Mariners Rumors & News

  • Mariners have lost five in a row and could find it difficult to land meaningful rotation help

    CBS Sports "The Seattle Mariners, one of the season's better feel-good stories in the first half, are experiencing turbulence. The Mariners entered Saturday having lost five consecutive games as part of a stretch that has seen them drop six of their past eight. All of those contests have..." June 23

  • The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

    New York Daily News "From his office high above 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan, the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, can feel and hear it: Whiffff! It is the sound of his players striking out in record numbers, sucking the action out of his game to the point where it too often feels like a funeral for..." June 22

  • Ichiro sneaks into Mariners dugout wearing a fake mustache, Bobby Valentine style

    CBS Sports "This week has not gone well for the Seattle Mariners. They were swept by the Yankees in Yankee Stadium and they are now 2-4 six games into their gut check 10-game stretch against the Red Sox and Yankees (and Red Sox again). This was supposed to be a stretch where they..." June 22

  • Report: MLB bans transactions with Mexican League over ‘corruption’

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has reportedly banned teams from signing any players who are affiliated with the Mexican League due to questions and concerns over how contracts have been negotiated. In a letter sent to teams on Tuesday that was obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, MLB..." June 22

  • The candidate who would rock Home Run Derby: Ichiro

    New York Post "More players seem to be shying away from the Home Run Derby every year. Scott Servais believes he has the perfect wild-card entry. The Mariners manager is starting a campaign for Ichiro Suzuki to get a crack at the derby next month at Nationals Park. “He comes out..." June 20

  • Mariners ink pair of int'l teen pitching prospects "The Mariners added a pair of southpaws to their system Tuesday as they announced the signing of international pitching prospects Jing-Yu Chang and Blake Townsend. Chang, 18, is a left-hander from Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, who is coming off a national high school championship with Kao..." June 19

  • Report: Yankees, Mariners interested in Blue Jays’ Happ

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ is expected to be one of the top starters available on the trade market this summer, and suitors are already lining up. The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are both showing interest in acquiring..." June 18

  • Report: Nelson Cruz could get David Ortiz-like deal from Mariners for final years

    Larry Brown Sports "The Seattle Mariners seem to have an idea of how to approach the future with their aging but still productive slugger Nelson Cruz. According to a report by Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times on Sunday, the Mariners have approached Cruz about the possibility of a contract setup..." June 18

  • Mariners Outright Mike Morin

    MLB Trade Rumors "Mariners right-hander Mike Morin has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, the club’s PR department has announced. Morin had been designated for assignment by Seattle on Thursday. " June 16

  • Mariners Sign First-Rounder Logan Gilbert

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have signed their first-rounder, Stetson right-hander Logan Gilbert, for $3,883,800, which comes in at the exact slot value for the number 14 overall pick. The news comes courtesy of’s Jim Callis. " June 16

  • The Seattle Mariners have become experts in winning one-run games

    The Sports Daily "We just talked about how dominant the Houston Astros have been during their current winning streak, which has now reached nine games. It doesn’t matter what they do right now, though, because they can’t seem to shake the Seattle Mariners. Houston improved to 46-25 after..." June 16

  • Red Sox Return Eric Filia To Mariners

    MLB Trade Rumors "JUNE 15: The teams have announced that Filia will be returned to Seattle after failing his physical. Instead, Boston will receive cash considerations to complete the swap. JUNE 12: The Red Sox announced that they’ve acquired minor league outfielder Eric Filia from the..." June 15

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Another problem with these baseballs? Evidently some are warped

    WEEI Boston "Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic..." June 13

  • Red Sox Acquire Eric Filia From Mariners

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox announced that they’ve acquired minor league outfielder Eric Filia from the Mariners as the player to be named later in April’s Roenis Elias trade. FanRag’s Robert Murray was the first to reports that Filia was going to the Red Sox (Twitter..." June 12

  • Cano will have to share time at 2B upon return

    ESPN "As the Seattle Mariners keep winning games, their 41-24 record and view from the top of the American League West has forced them to contemplate their plans for Robinson Cano once the eight-time All-Star returns from the suspended list in August. The only apparent certainty: When Cano..." June 11

  • Mariners Release Marc Rzepczynski

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced today that they have released lefty Marc Rzepczynski. He had recently been designated for assignment. It’s no surprise to see the 32-year-old clear waivers following the DFA. After all, he hasn’t performed up to the $5.5MM salary he’s..." June 06

  • First-place Mariners have stayed in the race after losing Cano thanks to otherworldly pitching performances

