Mariners Rumors & News

  • Mariners add Scott Brosius as assistant hitting coach

    Today's Knuckleball "The Seattle Mariners announced on Thursday that the club has added Scott Brosius to their Major League coaching staff. He will serve as the club’s assistant hitting coach alongside Edgar Martinez. The team also announced that the rest of the coaching staff will return next season as..." October 20

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Kyle Seager checked up on Matt Shoemaker every day after line drive injury

    Hardball Talk "Last month, Angels starter Matt Shoemaker was hit in the head by a line drive hit by Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. He suffered a fractured skull and a hematoma, requiring emergency surgery. Fortunately, Shoemaker is recovering and sounds eager to return to the mound. Good Morning America..." October 10

  • Mariners manager vows change is coming

    Tacoma News Tribune "It’s been roughly a week since the Mariners closed out a near-miss in their postseason chase. So far, they’ve been quiet, but changes are coming. Everyone knows that. “I don’t think you’ll see us sitting pat,” manager Scott Servais predicted. “I think we’ll be aggressive in trying to get better..." October 10

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • A's end Mariners' playoff bid with 10-inning win

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Less than a half hour after Saturday night's playoff-shattering, 9-8 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners star Nelson Cruz was already looking ahead to the 2017 season. Cruz talked about the need for each player to find something to make his game better so that the..." October 02

  • Mariners' Taijuan Walker: May undergo offseason surgery

    CBS Sports "Walker may decide to go under the knife in the offseason due to issues with his right foot, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports." October 02

  • A's finish season with two straight wins in Seattle

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- When the ball came flying off Kyle Seager's bat and was headed toward the right-field seats in the ninth inning, the Seattle Mariners looked like they might have one more magical moment left in a season that had run out of gas. In the end, Oakland right fielder Matt Olson reached..." October 02

  • Mariners edge A's, stay in wild-card hunt

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Another narrow escape behind him, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais walked into the postgame interview session and let out an audible sigh of relief Thursday night. His Mariners survived a shaky top of the ninth inning to beat the Oakland A's 3-2 and stay alive -- barely --..." September 30

  • Seattle Mariners' Rookie Gets Chris Farley Treatment

    TMZ "HOLY SCHNIKES!!!! The Mariners went waaaayyyy back to haze one their rookies Wednesday -- making 1st baseman Dan Vogelbach dress like Chris Farley from his legendary Chippendales sketch ... and it was awesome!! Seriously, the resemblance is uncanny! Don't worry, Vogelbach was joined by..." September 29

  • Bregman sparks Astros' win over Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez endured his fair share of problems in two prior starts against the Houston Astros, yet entering the sixth inning Tuesday night, he found a groove befitting his ace status. Then, he collapsed. Rookie Alex Bregman emerged from a..." September 28

  • Cano belts three-run homer as Mariners jolt Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Robinson Cano struck one last devastating blow in a season full of them at Minute Maid Park and, in the process, snuffed the life out of the Houston Astros' dwindling postseason aspirations. Cano belted his 36th homer in the first inning and the Seattle Mariners kept afloat their..." September 28

  • Cano homer lifts Mariners past Astros in 11 innings

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano brutalizing the Astros wasn't much of a surprise. That he was presented a chance to do so yet again late Monday night was far more shocking than the result of that opportunity. Cano homered twice, including with two outs in the 11th inning, to..." September 27

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Ailing Cruz, Mariners hand Twins 100th loss

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Not even a sore wrist could keep Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz from reaching the seats this weekend at Target Field. Cruz hit two solo home runs and Jesus Sucre continued his hot hitting since his recall from Triple-A with a two-run homer as the Seattle Mariners held on..." September 25

  • Cano, Mariners rip Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Don't tell the Seattle Mariners that they've got too big a hill to climb to make the postseason. While many around the league were scoreboard-watching, the Mariners did some scoreboard-filling, posting a six-run seventh inning to open their three-game visit to Minnesota..." September 24

