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Seattle Mariners: How does their recent trade improve playoff chances?

How much did the Seattle Mariners improve their playoff hopes with their trade with the Rays on Friday? Baseball fans had to know Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto was itching to make a trade after the Mariners lost Robinson Cano to an 80-game PED suspension and Dee Gordon to a toe injury. Dipoto loves to […] Seattle Mariners: How does their recent trade improve playoff chances? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Seattle Times

Extra Innings pop-up podcast: Talking about a trade as the Mariners acquire Alex Colome and Denard Span from the Rays

Breaking down the details of the trade and how it will affect the Mariners going forward in 2018.

The Seattle Times

Give Mariners credit, they earned the right to make a win-now trade

The Mariners grab veteran outfielder Denard Span and closer Alex Colome, and while their playoff pursuit is likely of the one-game, loser-out variety, it was a trade they earned in recent weeks and deserve considering their playoff drought.

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 5/26/18: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, and Husky Baseball

The Mariners are 10 games over .500 again! Give me an example of what you think is an internet classic that you think will be funny forever. My choice is the “who do you think you are I am” video of Pete Weber winning the US Open of Bowling. While you think, I gift you with the timeless internet classic known as “the links.” In Mariners News... Diamondbacks’ perspective on this trade. Do the #GenerationDBacks regret trading Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte? It's starting to look that way. https://t.co/sMWub8cABN— azcentral sports (@azcsports)...


Looking Back at Alex Colome’s Career With the Rays

The All Star Closer got the mane job done Earlier today, Alex Colome was traded to the Seattle Mariners along with Outfielder Denard Span in exchange for two pitching prospects. Colome was signed by the Rays as an international free agent in 2006, and originally was seen as a starter by the Rays, starting as many as 22 games at A-level. He even made 13 starts in 2015 before transitioning to the bullpen upon the return of Matt Moore to the rotation. Colome would really flourish in his new role, almost immediately getting high leverage innings. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for...

Lookout Landing

Mariners acquire Álex Colomé as David Phelps replacement, Denard Span as Team Dad Replacement

Wait that’s not the Tampa Bay pitcher I ordered...waiter? After the series of unfortunate events known as the 2018 Mariners season, we knew Dipoto would be active early. He was. Or, as we now do:BREAKING: #Rays have trades Span and Colome to #Mariners— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 25, 2018 (And the return, you ask? Oh, just a couple of LL favorites in Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero. If you need me, I’ll be over here, extremely sad.) First, what the Mariners are getting: Denard Span, who was traded to the Rays from the Giants as part of a package for Evan Longoria. Span is at...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero.Span, a Tampa product, was enjoying a successful start to his season and enjoying


Tampa Bay Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to the Seattle Mariners for pitching prospects

The Rays all-star closer and veteran outfielder are heading to Seattle The Rays have traded outfielder Denard Span and reliever Alex Colome to the Seattle Mariners. In return they have received right handed pitchers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero. Moore is 24 years old and currently playing in Triple A. Romero, 20, is playing at the A level. In a separate move, the Rays acquired RHP Wilmer Font from Oakland in exchange for pitcher Peter Bayer, currently playing in Port Charlotte. Span had come to the Rays as part of the Evan Longoria trade. While many fans had greeted his arrival in...

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Keith Law mocks prep OF Jarred Kelenic to Mariners

If he actually falls this far, yes PLEASE Ah, early spring. Graduation season, prom season, and most importantly, mock draft season. As we get closer to the MLB draft (June 4-6), we will keep you up on which players major media outlets are projecting to the Mariners. One giant caveat: this front office, while presenting an air of transparency, has shown a tendency to keep things very close to the vest. I still remember having to abandon my Thanksgiving pie-making halfway through in order to cover the Hanigura (TM Ben Thoen) trade. People will say things like “the Mariners have been linked...

