Mariners Rumors & News

  • Marte diagnosed with mono, placed on disabled list

    Tacoma News Tribune "The news on shortstop Ketel Marte proved worse Friday than the Mariners anticipated: Mononucleosis. "We did run some more tests on him," manager Scott Servais said, "and he has been diagnosed with some form of mono. No timetable yet. We are going to put him on the disabled list." The..." July 23

  • Cruz's two homers, 7 RBIs lead Mariners past Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- With the way Hasashi Iwakuma has been pitching these days, he does not need lot of support from his hitters. Needed, or not, he got plenty on Saturday afternoon. Nelson Cruz hit two home runs, including the ninth grand slam of his career, and had seven runs batted in to lead the..." July 23

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • Mike Montgomery deal makes perfect sense for the Cubs and Mariners

    Fox Sports "Mike Montgomery's average fastball velocity has increased from 90.9 mph as a starter last season to 93.4 this season, when 30 of his 32 appearances have come in relief. That's a nice jump, but not atypical for a pitcher who moves to the bullpen — and certainly not enough to preclude the Cubs..." July 21

  • Ken Griffey Jr.: MLB Relying on 'The Kid' to Make Baseball Cool for Kids Again

    Bleacher Report "They sit across the negotiating table as adversaries, but Rob Manfred and Tony Clark are also partners. As the commissioner of Major League Baseball and the head of its players union, respectively, Manfred and Clark have significant differences, but also common goals. There's little they agree..." July 21

  • Martin's power display fuels Mariners past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The return of Felix Hernandez got off to an awful start Wednesday afternoon, when the Chicago White Sox jumped out to a quick lead over the Seattle Mariners on Todd Frazier's three-run, first-inning homer. It was how the Seattle Mariners finished the day, however, that left the..." July 20

  • Report: Cubs trade Dan Vogelbach to Mariners for Mike Montgomery

    SI "The Chicago Cubs have traded prospect Dan Vogelbach to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery, according to multiple reports. The deal was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The 23-year-old Vogelbach is hitting hitting .318 with 16 home runs, 64..." July 20

  • The MLB home run explosion of 2016: Are juiced baseballs to blame?

    ESPN "The day before the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer was in a good mood. He talked about University of Missouri football, how the curveball he developed in 2013 took his game to the next level and the new cutter he's starting to throw. Then he was asked about the home run spike across the..." July 20

  • M's stun White Sox on Lind's walk-off homer

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Chris Sale did everything an ace is supposed to do on Monday night, and the Chicago White Sox's offense broke out enough to put him in position for his American League-leading 15th win. Seattle Mariners pinch hitter Adam Lind had another story in mind. Lind spoiled Sale's..." July 19

  • Rage against the machines: MLB stars don't want to see robot umps

    Sporting News "When you follow a game on Major League Baseball’s website, it’s there. When you watch a local broadcast, there’s a good chance you’ll see it. When you see an ESPN broadcast, it’s part of the live picture. Graphics showing the strike zone, telling viewers immediately whether a pitch is good, are..." July 18

  • Report: Shortened MLB schedule gaining momentum

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball has used a 162-game schedule for more than 50 years. When it comes time to negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the MLB schedule might be changing. “The idea of returning to a 154-game regular season has gained momentum recently,” per David Lennon of New York..." July 18

  • Springer sets tone in Astros' win over Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- George Springer made sure that the Houston Astros came out of the All-Star Break the same way they went into it. Springer's leadoff home run in the top of the first inning opened the door for a big early lead, and the Astros held on for a 7-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on..." July 16

  • Mariners' Ketel Marte: Leaves with apparent injury

    CBS Sports "Marte was removed from Friday's game with an apparent ankle injury,'s Greg Johns reports." July 16

  • Walker wearing boot on sore right foot "Taijuan Walker was sporting a boot on his sore right foot on Friday to help alleviate the tendinitis in his arch that has been nagging him the last month, but the Mariners hope to get the young right-hander back in their rotation later this month. The news was also positive with long-injured..." July 16

  • Mariners win pitchers' duel against Astros

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- With the way the Houston Astros have been treating the Mariners as of late, there were plenty of Seattle players looking to reverse their fortunes on Saturday afternoon. Starter Hisashi Iwakuma and closer Steve Cishek did their part to get back at the Astros, resulting in a 1-0..." July 16

  • Hernandez to return from prolonged DL stint Wednesday

    Today's Knuckleball "The second series of the Mariners’ second half of the season looks to include Felix Hernandez. Seattle’s ace is scheduled to pitch in the third game of its series against the White Sox next week, Greg Johns of reports. Hernandez has been out since June 1 with a persistent calf injury,..." July 16

  • Emerging from the break: What’s next for the Mariners?

