8-27-14: With a sweep of the Red Sox over the weekend, the Mariners now hold a 0.5 game lead over the Tigers for the second AL wild-card spot. They dropped their first game of a three game series against the lowly Rangers this week. The acquisition of Austin Jackson has given Seattle a solid one-two punch atop the lineup with Dustin Ackley. Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager continue to produce in the middle. However, it's all about the pitching staff for the Mariners, as they entered this week with the best team ERA in all of baseball at 2.95.
8-26-14: The Seattle Mariners finally held their own private workout with Cuban defecting outfielder Rusney Castillo before deciding whether or not to offer the 27 year old a contract. Castillo ultimately signed with the Boston Red Sox and the Mariners will have to look elsewhere for some added offense in the middle of their playoff run. Seattle currently leads the second wild card race with a 71-58 record by one game over the Detroit Tigers. The Mariners may also look to keep DH and first baseman Kendrys Morales around for longer than just the 2014 season after acquiring him back from the Minnesota Twins. Morales has struggled since coming back to Seattle and has only posted a .207/.280/.329 slash in 22 games this season with the Mariners. Whatever the Mariners decide to do they need to do it fast as Robinson Cano has little protection around him and is enjoying one of his lowest home run hitting seasons of his career.
8-20-14: A series win over the Tigers this past weekend leaves the Mariners tied with Detroit for the second wild-card spot as they look to make their first postseason trip since 2001. They have an excellent chance this week to make some noise as they play some lesser competition. They beat the Phillies Tuesday and have upcoming series against the Red Sox and Texas Rangers.
8-19-14: The Seattle Mariners are starting to put a little distance between themselves and the rest of the pack vying for that second wild card spot in the American League. Seattle has jumped the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Detroit Tigers to claim the last playoff spot by a mere half game over the Tigers and own a 3.5 game lead over the New York Yankees in the standings. The Mariners may have Cuban defecting outfielder Rusney Castillo in the fold to help cement the playoff spot but as things stand right now the Philadelphia Phillies seem like the favorite to land the outfielder/second baseman. The Mariners could use his right handed power bat in the middle of that lineup to help protect All Star Robinson Cano. If Seattle, or any team, were to sign Castillo before the August 31st deadline the right hander would be eligible for the postseason which may motivate teams like Seattle to overpay.
8-13-14: At this point, the Mariners are playing for a wild-card spot in the AL, as they trail the A's by nine games in the AL West standings. With that being said, they are tied with Detroit for the second wild-card position, and have been playing some good baseball of late. They’re winners of three straight games, including two wins over the Blue Jays this week.
8-12-14: The Seattle Mariners have postponed and will reschedule their private workout with Cuban defector Rusney Castillo after failing to schedule a time and date to watch the 27 year old outfielder workout. The Mariners may need Castillo more than any team as they continue to struggle and fight for a second Wild Card. Seattle sits at 62-55 and 10 games behind the first place Oakland Athletics. The Mariners are tied with the Toronto Blue Jays and sit 1.5 games back behind the Kansas City Royals for the second wild card in the American League. Seattle has played well of late with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games but has failed to make up much ground with the Royals going 9-1 in their last 10. The Mariners have one of the highest run differentials in the entire AL so a standings correction is due for Seattle.
8-6-14: Felix Hernandez, who improved to 12-3 on the year, went eight strong innings allowing just one run, while striking out eight and walking one in the Mariners 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves Tuesday. This was his 15th straight start - dating back to May 18 - in which he worked at least seven innings and allowed two runs or fewer, which is an on-going big-league record. Hernandez tied Gaylord Perry's 1974 streak with Cleveland when he had 15 straight starts with at least seven innings pitched and allowing two or fewer earned runs. The Mariners are one game back of the Angels in the AL wildcard race.
8-5-14: The Seattle Mariners needed some offensive help at this year’s trading deadline and they did just that before the deadline came to a close. First Seattle was a part of a three team trade involving the Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, and David Price. In the deal the Tigers acquired Price for this season and next while the Mariners acquired Detroit’s center fielder Austin Jackson. The Rays acquired Drew Smyly,. Nick Franklin, and Willy Adames in the deal. Seattle also acquired another outfielder in Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres for outfielder Abraham Almonte and a minor league pitcher.
