Mariners Rumors & News

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Why did the Mariners trade touted pitching prospect Luiz Gohara?

    Fox Sports "Two scouts texted me Wednesday — unsolicited — after the Mariners traded one of their top pitching prospects, left-hander Luiz Gohara, to the Braves. “Giving up Gohara, worst move EVER!!” the first scout said. “Best pitcher in the Arizona Fall League,” the second scout said, adding that..." January 12

  • Mariners get lefty starter Drew Smyly from Rays for 3 players

    ESPN 710 Seattle "Not even hours after their last trade, the Mariners have made another move – a much bigger one. Seattle has acquired left-handed starting pitcher Drew Smyly from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Mallex Smith, infielder Carlos Vargas and left-handed pitcher Ryan Yarbrough. Smith was one of..." January 12

  • Mariners Acquire Simmons and Smith from Atlanta

    MLB Blogs "Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Shae Simmons and outfielder Mallex Smith from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor league left-handed pitchers Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Dealing M's have a two-year window, and they know it

    CBS Sports "It's all perfectly rational behavior. The Mariners last season won 86 games and remained in contention until the final day of the regular season. For 2017, they return a playoff-worthy core, so it follows that they'd be among the most active teams this offseason. Indeed, GM Gerry Dipoto on Friday..." January 07

  • Mariners make another move, acquire OF Jarrod Dyson from Royals for Nathan Karns

    Seattle Times "It wasn’t that long ago — two years to be exact — where the Mariners would consistently roll out one of the worst outfield defenses in all of baseball. That will change this season. With his second trade on Friday, general manager Jerry Dipoto acquired ultra-fast outfielder Jarrod Dyson from..." January 06

  • Mariners acquire starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo from the Orioles in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith

    Seattle Times "It took perhaps a few weeks longer than expected based on his typical transactional activity, but Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has acquired the experienced middle of the rotation starting pitcher he’d desired. On Friday morning, the Mariners completed a trade to acquire veteran..." January 06

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Orioles sign Jesus Montero to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles have signed 1B/DH Jesus Montero to a minor league contract. Montero, 27, was handed a 50-game suspension in late September last year after testing positive for dimethylbutylamine, a banned substance. " January 03

  • Reds sign relief pitcher Drew Storen

    Cincinnati Enquirer "It took them until 2017, but the Cincinnati Reds finally signed a player to a major-league deal. On Tuesday, the Reds agreed to a one-year deal with free agent right-hander Drew Storen. Cincinnati waived pitcher Tyrell Jenkins to make room on the 40-man roster. The 29-year-old Storen, an..." January 03

  • King Felix limited to just 2 winter league starts

    MLB.com "Felix Hernandez's pitching plans in the Venezuelan Winter League have been cut short as the Mariners' ace is done following just two starts with his hometown Magallanes squad after it was eliminated from the upcoming playoffs, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed on..." December 31

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Mariners signing free-agent outfielder Jose Bautista? Wanna bet?

    Tacoma News Tribune "Here’s an interesting debate topic for Mariners fans as they gather for the holidays while awaiting the next move by general manager Jerry Dipoto: Jose Bautista. The online gaming folks at www.SportsBettingDime.com sent out a news release Friday in which they listed the Mariners as a 12/1..." December 18

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • Mariners sell hard-throwing Arquimedes Caminero to Japanese club

    Tacoma News Tribune "The crowded Mariners’ bullpen is about to lose hard-throwing right-hander Arquimedes Caminero to the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League. Sources confirmed Caminero, 29, is close to an agreement with the Giants. The possible move was first reported Friday on twitter by Kazuto Yamazaki of..." December 11

  • Have the Mariners made their rotation better?

    Fanrag Sports "The Mariners did not emerge from the Winter Meetings as one of the big movers and shakers, but they did address their move obvious need. They entered the offseason lacking rotation depth, and in trading Taijuan Walker to the Diamondbacks in last month’s Jean Segura deal, they left themselves even..." December 08

  • Giants trade Chris Heston to Mariners

    CSN Bay Area "Faced with a crowded depth chart and a need for a roster spot, the Giants shipped right-hander Chris Heston to Seattle on Wednesday night. The Mariners announced the deal shortly after 7pm PT on Wednesday. Heston, who made 31 starts and threw a no-hitter for the Giants in 2015, would have..." December 08

  • Mariners in talks with Mark Trumbo?

    ESPN "The Seattle Mariners are seriously discussing signing free-agent slugger Mark Trumbo, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden. David Schoenfield's take: This is a strange idea, considering Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto has twice traded Trumbo -- once while GM of the Angels and then last offseason, when he..." December 07

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Mariners Listening To Offers On Seth Smith

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners are listening to offers on outfielder Seth Smith, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Indeed, the M’s have long been willing to consider moving the veteran, who’ll earn $7MM this year after his club option was picked up, according to the report. Smith, 34, could certainly..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • 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