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  • Paxton back, but rotation return unclear "James Paxton has already set career highs in innings pitched and starts this year, but the big lefty still hit a few bumps in the road with a back issue and then a bruised forearm in the second half. Now Paxton is dealing with a flu and pneumonia combo that flattened him last week,..." September 17

  • Jerry Dipoto On Mariners’ Struggles, Interest In Retaining Nelson Cruz

    MLB Trade Rumors "In his most recent appearance on 710 ESPN radio (audio link), Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto discussed his club’s disappointing fade in the postseason race. What had seemed an inevitable march to a Wild Card has turned into a lost cause as the division-rival A’s sprinted..." September 14

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Nelson Cruz homers for 1,000th career RBI

    Hardball Talk "Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz had been sitting on 999 career RBI since hitting a solo home run one week ago against the Orioles. Cruz finally crossed into quadruple digits, blasting a solo home run off of Padres starter Joey Lucchesi in the bottom of the fifth inning on..." September 13

  • King Felix considered leaving baseball after demotion to Mariners' bullpen

    The Score "The once unimpeachable King Felix almost abdicated his throne this season. In early August, the Seattle Mariners made the difficult decision to yank Felix Hernandezfrom their starting rotation and pitch the former ace out of the bullpen. Hernandez, who had..." September 13

  • Hisashi Iwakuma returning to Japan after 7 years with Mariners

    ESPN 710 Seattle "After seven years with the Mariners that included an All-Star selection and the fifth no-hitter in team history, Hisashi Iwakuma is going back to his native Japan. Iwakuma, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 3, 2017, has been trying to work back from shoulder issues..." September 12

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Report: Dee Gordon, Jean Segura were Mariners involved in clubhouse altercation

    Seattle Times "Dee Gordon was very polite in his request. As the media stood near the doors of the Mariners’ clubhouse in Safeco Field, waiting for a 3:20 p.m. media availability with manager Scott Servais, Gordon approached the group and said quietly, “Could you guys clear out of the..." September 05

  • Mariners had fight in clubhouse before game

    Larry Brown Sports "The Seattle Mariners are slipping in the AL West race, and the team is now fighting as well. The Mariners had a fight/altercation in the clubhouse before Tuesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. Multiple Mariners reporters said that Dee Gordon asked the media to leave the..." September 04

  • Mariners Outright Christian Bergman, Designate Rob Whalen, Activate James Paxton

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have announced a flurry of roster moves amidst their September call-ups. Among the most notable transactions: lefty James Paxton has been activated from the 10-day disabled list, righty Christian Bergman has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A, and righty Rob Whalen has..." September 01

  • Edwin Diaz has a chance to make history in September, but his pace suggests he'll fall just short

    CBS Sports "It's August 31 and Mariners closer Edwin Diaz has 50 saves. That's already something, and it could grow into a historic figure. We know there are far better ways to judge relievers than just raw save totals (like Diaz's 108 strikeouts compared to 15 walks in 64..." August 31

  • Mariners Acquire Kristopher Negron From Diamondbacks

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced today that they’ve acquired infielder/outfielder Kristopher Negron from the D-backs in exchange for cash. He’s been assigned to Triple-A Tacoma for the time being. Negron, 32, has seen MLB time in parts of five seasons, posting a combined..." August 30

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • Paxton 'on schedule' for weekend return vs. A's "After missing more than two weeks with a left forearm contusion, James Paxton will make his return to the Mariners' rotation Saturday against the A's. Paxton has been sidelined since Aug. 14, when he took a line drive off his pitching arm in the first inning during a start in..." August 29

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28

  • Mariners place SP Marco Gonzales on the DL with neck injury

    Sportsnaut "Already battling for their playoff lives with the Oakland Athletics having created some major separation in the race for the final AL Wildcard spot, the Seattle Mariners will be without one of their best starters for the time being. Seattle announced on Monday that it has placed..." August 27

  • MLB power shift has managers' salaries in free fall

    USA Today "Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.  Houston..." August 27

  • James Paxton reportedly set to return to Mariners rotation this week

    Larry Brown Sports "With the Seattle Mariners battling for a potential playoff spot, they’ll get a big boost when their ace returns this week. Barring a setback, pitcher James Paxton is set to return to the rotation on Friday or Saturday against the Oakland Athletics, one of Seattle’s direct..." August 26

  • Mariners reliever Juan Nicasio to undergo season-ending knee surgery

    Seattle Times "The recurring pain in Juan Nicasio’s troublesome right knee wouldn’t allow him to consistently pitch at a level he wanted or expected. And it has now ended his 2018 season. Mariners manager Scott Servais said before Sunday’s game that Nicasio will undergo surgery to..." August 26