7-30-14: The Seattle Mariners have been linked to David Price ever since this past offseason but have since switched their attention to the Red Sox ace Jon Lester. The Red Sox have quietly made their left handed pitcher available and the Mariners have shown less and less reluctance to include Taijuan Walker in a deal. The Mariners are also still trying to upgrade their offense while being linked to the Phillies Marlon Byrd, the Padres Chris Denorfia, the Dodgers Matt Kemp, and others. The Mariners are looking to win now but also have their eyes on the future as they agreed to a deal with the top International prospect Brayan Hernandez. Hernandez is a 16 year old outfielder from Venezuela and agreed to a deal worth $1.85 million to begin his professional career.
7-28-14: On Thursday, the Mariners brought Kendrys Morales back to Seattle by reacquiring him from the Minnesota Twins. The Mariners’ offense has been struggling most of the season, especially since the All-Star break. That is the main reason why they dropped their fourth consecutive game on Friday. Morales will definitely be needed for a team that has scored a total of four runs in its last four games.
7-24-14: The Mariners bats didn’t have an answer for Mets starter Jacob deGrom Tuesday night. DeGrom struck out seven and limited Seattle to just five hits as New York beat the Mariners 3-1. The one bright spot for the Mariners Tuesday was the play of Dustin Ackley. Ackley went 2 for 3 in the game and is now hitting .377 in July after hitting .214 in the first three months of the season. Seattle currently occupies the final wild-card spot in the American League.
7-21-14: The Seattle Mariners continue to look for an offensive upgrade to help out with Robinson Cano and this week we learned it may come at the expense of outfielder Dustin Ackley. Ackley has garnered tons of trade interest from other teams and the second baseman by trade may be part of a package to help the Mariners bats. The Mariners are also planning to attend Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo’s showcase as he tries to establish residency and become the next defecting Cuban star in the major leagues. Talks between the Rays and the Seattle Mariners are heating up for Price as the M’s are said to be willing to include the highly coveted Taijuan Walker in a deal for Price. Tampa has also expressed an interest in infielders DJ Peterson and James Paxton in any potential deal for Price. Ben Zobrist’s name came up in talks as well as the Mariners look to get both players if possible in a deal. The Mariners are said to be willing to include Brad Miller in any deal for either Zobrist, Price, or both.
7-19-14: Felix Hernandez, who had a terrific first half of the season, started the All-Star Game for the American League squad, and he pitched a scoreless first inning in the victory. On Friday, Hisashi Iwakuma threw seven innings of two-run baseball, but the Mariners offense could not get them the win. The Los Angeles Angels won on a walkoff double in the 16th inning.
7-17-14: Thanks to an 18-10 month of June, the Mariners hold the second AL wild-card spot at the All-Star break. However, with eight teams trailing them by eight games or fewer, Seattle will have their work cut out for them trying to hold onto it. The offense has benefited from the addition of Robinson Cano, but the team could still use another impact bat. With a pitching staff that ranks third in team ERA (3.16), the Mariners look to be in good shape. Adding someone like Marlon Byrd or Josh Willingham for the stretch run could be enough to secure a playoff spot.
7-15-14: The Seattle Mariners are seemingly interested in every outfielder available in an attempt to boost their struggling offense. Seattle has been linked to the Phillies Marlon Byrd recently although Byrd’s four team no trade clause includes the Mariners. The Mariners have also been linked to the Rays David Price and Ben Zobrist but no deals for either Tampa player seem imminent. The Mariners have done it this season on the back on their pitching and have posted an impressive 51-44 record which is good for third place in the AL West. The Mariners are right in the thick of things for the second Wild Card in the American League and definitely have the pieces in Tijaun Walker to make a huge splash in the trade market to complete their push for the playoffs.
7-14-14: Although the Mariners had to place Michael Saunders back on the disabled list with a strained left oblique on Friday, Seattle snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory against the league-leading Oakland Athletics. After losing three of four games to the Minnesota Twins, Felix Hernandez pitched very well to move the Mariners to seven games above .500.
