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The Seattle Times

Mariners still looking to add another right-handed hitting catcher

The Mariners have been interested in signing free agent Martin Maldonado since before spring training. Can they get a deal done?

Lookout Landing

Meet the NRIs: Position Players

Prospects, old friends, a franchise icon, and more After a look through the dozen non-roster pitchers in Mariners camp, today we shift focus to the fifteen position players outside of the 40-man roster that received an invite. This group should be much more familiar, featuring several names that came over via trade this offseason, recent draftees, and of course Ichiro!. While it’s unlikely that any of these guys not named Ichiro will make the big club out of spring training, there’s plenty here to keep an eye on, and it should be a fun first look into the future. Catchers: Joe...

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LL’s Top 50 Mariners Prospects 2019: #5 - Justin Dunn

The Seattle Mariners added two top-100 prospects in the Canó-Díaz trade. One of them, RHP Justin Dunn, is fresh off a year flourishing for the Mets’ Double-A squad For better or worse, the 2018-19 Seattle Mariners’ offseason will go down as a seminal time in the franchise’s history. The season of change shipped several stalwarts to new homes, ranging from former Mariner draft picks to superstars acquired in past free agency periods or shrewd trades. That beloved group of players landed Seattle in the dreaded zone between the playoffs and a top-10 draft slot. Understandably, the...

New York Post

‘Big set of cojones’: Edwin Diaz bringing fearless mindset to Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE — Edwin Diaz has a big set of cojones, The Post has confirmed. Back in December, when the Mets acquired the All-Star closer as part of a blockbuster trade with the Mariners, I tracked down Noel Sevilla, the scout for Seattle who signed Diaz as an amateur. Sevilla proclaimed of his great...

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Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/13/19: Edwin Encarnación, Jorge Posada, and Sergio Romo

Some links to kick off your Wednesday. Good morning everybody! We’re officially at the halfway point of the first week of spring training...and still no deals have been signed for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Dallas Keuchel, or Craig Kimbrel. I wouldn’t be surprised if we soon see news about a free agent camp forming like they had last year. Anyway, here are today’s stories. In Mariners news... The Mariners are reportedly expecting Edwin Encarnación to report to spring training, so you can all hang onto your Encarnación jerseys for now. He’s there! Dustin Ackley is back in...

Over the Monster

MLB Roundup 2/11: Another quiet weekend

Not much happening as camps start to officially open. The Mariners still want to trade Edwin Encarnación You may recall when, way back in the middle of December, the Indians made a big trade that netted them Carlos Santana and Jake Bauers in a three-team deal that sent Yandy Diaz and a prospect to the Rays while the Mariners got Edwin Encarnación. It was a big deal for Cleveland, and a little confusing for a Seattle team that is clearly in retool mode. As soon as that trade went down, though, it was clear that the Mariners were planning to trade their new slugger before the season began....

The Crawfish Boxes

The Reinvention of the Rebuild

Everyone agrees that free agency has changed thanks to a new way of doing business, but is it really worse? During the baseball season I had a lot of fun tussling with fans of other teams on Twitter, mostly Mariners fans who thought that the Astros were about to be torn down from their perch atop the AL West. During those gentle conversations, one theme that I was presented with over and over was the idea that the Astros were akin to cheaters due to “tanking.” That at least those fans could take the moral high ground and win the argument for “doing it the right way.” That was some...

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Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/5/19: Mookie Betts, Francisco Liriano, and Steve Delabar

Some links to start off your Tuesday. Hello everybody! Still no big, breaking news on the free agent front to report on, but we’ve still got a fair share of stories to give you. In Mariners news... Leslie Manning, the Mariners assistant player personnel director, has left the organization. Around the league... This is how Mookie Betts prepares for spring training. Mookie strikes again. pic.twitter.com/MGuhAWUByT— MLB (@MLB) February 4, 2019 This is just getting out of control. According to multiple sources there are indeed “mystery” team(s) in on Bryce Harper that the...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Cubs sign righthander Christian Bergman

Another pitcher joins the parade. The Cubs have yet another righthander competing for a spot on the Iowa Shuttle. Details via MLB Trade Rumors: The Cubs have signed right-handed swingman Christian Bergman to a minor league contract, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. The 30-year-old Bergman was a member of the Mariners over the previous two seasons, though he spent the majority of that period with their Triple-A affiliate. Bergman will turn 31 in May, and he also pitched in the big leagues for the Rockies from 2014-16. The honest truth is that he’s had little success in the...

