Mariners Rumors & News

  • Mariners activate Mike Zunino from DL "Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Friday the following roster moves: • Mike Zunino, C, recalled from rehab assignment at high-A Modesto and activated from 10-day disabled list. • Mike Marjama, C, optioned to AAA Tacoma..." April 20

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018 "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Healy injures right ankle in postgame workout "Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy injured his right ankle in a postgame workout following Saturday's 11-4 victory over the Twins and was on crutches with a walking boot on Sunday when Seattle's final game of the series was postponed by inclement weather. Manager Scott Servais said Healy will..." April 08

  • Mariners' Chris Herrmann: Inks minor-league deal

    CBS Sports "Herrmann signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Saturday, Mike Curto of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers radio network reports. The 30-year-old backstop spent the past two seasons as the Diamondbacks' backup catcher, but he was released by the team at the end of spring training." April 08

  • Eagle lands on Mariners pitcher James Paxton during national anthem

    Sportsnaut "W.C. Fields once said to “never work with children or animals.” After pregame ceremony prior to the Minnesota Twins home opener against the Seattle Mariners, we’re guessing that Seattle pitcher James Paxton would agree. The pregame festivities for Minnesota’s home opener featured a World War II..." April 05

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • Nelson Cruz placed on the DL with a sprained ankle

    Hardball Talk "The Mariners placed DH Nelson Cruz on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 1, with a sprained right ankle. Cruz’s injury was kind of dumb: he slipped on the dugout steps after hitting a home run in Saturday’s game against the Indians." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Mariners place Mike Zunino on 10-day disabled list with left oblique strain

    Hardball Talk "Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, the club announced Friday. Zunino reportedly sustained the injury during batting practice on Wednesday and had yet to make his season debut for Seattle. At this point, it’s not clear exactly how..." March 31

  • Nelson Cruz to get MRI after spraining ankle with dugout slip

    ESPN "Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz will get an MRI on Sunday after he sustained a sprained right ankle in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Indians. Cruz, who earlier in the game hit his second home run of the season, injured the ankle when he slipped on the dugout steps." March 31

  • Ken Griffey Jr. statue outside of Safeco Field repaired in time for Opening Day

    Sportsnaut "A statue of Ken Griffey Jr. outside of Safeco Field was damaged in October. Fortunately for Griffey, the Seattle Mariners, and baseball fans everywhere, the statue was repaired in time for the team’s opener against the Cleveland Indians. “A vandal, who was later arrested, broke off the bat..." March 30

  • Mariners Catcher Mike Marjama on Overcoming Eating Disorder: 'Everyone's Got Their Demons'

    Complex "Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Marjama is opening up about his former struggles with an eating disorder. In an interview with ABC News, Marjama revealed his eating disorder developed when he was in the eighth grade and reached a dangerous peak when he was a junior in high school. "Don't judge a..." March 28

  • Mariners bringing in veteran outfielder Jayson Werth on a minor league contract

    Seattle Times "The Mariners are giving another veteran outfielder to keep playing and try show he can eventually help them this season. Multiple sources confirmed that outfielder Jayson Werth has agreed to a minor league contract with the Mariners. The deal is contingent on Werth passing a physical. He will..." March 27

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • Mariners Re-Sign Hisashi Iwakuma To New Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners released right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma from the minor league contract he signed over the winter and immediately re-signed him to a new one, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation tweets. The club made the move to avoid paying Iwakuma, an Article XX(B) free agent, a $100K retention bonus. As was..." March 26

  • James Paxton happy with role as No. 2 starter "James Paxton could have been upset by the Mariners' decision to announce Felix Hernandez as their Opening Day starter on Sunday, given that Paxton clearly was coming off a better season and has been healthy all spring. But after wrapping up his own Cactus League season with five solid innings..." March 26

  • Mariners name Felix Hernandez to start on Opening Day, his 10th straight

    Seattle Times "Baseball circumstance forced Felix Hernandez to have to work harder than he may ever have to earn an Opening Day start. But Sunday, Mariners manager Scott Servais said Hernandez ultimately showed the team everything it needed to see as he bounced back from being hit by a line drive in the arm..." March 25

  • Mariners bring back lefty Wade LeBlanc on a big league contract

    Seattle Times "With spring training in its final days and the 2018 season looming, teams are paring down rosters and players are suddenly becoming available on the open market. The Mariners have used that situation to bring back veteran left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to add to their opening day roster. A..." March 25

