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  • If MLB Implements a Significant Rule Change in 2019, It Will Be a Pitch Clock

    SI "No proposed rules change would improve baseball’s pace of action issue more than a pitch clock, which is why Major League Baseball officials prioritized getting a pitch clock for the 2019 season at a meeting with Players Association officials Monday. The union, which has been cool to the..." January 18

  • Pitcher and catcher report days, full squad workout days announced for all 30 teams

    Hardball Talk "The first Spring Training workout dates, both for pitchers and catchers and for full squads, has been released for all 30 of the Major League clubs. I find that rather weird given that there are scores and scores of players who don’t have jobs yet, but I guess a schedule is a..." January 17

  • The Mariners are making some interesting “outsider” hires in the minors

    Lookout Landing "Yesterday, the Mariners announced their minor league coaching staffs for each of the various affiliates. Most of the names are familiar, but there are a few standouts both in new hires and in people being reshuffled at various levels of the organization. Like they’re doing on..." January 15

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Report: Blue Jays sign David Phelps to one-year, $2.5 million deal

    Hardball Talk "The Blue Jays have signed pitcher David Phelps to a one-year contract, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. Phelps will earn $2.5 million in 2019 and his contract includes a club option for 2020, the value of which depends on the number of appearances he makes this season, per..." January 11

  • Mariners To Sign Cory Gearrin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have agreed to a one-year, Major League contract with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (via Twitter). It’s the second free-agent agreement of the day for Seattle, as the M’s also agreed to a one-year..." January 10

  • J.P. Crawford made some errors last year, and I’m encouraged

    Lookout Landing "Baseball delights me. As a fan, I can see the best in most any situation, and care little for indulging the negative possibilities of a situation. If something goes awry, it will be the expected outcome, so why not look for what can go well? But as someone seeking to scout and analyze talent,..." January 10

  • Mariners Designate John Andreoli

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have designated outfielder John Andreoli for assignment. His roster spot was needed for the team’s just-announced (but previously reported) signings of Tim Beckham and Cory Gearrin. " January 10

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • Mariners To Sign Tim Beckham

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent infielder Tim Beckham, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Wasserman client will earn a $1.75MM base salary and can take home another $250K worth of incentives as part of the deal. Beckham,..." January 10

  • The Future of Kyle Seager

    Lookout Landing "The Manny Machado sweepstakes is dominating the offseason news right around now — with the White Sox pursuing his friends & family members like NFL teams pursue people who have met Sean McVay — so maybe it’s a good time to remember that the state of..." January 09

  • Mariners Bring Back Dustin Ackley on Minor-League Deal

    12 Up "Seattle's favorite son is finally returning home! Okay, that's a bit of a stretch, but fans can't help but smile at this latest news. According to a report, former ?Mariners' No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley, an INF/OF, has agreed to a minor-league deal with..." January 09

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t, the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • Mariners committed to playing Ichiro in Japan

    Yahoo! Sports "The rebuilding Seattle Mariners will have far fewer familiar faces on their opening roster when their season begins March 20 in Japan. Yet the oldest and most familiar face of them all, 45-year-old Ichiro Suzuki, is still expected to be there. General manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed..." January 05

  • Mariners File Opposition to Dr. Lorena Martin’s Attempt to Strike Arbitration

    Lookout Landing "The Mariners filed their opposition to Dr. Lorena Martin’s motion to strike their demand for arbitration on Friday, arguing in King County Superior Court that her legal arguments are incorrect, and the Washington Law Against Discrimination and federal law properly understood permit her..." January 04

  • Mariners plan to limit Yusei Kikuchi’s workload a bit

    Hardball Talk "Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Flipboard (Opens in new window) Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new..." January 03

  • Mariners Yusei Kikuchi deal is for 3-year, $56M with optional 4-year extension

    The Score "The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a deal with Japanese pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, sources told Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports. Kikuchi's three-year deal is worth $43 million and includes a four-year, $66-million extension that can be triggered by the Mariners after the first three..." January 01

  • Mariners reach a deal with left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi

    Seattle Times "It appears the Mariners have reached an agreement with one of the top starting pitchers remaining on the free-agent market. A report early Monday evening from Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports said Seattle was nearing an agreement with left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. About two hours later,..." January 01

  • White Sox linked to Mariners slugger Edwin Encarnacion, but where the heck would he play?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The looming decisions of mega free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado might be the only thing on the minds of White Sox fans as the new year approaches, but there are other players out there — and other offseason rumors involving the South Siders. The latest, however, is..." December 31