7-10-14: Minnesota starter Phil Hughes shutdown the sputtering Mariner offense as Seattle fell to the Twins 2-0 on Tuesday night. Seattle starter Chris Young gave up six hits and struck out six, but lost for the first time since June 11. The Mariner’s bats are cold. Seattle has scored only six runs in their past five games and is 2 for 36 with runners in scoring position during that stretch.
7-7-14: Although the Chicago White Sox blew out the Mariners on Friday night, Seattle has been playing very well recently. The Mariners entered June with a 27-28 record and are now close to being double-digit games above .500. On Wednesday, Chris Young continued to turn back time as he gave up just two runs while striking out eight batters over seven innings.
7-3-14: Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager had three RBI apiece, James Jones added two more and a seven-run sixth inning propelled the Mariners to a 13-2 win over the Houston Astros, giving Seattle its second straight game scoring in double digits. Hisashi Iwakuma went six strong innings, giving up one run on seven hits while striking out seven. The Mariners improved to eight games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2009 season. They’re only 5 ½ games back of Oakland for the AL West lead.
7-2-14: The Seattle Mariners have a decision to make on June 30 as the minor league deal that Todd Coffey signed has an opt-out date built in on this day. Coffey has only pitched 9.1 innings since returning from Tommy John surgery but the 33 year old may stick around to try and build more value before opting out. Coffey has walked six batters in those nine innings but has struck out 10 with a good velocity. Outfielder Xavier Nady has already opted out of his minor league deal with Seattle and looks to latch on with another team but has struggled in the Seattle farm system before opting out. Seattle is 44-38 in the AL West this season at the halfway point which is good for third place in the division.
6-30-14: After sweeping the Kansas City Royals, Seattle took two of three from the defending champion Boston Red Sox. The Mariners then had their first off say since June 5 and took advantage of it. In his first season in Seattle, Chris Young has looked good and grabbed another win on Friday. In addition, the Mariners activated Michael Saunders from the disabled list and optioned Jesus Montero to Triple-A Tacoma.
6-26-14: Kyle Seager had an RBI double in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning as the Mariners won their fifth straight game, 8-2 against the Red Sox on Tuesday night. Seattle has now matched its longest winning streak of the season. The Mariner bats came alive again making up for a shaky performance from starter Erasmo Ramirez. A night after putting up 12 runs on the Red Sox, Seattle hit two homers and handed Boston its fifth loss in six games. Seattle remains 5 ½ games back of Oakland in the AL West.
6-24-14: The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a deal with their first round pick and 6th overall selection Alex Jackson worth $4.2 million. The deal is $624,100 over slot and will leave the Mariners $317,100 over slot for the signing period. While the Mariners will not have to forfeit draft picks in the future they will have to pay an extra $237,825, a 75% luxury tax penalty, for the overtures. The Mariners are constantly looking for offense but seem unlikely to go after newly released and former Seattle Mariner Raul Ibanez on the free agent market. Ibanez is hitting well below the Mendoza line and has not shown the power he had in Seattle in 2013. Ibanez is also left handed and does not help to balance out the lineup.
6-18-14: Jesus Montero’s first home run in more than a year helped the Mariners sweep a two-game set over the San Diego Padres with a 6-1 victory Tuesday. If you recall, Montero was suspended 50 games for his involvement with the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug investigation last year and began the season in Tacoma. Roenis Elias, who pitched seven strong innings, got the win to improve to 6-5 on the year. Seattle is six games back of Oakland in the AL West.
6-17-14: The Seattle Mariners finally saw what it’s like to see Robinson Cano hit a home run in Safeco Field recently as he finally hit his first in Seattle, and third overall, against the New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka this week. That’s the good news, the bad news is that the Mariners are 35-34 and seven games out of first place in the American League West division race behind the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Mariners will have some stiff competition from other teams trying to acquire some starting pitching to help out Felix Hernandez and are linked to not only the Cubs Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel but also Jake Arrieta and Edwin Jackson.