  • Ichiro Suzuki goes through protocol, cleared after getting hit in helmet

    ESPN "Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who was hit in the batting helmet by a pitch Friday, went through concussion protocol and was cleared Saturday. Manager Scott Servais held Ichiro out of Saturday's game to give him another day of rest. He is hopeful that the 44-year-old outfielder will..." March 24

  • Ichiro Suzuki hit in helmet by pitch, exits spring training game

    ESPN "Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki took a pitch off the helmet in a minor league appearance on Friday in Peoria, Arizona, and had to leave the game. He was helped to his feet by trainers but walked off the field on his own. He is "doing well," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto told..." March 23

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • David Phelps To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Mariners right-handed reliever David Phelps suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm and will miss the season, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. He’ll need to undergo Tommy John surgery, Greg Johns of adds (Twitter links). Phelps suffered the injury on the..." March 22

  • Mariners claim Dario Alvarez off waivers from Cubs

    Hardball Talk "Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have claimed pitcher Dario Alvarez off waivers from the Cubs. The Mariners will option him to Triple-A Tacoma and have him report to minor league camp. Alvarez will serve as bullpen depth for the Mariners." March 21

  • Door open for Felix to make Opening Day start "Seattle manager Scott Servais stopped short of announcing Felix Hernandez as the Mariners' Opening Day starter on Wednesday, but he has the 31-year-old right-hander lined up to pitch the first game against the Indians on March 29 and will stick with that plan if everything goes well in Hernandez's..." March 21

  • Mariners To Sign Erik Goeddel

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have agreed to a contract with right-hander Erik Goeddel, MLBTR has learned. Terms of the agreement are not known at this time. Goeddel was cut loose by the Rangers just yesterday after spending the bulk of camp with the Texas organization. He struck out six and walked two batters..." March 20

  • Milton Bradley Charged with Battery, Allegedly Beat Up Wife

    TMZ "Milton Bradley's in trouble with the law -- charged with battery -- for allegedly beating up a woman he's married to once again ... TMZ Sports has learned. We broke the story ... cops were called to Bradley's L.A. home back in January. When they arrived, his wife told them Bradley roughed her..." March 20

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Mariners Outright Mike Morin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have outrighted right-hander Mike Morin, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (via Twitter). Evidently, he has already cleared waivers and been removed from the 40-man roster, leaving the organization with two openings. It does not seem that Seattle has imminent plans to..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • What if Robinson Cano never left the Yankees?

    New York Post "In an alternate universe, the Yankees bend and Robinson Cano bends and maybe — just maybe — they meet in the middle of the 10 years he was demanding and the seven years the team was willing to consider, and rather than leave, he stays after the 2013 season. The Yankees then don’t sign Jacoby..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Mariners get some good news: Robinson Cano’s hamstring issue won’t keep him out long

    Seattle Times "It hasn’t happened often over the past few seasons, but the Mariners finally received positive news following a preliminary injury diagnosis and the subsequent tests that followed. After exiting in the second inning of Sunday’s Cactus League game with left hamstring tightness, Robinson Cano..." March 13

  • Robinson Cano getting an MRI for his hamstring

    Hardball Talk "Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will undergo a precautionary MRI on his left hamstring. Cano was pulled from yesterday’s game with left hamstring tightness. " March 12

  • Cano leaves early due to hamstring tightness "Robinson Cano was removed from the Mariners game against the Reds in the top of the second inning on Sunday due to tightness in his left hamstring. Cano was on defense with one out in the inning when he motioned to the bench and walked off the field with head trainer Rob Nodine while holding..." March 11

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Ichiro Suzuki: “He knows his death as a baseball player is getting closer”

    Hardball Talk "Those are the words of a former teammate of Ichiro’s from the Orix Blue Wave. They come in a must-read article by Wright Thompson in ESPN the Magazine about the 44-year-old future Hall of Famer’s drive to keep playing. That drive paid off in the form of a major league deal offered by the..." March 07

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Ben Gamel Out Four To Six Weeks With Oblique Strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel has been diagnosed with a strained right oblique muscle and is expected to be sidelined anywhere from four to six weeks, the team told reporters on Monday (Twitter link via’s Greg Johns). That almost certainly means he’ll open the season on the disabled list,..." March 05

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02