The Crawfish Boxes

Evan Gattis, Sprint Speeds and the Future

Lots of decisions are going to have to be made this winter regarding pending free agents, but two players could have their fates determined before the end of the season. The Houston Astros are 30-18, hold a two game lead in the AL West over a Cano-less Seattle Mariners—and they have room to improve. After dealing with some writer’s block for the better part of a week, I just found myself staring at Evan Gattis’ photo. I don’t know how I landed on him per say, but there I was, eye to eye with Brian McCann’s doppleganger. As you probably already know, Gattis hasn’t been great at...

Pinstripe Alley

The Yankees should try to trade for James Paxton

If Big Maple hits the market, the Yankees should be all in. The Yankees have something special going on this season. The club owns a 30 - 13 record and has played stellar baseball for the last month or so. That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement. The rotation, of course, stands out as the area in most need of an upgrade. The staff contains far more question marks than sure things. Reinforcements would help. Meanwhile, the Mariners have some tough decisions to make. Seattle sits two games behind the Astros in the AL West, but can they really hold off the Angels? That task...


Rosenthal: Mariners' trade for Adam Duvall would make sense

Scooter Gennetts name also has come up in trade rumors involving the Mariners.         

KC Kingdom

Kansas City Royals: Trading Whit Merrifield to Mariners could be an option

The Kansas City Royals finally found themselves a second baseman in Whit Merrifield, but fans shouldn’t be surprised if he gets traded this season. The Mariners in particular could be a good fit. The biggest reason as to why the Seattle Mariners would make sense as a trade partner for Whit Merrifield is because Robinson […] Kansas City Royals: Trading Whit Merrifield to Mariners could be an option - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

Call to the Pen

Seattle Mariners: Dee Gordon to second base?

With Robinson Cano injured and suspended for the next 80 games, could the Seattle Mariners put Dee Gordon back in his old position of second base? When the Seattle Mariners acquired Dee Gordon in an off-season trade, the plan was to move him to centerfield with Robinson Cano entrenched in that position. That had been […] Seattle Mariners: Dee Gordon to second base? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB Bullets is wearing an albatross

Robinson Cano is suspended for 80 games. Also injured. Legalized wagering is coming. The Dodgers are reeling. I’ll bet you $50 that the recent Supreme Court ruling won’t have any effect on MLB Bullets. Before this column detours into SCOTUSblog, let’s talk about Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano being suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a diuretic, or a masking agent. Tim Brown notes that Cano is the latest to pull the “I didn’t know” excuse, although a suspension for a diuretic requires that MLB demonstrate that the substance was taken to mask a different...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees fans’ opinion of Robinson Cano shouldn’t change

Don’t cha’ know? I still love Robbie Cano. And so should you. Yesterday, Major League Baseball announced that Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano received an 80-game suspension for violating MLB’s joint drug agreement. Cano didn’t test positive for any PEDs, but rather for a diuretic, which can be used as a masking agent. It is punished equally. Per Jon Heyman, though, testing positive for a diuretic doesn’t mean an automatic suspension. An investigation is made that is tasked with determining if a player’s use is legitimate or an attempt to mask something else. Which means...

Bless You Boys

Tigers Links is ready for the Tribe

A look at injuries, the Victor Reyes situation, trade pieces, prospects, and other happenings around the league. Thanks to some late-inning heroics from JaCoby Jones — who is becoming synonymous with that sort of thing — and a perfectly adequate first major league start from Blaine Hardy, the Detroit Tigers took the weekend series from the Seattle Mariners. Now, the first place Cleveland Indians come a calling. I can’t believe I can actually say this, but a series sweep by the Tigers could put them in a tie for the top spot in the American League Central. While we wait for the series...

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 5/12/18: MLB Mock Draft, Free Agent Pitchers, and Chemistry

Daily Links. Happy Mother’s Day weekend. Today happens to be my mom’s birthday, but she’s out of town so I won’t get to celebrate her until tomorrow. Instead, the Mariners’ double header will have to keep me entertained. In Mariners News... Relive the no-no. All 2️⃣7️⃣ outs of @James_Paxton's historic night. Just the thing before a full day of baseball tomorrow.#GoMariners pic.twitter.com/57YsvZkqWb— Mariners (@Mariners) May 12, 2018 Catch up on exciting Mariners information by listening to the Wheelhouse podcast. New @MarinersPod, new Wheelhouse with Jerry...