    Tacoma News Tribune "The question most asked these days regarding the Mariners as they prepare to resume their season is one that stumps their general manager. Specifically, why aren’t they better than 45-44? "I don’t know," Jerry Dipoto responds. "We should be better than we are. We’ve outscored our opponents by..." July 14

  • 2016 MLB All-Star Game ratings and viewership are record lows

    Awful Announcing "There was a time when the MLB All-Star Game could boast that it was a mid-summer ratings and viewership draw. But in this day and age of internet, fragmented cable universe and so many other alternatives, the All-Star Game can no longer make that claim. While the American League can feel good..." July 13

  • Rob Manfred: PEDs not behind surge in homers

    Newsday "The day after Giancarlo Stanton’s personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball’s sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a..." July 13

  • MLBPA head: Pitchers' Derby will be considered for 2017

    The Score "Those slugging pitchers might get their wish next season. Major League Baseball and the Players' Association are going to discuss incorporating pitchers into the Home Run Derby for as soon as next season, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Jayson Stark of ESPN on Monday. The union leader..." July 12

  • Giancarlo Stanton wins MLB Home Run Derby

    USA Today "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego, setting a record with 61 total home runs in a single Derby. Stanton defeated defending champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox in the final, hitting 20 homers to Frazier's 13. Of..." July 12

  • The Home Run Derby is Trash

    Complex "There was a time when I used to get psyched for the Home Run Derby. But there was also a time when I used to get psyched for Adam Sandler movies. You get a little older, you revaluate a few things in your life, among them what you waste your time watching. And baseball’s gimmicky exhibition of..." July 11

  • Encouraging development for injured Mariners starter Taijuan Walker

    Seattle Times "Mike Montgomery’s dazzling performance Sunday wasn’t the only encouraging news of the day for the Mariners’ banged-up starting rotation. A foot specialist in Charlotte confirmed the diagnosis of tendinitis — nothing more serious — in right-hander Taijuan Walker’s right foot, an encouraging..." July 10

  • Montgomery, Mariners too strong for Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Montgomery's words said it was just another game. His smile betrayed him. Montgomery pitched 6 1/3 strong innings in the Seattle Mariners' 8-5 victory over the Royals on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Montgomery, who was Kansas City's first-round draft pick in 2008,..." July 10

  • Perez contributes to Royals' 5-3 win in multiple ways

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez hit a home run in the seventh inning to extend Kansas City's lead to two runs. Then he picked off a runner with a perfect throw to first baseman Eric Hosmer in the eighth to preserve the two-run lead as the Royals defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on Saturday at..." July 09

  • A Trump presidency raises concerns among Major League Baseball players

    USA Today "As part of its All-Star Week celebration in San Diego, Major League Baseball will dedicate a new sporting complex in neighboring Tijuana on Monday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred in attendance. It’s a continuation of MLB’s efforts to expand its foothold in Mexico, which began with Manfred’s trip to..." July 09

  • Perez's walk-off double sends Royals past Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brooks Pounders doesn't have a name plate in his locker in the Kansas City Royals clubhouse. That likely will change before Friday's game. Pounders, in just his second game in the major leagues, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning with the Royals down a run. A two-run rally,..." July 08

  • Astros outslug Mariners to finish sweep

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- After the Seattle Mariners used the home run to erase what was once a five-run deficit, Houston Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena proved that displays of extraordinary power could benefit the home team as well. Valbuena crushed his second upper-deck home run in as many nights and..." July 07

  • Home Run Derby contestants announced

    SB Nation "The 2016 Home Run Derby contestants were announced on Thursday evening, and the eight participants in Monday's power display include the host team's lone All-Star as well as the major league leader in home runs. ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby on Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET live from..." July 07

  • 2016 MLB Trade Deadline: The best options at each position who could be traded

    CBS Sports "With the August 1 trade deadline less than four weeks away, this is as good of a time as any to start defining the market. There are numerous ways to do that, but we've settled on an old-timey, pure basebally approach: constructing a team -- or most of one -- using players who seem to have a great..." July 07

  • Fans trash All-Star jerseys after 1st TV appearance

    The Score "When the jerseys for this year's All-Star weekend were revealed back in April, the initial public reception was quiet. However, after they were worn on television for the first time by players on Tuesday, fans are beginning to speak up on the brown and mustard get-ups, and the feedback hasn't..." July 06

  • Here are your 2016 All-Stars for the American and National Leagues

    Hardball Talk "The 2016 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Padres at Pecto Park on July 12. Your starters were just announced on a special selection show on ESPN. American League Starters C – Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals 1B – Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals 2B – Jose Altuve, Houston..." July 06

  • These under-the-radar players deserve to be MLB All-Stars

    USA Today "Unless a late voting surge changed the direction of All-Star Game balloting, the Chicago Cubs will have an overwhelming presence at the July 12 showcase in San Diego, with as many as five of the eight elected National League starters possibly coming from the NL Central leaders. And that doesn’t..." July 05

  • McCullers dominates in Astros' win over Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- It seems foolish to grouse about fastball command when Astros right-hander Lance McCullers unleashes the overwhelming knuckle curveball he wielded on Monday, but wrangling his fastball is all that stands between McCullers and complete and utter dominance. McCullers delivered a..." July 04

