Mariners Rumors & News

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • Athletics, Mariners to open 2019 season in Tokyo

    Sporting News "The Athletics and Mariners are heading east next year — the Far East. The two teams, who played a two-game series in Japan to begin the 2012 MLB season, will open the 2019 season in Tokyo. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported Wednesday the A's are "eager" and "enthusiastic" about playing..." February 21

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

    Hardball Talk "Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday. There’s no word yet on..." February 18

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy to miss 4-6 weeks after hand surgery

    Hardball Talk "The Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman Ryon Healy from the A’s in November. Healy, who has hit .282/.313/.475 with 38 homers in 221 games in Oakland over the past two seasons, is projected to serve as the regular first baseman for the Mariners in 2018. He won’t be doing it for a while,..." February 15

  • Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy dealing with a lingering hand injury

    Seattle Times "The Mariners have yet to have an official workout for their 2018 spring training and they are already dealing with an unexpected to injury to a projected player in their starting lineup. Manager Scott Servais confirmed that first baseman Ryon Healy has been bothered by a nagging hand injury and..." February 14

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • 3 starters with potential to become aces

    MLB.com "As formulas for successful pitchers go, missing bats with strikes is a pretty good one. At the extreme end of the spectrum, it can signal dominance. At the very least, it offers a full-count fail-safe. To wit, the ability to avoid contact in the zone is generally related to the level of success..." January 28

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Prospects Bishop, Miller among Mariners' NRIs

    MLB.com "Promising young outfielders Braden Bishop and Ian Miller and right-handed relievers Art Warren and Matt Festa are among the 22 non-roster players invited to the Mariners' big league camp when Spring Training opens next month, the club announced Tuesday. Other prospects not already on the 40-man..." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • The Giants are looking at Jarrod Dyson for center field

    Hardball Talk "The Giants, you have have heard, picked up Andrew McCutchen yesterday. As things currently stand, McCutchen is first on the depth chart at center field. That’s probably a placeholder situation, though, because (a) McCutchen really shouldn’t be playing center field anymore; and (b) the Giants know..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Mariners GM says he traded for Dee Gordon mid-flight

    MLB.com "Jerry Dipoto has built a reputation as the most prolific trader in the Major Leagues in his 28 months as Mariners general manager, so it's probably not surprising that some of his 62 deals have come under unusual circumstances. Speaking on his latest Wheelhouse Podcast, which was released on..." January 13

  • Mariners, Christian Bergman Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners and right-hander Christian Bergman have agreed to a minor league pact, per SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). The All Bases Covered Sports Management client will be returning to the Seattle organization for a second season and will head to Major League Spring..." January 11

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Mariners now own longest playoff drought of any North American sports franchise

    The Sports Post "With the Buffalo Bills clinching a postseason berth for the first time in 17 years, the Seattle Mariners now hold a distinct honor. Of course, it’s not one any team wishes to hold. But the Mariners now own the longest major-league playoff drought of any North American sports franchise. After a..." January 01

  • Mariners shortstop Jean Segura says he was assaulted and robbed by cops in Dominican Republic

    New York Daily News "“Today it’s me, tomorrow it will be another ballplayer.” That was the message from Mariners shortstop Jean Segura, who recounted in an Instagram post Thursday how he was assaulted and robbed by cops in his native Dominican Republic. The post, written in Spanish, explains how the 27-year-old..." December 21

  • Dee Gordon calls the Marlins’ moves “embarrassing”

    Hardball Talk "Dee Gordon was traded from the Marlins to the Mariners in the first move made under the cost-cutting regime of the Marlins’ new owners. He was followed out the door by Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna. The Sun-Sentinal caught up with Gordon recently as he worked out, preparing to move to the..." December 21

  • Cleveland Indians have come to terms on two-year deal with first baseman Yonder Alonso

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians have agreed to a two-year $16 million deal with free agent first baseman Yonder Alonso. The deal, subject to Alonso passing his physical, includes an $8 million vesting option, according to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic. Alonso, 30, is a 6-1, 230-pound left-handed hitter who played..." December 21

  • Mariners finalize their deal for Juan Nicasio

    Hardball Talk "The Mariners formally announced their signing of righty Juan Nicasio. It’s a two-year, $17 million contract. The deal was agreed to last week but finalized today after Nicasio passed his physical. Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate..." December 20

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Mariners To Release Andrew Albers To Pursue Opportunity In Japan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have granted lefty Andrew Albers his release so that he may pursue an opportunity in Japan, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet (via Twitter). The 32-year-old Albers, a client of True Gravity Sports, is no stranger to playing overseas after spending the 2014 season playing for..." December 18

  • Mariners name Kevin Mather CEO

    Fanrag Sports "The Seattle Mariners have apparently viewed their offseason as a success thus far, and as such decided to grant Kevin Mather a promotion, giving the longtime Seattle executive the new title of president and chief executive officer. Mather will continue to report to ownership, specifically..." December 15

  • Rays Acquire International Pool Space From Mariners For Anthony Misiewicz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays and Mariners have lined up on a trade that will send international bonus pool spending availability to Tampa Bay. In exchange, the Seattle organization will receive young lefty Anthony Misiewicz. For the Rays, the swap will bring in some funds that appear to be earmarked for youngster..." December 13

  • Mariners acquire Shawn Armstrong from Indians

    Fanrag Sports "The Seattle Mariners have acquired right-handed relief pitcher Shawn Armstrong in a trade with the Cleveland Indians, according to the club. In exchange, the Mariners sent the Indians international slot money. With the addition of Armstrong, Seattle’s 40-man roster is now at 38. Armstrong..." December 13

  • Report: Mariners, RHP Juan Nicasio agree to 2-year contract

    ESPN "The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a two-year deal with right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio, according to The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical. Nicasio, 31, finished the season with the Cardinals after joining the Phillies in late August on a waiver claim from the Pirates. He went a..." December 13

  • 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