Mariners Rumors & News

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Mariners set to enter trade mix for Sonny Gray? "The Sonny Gray sweepstakes could have a new entrant: the Seattle Mariners. A source with knowledge of the team's thinking suggested that Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto might be preparing to make a run for the A's right-hander, who stands as one of the controllable jewels of this year's..." July 24

  • Mariners To Sign Danny Espinosa

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have agreed to a Major League deal with infielder Danny Espinosa, Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown reports (Twitter links)." July 23

  • White Sox acquire Mark Lowe and Jean Machi from Mariners

    Hardball Talk "Tacoma Rainiers’ broadcaster Mike Curto reports that the White Sox have acquired veteran right-handed relievers Mark Lowe and Jean Machi from the Mariners in exchange for cash considerations. Neither team has officially confirmed the deal yet. Lowe, 34, signed a minor league deal with the..." July 22

  • Mariners, Cardinals team up for rare prospect-for-prospect trade

    CBS Sports "Friday afternoon the Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals got together for the rarest trade of them all: a prospect-for-prospect swap. The Mariners have sent Triple-A outfielder Tyler O'Neill to the Cardinals for Triple-A left-hander Marco Gonzales, both teams have announced. It's a..." July 21

  • Mariners, Marlins 'fairly close' to David Phelps trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yahoo’s Jeff Passan tweets that the trade is at the finish line, and a deal is “imminent.”’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are seeking a pair of quality prospects in exchange for Phelps (Twitter links). Fellow right-hander AJ Ramos is not a part of this trade and is being discussed..." July 20

  • Mariners acquire David Phelps from Marlins for prospects

    Fanrag Sports "The Seattle Mariners have since agreed to acquire right-hander David Phelps from the Miami Marlins, FanRag Sports has learned. In exchange for Phelps, the Marlins will be getting three pitching prospects plus a center fielder. The 48-48 Seattle Mariners and general manager Jerry Dipoto are..." July 20

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • GM Dipoto disappointed with Mariners: 'We have underperformed, truly'

    Seattle Times "It was a euphoric night at Safeco Field. A crowd of more than 31,000 fans jammed into the stadium on a warm Friday evening to watch the surging Mariners take on the Houston Astros, who were leading the American League West and had the best record in baseball. Felix Hernandez was making his..." July 13

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • Robinson Cano named All-Star MVP after hitting winning HR in 10th

    ESPN "Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was named the MVP of the 2017 All-Star Game. Cano played hero on Tuesday, hitting a 10th-inning solo home run off of Chicago Cubs reliever Wade Davis to give the American League squad a 2-1 victory. "I know I was facing one of the best closer in..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Servais reiterates confidence in Diaz "Although second-year closer Edwin Diaz hasn't been as dominant as he was his rookie season, Mariners manager Scott Servais expressed confidence Sunday in the 23-year-old again after Diaz took the loss in Saturday's 4-3 setback to the A's. Diaz is 2-4 with a 3.53 ERA with 13 saves in 16 chances..." July 10

  • Mike Hampton resigns as Mariners' bullpen coach

    Seattle Times "With the Mariners heading into the All-Star break, there was a shakeup to their coaching staff. Following Seattle’s 4-0 win over the A’s on Sunday, the team announced that bullpen coach Mike Hampton had tendered his resignation immediately. The move comes as a surprise. Hampton was in the..." July 10

  • Mariners shut down Hisashi Iwakuma for another week

    Fanrag Sports "Any hope for the Seattle Mariners getting starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma back from the disabled list was marred when Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported the team will shut down the right-hander for at least one more week after Iwakuma was given a PRP and cortisone shot. Shoulder..." July 04

  • Dan Shulman leaving ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast, staying at network

    USA Today "Dan Shulman will step away as voice of ESPN’s "Sunday Night Baseball" at season’s end, the network confirmed late Monday night. Shulman, who has served as the play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s weekly featured MLB broadcast since 2011, broke news of his departure to Sports Illustrated in an..." July 04

  • Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB over discrimination, treatment by Joe Torre

    ESPN "MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is suing the league and the commissioner's office, alleging that a long-simmering personal vendetta between him and Joe Torre, as well as racial discrimination, has hindered his career advancement. In the suit filed Monday in Ohio, Hernandez claims that Torre, MLB's..." July 04

  • Drew Smyly has a torn UCL, will undergo Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Mariners starter Drew Smyly has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery. Smyly was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left elbow at the end of spring training. He had been on the shelf since then, but was throwing bullpen sessions. He was..." June 28