  • Mariners slug five homers to beat Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Buck Showalter has been around the game of baseball long enough to understand that a three-game losing streak in early July is no reason to panic. More at the top of the Baltimore manager's list of concerns is a pitching staff that's running out of gas as the Orioles crawl toward the..." July 03

  • Mariners complete sweep of Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- With two of the American League's best home run-hitting teams as well as sluggers like Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo at Safeco Field this week, it's no wonder that the long ball played a big factor in the four-game series between the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore..." July 03

  • LeBlanc pitches Mariners to victory over Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The Baltimore Orioles rolled into Safeco Field on a seven-game winning streak, having scored 43 runs in their past four wins. Then they hit a road block in the first two games of the series with the Seattle Mariners. Journeyman Wade LeBlanc turned in his second solid..." July 02

  • Walker, Mariners end Orioles' 7-game win streak

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The stars were aligning for the Baltimore Orioles. After falling behind the Seattle Mariners by four runs, the Orioles pulled within three and had the heart of their order coming up with two on and two outs in the eighth inning. When Manny Machado welcomed Seattle closer..." July 01

  • Felix Hernandez scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday, progressing in throwing program

    Seattle Times "The plan for Felix Hernandez is now set in place with his return still scheduled for after the All-Star break. The Mariners’ ace will throw his second bullpen session on Friday afternoon. If all goes well, he will throw a simulated game on the road trip in Houston. From there, he will progress..." July 01

  • Taillon quiets Mariners as Pirates roll

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Pittsburgh outfielder Sean Rodriguez came through with an RBI single to give the Pirates a 4-0 lead in Wednesday's fourth inning, then he added an even bigger blow with a bases-loaded double in the fifth. That was more than enough for rookie starter Jameson Taillon, who threw six..." June 30

  • Steve Clevenger Suffers Broken Bone In Hand

    MLB Trade Rumors "Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger has been diagnosed with a break to the third metacarpal in his right hand, as’s Greg Johns was among those to tweet. He was struck by a foul ball behind the dish in tonight’s game. Clevenger, 30, was acquired over the winter in exchange for Mark Trumbo...." June 30

  • Mariners sink Pirates, extend interleague success

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Twelve hits and a strong outing from Hisashi Iwakuma were enough for the Seattle Mariners to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Tuesday night. Robinson Cano had three hits, and Nelson Cruz hit his 20th home run of the season as the Mariners (39-38) improved to 9-2 in interleague..." June 29

  • New bill aims to make minor leaguers exempt from OT pay

    The Comeback "Congress has introduced a bill which aims to make life a lot tougher for Minor League Baseball players. The Save America’s Pastime Act would amend the Fair Labor Standard Act to make MiLB players not subject to laws that protect hourly-rated employees. Basically, they don’t want Minor League..." June 29

  • Mariners ‘leaning toward’ Thursday start for Walker

    Tacoma News Tribune "Help is on the way. If all goes as Mariners manager Scott Servais said he expects, Taijuan Walker should be ready to make his next start on Thursday when the Mariners host the Baltimore Orioles. Walker missed his last start because of tendinitis in his right foot. Both he and Wade Miley..." June 27

  • Mariners hold off Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The month of June has been rough on the Seattle bullpen, thanks in large part to a string of short outings from the Mariners' starting pitchers. In the span of eight days, Seattle made 16 roster moves involving pitchers. On Saturday night, the bullpen played a huge part again --..." June 26

  • Cards bash 6 solo homers to blow past Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE --The St. Louis Cardinals used 13 extra-base hits, including six solo home runs over the final four innings, to beat the Seattle Mariners 11-6 on Sunday and salvage the final game of a three-game series. Tommy Pham hit his first two home runs of the season with solo shots in the..." June 26

  • Lind haunts Cardinals, lifts Mariners to win

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal doesn't know what the future might hold, and he's not even sure what's gone on in the recent past. Having blown his third save in his last 12 opportunities on Friday night, Rosenthal didn't have many answers. "Obviously, it's not fun that I gave..." June 25

  • Mariners bracing for a busy day of roster moves before playing Cardinals

    Tacoma News Tribune "It figures to be a busy few hours for the Mariners prior to Friday’s series opener against St. Louis as they seek to refresh a tired bullpen through a series of roster moves. "We’re in dire need of fresh arms," general manager Jerry Dipoto admitted, "if even just to allow the current ’pen guys..." June 24

  • MLB suspends Mariners prospect Boog Powell 80 games for PEDs

    USA Today "Seattle Mariners minor league outfielder Herschel “Boog” Powell was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday, becoming the latest player to test positive for a long-banned anabolic steroid. Powell, who is on the Mariners’ 40-man roster but has yet to play in the major leagues,..." June 24

  • Tigers score winning run on wild pitch

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- It was, in a word, wild. The Detroit Tigers defeated Seattle 5-4 on Thursday, pulling the game out on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning after trying to set the Mariners up with a wild pickoff throw in the top half of the inning. Steve Chisek's wild pitch to Ian..." June 23

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