12:28 PM EST, Sat February 28, 2015

Mariners notebook: McClendon pondering possible fits for second spot in lineup

PEORIA, Ariz. — The Mariners’ lineup is already starting to come into focus. Manager Lloyd McClendon pointed to three newcomers — Seth Smith, Justin Ruggiano and Rickie Weeks — as possible fits for the No. 2 slot and said the shortstop, either Brad Miller or Chris Taylor, will likely bat ninth. Smith and Ruggiano project as platoon partners in right field, while Weeks appears ticketed for similar duty in left field with Dustin Ackley. “We have options,” said McClendon, who prefers to have Ackley hit lower in the order — probably eighth. Better options than last year, when...
Seattle Times 13 hours ago

Taijuan Walker eager to prove he belongs in Mariners’ starting rotation

If he thrives on competition and pressure, Taijuan Walker has come to the right place. Yes, the Mariners were prepared to entrust the game to keep them alive in the postseason to Walker. But that doesn’t mean he has locked up a spot in their rotation for 2015.
Tacoma News-Tribune 16 hours ago

Mariners notebook: Seattle not looking for a Joe Beimel-type as bullpen replacement

Lloyd McClendon prefers that second bullpen lefty be someone who can ‘throw multiple innings.’
Tacoma News-Tribune 18 hours ago

Catcher Hicks is likely Tacoma-bound but gaining attention on Mariners’ radar

Catching prospect has added an improving bat to his long-time defensive skills…
Hicks is likely Tacoma-bound but gaining attention on Mariners’ radar

Hicks is likely Tacoma-bound but gaining attention on Mariners’ radar

PEORIA, Ariz. — John Hicks is finally gaining some attention, after four professional seasons with the Mariners, for being more than the guy who caught Danny Hultzen in college. Or as that guy who once played on the same select team in high school as then-infielder Russell Wilson. Hicks, 25, showed sufficient potential last season for the Mariners to find space for him in November on their 40-man roster spot to keep him away from other clubs in the Rule 5 Draft. “He was repeating Double-A,” farm director Chris Gwynn said, “and his issues were balance at the plate. Somehow, … ...
Mariners notebook: Club not looking for a Beimel-type as Beimel’s replacement

Mariners notebook: Club not looking for a Beimel-type as Beimel’s replacement

PEORIA, Ariz. — As the Mariners search for Joe Beimel’s replacement in their bullpen, they aren’t looking for a Beimel-type guy. “I’m not looking for a left-handed specialist,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “I would like to have a guy who is complete, who is able to throw multiple innings. Get both left-handers and right-handers out.” Charlie Furbush, in part, already fills the need for a lefty specialist — a loogy (lefty one out guy) in the game’s parlance. He worked just 42 1/3 innings last season in 67 appearances. McClendon used Beimel, 37, in a similar manner: 45...
Seattle Times Feb 27, 2015
Lloyd McClendon keeps Mariners in check as expectations rise

Lloyd McClendon keeps Mariners in check as expectations rise

What’s most fascinating at spring training is the constant tug of war between giddy proclamations of big things to come and the manager’s stern restraint, which has infiltrated the mind-set of his players.
Tacoma News-Tribune Feb 26, 2015

Mariners gambling that Morrison can stay healthy…and productive

First baseman Logan Morrison showed potential last season with strong finish but has not played 100 games in any of the last three seasons…
Tacoma News-Tribune Feb 26, 2015

Mariners notebook: McClendon says roster has room for Miller or Taylor — but probably not both

Felix Hernandez on his first bullpen workout: `I’m telling you, that was pretty good.’

Video: Outtakes from Seattle Mariners photo day

  Every year at spring training, the Seattle Mariners take their team photos and shoot their introductory videos for Safeco Field. Thursday was that day. We’ve got some video outtakes from the M’s photo session at their spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona. Check out the video above. The Mariners on Thursday also began shooting […]

Mariners' Felix Hernandez, Taijuan Walker are off and throwing

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw his first bullpen session of spring training on Thursday while Taijuan Walker threw to live hitters for the first time.

Mariners gambling that Morrison can stay healthy…and productive

PEORIA, Ariz. — There might be no bigger gamble by the Mariners in putting together their roster over the winter than in projecting and relying on a healthy season from first baseman Logan Morrison. Barring a career renaissance by Jesus Montero — which, OK, no longer requires the same level of suspending disbelief — the Mariners don’t appear to have a viable full-time alternative. Veteran utilityman Willie Bloomquist, if healthy, projects as Morrison’s primary backup. Manager Lloyd McClendon talks of finding a few spring reps for Rickie Weeks, although Weeks doesn’t own a...

Mariners rank No. 15 in MLB (uniform) power rankings

A surprising 2014 campaign that left them just one game out of the playoffs coupled with an active offseason has Seattle Mariners among the preseason contenders for the American League crown in 2015. But as far as their uniforms go, the M’s are just in the middle of the pack, according to the experts. ESPN’s […]

Mariners notebook: McClendon says roster has room for Miller or Taylor — but probably not both

PEORIA, Ariz. — Brad Miller or Chris Taylor at shortstop? Who you got? The biggest positional battle this spring in the Mariners’ camp shapes up as an either/or proposition. “If we don’t have injuries,” manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledged prior to Thursday’s workout, “I doubt if we can take them both.” McClendon’s words confirmed what many already suspected after off-season acquisitions reshaped the club’s roster by bolstering depth. Veterans Willie Bloomquist (who appears healthy) and Rickie Weeks fill the need for backup infielders, while trades to acquire Seth Smith...

Video: Sights and sounds from the first full day of Seattle Mariners spring training

  Wish you could have been in Peoria, Arizona, for the first full day of Seattle Mariners spring training Wednesday? Well, we can do our best to teleport you there with some video from the desert. Check out the video above for some sights and sounds from the M’s spring training complex, where position players […]

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  • 1 Willie Bloomquist

    Willie Bloomquist

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  • 1 Seth Smith

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  • 1 Dustin Ackley

    Dustin Ackley

    Rickie Weeks to platoon in left field with Dustin Ackley, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon says

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