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Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/2/19: Braden Bishop, Trades, and Bat Flips

Happy Groundhog Day! Yesterday while I was driving I was wondering what my walk-up song would be if I played in the bigs. What would your song be? Tell us in the comments after you read these links. In Mariners News... Max Povse was outrighted to Tacoma. Although Jerry Dipoto has only made one three-team trade, he has been a part of 15% of two-team trades league wide since becoming the Mariners’ general manager ($). Braden Bishop is launching the second annual #Hits2EndALZ. It’s back!! 2nd Annual #Hits2EndALZ and #Ks2EndALZ I will personally donate money to fight Alzheimer’s for...

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Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/1/19: Jay Bruce, Bryce Harper, and Wade Miley

We’ve got the links to get your Friday started. Hey everyone! Today marks the beginning of February. Normally, this would be a pretty boring month in baseball up until pitchers and catchers report. But this year, there are so many top free agents that haven’t signed yet, so we’ll be getting major news at a much higher rate than usual. Here’s what we’ve got for you today... In Mariners news... Jay Bruce talked about what it meant for him to play alongisde Ken Griffey, Jr. more than a decade ago. Around the league... The Yankees official team site did a profile on James Paxton...


Texas Rangers designate recently-claimed OF John Andreoli for assignment

Update, Jan. 29 (7:00 p.m.): The Texas Rangers announced Tuesday that outfielder John Andreoli has been designated for assignment to make room on the major league roster newly-acquired relief pitcher Shawn Kelley.The Rangers have seven days to trade, release, or outright Andreoli to the minor leagues. He was acquired from Seattle in a January 15 waiver claim after playing 26 games with the Mariners and Orioles in 2018, his first major league action. The Rangers now have 62 players on the club's spring training roster: a full 40-man major league roster, along with 22 non-roster...

Lone Star Ball

Reports: Rangers, Shawn Kelley agree on one year deal

Shawn Kelley and the Rangers have reportedly agreed on a one year, $2.5 million deal MLB Rumors: The Texas Rangers and Shawn Kelley, free agent relief pitcher, are in agreement on a one year deal for $2.5 million, with a team option in 2020 with a $250,000 buyout, per multiple reports. Kelley, 34, split the 2018 season between the Washington Nationals and the Oakland A’s. Kelley came up in the Seattle Mariners organization, spent some time with the New York Yankees and the San Diego Padres, and then parlayed a quality 2015 campaign with San Diego into a 3 year, $15 million free agent...

River Ave. Blues

Fan Confidence Poll: January 28th, 2019

2018 Regular Season Record: 100-62 (851 RS, 669 RA, 98-64 expected record), second in ALE 2018 Postseason Record: 2-3 (22 RS, 29 RA), won WC Game, lost ALDS Top stories from last week: At long last, the Yankees finally traded Sonny Gray. Gray went to the Reds in a three-team trade with the Mariners that […] The post Fan Confidence Poll: January 28th, 2019 appeared first on River Avenue Blues.


Yankees have two players on MLB Pipeline's new Top 100 Prospects list

Former Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield -- who was dealt to the Mariners in the trade for LHP James Paxton -- came in at No. 43 on MLB Pipeline's list.

Lookout Landing

Mariners Sign Hunter Strickland; Definitely Do Not Sign Bryce Harper

Hunter punches a lot of stuff, okay? I think we all probably get a lot of premonitions that aren’t borne out, and our brain promptly dumps memories of those on the ashheap. But I’m different, you see—as the Mariners’ pre spring training press conference began (an event to which I strangely was not invited), I just knew that a roster move would come down. But what? A trade for Alex Verdugo? Perhaps finally an Edwin Encarnacion trade? ....oh. Free-agent reliever Hunter Strickland in agreement with #Mariners on one-year contract, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal...


Shed Long, flipped by Yankees to Mariners after Sonny Gray trade, thanks Reds, fans

Shed Long: "It was an incredible 5+ years and I enjoyed every minute I got an opportunity to be a part of this great franchise."         

Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee Brewers Free Agent Targets: Wade Miley

There is ample evidence that Miley can continue to be a valuable out-getter moving forward. Wade Miley was perhaps the most surprising contributor to the Milwaukee Brewers’ highly-successful 2018 season. Miley struggled mightily for a two-year stretch with the Mariners and Orioles, limping to a 5.48 ERA over 62 starts. That forced him to settle for a minor-league deal with the Brewers after Spring Training had begun last February. The veteran lefty found new life in Milwaukee, crafting an excellent 2.57 ERA (159 ERA+) in 16 starts. He continued that success into the postseason, allowing...