  • Twins beat Mariners to end seven-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins didn't make history on Saturday. Teetering on the brink of just the second 100-loss season in franchise history, that's a good thing for them. Early homers by Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano helped the Twins snap a seven-game losing streak, and they never..." September 24

  • Clevenger compared Black Lives Matter to KKK in Facebook post

    USA Today "Steve Clevenger’s tweet that cost him his job as a Seattle Mariners catcher was not the first occasion he posted racially-charged messages on social media. In an August post from Clevenger’s deactivated Facebook account obtained by USA TODAY Sports, Clevenger called the Black Lives Matter..." September 24

  • Mariners name Justin Hollander director of baseball ops

    Today's Knuckleball "Just a year after general manager Jerry Dipoto departed the Los Angeles Angels front office to take over the Seattle Mariners, he has now brought over Justin Hollander to Seattle from Los Angeles as well. Hollander now becomes the Mariners’ director of baseball operations. Hollander was hired..." September 24

  • Mariners suspend Steve Clevenger after tweets about protesters

    Kiro 7 "The Seattle Mariners have suspended backup catcher Steve Clevenger without pay for the remainder of the season. Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced that the club has suspended Clevenger on Friday." September 23

  • Steve Clevenger apologizes for anti-Black Lives Matter tweets

    Larry Brown Sports "Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger released a statement early Friday morning apologizing for the racially-charged tweets he sent the day before. Clevenger said he worded his rant about the Black Lives Matter movement poorly and that he is “sickened” by the thought of anyone thinking he’s..." September 23

  • Mariners' Martin: 'We'll just keep playing and believing' "Ten games. One road trip. One homestand. And a chance. That's what remains for the Mariners as they embark on their final trek of the season, with a three-game series against the Twins starting Friday, then three games at Houston and four final Safeco Field appearances against the..." September 23

  • Mariners issue statement after catcher Steve Clevenger makes racist tweets

    Hardball Talk "Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger found himself in hot water on social media on Thursday evening. He tweeted some racist statements pertaining to the Black Lives Matter movement. After receiving criticism, he locked his account and presumably deleted the tweets. The Score has screen caps of both..." September 22

  • Blue Jays blow out Mariners, Happ wins 20th

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Not even J.A. Happ himself saw a 20-win season coming at this point in his career. And the 33-year-old Toronto Blue Jays starter certainly didn't see No. 20 coming as easily as it did Tuesday night. Happ had to throw just five innings -- not including the warmup tosses he made..." September 21

  • Mariners outlast Blue Jays 2-1 in 12 innings

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners were fighting to stay close in the playoff race and the Toronto Blue Jays were looking to extend a slim lead in their place atop the wild-card standings. In the end, the Blue Jays simply ran out of gas in a war of attrition on Wednesday afternoon. Felix..." September 21

  • Blue Jays in wild-card tie with win over Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada has been in the postseason and he's pitched in a few big games over his career, but he's never seen anything quite like what welcomed him Monday night at Safeco Field. Playing a road game in front of 34,809 fans that were mostly dressed in..." September 20

  • Astros notch important win over Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- On a night when Seattle starter James Paxton flirted with a perfect game for five innings, Houston's Mike Fiers was the one feeling perfectly satisfied. Fiers bounced back from his worst outing of the season to throw six scoreless innings, and third baseman Yuli Gurriel delivered..." September 18

  • Mariners Want Nori Aoki Back In 2017

    MLB Trade Rumors "After joining the Mariners on a one-year, $5.5MM deal during the winter, left fielder Nori Aoki began the season in dreadful fashion. The former Brewer, Royal and Giant hit just .245/.323/.313 over his first 284 plate appearances, which led the Mariners to option him to Triple-A Tacoma on June 24...." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Cruz homer carries Mariners past Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Amid the tension of pursuing a playoff spot, the Seattle Mariners are finding joy. Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to give the Mariners a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium. Kyle Seager also hit a..." September 15