  • Three teams are interested in Edwin Encarnación

    Hardball Talk "There’s been a bit of speculation concerning designated hitter Edwin Encarnación since he came over to the Mariners in a three-team trade earlier this month. While it initially looked as though the club might flip him at the 2019 trade deadline, growing interest might force a trade..." December 29

  • Mariners confident they'll trade Encarnacion before spring

    The Score "Edwin Encarnacion's Seattle Mariners tenure might last longer than Carlos Santana's, but not by much. The Mariners are reportedly increasingly confident that they'll be able to trade Encarnacion before spring training,'s Jon Morosi said during an appearance on..." December 28

  • Jerry Dipoto has valid reasons for the Mariners' massive rebuild -- and more pieces to sell

    CBS Sports "In many ways, it's hard to imagine being disappointed by 89 wins. Eighty-nine wins would've earned you a wild-card berth in either league in 2017. Ditto in 2016. It would have won you a wild-card or the AL West title in 2015. In 2018, in a top-heavy American League that..." December 28

  • Mariners Sign Tyler Danish To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have signed right-hander Tyler Danish to a minor league contract, per Jon Heyman of Fancred. The 24-year-old Danish had been on the market since October, a month after the White Sox outrighted him. Chicago’s decision to cut Danish ended a relationship that began in..." December 22

  • Ex-Mariners doctor accuses team of discrimination in lawsuit

    Seattle Times "A wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by Dr. Lorena Martin, the Mariners’ former high-performance director, alleges she went to team owners John Stanton and Buck Ferguson and CEO Kevin Mather as far back as March to complain about alleged discriminatory treatment. The lawsuit,..." December 22

  • Mariners working to finalize deal for Brewers OF Domingo Santana

    Sporting News "The Brewers look like they are finally going to trade outfielder Domingo Santana. According to the Seattle Times, the Mariners are finalizing a deal for Milwaukee's fourth outfielder. The Brewers will receive outfielder Ben Gamel and minor league reliever Noah Zavolas in..." December 21

  • Mariners open to fielding offers on Encarnacion

    The Score "Edwin Encarnacion hasn't played a game for the Seattle Mariners yet, and there's a possibility he never does. While the team isn't actively pursuing a trade for the 35-year-old first baseman, Mariners assistant general manager Justin Hollander said the team is open to..." December 20

  • Mariners exec says he would need ‘insane return’ to trade Mitch Haniger

    Larry Brown Sports "The Seattle Mariners have been extremely active on the trade market this offseason, but that does not mean they are going to start giving away their top players for pennies on the dollar. In an appearance on MLB Network Radio Thursday, Mariners assistant general manager Justin..." December 20

  • Mariners Sign Zac Rosscup

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced Thursday that they’ve signed left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup to a one-year, Major League contract. The team’s 40-man roster is now up to a total of 38 players. “When healthy, Zac has swing-and-miss stuff, which has translated at all..." December 20

  • Mariners make their new stadium partnership official: Welcome to T-Mobile Park

    Lookout Landing "With a new roster comes a new stadium partnership, and a new color scheme to boot. Safeco Field is well and truly dead. Welcome to T-Mobile Park. That there is sure a baseball field. While they’re not fully embracing Matthew Roberson’s call to paint the seats..." December 19

  • Edgar Martinez is a Hall of Famer, and the numbers couldn't be more clear

    Sporting News "What was supposed to be a short interview with Edgar Martinez about his career and the Hall of Fame turned into an hour-long conversation. But, then, Edgar Martinez’s career is well worth 60 minutes of discussion. We started from the beginning. I asked Edgar how he got..." December 18

  • Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto pulled off a three-team trade from a hospital bed to close out MLB's winter meetings

    CBS Sports "Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital for precautionary reasons after he felt sick earlier in the week during MLB's winter meetings. That didn't stop him from making a deal. From his hospital bed, Dipoto pulled off a noteworthy three-team..." December 13

  • Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto admitted to hospital with blood clots

    Larry Brown Sports "Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has been busy making moves to try to improve his team this offseason, but unfortunately he had bigger problems to worry about this week. According to Jim Bowden of CBS Sports, Dipoto was admitted to the hospital in Las Vegas during the..." December 13

  • Report: Edwin Encarnacion Traded to Mariners for Carlos Santana in 3-Team Deal

    Bleacher Report "The Seattle Mariners have continued their flurry of offseason activity after reportedly acquiring Edwin Encarnacion as part of a three-team deal.  Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Encarnacion will be sent to the Mariners with the Cleveland..." December 13

