Hardball Talk "We heard about the possibility of a reunion over the weekend and the Mariners made it official today by signing outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Gutierrez, who turns 32 next month, sat out the entire 2014 season due to a..." January 26
The News Tribune "Familiarity can also breed contentment. That’s Austin Jackson’s view as he prepares for his first full season with the Mariners after two disappointing months last year following his July 31 arrival. Jackson batted just .229 in 54 games after the Mariners acquired him from Detroit in a..." January 25
The News Tribune "The two pitchers sat side-by-side atop the dugout Saturday while answering questions from fans as the Mariners kicked off their two-day FanFest at Safeco Field. James Paxton and Taijuan Walker, the lefty and the righty, have long been linked as key elements to the organization’s now-brightening..." January 25
Hardball Talk "Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are considering bringing back outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on a minor league contract. Gutierrez sat out 2014 due to a gastrointestinal issue and hasn’t played in more than 41 major league games since 2011." January 25
The News Tribune "Anticipation is already building within the Mariners’ organization regarding the looming spring battle between Brad Miller and Chris Taylor to determine a starting shortstop. “There is no favorite right now,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “Let’s see what happens.” Miller won a..." January 24
The Score "Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik expressed disappointment when Jesus Montero arrived at spring training last February roughly 40 pounds overweight, admitting shortly thereafter that he no longer had any expectations for the fallen prospect. Zduriencik noted Thursday that Montero..." January 22
Pedro Strop/CHC/3.0M/2.0M Tom WIlhelmsen/SEA/2.2M/1.4M Vance Worley/PIT/2.45M/2.0M I would include midpoints but you guys have calculators.
Arthur Rhodes, 45, hasn't pitched in big leagues since 2011. But I heard that he officially retired today. Was All-Star for #reds in 2010.
MLB.com "Randy Johnson will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer as a member of the D-backs. Johnson told club president Derrick Hall about his decision on Thursday and the Hall of Fame made a formal announcement on Friday morning. In addition, the D-backs will retire..." January 16
MLB.com "Robinson Cano has been granted permission by the Mariners to play a handful of games in the Dominican Winter League starting next week as he returns from a broken toe that was injured during the MLB All-Star Series in Japan in November. Cano is expected to be used primarily as a designated..." January 10
MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06
Hardball Talk "Sad news to report tonight, as longtime Mariners scout Bill Kearns passed away this morning at the age of 94. According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, Kearns suffered a ruptured aorta and died at a Boston hospital. Kearns was a New England area scout for the Mariners since the..." January 03
New York Post "No more ice cream sandwiches for Jesus Montero. The former top Yankees prospect, now better known for his girth than anything he’s done on the baseball field, has shed upwards of 30 pounds this offseason according to Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik — before the calendar has even..." January 02
SB Nation "San Diego receives potential back-end bullpen help in exchange for its best hitter from 2014. The Seattle Mariners on Tuesday acquired outfielder Seth Smith from the San Diego Padres in exchange for relief pitcher Brandon Maurer, according to a team announcement. Smith, 32, hit..." December 31
Seth Smith for Brandon Maurer deal is done, source says.
Hardball Talk "The Padres have [frantically taps numbers on an adding machine, looks at the tape readout] a gabillion outfielders, and Seth Smith is one of them. Given that one cannot play a gabillion outfielders at a time — Mayo Smith and Mickey Stanley are not walking through that door — they probably need to..." December 30
Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
Hardball Talk "Mariners utilityman Willie Bloomquist tweeted that he has been given the thumbs-up from his doctor to do some light jogging when the calendar flips to January. Bloomquist underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in August." December 21
Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21
MLB Daily Dish "The Pirates have signed Corey Hart to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Hart can earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives to push the deal's total potential value to $5 million. Hart, 32, spent last season with the Mariners, hitting .203/.271/.319..." December 19
Hardball Talk "The Mariners announced Thursday that they signed reliever Mark Lowe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Lowe began his career with Seattle and had his best season with the club in 2009, posting a 3.26 ERA across 75 appearances. The 31-year-old right-hander was..." December 18
#Mariners announce 3 Minor League signings with camp invites: RHPs Mark Lowe and Justin Germano and infielder Carlos Rivero.
