Mariners Rumors & News

  • Dee Gordon: “If there’s anybody I would move [from second base] for, it would be [Robinson Cano].”

    Hardball Talk "The Mariners acquired Dee Gordon from the Marlins on Thursday evening. He has played middle infield exclusively in the major leagues, but he is expected to move to center field in Seattle since the Mariners already have Robinson Cano at second base. Following news of the trade, Gordon said he..." December 08

  • How adding Dee Gordon improved the Mariners' chances of landing Shohei Ohtani

    CBS Sports "On Thursday, the Seattle Mariners made a creative deal, acquiring second baseman Dee Gordon and international bonus money from the Miami Marlins in exchange for three prospects (here's a closer look at how the Marlins made out in the deal). The Mariners intend to shift Gordon to center field,..." December 07

  • Mariners To Acquire Dee Gordon

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have struck a deal with the Marlins to acquire second baseman Dee Gordon, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). The return is not known at this point. It’s a rather stunning move that was not at all anticipated for a Seattle organization that has highly-paid..." December 07

  • Mariners, Angels reportedly acquire more bonus money aimed for Ohtani

    Larry Brown Sports "A few MLB teams are gearing up to make themselves as appealing to Shohei Ohtani as possible. Both the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners made trades with the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night to increase their international signing bonus pool. MLB.com reporter Mark Feinsand reported..." December 07

  • Shohei Ohtani Rumors: Yankees out on Free Agent, Giants and Mariners Finalists

    Bleacher Report "Shohei Ohtani has no shortage of suitors as he prepares for his MLB arrival, but the New York Yankees are apparently out of the race to land the Japanese star. According to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, Ohtani's representatives informed the Yankees front office the franchise won't be afforded the..." December 03

  • Mariners’ Nelson Cruz voted as the 2017 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter award winner

    Seattle Times "Nelson Cruz’s brilliant 2017 season with the Mariners earned him the prestigious award named after the hitting coach he works with every day to achieve such success. On Thursday, Major League Baseball announced that Cruz was voted as the winner of the 2017 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated..." November 30

  • Bret Boone apologizes: ‘Zero excuses’ for harassment comments

    Sporting News "Bret Boone is backtracking his sexual harassment comments. The former Mariners second baseman on Wednesday apologized in a statement on Twitter following an exchange with a reporter in which he made light of sexual harassment. "All, there are zero excuses for what I said earlier. None. It..." November 30

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Mariners sign Hisashi Iwakuma to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Mariners just announced that they have signed Hisashi Iwakuma to a minor league deal. Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018 after he made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6..." November 27

  • Mariners set to make best pitch for Ohtani

    MLB.com "Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, debuting a new weekly podcast with club broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith, made no effort to hide his team's eagerness to recruit Shohei Ohtani now that there's a posting process in place to allow the Japanese two-way star to pursue a Major League career. Dipoto..." November 25

  • Mariners plan on 'bringing the A game' to recruit Shohei Ohtani

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, Major League Baseball and Nippon Pro Baseball were able to agree to a new posting system with the MLB Players Association, paving the way for two-way star Shohei Ohtani to be posted this winter. Ohtani is expected to be posted within two weeks, once the new system is..." November 24

  • Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto On Ohtani, Healy, Platoons, Relievers

    MLB Trade Rumors "In the first episode of a new Mariners podcast, The Wheelhouse, general manager Jerry Dipoto joined host Aaron Goldsmith to discuss a plethora of topics regarding his team. The 41-minute, must-listen interview is packed with candid assessments of the Mariners’ roster, trade anecdotes and, perhaps..." November 23

  • Mariners to make 'full-court press' for Shohei Ohtani

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and MLB Players Association (MLBPA) agreed on a new posting system Tuesday which clears the way for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani to play in MLB next season and the Mariners are already ready to sign the two-way star. Mariners general..." November 23

  • Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay. Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three..." November 22

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • The Mariners have made an offer to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

    Hardball Talk "Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return. Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Mariners acquire Nick Rumbelow from Yankees

    Seattle Times "General manager Jerry Dipoto made his third trade in four days on Saturday, adding some relief pitching depth to the Mariners’ 40-man roster. Seattle acquired right-hander Nick Rumbelow from the Yankees in exchange for minor league pitchers JP Sears and Juan Then. “Nick is another young,..." November 18

  • White Sox acquire minor-league pitcher Thyago Vieira

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox are adding to their farm system this offseason. The White Sox announced Thursday morning that they have acquired minor-league pitcher Thyago Vieira from the Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money. Vieira, who MLB.com rated as the No. 8 prospect in the..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Mariners acquire slugger Healy from A's

    MLB.com "Jerry Dipoto made a habit of moving quickly to fill his offseason wish list during his first two years with Seattle, and the Mariners' general manager is at it again, acquiring young first baseman Ryon Healy from the A's on Wednesday in exchange for right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and Minor..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Tigers utility man Andrew Romine claimed on waivers by Mariners

    Michigan Live "Andrew Romine played all nine positions in what turned out to be his final game as a Detroit Tiger. The veteran utility man was claimed by the Seattle Mariners on Thursday after being placed on waivers by the Tigers. The Tigers waived four others players who went unclaimed and were then..." November 02

  • The Mariners decline Hisashi Iwakuma’s 2018 option

    Hardball Talk "The Seattle Mariners have declined pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma‘s $10 million club option for 2018. This is not surprising given the major shoulder injury Iwakuma sustained. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September." November 02

  • Mariners Outright Casey Lawrence

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced that right-hander Casey Lawrence has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma, thus reducing the team’s 40-man roster to a count of 39. The veteran of eight minor league seasons can reject in favor of free agency. Lawrence, 30, joined the Blue Jays..." November 01

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Mariners claim David Freitas off waivers

    Fanrag Sports "The Seattle Mariners have added some depth behind the plate while claiming catcher David Freitas off waivers from the Atlanta Braves, the clubs formally announced on Friday. A 15th-round MLB Draft pick by the Washington Nationals back in 2010, Freitas has spent the vast majority of his..." October 27

  • James Paxton will “nerd out big-time” to stay healthy next year

    Hardball Talk "To the surprise of, well, very few, the Mariners didn’t make the cut for the postseason this year. While they threw their hats in the ring for a wild card berth, their pitching staff just couldn’t stay healthy, from the handful of pitchers who contracted season-ending injuries in spring training..." October 20

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Mariners may manage Felix Hernandez more carefully in 2018

    Hardball Talk "Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email (Opens in new window) During his end-of-season press conference on Tuesday, Mariners GM Jerry..." October 04

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Undergoes arthroscopic shoulder surgery

    CBS Sports "Iwakuma underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday and will resume throwing in five months. That timetable would have Iwakuma beginning his rehabilitation right around the start of spring training. As such, it isn't guaranteed that the 36-year-old will be healthy and ready to..." September 30

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • Mariners outfielder Guillermo Heredia is headed for offseason shoulder surgery

    Seattle Times "Following the Mariners’ 6-3 win on Tuesday night, Guillermo Heredia went around the clubhouse and said his goodbyes to his teammates. While the Mariners still have a series remaining in Anaheim, Heredia flew back to Seattle on Wednesday morning. His season was cut short by an aching right..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Robinson Cano hit his 300th home run last night

    Hardball Talk "Last night Robinson Cano hit a solo homer in the ninth inning of the Mariners’ loss to the Texas Rangers. It was his 22nd on the season. Though it was insignificant to the outcome of that game, it was significant to Cano: it was his 300th career homer. While we’ve become accustomed to not..." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18