6-10-14: The Seattle Mariners selected Alex Jackson with their first pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday out of High School. The Mariners were said to be interested in bringing Kendrys Morales back and even offered him a contract that was ultimately turned down, although no terms have been officially released as of the time of this writing. The Mariners are now turning their attention to the Royals DH Billy Butler as the team looks to upgrade an anemic offense. Kansas City has shown interest in the depth that the Mariners have in the infield, most notably Nick Franklin, and may make a deal before the July 31 trading deadline.
6-3-14: The Seattle Mariners are desperate for any kind of offensive help and have added Xavier Nady on a minor league deal. Nady is a much needed right handed bat in the Mariners lineup but will start his Seattle career in Triple-A, at least for now. The Mariners have dropped to .500 and fourth place in the American League West division and have been struggling as a team aside from Felix Hernandez. Robinson Cano missed four consecutive games with a sore hand after being jammed with a pitch but was back in the lineup Monday in his second return to Yankee Stadium.
5-28-14: The Seattle Mariners may be in the market for a bat and have turned their attention to Kendrys Morales. The Mariners are the only team that can sign Morales before the June MLB Draft and not have to surrender a draft pick so he makes the most sense for Seattle, at least right now. The Mariners find themselves in a predicament with both Corey Hart and Logan Morrison on the disabled list. The M’s need to find some sort of protection for Robinson Cano if they hope for his season long offensive power outage to be corrected. At the time of this writing Cano only has two home runs on the season and is on pace to hit six all season long.
5-21-14: The Seattle Mariners are said to be one of five finalists for the latest Cuban defecting player to come to the United States in Daniel Carbonell. Carbonell has to sign before the July 2 international signing period begins before being part of the new rules MLB put in place that would make him part of the international spending cap and not a true free agent. The Mariners need the offensive help as Robinson Cano only has one home run through 43 games and is on pace to hit only four home runs all season long in Safeco Field. The Mariners are in the mix for a Wild Card berth through a quarter of the season with a 21-22 record, which is good for third place in the American League West division, and have a 4-6 record in their last 10 games.
5-15-14: The Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney made some waves in Seattle recently when he stated that he wanted to stay in Tampa to pitch for the Rays this offseason but did not receive a contract offer. Instead the Mariners are in contention for at least a Wild Card berth with Rodney and the Rays are in last place in the AL East division. The Mariners are still waiting for Robinson Cano's bat to come around, specifically in the power department, but are still winning games despite Cano's struggles. Cano is batting .302/.354/.383 with one home run through 164 plate appearances this season, not exactly what you expect from a guy who is making $24 million a season. The Mariners are still in contention for the American League West division title and are right in the thick of things for the Wild Card.
5-7-14: The Seattle Mariners were part of the welcome back tour for Robinson Cano as the big money free agent made his first return to the Bronx and Yankee Stadium since signing with Seattle in the offseason. Cano and the Mariners shocked the Yankees by sweeping a rain shortened two game series as they extracted the ultimate revenge on the team. Speaking of the Mariners and Yankees connection Seattle has sent down #17 prospect and starting center fielder Abraham Almonte, who they acquired from New York for relief pitcher Shawn Kelley, for fellow prospect James Jones after struggling the first month of the season. It now seems safe to say that the Yankees "won" that trade while the jury is still out on the Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda trade. Montero came to Mariners camp 40 pounds overweight and started the season in Triple-A but has absolutely torn the cover off the ball in the minor leagues while Pineda has been caught using illegal substances, pine tar specifically, twice now in a month.
4-28-14: The Seattle Mariners made the biggest splash this offseason luring Robinson Cano away from the New York Yankees on the well advertised 10 year and $240 million contract and have little to show for it after a month of baseball in 2014. Cano has one home run, a road home run in Texas against the Texas Rangers, and is hitting below .300. Cano has little in the way of protection in the lineup and the Mariners are still looking at adding a bat or two to support Cano, Corey Hart, and Logan Morrison specifically. The Mariners have been linked to Kendrys Morales lately and any right handed power bat they can get their hands on not named Stephen Drew. Drew is not in discussion with the Mariners because Seattle is still looking for a home for either Nick Franklin or Brad Miller to clear up some of their middle infield clutter and depth. The Mariners have a losing record for the first month of 2014 in the American League West division and need to add a piece or two if they plan on competing for a playoff spot this season. Don't forget to vote for Cano and his Seattle Mariner teammates for the MLB All Star Game this summer as voting has opened up this week for the mid-season classic.
