Hardball Talk "The Mariners brought back Kendrys Morales in a deal with the Twins today, but they aren’t done attempting to upgrade. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, the Mariners have asked the Rockies about the availability of outfielder Drew Stubbs. Thomas Harding of MLB.com confirms the report and..." July 25
MLB.com "The Mariners acquired first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales, 31, is scheduled to report to the Mariners tomorrow, at which time a 25-man roster move will be made. A jersey number..." July 25
McClendon also indicated SS Chris Taylor would get a good chance to show what he can do. "He'll get his fair share of playing time."
Bloomquist will have a MRI on his knee today. Injured it running to first yesterday.
Hardball Talk "Taijuan Walker rejoined Seattle’s rotation Wednesday after spending most of the season on the disabled list and at Triple-A, but after struggling in his start against the Mets the Mariners have sent the 21-year-old rookie back to the minors. Walker gave up just two runs in five innings, but..." July 24
New York Post "Bartolo Colon must really want out. The veteran right-hander hasn’t exactly drawn great interest heading toward next week’s non-waiver trade deadline, but on Wednesday had the kind of performance for the Mets that gets you noticed. After retiring the first 20 batters he faced, Colon settled..." July 24
New York Post "Add “stopper” to Jacob deGrom’s burgeoning Mets résumé. In a solid rotation, minus Matt Harvey, it’s the rookie deGrom moving to the forefront. Or you could just call him de facto ace. On Tuesday, he filled that role nicely, with seven dominant innings that led to a 3-1 victory over the..." July 23
The Wall Street Journal "As Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approaches the end of his final season on the job, the task of choosing his successor remains far from finished. But there is a growing sense of inevitability among baseball officials that the job will end up going to Selig's right-hand man. Rob..." July 23
#Mariners plan to recall RHP Taijuan Walker from Tacoma to start Wednesday vs. Mets.
Seattle Times "At the very least, Roenis Elias’ previous three starts had to cause a hint concern among Mariners’ brass. The left-hander from Cuba had allowed 16 earned runs in 141/3 innings over the past month, and it was fair to wonder if the grind of a long season was starting to take its toll on the..." July 22
#Angels have signed veteran C John Buck to a minor lg deal and assigned him to AAA. DFA'd by Mariners earlier this season.
Seattle Times "Not many runs were expected. Not many runs were scored. With All-Star starting pitcher Felix Hernandez and snubbed All-Star Garrett Richards matching up Saturday night, hitters for both the Mariners and Angels were in for a long and frustrating night. Both pitchers delivered, allowing just a..." July 20
Taijuan Walker is done for the night in Reno, leaves w/ 6-2 lead. 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 W, 1 K, 1 HBP, 90 pitches 52 strikes. Got 3 GIDPs.
L.A. Daily News "The Angels on Friday entered their first action since the all-star break having won five consecutive games, 10 of 11 and 12 of 14. Often a manager doesn’t want a rest during such a run. But Angels skipper Mike Scioscia said the four days off were welcome. “It’s a good thing,” Scioscia said..." July 19
CBSSports.com "The Rays are said to have talked to the Mariners about pitching prospect Taijuan Walker plus two or three other top young players in talks involving pitcher David Price, league sources said. Talks are ongoing and fluid, and deals being discussed could include just Price from Tampa Bay, Price..." July 18
Mariners are having ongoing trade discussions with Rays regarding David Price and Ben Zobrist, sources say. No deal imminent. @FOXSports1
MLB.com "The 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field was always going to be about Derek Jeter. Jeter has been the face of baseball for nearly two decades, winning five World Series titles and being named an All-Star 14 times in a career that is set to end with his retirement after the season. So it was..." July 16
#Mariners have released catcher John Buck, who was designated July 8 for assignment. That makes him a free agent.
ESPN.com "As the recent death of Tony Gwynn to salivary gland cancer continues to resonate in baseball circles, commissioner Bud Selig and Players Association executive director Tony Clark both want MLB to make strides toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of smokeless tobacco in the game. But..." July 15
Hardball Talk "Last week the Mariners were said to be interested in Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd and now their search for a right-handed hitter apparently includes Royals designated hitter Billy Butler. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Mariners have “talked to the Royals about Butler,” who has..." July 15
AL All-Star lineup Jeter SS Trout LF Cano 2B Cabrera 1B Bautista RF Cruz DH Jones CF Donaldson 3B Perez C Hernandez P
NL All-Star lineup: McCutchen CF Puig RF Tulowitzki SS Goldschmidt 1B Stanton DH A. Ramirez 3B Utley 2B Lucroy C Gomez LF Wainwright P
Seattle Times "On a night when his bobblehead found the hands of the first 20,000 spectators at Safeco Field, Hisashi Iwakuma pitched a nearly flawless baseball game. “I thought Iwakuma was as sharp as he’s been all year,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said after the 6-2 victory Saturday over..." July 13
CBSSports.com "Marlon Byrd has emerged as a possible option for the Mariners, who are looking to enhance their righthanded hitting production, but if Byrd can't be acquired, the fairly thin market still may offer Josh Willingham, Alex Rios and perhaps turnaround candidates like Junior Lake or Dayan..." July 12
Hardball Talk "Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders is headed back to the disabled list. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Saunders has been diagnosed with an oblique injury, which he suffered on a check-swing in the eighth inning of Thursday’s game against the Twins. Saunders was previously on..." July 12