  • Diaz sets Mariners saves record with No. 49 "Edwin Diaz -- wearing his nickname, "Sugar," on the back of his jersey for Players' Weekend -- set a Mariners single-season record on Friday night when he notched his 49th save of the year by closing out a 6-3 win over the D-backs at Chase Field. But there was no fist..." August 25

  • Mariners Designate Ross Detwiler

    MLB Trade Rumors "It was a short-lived return to the majors for Ross Detwiler, who was designated for assignment today by the Mariners, per a club announcement. He’ll be replaced on the active roster by righty Nick Rumbelow. Seattle had called up the 32-year-old Detwiler only recently..." August 22

  • Dodgers' Turner upset balk-off loss was 'decided by an umpire'

    The Score "Another day, another player upset with a critical call made by an umpire. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner didn't mask his words following the team's devastating balk-off loss to the Mariners on Saturday night. "That’s the worst part about tonight: It..." August 19

  • Mariners Select Gordon Beckham, Designate John Andreoli

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced today that they have selected the contract of veteran infielder Gordon Beckham. He’ll help the club fill out its infield mix while shortstop Jean Segura is on paternity leave. To create a 40-man opening, the Seattle organization designated outfielder John Andreoli..." August 17

  • Felix Hernandez returning to Mariners’ rotation

    The News Tribune "With left-hander James Paxton on the 10-day disabled list after taking a 96-mph comebacker off his left forearm in Oakland, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed a few changes. First off, right-hander Felix Hernandez is returning to the starting rotation and will start..." August 17

  • Why Mookie Betts deserves the AL MVP amidst a crowded field packed with deserving

    CBS Sports "We here at CBS Sports have spent the week analyzing all of baseball's award races. Today, we'll conclude our series by dissecting the American League Most Valuable Player Award. As you probably know, there a a lot of capable candidates. Let's get to it. Mookie..." August 17

  • How Edwin Diaz came to be an elite closer "Edwin Diaz was 22 years old when he unleashed a 100-mph fastball to strike out the second Major League hitter he faced, Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin. It was June 6, 2016. At almost that exact moment, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto received the following text message from Tribe..." August 16

  • King Felix likely returning to Mariners' rotation with Paxton sidelined

    The Score "Felix Hernandez's exile to the Seattle Mariners' bullpen was only temporary, though his anticipated return to the starting rotation is out of necessity. Hernandez made his first career relief appearance Tuesday after ace James Paxton was forced to leave the game after being..." August 15

  • James Paxton Placed on 10-Day DL by After Being Hit by Jed Lowrie Line Drive

    Bleacher Report "Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game against the Oakland Athletics when he took a line drive to the left arm from Jed Lowrie. The Mariners confirmed the roster..." August 15

  • James Paxton Day-to-Day After X-Rays on Left Arm Come Back Negative

    12 Up "In the Seattle Mariners' Tuesday night matchup against the Oakland Athletics, ace southpaw James Paxton was forced to depart the game early after taking a comebacker to his pitching arm. The fear was that Paxton, who has been a catalyst in the M's pitching..." August 15

  • Mariners welcoming back Cano after 80-game suspension

    The Score "The Seattle Mariners are activating infielder Robinson Cano on Tuesday following the completion of his 80-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance in May, according to's Greg Johns. With Dee Gordon now serving as the..." August 14

  • M's Diaz 1st to get all 4 saves in sweep since '04

    ESPN "Mariners closer Edwin Diaz on Sunday became the first pitcher to record four saves in a single series since 2004 as visiting Seattle rallied to complete a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros. Diaz's save Sunday in the Mariners' 4-3 victory in 10 innings was his 46th of the..." August 12

  • Mariners’ Sam Tuivailala To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Mariners reliever Sam Tuivailala will undergo season-ending surgery on his right Achilles, manager Scott Servais announced Saturday (via Greg Johns of, on Twitter). Tuivailala exited his outing against the Rangers on Wednesday with an Achilles injury, and it’ll prove to..." August 11

  • King Felix vows return to rotation: 'I'll be a starter before the end of the year'

    Seattle Times "Just when you thought the bad performances had completely drained the swagger and confidence  from him and the last remnants of the King Felix aura were a wistful memory, Felix Hernandez reminds you that such things aren’t easily removed or forgotten. The long-time ace..." August 11

  • Felix Hernandez to Move from Mariners Rotation to Bullpen Amid Struggles

    Bleacher Report "A rough season for Felix Hernandez has led to the Seattle Marinerspitcher being moved to the bullpen.  According to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, manager Scott Servais informed the pitcher of the move ahead of Thursday's game against..." August 10

  • Mariners reliever Sam Tuivailala strains Achilles

    ESPN "Seattle Mariners reliever Sam Tuivailala strained his right Achilles tendon trying to execute a rundown in Wednesday's game against the Rangers. Tuivailala was trying to chase down Rougned Odor in a rundown between home and third. He tossed the ball to catcher Mike Zunino, then..." August 09