Cubs deal @justinruggiano to M's for RH Matt Brazis.
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
Seattle Times "The trade that was debated, discussed and fretted about is done. The Mariners have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs in exchange for right-handed reliever Matt Brazis. To make room for Ruggiano on the 40-man roster, reliever Logan Bawcom has been designated for assignment. “I..." December 17
The News Tribune "While Brad Miller’s athleticism makes him a candidate for a position switch, multiple Mariners officials contend he is far more likely to open next season as the club’s starting shortstop. “Look, there’s all sorts of speculation (about Miller),” one club official said, “and it’s easy to see..." December 14
Hardball Talk "Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Mariners have made a three-year contract offer to free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, but for now at least he’s holding out for a four-year deal. This morning reports out of Baltimore said the Orioles were willing to sign Cabrera for 2-3 years,..." December 13
If Mariners aren't going 4 yrs on Melky Cabrera, the #Orioles would consider him on a 2-3 year deal, according to source. Ain't going 4 tho.
Source: White Sox in serious talks with Mariners on moving Viciedo. Targeting a reliever in return
Source: Royals agree with Kendrys Morales on a two-year deal worth $17M. Performance bonuses could take it up to $18.5M.
CSN Washington "With the Nationals facing the possibility of losing a combination of star players after the 2015 season, much of the trade rumors have centered around pitchers Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Tyler Clippard. On Wednesday night, Ian Desmond entered that mix. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox..." December 11
Seattle Times "Clad in a stylish black suit accenting the 15 pounds of muscle he’s packed onto his frame and wearing a stunning watch on his wrist, Alex Jackson has the look of a big-leaguer. And the Mariners firmly believe the touted prospect will someday be one. Jackson, who was raised in nearby..." December 10
Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10
hear orioles, rangers and mariners, 3 early kemp players, are all out on him. seems like might be padres or bust.
Zduriencik doesn't have motivation to trade any of his starting pitching. #Mariners
Sources: #Mariners serious about Melky. They want him.
word is, mariners, royals and indians are among teams to check in on alex rios
CBSSports.com "The Mariners, seeking a top outfielder after bolstering their offense with DH Nelson Cruz, are talking to Melky Cabrera, who they apparently view as an ideal No. 2 hitter. Cabrera has been seen as preferring to stay East but someone close to him said he's scaled that geographic hurdle and would..." December 06
word is, mariners, royals and indians are among teams to check in on alex rios
MLB.com "When they signed Robinson Cano a year ago to one of the richest contracts in Major League history, the Mariners got more than just the game's premier second basemen. Turns out they also landed a first-class recruiter and drawing card for other talented players. That impact became apparent..." December 05
Lloyd McClendon on Kyle Seager: He's not motivated by money. He's motivated by being the best he can be.
Hardball Talk "Jayson Stark of ESPN.com has the breaking news … This feels like a steal for Toronto. Happ posted a decent 4.22 ERA in 158 innings this past season for the Jays, but he’s nothing more than a fourth or fifth starter and he’ll be a free agent next winter. Saunders, meanwhile, boasts a 111 OPS+..." December 03
ESPN.com "Veteran outfielder Nelson Cruz has agreed to a multiyear deal with the Seattle Mariners, pending a physical, a league source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. A source told ESPNdeportes.com's Enrique Rojas the two sides agreed on a four-year, $57 million deal that also includes a $1..." December 02
indians, royals, rangers taking a look at kendrys morales. mariners, jays among other possibilities.
Torii Hunter was waiting for son outside ND locker room. A free agent, he's looking at BALT, TEX, SEA, maybe MINN