Seattle Times "From almost the moment Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made the announcement last week, there was plenty of debate about the decision to move Felix Hernandez’s scheduled start back a day to Friday to face the American League West-leading Oakland A’s. Some liked it, some loathed it and others..." July 12
CSN Philly "As baseball’s trade season heats up, Marlon Byrd will be connected to any team looking for a bat. The Phillies’ rightfielder is having an excellent season. He leads the team in homers (18) and slugging (.481) and is second in RBIs (52). Byrd has been down this road before. He was traded from..." July 12
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins left Safeco Field on Thursday night with a short-term goal to reach before the All-Star break, one that emerged this week: Hit the break with a little momentum. The Twins held off the Mariners 4-2 Thursday, winning the final three games of the four-game series after coming in..." July 11
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Every time Twins designated hitter Kendrys Morales has come to the plate in this series, he has been booed like a traitor. He played with the Mariners in 2013 and elected to go into free agency rather than accept their qualifying offer of $12 million. The Mariners could use some offense now,..." July 10
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Phil Hughes’ next outing is scheduled for Sunday in Colorado. So even if he made the AL All-Star team he would have been unable to pitch in the Midsummer Classic because of a league rule prohibiting pitchers who start so close to the game from appearing. But Hughes had sealed his own fate,..." July 09
Seattle Times "A game that featured one of the least-celebrated home runs in recent Mariner history at Safeco Field also turned into one of the least-celebrated victories by the team itself. Michael Saunders hit one of two solo home runs to back up some fantastic pitching by Hisashi Iwakuma and lift Seattle..." July 08
Hardball Talk "The Mariners won last night but Seattle Times reporter Ryan Divish says the atmosphere in the clubhouse afterward was “similar to a 12-inning loss.” Why? Because, as Divish reports, the M’s designated popular veteran catcher John Buck for assignment. Buck was hitting .226/.293/.286 with one..." July 08
Seattle Times "Perhaps the struggles on the South Side are coming to an end for the Mariners. Long after squandering a gem of a performance from starting pitcher Felix Hernandez, long after improbably tying the score in the top of the ninth, the Mariners finally picked up a rare win at U.S. Cellular Field on..." July 06
Jays claim OF Cole Gillespie from the Mariners, DFA Kenny Wilson, per a team release.
Chicago Tribune "An imposing slugger such as Jose Abreu is a viable threat anywhere in the White Sox batting order, any day of the week. "I wouldn't necessarily bat him leadoff, but other than that, any spot in the lineup would be a good one," manager Robin Ventura said. "But you want him to get up there more..." July 05
#Mariners LHP James Paxton says he "felt great" in 52-pitch bullpen session. Slotted for simulated game on Tuesday at Safeco.
CBSSports.com "The Seattle Mariners have activated Corey Hart from the 15-day disabled list, the club announced Friday. Cole Gillespie has been designated for assignment as a corresponding move. Hart, 32, is hitting .209/.295/.353 (85 OPS+) with five doubles, five homers and 17 RBI in 37 games this season,..." July 04
The #Padres will place SS Everth Cabrera on the DL today. INF Brooks Conrad will be added to roster. Back in bigs for first time since '12.
Seattle Times "For five innings it was a baseball game. For five innings it was an interminably slow baseball game that was destined to be bogged down in situational pitching changes and other delays. But then the sixth inning happened. And it was no longer a game, but yet another blowout victory for the..." July 02
Hardball Talk "Taijuan Walker rejoined the Mariners’ rotation yesterday after a long time on the sidelines and fellow top pitching prospect James Paxton is finally making some progress in his return as well. Paxton has been on the disabled list since early April with a shoulder injury, getting shut down..." July 01
Seattle Times "Taijuan Walker, the Mariners’ prized pitching prospect, was far from dominating in his first start of the season. His command wasn’t pinpoint, and Houston batters took advantage with homers in the first two inning. But unlike pitchers who have occupied that spot in the Seattle rotation this..." July 01
McClendon on decisions regarding return of Hart, Smoak from DL: "I would say it would probably be a few more days for sure."
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Before he took the mound at Safeco Field on Saturday night, Josh Tomlin wasn't pitching like Josh Tomlin. The Little Cowboy had been knocked around by Detroit and Arizona. Saturday night Tomlin didn't exactly pitch like himself either. Not if you call throwing the best game in his career a..." June 29
MLB.com "Taijuan Walker, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, is expected to make his season debut for the Mariners on Monday in Houston, Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Saturday night. Walker, 21, is the Mariners' top prospect and ranked fifth among all Major League prospects by MLB.com...." June 29
Seattle Times "The 28,084 at Safeco Field on Friday night saw the twin oddities of a 7-6-3 double play and an Endy Chavez home run. They also saw something that for a time this year might have seemed unusual but is now beginning to become the norm — another Mariner win. Chavez hit his first home run since..." June 28
CSN New England "David Ortiz hit the 449th home run of his career in the first inning, added a line drive RBI single off the wall in the third, and the Boston Red Sox avoided being swept with a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. Ortiz plunked a two-run shot off the windows of the cafe in..." June 26
CBSSports.com "The Mariners' obvious need is hitting help for stars Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in a lineup that ranks near the bottom in OPS. Yet, the two players most connected to Seattle trade talks are pitchers Jeff Samardzija (who they are said to like very much) and Jason Hammel. The Mariners have..." June 25