  • Derek Jeter: ‘We would love to have J.T. Realmuto long-term’

    Miami Herald "Derek Jeter experienced the days leading up to a trade deadline for the first time as a Major League Baseball owner. And keeping an eye toward the Marlins’ future, Jeter reiterated Wednesday night the team’s stance on adding talent in the hopes of long-term..." August 09

  • Scott Servais says 'We'll see' when asked if struggling Felix Hernandez will make next start

    ESPN "The Seattle Mariners are uncertain whether Felix Hernandez will take his next turn in the rotation after the struggling former ace suffered one of the worst losses of his career Tuesday against the Texas Rangers. Hernandez admitted to being..." August 08

  • In return to baseball, Robinson Cano plays first base for Tacoma Rainiers, has a hit

    Seattle Times "In his first step toward rejoining the Mariners since being suspended in mid-May, Robinson Cano began his rehab assignment Monday night at Class AAA Tacoma, where he played first base and batted in the third spot for the Rainiers for eight innings. It was Cano’s first game at..." August 07

  • Robinson Cano to begin his rehab assignment

    Hardball Talk "The Seattle Mariners announced today that Robinson Cano will play for Triple-A Tacoma tonight, beginning his rehab assignment in preparation for his return from his PED suspension. Cano is eligible to return to big league action on August 14. " August 06

  • Felix Hernandez fighting to keep rotation spot as Mariners battle to make postseason

    CBS Sports "Thursday night, thanks to journeyman Mike Hauschild, the Blue Jays rallied late for a win over the Mariners at Safeco Field (TOR 7, SEA 3). It was the third straight loss for the Mariners and their 15th loss in the last 23 games. With Thursday's loss the Mariners have slipped out..." August 03

  • Dee Gordon’s ankle issue not severe

    Larry Brown Sports "The Seattle Mariners got an injury scare Thursday night, but it doesn’t look like a long-term problem. Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon turned his ankle and needed to be helped off the field during the ninth inning of Thursday’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, but it does..." August 03

  • One stat shows how impressive Mariners' Edwin Diaz has been, and it's not his MLB-leading saves total

    CBS Sports "The Seattle Mariners will enter play on Friday night a half-game behind the Oakland Athletics in the hunt for the American League's second wild card. The Mariners can blame plenty for a skid that has seen them go 10-15 since a brilliant June. One person they can't blame is..." August 03

  • Mariners Release Kirk Nieuwenhuis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have released veteran outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from their Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, as tweeted by Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto, Nieuwenhuis, 31 next week, has had a tough season in spite of an outstanding 14.8 percent walk rate, hitting just .214/.336/.336 in..." August 03

  • Seattle will always be home to Hernandez "Felix Hernandez has had the same locker since 2005. Hernandez may be the only player in baseball who can say that. Hernandez is one of a dying breed of baseball players who stay in one city with one franchise for their entire careers. Among active players, only the..." August 02

  • Robinson Cano has been working out at first and third base

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman reports that Robinson Cano has been working out at first and third base in the Dominican Republic. Cano is eligible to be activated from his PED suspension on August 14, and at the moment what role he’ll play with the Mariners is up in the air. Dee Gordon moved in..." August 02

  • Mariners Re-Sign Marc Rzepczynski To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have re-signed left-hander Marc Rzepczynski to a minor league deal, per Triple-A broadcaster Mike Curto (Twitter link).’s Chris Cotillo first mentioned the reunion (also via Twitter). Rzepczynski, 32, is technically being paid by the Mariners anyhow, as..." August 02

  • Cameron Maybin traded to Mariners

    North Jersey "If the Yankees plan on adding an outfielder before Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline, it will seemingly not be Cameron Maybin. Per multiple reports, the Marlins shipped the veteran to the Mariners as Seattle loads up for a playoff push. The Yankees were linked to..." July 31

  • Mariners acquire relievers from Twins, Yankees

    The News Tribune "Bullpen day for the Seattle Mariners. First, they acquired that left-handed reliever they had been looking for – 35-year-old Zach Duke from the Minnesota Twins. Then they added another right hander – 30-year-old Adam Warren, in a deal with the New York..." July 30

  • Edwin Diaz is on pace for a 60-save season

    Hardball Talk "The Mariners defeated the Angels 8-5 on Sunday, bumping their record to 62-43. Closer Edwin Diaz got the final three outs, working around a leadoff walk with two strikeouts for his 39th save of the season, the best mark in baseball. Diaz’s 39 saves through 105 team games puts..." July 30

  • Mariners acquire right-handed reliever from Cardinals for minor league prospect

    The News Tribune "The Seattle Mariners finally got in on the buzzing MLB trade market.  They acquired right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for a promising minor league prospect, right-hander Seth Elledge.  Tuivailala is a 25-year-old with a..." July 27