4-21-14: Seattle Mariners had gotten off to a good start but have since cooled off losing six straight games. Newly acquired Robinson can know if his first home run of the season on April 17. Through the first three weeks of the season Canoas not been tearing the cover off the ball so to speak. He's hitting just .268 with only one Homer and eight RBIs. Before the much-anticipated return to the Bronx for Robinson Cano the Mariners will face Houston Astros and Texas Rangers.
4-14-14: The Mariners have cooled down a bit since their three-game sweep over the L.A. Angels to start the year, but they’re still second in the AL West at 6-5. Chris Young was fantastic in his first start in nearly two years on Sunday, twirling six shutout innings against Oakland, while allowing just four hits while striking out two. Robinson Cano’s solid start continues, as the lefty is hitting .333 (.417 OBP).
4-7-14: Seattle was cooking following a sweep over the L.A. Angels to begin the year, but things cooled a bit over the weekend as the M’s dropped two out of three to the A’s. Robinson Cano will make his home debut at Safeco Field Tuesday as the Mariners face the Angels, once again. The $240 million man has gotten off to a blazing start, hitting .391 (.500 OBP). Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley are also enjoying decent starts at the plate, which is surely a welcome sign for the franchise, as the two have been major disappointments to this point in their respective careers.
4-1-14: Seattle surprised many in the offseason by landing the winter’s premier free agent, Robinson Cano. Cano delivered in his Mariners debut in Anaheim Monday, collecting a pair of hits along with a walk as the Mariners thrashed the Angels, 10-3. Seattle scored six times in the 9th to break it open on a three-run home run by Justin Smoak and a three-run triple by Dustin Ackley in what ended up being an exciting opener for Seattle fans.
3-27-14: The Seattle Mariners released starting pitcher Scott Baker, giving in to the right handed starting pitchers request, and will join a growing list of available pitchers looking for a job before Opening Day. Baker is two full seasons removed from his last substantial season in the Major Leagues, a 2011 campaign with the Twins where Baker posted a 3.14 ERA in 134.2 IP for the Minnesota Twins. Seattle also released Randy Wolf at his request as they inch closer to finalizing a 25 man roster for Opening Day 2014. The Mariners continue to look for starting pitching, possibly a right handed power bat to help Robinson Cano in the middle of the order, and still remain in contact with DH and first basemen Kendrys Morales as we inch closer and closer to Opening Day 2014 in Safeco Field.
3-20-14: The Seattle Mariners would be going for the best record in the Cactus League playoffs if there were such a thing with one of the best records in all of spring training. The Mariners also have one of the best run differentials in the league with a 9-1 road record in camp. This is all before the Mariners potentially bring back DH and first basemen Kendrys Morales, who has been linked to a return to Seattle recently. Hisashi Iwakuma has been cleared to resume a throwing program after battling a finger injury this spring so that is good news for the Seattle Cano's heading into 2014.
3-14-14: The Mariners held a secret bullpen session in which injured pitcher Taijuan Walker threw 25 pitches. It was Walker's first throws since February 28th, and all seemed well. According to MLB.com, Walker is number 6 ranked prospect overall. The bullpen session was closed to the media, and he is expected to up his throws to 40 in the next go-round.
3-13-14: The Seattle Mariners may be one of the most exciting teams to watch this spring, making Mariners tickets hard to come by, with all the new additions surrounding the team. The Mariners have added Robinson Cano, Logan Morrison, Fernando Rodney, Corey Hart and others to the team and the on the field product has reaped the benefits with a strong spring record in the Cactus League this season.
3-12-14: The Seattle Mariners have expressed interest in White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo, thanks to a tip from Robinson Cano. In 2014, Viciedo had a .265 batting average, 14 home runs, and 56 RBI's. The Mariners have shortstop Nick Franklin to dangle in a trade, although he'll likely be heading to the Mets or the Rays.