River Ave. Blues

Sonny Gray left the Yankees little choice but to trade him

After a weekend of rumors and an offseason of waiting, the Yankees finally traded Sonny Gray earlier this week. We all knew it was coming at some point. We just didn’t know when. Gray went to the Reds in a three-team trade with the Mariners. The Yankees walked away with a lower minors prospect and […] The post Sonny Gray left the Yankees little choice but to trade him appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Over the Monster

MLB Roundup 1/22: *Now* the Sonny Gray trade is finally done

This time for real The Sonny Gray trade is finally done, and it’s a three-teamer It feels like I’ve been writing about this potential Sonny Gray-to-the-Reds trade for weeks, but on Monday things finally got wrapped up. A new wrinkle was added on the final day, as Jerry DiPoto heard there was a trade going down and couldn’t just stay out of it. So, it became a three-team deal with the Mariners being involved. In its final form, the Reds got Sonny Gray, who also signed a three-year contract extension worth $30.5 million with a $12 million club option for the 2023 season. The Mariners...

Pinstripe Alley

The Yankees still need a starting pitcher

Shipping Sonny Gray to Cincinnati great diminishes New York’s rotation depth, and free agent southpaw Dallas Keuchel could fill the void. The Yankees set a number of priorities at the start of the offseason. Improving the starting rotation and trading the under-performing Sonny Gray were at the top of the list. General Manager Brian Cashman deftly executed a trade with the Seattle Mariners to acquire left-handed standout James Paxton. He also re-signed veterans CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ to fill out the rotation. Yesterday, a deal to ship Gray to the Cincinnati Reds for prospects was...

Lookout Landing

LL’s Top 50 Mariners Prospects for 2019

Counting down the top talent in the organization The Mariners farm was ranked worst in baseball so recently that Baseball America, one of the premiere destinations for prospect rankings, still hasn’t imputed all the newest Mariners into all their lists. The dizzying array of trades made by Jerry Dipoto this off-season has catapulted Seattle’s farm up through the rankings and injected some exciting young talent into a system that was widely seen as lacking impact talent. While there will be plenty of new faces to learn at the major-league level in Spring Training this year, it’s worth...

Seattle Sidelines | Daily Herald

Mariners add infield prospect as part of 3-team trade

HeraldNet.com HeraldNet.com - Everett and Snohomish County news from The Daily Herald in Everett, Washington Seattle acquired Shed Long but parted with Josh Stowers, who played his only year of pro ball in Everett. Mariners add infield prospect as part of 3-team trade Wire Service


Yankees trade Shed Long to Mariners for Josh Stowers after Sonny Gray trade, per reports

After getting him in the Sonny Gray trade, Shed Long was traded by the Yankees to the Mariners for outfielder Josh Stowers.         

The Seattle Times

Mariners acquire Reds’ infield prospect Shed Long as part of three-team trade with the Yankees

Seattle sends outfield prospect and last year's second-round pick Josh Stowers to the Yankees as part of the trade.

Lookout Landing

Mariners acquire 2B prospect Shed Long for OF Josh Stowers in three-team trade

Lookout Landing staff scuffles to re-do Top 50 Prospect List Perhaps, like me, you watched the Reds-Yankees trade talks regarding Sonny Gray develop with the same degree of attention you fix upon a television murmuring in a doctor’s waiting room. “What are you doing, Cincy?” you might have thought to yourself while searching for a magazine that’s not three months out of date. But wherever there are jump ropes in the air performing their intricate dance, Jerry Dipoto hovers nearby, eager to enter the fray. The Sonny Gray deal may turn out to be a three-way trade, league sources...

MLB.com FastCast: Edwin dealt, Familia signs - 12/13/18

The Mariners, Indians and Rays make a three-team trade centered around Edwin Encarnacion, plus the Mets reportedly bring back Jeurys Familia About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the U

Indians acquire Jake Bauers in a three-team deal

The Indians traded for 23-year old first baseman Jake Bauers in a three-team trade with the Rays and Mariners during the Winter Meetings.

MLB.com FastCast: Mariners finalize 2 trades: 12/3/18

The Mariners officially send Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets, plus Jean Segura to the Phillies for a mix of vets and prospects About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United