Lookout Landing

Substitute teacher puts on movie, movie blows up, classroom catches on fire, Mariners lose 4-3

I’m not saying it would have changed everything but it would have changed some things One of my least favorite things to do with baseball is to play the “what if” game. What if the Mariners had drafted Anthony Rendon instead of Danny Hultzen. What if they hadn’t lost the Night Court game in 2014. What if they had traded for Player X, or not traded Player X, signed Free Agent X or not signed Free Agent X. What if, what if, what if. Mostly I hate the “what if” game because it introduces a host of possibilities, not all of which will end up favorably. The Mariners could have...

The Republican

Ichiro Suzuki retirement: Seattle Mariners legend takes moves to front office, could return for 2019 cameo

The Seattle Mariners didn't use the word "retire." His agent specifically said "he is not retiring." But the truth remains: Ichiro Suzuki is stepping away from the baseball field.

Lone Star Ball

Ichiro Suzuki (kind of?) retires, Seattle Mariners announce

44 year old outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has announced he will be moving to a front office role with Seattle for the rest of the season Ichiro Suzuki retirement: The Seattle Mariners have announced outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is retiring, effectively immediately, and is joining the front office as a special assistant. Ichiro, 44, signed with the Mariners as a free agent this offseason, after having spent the previous three seasons with the Marlins. Ichiro came to the United States for the 2001 season amidst much skepticism about whether, after extended success in Japan, his style of play would...


Elvis Andrus, Rangers react to Ichiro moving to Mariners' front office, potential retirement

While fans in North Texas said goodbye to Jason Witten, the baseball world might be saying farewell to one of its all-time greats.After signing a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners before the season, the team announced Thursday Ichiro Suzuki will be moving into a front office role for the remainder of the 2018 season. His playing status for 2019 remains up in the air, according to his agent.But if the career of the only active player with more hits (3,089) than Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (3,075) is indeed over, he definitely left an impression in Texas. "Ten years, 200 hits? I...


A’s demote Emilio Pagán to clear space for Brett Anderson

SEATTLE — The Ryon Healy trade brought the A’s promising reliever Emilio Pagán, but Pagán has struggled so much recently that the team optioned him to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday. The A’s needed to open a roster spot for lefty Brett Anderson, who’ll start against the Mariners in the seconnd game of a three-game series at Safeco Field. Pagán, 26, has a 5.93 ERA and has given up 20 hits including four homers in 13 2/3 innings. He has yielded runs in each of his past six games. As a rookie last year with Seattle, he posted a 3.22...

Lookout Landing

Mariners Sleeper Prospects, 2018

Digging past the Kyle Lewises and Evan Whites, there are other names to know in Seattle’s system Thanks to a system thinned by trades, the Mariners top prospect list features names you might not see in other systems. Even with that, though, there are guys who don’t make top-30 lists at sites like MLB Pipeline, Fangraphs, or Baseball America. To compile our list, we went with players not listed on MLB’s Top 30, choosing one position player and one pitcher for each level. Some of these guys are one adjustment away from landing themselves on prospect lists, some are trying to establish...

Lookout Landing

The Mariners put an accent on it, and you should too

It’s simple, and straightforward, and simply the right thing to do If you’ve watched any Mariners games on TV or in person this season, you may have noticed something different when the King has been on the mound. No, we’re not going to dwell again on his decline and quasi-reinvention - in this case it’s the back of his jersey that matters. What was, for thirteen years, Hernandez is now, finally, Hernández. Félix’s jersey change comes as the latest in the #PonleAcento movement - an initiative sparked by LatinWorks, an Austin-based ad agency, to encourage MLB players to add the...