    CBS Sports "Back in mid-May, the Seattle Mariners looked like they were finished. Second baseman Robinson Cano fractured his hand on May 13, and later in the week was suspended for failing a performance-enhancing drug test. The Mariners entered May 14 -- the official beginning of the post-Cano period --..." June 06

  • MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million

    Wall Street Journal "Rawlings, a more than century-old company that produces the official ball and helmet of Major League Baseball, will be changing hands in a $395 million deal that adds the professional league as a key investor. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, consumer-goods..." June 06

  • Joe Torre goes to Albany to help MLB get a cut of New York gambling revenue

    Hardball Talk "We’ve been following baseball’s efforts to get a cut of what is soon to be legalized sports gambling proceeds in most states around the country. Major League Baseball has been characterizing that cut as an “integrity fee,” which it says it needs in order to keep the..." June 04

  • Ichiro now throwing batting practice as part of duties for Mariners

    Larry Brown Sports "Ichiro Suzuki continues to wear many hats for the Seattle Mariners in his semi-retirement. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported on Sunday that the Mariners great, who left the active roster in the middle of the season to join the front office, will now be throwing early batting..." June 03

  • Mariners use ‘Smash Mouth’ song to troll fans into making their All-Star votes

    Sportsnaut "It’s that special time of year again in baseball when teams are doing everything they can to promote their players for the All-Star Game. Some methods are repeated, but every now and then a team comes up with a creative idea to get fans out to vote. In the case of the Seattle..." June 02

  • Mariners designate struggling lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski for assignment

    Seattle Times "Marc Rzepczynski had one job to do as a member of the Mariners’ bullpen — get out left-handed hitters. It was a small, but definable role and the reason he was signed to a 2-year, $11 million contract before the 2017 season. When it appeared that Rzepczynski was no..." June 01

  • How 'hybrid' pitchers prepare for dual roles in rotation and bullpen

    Sporting News "Mike Minor used to get up in the bullpen and start stretching as early as the third inning last year. His bullpen-mates would give him some lighthearted heckling for it, but Minor was in unfamiliar territory. Minor spent four years as a starter in Atlanta, from 2010 to 2014. Injuries..." June 01

  • Rob Manfred talks pace of play, expansion, gambling, realignment and a reduced schedule

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic sat down for an exclusive interview with Commissioner Rob Manfred. They talked on most of the hot-button issues of the day. As it’s an Athletic story it is behind a paywall, but as we’ve noted around here many times lately, there’s a lot of good..." May 30

  • Mariners, Jayson Werth Agree To Delay Opt-Out Date

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have agreed with outfielder Jayson Werth to delay the opt-out date in his minor-league agreement, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). Werth joined the organization in late March after wrapping up a seven-year run with the Nationals. Werth’s..." May 29

  • Jean Segura hasn't been cleared from concussion protocol

    ESPN "The Seattle Mariners scratched shortstop Jean Segura from the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Texas Rangers. Segura had been penciled in as the leadoff hitter but still needed final doctor's clearance to be removed from the concussion protocol. He left..." May 28

  • MLB criticized for lack of transparency regarding military-themed uniforms

    New York Daily News "The backlash last May was quick and harsh. Players, fans, veterans and Gold Star families saw the advertising for baseball's special Memorial Day military-themed uniforms and called the league out for looking like it was trying to cash in on a day set aside to honor those who had died for..." May 28

  • Mariners Select Chris Herrmann

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have selected catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann from Triple-A, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times tweets. The club sent fellow catcher David Freitas to Triple-A in a corresponding 25-man move, though the Mariners will still need to create a 40-man spot for Herrmann. The..." May 27

  • Mariners Designate Taylor Motter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have designated infielder Taylor Motter for assignment, the team announced. His 40-man roster spot will go to catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann, whom they selected from Triple-A Tacoma. " May 27

  • Mariners To Acquire Alex Colome, Denard Span

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a stunning early-season swap, the Mariners have acquired reliever Alex Colome and outfielder Denard Span from the Rays, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). M’s GM Jerry Dipoto has overseen his fair share of surprising swaps since taking the helm in..." May 25

  • Diamondbacks’ Mitch Haniger-Jean Segura trade for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte leaning toward regrettable

    Arizona Central "A year ago, right-hander Taijuan Walker was a steady presence in the rotation and infielder Ketel Marte was a late-season lifesaver from Triple-A Reno. Both came to the Diamondbacks in the same offseason trade with the Seattle Mariners, and it’s possible the club wouldn’t have..." May 25

