57. Affectionately nicknamed 'Hendu' by his friends and teammates, Henderson played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball,..." December 27

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