  • Heyman: Top 30 free agents and early contract guesses

    Today's Knuckleball "Edwin Encarnacion rolled the dice, declining to counter the Toronto Blue Jays’ mild overtures in spring, and he’s hit a grand slam. Encarnacion moves way up the free-agent list (he’s No. 2 on our list, and actually No. 1 among players who are unfettered free agents: technically, Yoenis Cespedes..." September 15

  • M's win seventh straight behind Walker's 3-hitter

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Behind Taijuan Walker's first career shutout and three homers, the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-0 for their season-high seventh consecutive win Tuesday. Walker (6-10) was sensational, allowing just three hits and striking out 11 to match a career high in..." September 14

  • Braves Acquire Joe Wieland From Mariners

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have acquired right-hander Joe Wieland from the Mariners, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter).’s Mark Bowman tweets that the Mariners will receive cash in return. The 26-year-old Wieland was outrighted off Seattle’s 40-man roster (for the second time this season) in late..." September 14

  • MLB releases 2017 schedule "After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the..." September 14

  • Robinson Cano nearing Hall of Fame numbers — will voters agree?

    Sporting News "So much of what Robinson Cano does seems to fly below the radar. In a year where hype for the American League Most Valuable Player Award centers around Mike Trout, Jose Altuve and Mookie Betts, the Mariners second baseman has a dark horse candidacy. After all, Cano’s team is still very much in..." September 14

  • Martin carries Mariners past Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For most of major league baseball, the playoffs will begin in three weeks. For the Seattle Mariners, they start this month. Leonys Martin tied a team record with three doubles, scored twice and finished 4-for-4 in the Seattle Mariners' 8-1 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on..." September 13

  • Mariners trade left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to the Pirates

    Seattle Times "The Mariners made a small trade on Tuesday afternoon, sending left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Mariners considered re-adding LeBlanc to the 40-man roster and bringing him back to the active roster when Class..." September 13

  • MLB's most disappointing players of 2016

    Fox Sports "Between hefty free-agent contracts and big trades made this past offseason, a number of players went into the 2016 season with huge expectations. And of course, not everyone lived up to those expecations. In fact, some players fell flat on their faces in the first year with their new teams...." September 13

  • Zunino helps Mariners win fifth straight game

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Catcher Mike Zunino is heating up just in time for the Seattle Mariners' wild-card playoff push. Zunino hit a two-run homer in the second and sparked a ninth-inning rally with a leadoff double, leading the Mariners to their fifth straight victory with Sunday's 3-2 win..." September 11

  • Iwakuma pitches Mariners past Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma got back on track, and the Seattle Mariners gained more ground in the American League wild-card playoff race on Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Iwakuma pitched 6 2/3 strong innings for his career-high-tying 15th victory, a 3-2 win against..." September 10

  • Hernandez, Cruz power Mariners in rout of A's

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- What shaped up as a likely pitcher's duel between Felix Hernandez and Kendall Graveman turned into a 14-3 rout for the red-hot Seattle Mariners against the Oakland A's on Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum. Hernandez pitched six shutout innings and Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4..." September 10

  • Mariners take series vs. first-place Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The Texas Rangers rolled into Safeco Field with a world of momentum and an eye on securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Four games and three losses later, the Rangers are in a much different state of mind. "We've got to get some hits," manager Jeff Banister..." September 09

  • Rangers outslug Mariners, 10-7

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The Texas Rangers have the kind of offense that can deliver a knockout punch in the early rounds, but Tuesday wasn't that kind of night for the American League's most potent lineup. The Rangers turned in another big offensive performance, but this time they had to hold on for the..." September 07

  • Quick start propels Angels past Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Albert Pujols may be 36 years old, and he may be battling a flare-up of his plantar fasciitis, but the future Hall of Famer just keeps producing. Pujols and Kole Calhoun each had two of the Angels' five home runs as Los Angeles piled up 15 hits to hammer the Seattle Mariners 10-3..." September 04

  • Angels overcome loss of Shoemaker to top Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Kyle Seager and his Seattle Mariners lost another baseball game on Sunday afternoon, but that was the least of the third baseman's concerns after as scary an incident as he's ever seen in a game. The 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels seemed to have less of importance after..." September 04