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ​Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ​Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • CC Sabathia doesn’t appreciate Mark Teixeira’s comments about Robinson Cano

    Sportsnaut "Shortly after Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance, Mark Teixeira, who was Cano’s teammate with the New York Yankees, said that he wasn’t surprised. CC Sabathia, a current Yankee and a former teammate of both men,..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Mariners agree to a new 25-year lease to stay at Safeco Field

    Seattle Times "Not that there was any doubt, but the Mariners will stay in Seattle at Safeco Field, or whatever its new name will be in 2019, for many years to come. With the original 20-year ballpark lease expiring at the end of 2018, the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public..." May 24

  • Mariners Place Dee Gordon On 10-Day DL With Fractured Toe

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced today that outfielder/infielder Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day DL with a fractured big toe. He’ll be replaced on the active roster for the time being by first baseman Dan Vogelbach. This is the latest bit of unwelcome news for a..." May 22

  • 5 trades Mariners should consider to replace Cano "With the news that Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will serve an 80-game suspension and become ineligible for the postseason after violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the club must decide where to go from here. The short-term answer..." May 18

  • Why was Robinson Cano suspended for furosemide?

    The Fantasy Doctors "Robinson Canó was just suspended 80 games for using furosemide. According to major-league baseball rules you cannot be suspended for using for furosemide unless It is deemed part of intent to cover up other prohibited substances. Personally I am not buying Robinson Canó excuse..." May 18

  • Mariners Select Contract Of Ryan Cook

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced Thursday that they’ve selected the contract of right-handed reliever Ryan Cook from Triple-A Tacoma. Fellow righty Christian Bergman, who pitched quite well in a spot start for Seattle yesterday, was optioned back to Triple-A to clear space on the roster for..." May 17

  • Mark Teixeira says he’s ‘not surprised’ ex-Yankee teammate Robinson Cano tested positive for banned substance

    New York Daily News "Robinson Cano's 80-game suspension this week for a positive drug test was hardly a shock for at least one former teammate. Mark Teixeira, who played alongside Cano in the Yankees infield for five seasons, said on "The Michael Kay Show" Thursday that he was "not..." May 17

  • Mariners could keep Gordon at 2nd in 2019 after Cano returns

    Sporting News "Dee Gordon is moving back to second base from the outfield now that Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games for violating MLB's joint drug prevention and treatment program. However, according to The Athletic, this move may not be temporary. It could turn out to be a dress..." May 17

  • Miggy upset with Cano's suspension: 'I know he didn't cheat'

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera and right-handed reliever Alex Wilson weren’t happy about Seattle Mariners star Robinson Canó’s 80-game suspension, for different reasons. Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that Canó, an eight-time..." May 16

  • Nelson Cruz exits Mariners game on Tuesday night after getting hit by a pitch

    Seattle Times "Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get much worse for the Mariners, the sight of Nelson Cruz being helped off the field and in obvious pain turned an awful day into a nightmare. In the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game vs. the Rangers, Cruz was struck squarely on..." May 16

  • Did Cashman, Yankees make right decision with Robinson Cano?

    USA Today "The New York Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman had a major decision to make when five-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano became a free agent after the 2013 season.  Cano had just turned 31 and wanted a contract of close to 10 years. The Yankees weren't..." May 16

  • Robinson Cano to undergo surgery to repair fractured hand

    Hardball Talk "’s Mark Feinsand reports that Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair the fractured fifth metacarpal on his right hand. Cano was hit by a Blaine Hardy pitch on Sunday. Cano also received an 80-game..." May 16

  • Mariners To Select Contract Of Christian Bergman

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners will select the contract of righty Christian Bergman to make tomorrow’s start, reports Shannon Drayer of (via Twitter). Seattle has a pair of open spots on the..." May 16

  • It looks like Dee Gordon will move back to second to fill in for Robinson Cano

    CBS Sports "The big baseball news on Tuesday was the 80-game suspension to Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano for violating the Joint Drug Agreement. Obviously, the impact here is huge, as a long-time MLB star will miss roughly half the season.  The Mariners entered Tuesday 23-17 and just..." May 15

  • Does Robinson Cano's 80-Game Suspension Put Surefire HOFer Resume Up in Smoke?

    Bleacher Report "Robinson Cano's path may still lead him to Cooperstown in the end, but it just got a lot less direct. With eight All-Star appearances and a laundry list of statistical feats under his proverbial belt, the Seattle Mariners' veteran second baseman entered Tuesday as a..." May 15

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