  • The Mariners are hosting a “Celebrating Women in Baseball” night this summer

    Hardball Talk "The Mariners have announced that on August 15, the first event in their “Beyond the Baselines” series will be held at Safeco Field. This one is called “Celebrating Women in Baseball.” Those who purchase tickets will receive a Mariners Women in Baseball t-shirt and a voucher for a drink. The event..." June 27

  • Verlander had no issue with Dyson bunt that ended perfect game

    Michigan Live "Justin Verlander was throwing a perfect game. Then Jarrod Dyson laid down the perfect bunt. And thus the potential violation of one of baseball's unlimited number of unwritten rules, albeit this was only in the sixth inning. You do not bunt to break up a no-hitter. Except Verlander --..." June 22

  • Mariners Move Yovani Gallardo To Bullpen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners selected the contract of top organizational prospect Andrew Moore earlier today, and they’ve informed reporters prior to tonight’s game that Yovani Gallardo will move to the bullpen to accommodate Moore’s arrival (Twitter link via the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish).’s Greg Johns..." June 22

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • Safeco Field will be getting a new name

    Hardball Talk "The Seattle Mariners and Safeco Insurance have announced that the naming rights deal for the M’s ballpark will not be renewed when it expires. It was a 20-year deal when it was signed and the ballpark has been called Safeco Field since it opened in July of 1999. That lasts through the end of..." June 13

  • Mariners prospect Kyle Lewis is about to start playing again

    Tacoma News Tribune "The long rehab road is just about over for the Mariners’ top prospect. Outfielder Kyle Lewis is scheduled to depart Sunday from extended spring training in Arizona to join either Hi-A Modesto or Lo-A Clinton, general manager Jerry Dipoto said. Lewis is currently taking part in..." June 08

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Jean Segura, Mariners Reportedly Agree to 5-Year, $70 Million Contract Extension

    Bleacher Report "The Seattle Mariners and shortstop Jean Segura reportedly agreed to a new contract Tuesday. Jon Morosi of MLB Network noted the five-year extension guaranteed Segura $70 million. Morosi confirmed the news, which was originally reported by Hector Gomez. Segura wasn't due to be an unrestricted..." June 07

  • Danny Valencia ties Mariners record with a hit in nine consecutive plate appearances

    Hardball Talk "Mariners first baseman Danny Valencia entered Sunday’s game against the Rays with a hit in each of his previous seven plate appearances. He went 4-for-4 on Saturday with four singles. On Friday, he walked, hit a three-run home run, doubled, and hit an RBI single. Valencia made it to nine..." June 05

  • Mariners' Dipoto says Jean Segura could miss 2 months with ankle injury

    Bleacher Report "Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to an ankle injury. The Mariners announced Segura was placed on the DL with a high right ankle sprain. Dave Mahler of Sportsradio 950 reported Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said the shortstop could..." June 03

  • Close races abound in AL All-Star voting "The All-Stars are beginning to be aligned. On Tuesday, fans were treated to the first Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot updates for the National League for the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, set for Marlins Park in Miami on July 11. And on Wednesday, the opening American League..." May 31

  • Mariners snap out of offensive slump, but the pitching staff is still a problem

    CBS Sports "Thanks to a big offensive explosion, the Seattle Mariners snapped their five-game losing streak Thursday afternoon against the Washington Nationals. That offensive explosion? It was four runs (SEA 4, WAS 2). That qualifies as an explosion for these Mariners. Prior to Thursday's win, the..." May 26

  • Mariners activate Robinson Cano from disabled list

    Fanrag Sports "The Seattle Mariners announced on Tuesday that they have activated second baseman Robinson Cano, who was dealing with a right quad strain, from the 10-day disabled list. During Monday’s off day, the club optioned pitcher Chris Heston, catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and infielder Daniel Vogelbach to..." May 23

  • Mariners making progress in reassembling their rotation

    Tacoma News Tribune "These are mostly baby steps, but the Mariners appear to be making genuine progress toward restoring their projected rotation. Lefty James Paxton is in line to be the first to return. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen workout Thursday as the next step in his recovery from a strained forearm..." May 19

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Athletics rally in 9th to defeat Mariners, end skid

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Before the Tuesday night game, Oakland manager Bob Melvin was lamenting how his team wasn't manufacturing many runs. Indeed, the A's were the second-lowest scoring team in the American League, with more than half of those runs coming via homers. Melvin wasn't complaining..." May 17

  • Mariners place Robinson Cano on disabled list "Another gray sky in Seattle, another Mariner on the disabled list. That was the reaction by Seattle manager Scott Servais on Tuesday after a magnetic-resonance imaging exam on second baseman Robinson Cano's right quadriceps muscle revealed a mild strain. Cano missed all four games in the recent..." May 17