3-11-14: After a root canal procedure which forced him out of 4 games, Robinson Cano returned to the Mariners on Monday vs the Kansas City Royals. The Mariners won 8-2 and Cano went 3-3 at the plate and helped Seattle turn a double play. The Mariners also got Omar Infante back from a shoulder injury.
3-5-14: Newcomer Robinson Cano had some choice words for his former ball club the New York Yankees when he reported to spring training for his new team the Seattle Mariners. Yankees hitting coach Kevin long criticized Cano for his lack of hustle particular Lee running out of the box towards first space. Robinson Cano and his manager made it known that they did not appreciate the comments coming from the Yankees camp. In other news for Seattle the ballclub avoided arbitration with first baseman Justin Smoak, by agreeing to a one year deal worth over $2 million.
3-4-14: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, whom has been out of commission the past few days with a jammed finger on his right hand is expected to rejoin the action for today's game vs the LA Dodgers. Seager had a .260 batting average with 22 home runs and 69 RBI's during the 2013 season.
1-24-14: The Seattle Mariners made what is quite possible the biggest move of the offseason when they signed one of the top 5 players in all of baseball, Robinson Cano to an enormous contract for 10 years and $240. With Cano in the batting order the Mariners now have a franchise player to build around to go along with a very, very good pitching staff headed by Felix Hernandez.
1-7-14: The Seattle Mariners are preparing for a big upcoming season as they've added superstar second baseman Robinson Cano. In smaller news the Mariners have also retained outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on a one-year contract worth $1 million. Gutierrez is taking an extreme pay cut since he only appeared in just 41 games last year. Last year he made over $7 million. The Mariners of also re-signed catcher Humberto Quintero to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
12/9/13: The Seattle Mariners perhaps made the biggest splash of the entire off-season this Fars baseball is concerned as they landed former Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano. You know in the Mariners agreed on a 10 year contract with $240 million. It is unclear how many teams were willing to give connote the 10 year deal but we know that the Yankees or not. I know when his camp were very public about the fact that they wanted a 10 year deal in the $240 million range and it seems that Seattle was the only Suiter. It could be a long season for the Mariners and their newly acquired second baseman if they're unable to add more pieces around their price acquisition. The Mariners won only 71 games last year and play in one of the toughest divisions in the American League.
8/20/13 - The Seattle Mariners are in third place of the American League West division with a record of 57 – 67. The Mariners have not made the playoffs in several years and being 14.5 games back it looks like another off-season will begin come October. The Mariners have struggled scoring runs and are -87 and run differential on the season and they also ranked 17th overall in runs scored with 494 on the season. This week the Mariners will travel to Oakland to face the Oakland Athletics. Felix Fernandez has managed to WinPro games with an ERA of 2.47. He is also struck out 182 batters and walked only 38. Last night, the Mariners lost to the A's 2-1 on a walk-off home run off the bat of Brandon Moss
8/6/13 - The Seattle Mariners are 12.5 games out of first place. They have also lost seven of their last 10 games. Starting this week they will have a series against the American League East's Toronto Blue Jays.
7/18/13 - Seattle Mariners are 43 – 52 and are currently in fourth place in the American League West division. After the break they will go to Houston to take on the Astros. Offensively the mariners are led by Raul Ibanez with his 24 home runs and 56 RBIs. After signing a huge contract starting pitcher Felix Fernandez has had a good first half of the season, with a record of 10 – 4 and an ERA of 2.53. Hernandez has struck out 140 batters in 138.2 innings pitched. Heading into the All-Star break the Mariners won three straight games. The Mariners are 6-4 in their last ten games.
7/7/13 - Pitchers Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma were selected for the American League all-star team for this year's midsummer classic at New York's Citi Field.
6/11/13 - The Seattle Mariners are in third place at 28 – 37, 11 games out of first place. This off-season the Mariners signed Felix Hernandez to a huge contract and he has yet to disappoint. At 7-4 with an ERA of 2.49 he gives The Mariners a legitimate chance to win each time he takes the hill. Most recently the Mariners lost three out of four to the New York Yankees and now will face the Houston Astros at home. In order to make a playoff push this team will have to turn itself around by the All-Star break.