  • At least 4 teams have spoken with Mariners about acquiring Carlos Santana

    Sporting News "The Mariners seem to be shopping Carlos Santana. Seattle has spoken with the Rays, Indians and Rockies about potentially dealing away the 32-year-old slugger, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. The Marlins also checked in on Santana..." December 12

  • Rockies eyeing Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnación in trade talks

    Purple Row "The Rockies, a team that could certainly use a seasoned first baseman, are interested in Carlos Santana from the Seattle Mariners. This isn’t the first time they’ve taken a look at the infielder, as they also were in talks for him when he was with the Phillies. Santana..." December 12

  • Mariners Claim Kaleb Cowart

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have claimed infielder Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Angels. Notably, the Seattle club referred to Cowart as an infielder and right-handed pitcher in its announcement. He’ll “come to Spring Training as a two-way player,” per the..." December 10

  • Busy Mariners set for active Winter Meetings "Jerry Dipoto didn't bother waiting for the Winter Meetings to crank up his offseason makeover of the Mariners, having already made six trades while setting a new direction for a club coming off an 89-win season. But that doesn't mean Seattle's ultra-active general manager..." December 08

  • Report: Mariners have already discussed trading Carlos Santana

    Larry Brown Sports "The Seattle Mariners may already be prepared to trade one of their new acquisitions. According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, the Mariners have already discussed first baseman Carlos Santana with other teams less than two days after acquiring him from the Philadelphia Phillies. " December 05

  • MLB, commissioner Rob Manfred gaining support to limit defensive shifts, report says

    CBS Sports "Changes to the way teams line up -- and are allowed to line up -- defensively could be coming to Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has received "strong" backing from baseball's competition committee to try to "put something in place" to limit..." December 05

  • Jay Bruce: 'The third trade doesn't hold quite the shock'

    SNY TV "Former Mets outfielder Jay Bruce said he wasn't as surprised at being traded for the third time in the past two and a half years. "Honestly, it's just another trade now," Bruce said, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma, after he was included..." December 04

  • Mariners' rebuild painful to watch, but it didn't have to be

    USA Today "It has been 17 years since it was the most prestigious home on the block, but with the wear and tear, it needed an upgrade to fix the flaws. Still, no one told the Seattle Mariners they had to douse it with gasoline, light a match, and watch the entire structure..." December 04

  • Japanese star Kikuchi posted; Dodgers, Giants reportedly interested

    The Score "Yusei Kikuchi is officially cleared to make his way across the Pacific after his Japanese team, the Seibu Lions, posted the star left-hander on Monday. The posting gives Kikuchi and his agent, Scott Boras, a 30-day window to negotiate a big-league contract. He'll pitch for the..." December 03

  • The Robinson Cano trade is a done deal

    Hardball Talk "After a weekend of waiting, the big trade between the Mets and Mariners is a done deal. That deal: Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz and cash to the Mets; Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista to the Mariners. There will be a press..." December 03

  • Sources: Mariners’ next move in roster teardown sends Jean Segura to the Phillies

    Seattle Times "This is no longer a “reimagination” of a roster — whatever that means. While the Mariners may label it a “step back,” it’s starting to resemble a rebuild with each transaction that general manager Jerry Dipoto makes this offseason. Major League..." December 03

  • Rival teams expect Mariners to move Seager

    The Score "The Seattle Mariners appear to be in an offseason of transition, and the roster overhaul may not be finished. Evaluators from rival teams expect general manager Jerry Dipoto will do whatever it takes to trade third baseman Kyle Seager in an attempt to re-stock a flailing farm system, Buster..." December 02

  • Mets trade for Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz is done

    New York Daily News "The Mets and Mariners have agreed on the blockbuster trade that will bring closer Edwin Diaz and eight-time all-star Robinson Cano to Flushing, along with cash. The deal, which also rids the Mets of Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak’s bad contracts, was completed Saturday and is..." December 02

  • Mariners, Phillies reportedly discussing Jean Segura for JP Crawford trade

    Larry Brown Sports "The Seattle Mariners are tearing down their team and still have a piece to trade in Jean Segura. One team they’re talking about trading him to is the Philadelphia Phillies, and JP Crawford could be involved in such a deal, according to a report. The Athletic’s Ken..." December 01

  • Mets won't include prospect Jeff McNeil in potential blockbuster deal with Mariners

    New York Post "Robinson Cano did not make it public last year, but those close to him have said he was not pleased to lose his second base job to Dee Gordon, in part because Cano has a goal of being the leading home run hitter at second base ever. Cano, though, knew he could not make his feelings..." November 30