  • Mechanical issues force Edwin Diaz out of the Mariners’ closing job

    Seattle Times "The mercurial rise from solid starting pitching prospect, to converted reliever, to flame-throwing big league set-up man to taking over as the Mariners’ closer occurred in just five quick months last season for Edwin Diaz. After his ascension in 2016 and a brilliant showing in the World..." May 17

  • Mariners end skid, hang on to defeat A's

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners made the most of their four hits Monday night. Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager each hit two-run homers, and the Mariners held on to defeat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 at Safeco Field. Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak and sent the A's to their fourth..." May 16

  • Mariners battle injuries, but Cano near return "Robinson Cano was sidelined by a strained right quad for a fourth straight game Sunday as the Mariners continued dealing with an assortment of injuries that has now landed five starting pitchers on the disabled list. The good news is Cano is expected back soon, possibly for Monday's game..." May 14

  • Hisashi Iwakuma out 4-6 weeks with shoulder inflammation

    ESPN "Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to miss four to six weeks because of inflammation in his right shoulder, the team announced. Iwakuma was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday and underwent testing Friday in Seattle. The Mariners' medical director, E. Edward..." May 13

  • Blue Jays beat Mariners on Bautista's HR

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Jose Bautista is heating up and that can be only good news for the Toronto Blue Jays. Bautista and the Blue Jays have struggled through the early season. But as Bautista has started to hit, the Blue Jays have started to win. The right fielder was at it again on Saturday,..." May 13

  • Mariners’ James Paxton cleared to resume throwing

    Yardbarker "The Seattle Mariners are getting some good news about one of their top pitchers at a time when they’re just starting to get hot. The Mariners entered Thursday with a .500 record, thanks largely to a stretch where they’ve won six of seven games. The team also said that pitcher James Paxton has..." May 12

  • Biagini starts Jays on their way to shutout vs. Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Joe Biagini has had a change in his role in the past week, moving from reliever to starter for the Toronto Blue Jays. So in keeping with the theme of change, he used an effective changeup with his fastball in his second career major-league start, and it was enough to pitch..." May 12

  • Robinson Cano scratched from lineup for Mariners

    Fanrag Sports "The Seattle Mariners were dealt another tough blow for their Thursday night game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Second baseman Robinson Cano was a late scratch from the lineup, due to a sore quad muscle. With the Houston Astros holding the best record in baseball, coming into play on Thursday,..." May 11

  • Smoak, Pearce help Blue Jays rout Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Marco Estrada survived a shaky first inning, and then allowed his teammates to do their thing Thursday night. Estrada struck out eight over six innings, Justin Smoak had four RBIs, Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-2...." May 11

  • Two Mariners arrive late in Toronto due to visa issues

    Larry Brown Sports "The Seattle Mariners will be a couple of players short to start their game in Toronto on Thursday. The team said on Thursday that left fielder Guillermo Heredia and starting pitcher Ariel Miranda were not set to arrive at the ballpark until midgame because they had visa issues. The two were not..." May 11

  • Juice the ball. Or don't juice it. Just tell us!

    ESPN "I was at a sabermetric conference in Cambridge last August watching a physics professor, Alan Nathan, give a presentation on the possibility of a juiced ball in major league baseball, when around Slide 16, I found myself in a near-frenzy of intrigue and excitement. Nathan, perhaps the world's..." May 11

  • Mariners hang on to defeat Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais chuckled a bit when asked about managing in the type of game his team played in Tuesday night. In a game that took 3 hours, 48 minutes and saw a combined 19 runs, 27 hits and six pitchers used on each side, Servais' team came out on..." May 10

  • Hisashi Iwakuma placed on DL with shoulder inflammation

    ESPN "The Seattle Mariners placed right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma on the 10-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation, the team announced Wednesday. Iwakuma becomes the fourth Mariners starting pitcher to be placed on the disabled list. Yovani Gallardo is the only starting pitcher from the..." May 10

  • Ruiz hits 3-run double to lead Mariners over Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- It was unclear just exactly what the Citizens Bank Park crowd was trying to say. The "oooo" sound permeating through the ballpark in the top of the seventh inning seemed to have a dual meaning. It was certainly some parts booing, as the Philadelphia Phillies' faithful was..." May 10

  • Robinson Cano leaves Seattle Mariners' game with quadriceps injury

    ESPN "Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano left the Mariners' 10-9 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night in the fourth inning after suffering a quadriceps strain. He is considered day-to-day. Cano hit a two-run homer in the third inning for the Mariners before leaving the game." May 10

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