Mariners Rumors & News

  • Endy Chavez opts out of contract, released by Mariners

    Hardball Talk "Endy Chavez has opted out of his minor-league contract with the Mariners, who released the veteran outfielder at his request. Chavez appeared in 80 games for the Mariners last season, hitting .276 with two homers and a .688 OPS. " March 31

  • MLB average salary to top $4 million "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." March 31

  • Baseball Working to Help Spanish-Speaking Players Express Themselves

    New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31

  • Mariners scratch Smith due to sore ankle "Right fielder Seth Smith was scratched from the Mariners' lineup Sunday against the Padres with a sore ankle, though manager Lloyd McClendon said the injury was minor. "He rolled his ankle a little bit yesterday," McClendon said. "It's a little swollen. It's just precautionary. We're not going..." March 29

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    Greg Johns @GregJohnsMLB

    Mariners cut Elias, Lowe, Pries, COreia, Saunders, Omalley, Rivera, Baker, Chavez.

  • Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez dies from boat accident injuries

    Hardball Talk "Jose Grasso of is reporting that Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez has died at the age of 20. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune says that the Mariners have not confirmed the report yet. Sanchez was hit by a boat off of a beach in Carupano, Venezuela in February and was..." March 29

  • Don’t be surprised if Mariners use modified six-man rotation

    Tacoma News Tribune "So left-hander Roenis Elias looks like the odd-man out in the Mariners’ spring game of rotation roulette. After a promising rookie season in 2014, Elias figures to open this season at Triple-A Tacoma. Right-hander Taijuan Walker certainly earned his spot in the five-man unit by pitching 18..." March 29

  • Mariners reliever David Rollins suspended 80 games for steroid use

    The News Tribune "Mariners lefty reliever David Rollins, a Rule 5 pick from Houston, received an 80-game suspension Friday from Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. “This was when I got back from winter ball,” said Rollins, who had been making a strong push to win a..." March 28

  • Complete Seattle Mariners 2015 Season Preview

    Bleacher Report "A season full of optimism and expectations for the Seattle Mariners is less than two weeks from getting underway. The Mariners far outperformed projections last season with an 87-75 record, falling just one game short of breaking a franchise playoff drought that now stands at 13 years. With..." March 26

  • Taijuan Walker has thrown 18 scoreless innings this spring

    Hardball Talk "After an injury wrecked 2014 season the Mariners chose not to hand a rotation spot to Taijuan Walker, making the 22-year-old former top prospect compete for a gig. Presumably he’s done enough to get the job, throwing 18 scoreless innings with a 19/4 K/BB ratio, including six shutout innings..." March 26

  • 16d
    Bob Dutton @TNT_Mariners

    Correction: Looks like #Mariners moving 11 guys to minor-league camp. Looks like three optioned: Hultzen, Kickham and Morban.

  • Chris Taylor's broken wrist decides shortstop battle for Mariners "Coming into spring training, the Mariners had two perfectly viable shortstop candidates in Chris Taylor and Brad Miller. The two were going to compete in camp to determine the starter for Opening Day. Instead, an injury has decided the battle for them. Specifically, Taylor's triquetrum bone is..." March 15

  • 17d
    Greg Johns @GregJohnsMLB

    Kevin Correia slated to make his first appearance Tuesday in relief of Iwakuma. Will pitch an inning or two, according to McClendon.

  • 17d
    Scott Merkin @scottmerkin

    Sale moving decidedly better. Threw off a mound but very lightly

  • 17d
    Marcos Grunfeld M. @bvenezolano

    Update on #Mariners RHP prospect Víctor Sanchez

  • 17d
    Greg Johns @GregJohnsMLB

    Chris Taylor is "a litlte sore today" after getting hit in wrist yesterday. Won't play today and McClendon says unlikely tomorrow.

  • MLB approves external padding on pitchers' caps

    The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14

  • Mariners, Kevin Correia Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners and right-hander Kevin Correia have agreed to a minor league deal with an invite to big league Spring Training, tweets Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Correia, a client of All Bases Covered Sports Management, is in Mariners’ camp today, he adds. Seattle has since announced the..." March 09

  • Mariners 2B Robinson Cano (personal) leaves camp

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday that second baseman Robinson Cano has left camp after the death of his grandfather in the Dominican Republic, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. " March 08

  • 26d
    Bob Dutton @TNT_Mariners

    #Mariners 1B Ji-Man Choi suffered fractured right fibula on play at first that should have ended game. Bad throw by SS Tyler Smith.

  • Walker starts bid for spot in Mariners’ rotation with two strong innings

    The News Tribune "The time is right, Taijuan Walker believes, to validate his long-held status as the Mariners’ top pitching prospect. And Wednesday served as a strong opening statement. Walker delivered two strong innings against San Diego’s revamped lineup when the Mariners opened their 32-game Cactus League..." March 04

  • 27d
    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Free agent pitcher Chris Young is planning to review offers and make a decision on a team by the end of the week.

  • 31d
    Ryan Divish @RyanDivish

    Waits said James Paxton will play catch on Monday and build toward bullpen session. Hope is to get Paxton to 5 IP in Cactus League games

  • 31d
    Ryan Divish @RyanDivish

    Pitching coach Rick Waits said J.A. Happ has been working on his changeup and hopes to use it more this season.

  • 31d
    Greg Johns @GregJohnsMLB

    Early lineup talk: McClendon says Smith, Ruggiano, Weeks all capable of hitting second. Says whoever is SS will likely bat ninth.

  • 33d
    Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi

    #BlueJays say Michael Saunders tore meniscus in knee. Out to all star break

  • McClendon says Hernandez `has his own beat’ in preparing for season

    The News Tribune "That Mariners ace Felix Hernandez hasn’t yet stepped to the mound for a bullpen workout in spring training isn’t new or particularly surprising. “Felix can do whatever the (heck) he wants to do,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He has his own beat. He usually doesn’t throw early. I have no..." February 23

  • Elias looking forward to future trips home to Cuba

    The News Tribune "The thawing relations between the United States and Cuba already has Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias, a 2010 defector, planning a trip back to his homeland to visit his family. “I’ve got a visa,” he said. “I’m looking to go down there to visit family at the end of December. That’s going to be..." February 22

  • Hultzen fully cleared, feels like he has a new arm "A long year of waiting for Danny Hultzen came to an end on Saturday as the talented young hurler finally was back on the practice field with the rest of his Mariners teammates, sporting a fully recovered left shoulder. Following surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum, the second..." February 22

  • 38d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Wilhelmsen will get $1.4M, he had prosed $2.2M. #mariners

  • Jesus Montero: “It’s way better to be feeling like this, like I am right now.”

    Seattle Times "The piece of paper caused his hands to shake just a little as he shuffled it in his hands. It wasn’t heavy, but the weight of the words he’d written on it and their meaning were enough to burden any person. Yet they were important. They were his. And they needed to be said. They made his voice..." February 21

  • 39d
    Greg Johns @GregJohnsMLB

    No official word from #Mariners, but new locker being set up in clubhouse for Joe Saunders. Expecting he's agreed to Minor League deal.

  • Mariners prospect Sanchez improves after accident "Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez showed signs of improvement on Wednesday, but he remains unconscious and in critical condition in a Venezuelan hospital after sustaining a head injury in a boating accident in his home country last week. A CT scan on Sanchez, 20, revealed reduced..." February 18

  • 43d
    Greg Johns @GregJohnsMLB

    Venezuelan journalist @bvenezolano reporting Victor Sanchez in intensive care, critical condition but stable after head injury in Carupano.

  • Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez injured in boating accident

    The News Tribune "Unconfirmed reports in Venezuela say Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez, a right-hander, suffered a head injury when hit by a boat while swimming in that country. The full extent and specific nature of Sanchez’s injuries are not known, but those reports said he was unconscious and..." February 15

  • Mariners designate Edgar Olmos for assignment

    Hardball Talk "To make room for newly-signed Rickie Weeks on the 40-man roster, the Mariners have designated pitcher Edgar Olmos for assignment, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. The Mariners had picked up Olmos off waivers from the Marlins back in November." February 14

  • 45d
    Greg Johns @GregJohnsMLB

    Zduriencik says expectation is Bloomquist will be ready for start of season and signing Weeks is unrelated. Says room for both on club.

  • 45d
    Shannon Drayer @shannondrayer

    We've talked to Joe and just didn't come to an agreement-Zduriencik on Beimel on @710ESPNSeattle

  • Mariners Add LHP Rafael Perez to Spring Training Roster "Looking to add depth to the left-handed pitchers pool, the Mariners have signed veteran relief pitcher Rafael Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Perez will report to Arizona in a little over a week when pitchers and catchers hold the first workout..." February 12

  • 47d
    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    According to a club source the #Mariners have agreed to terms with Rickie Weeks on 1yr Major League deal at approx $2m w/ $2m inc..LF/RF/2B

  • 62d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    catcher john baker signs minors deal with #mariners. gets spring invite. would seem to have chance to win backup job.

  • Mariners reunite with Franklin Gutierrez

    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

  • Jackson looking to bounce back from disappointing year

    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

  • Paxton and Walker remain linked as cornerstones

    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

  • Mariners considering bringing back Franklin Gutierrez

    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

  • Zduriencik says `no favorite right now’ in spring shortstop battle between Miller and Taylor

    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

  • Mariners GM: Jesus Montero has lost 40 pounds

    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

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    Kiley McDaniel @kileymcd

    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.

  • 73d
    Mark Sheldon @m_sheldon

    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.

  • Big Unit's Hall of Fame plaque to feature D-backs logo "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

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