Seattle Mariners News
8-31-15: The Mariners, who fired general manager Jack Zduriencik last week, had three errors on Sunday in their attempt to win their four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. The most costly error came in the ninth inning with two outs: Brad Miller committed a throwing error that led to the White Sox tying the game. Then in the 11th inning, the Mariners lost on a walk-off single that dropped them to nine games below .500 on the season.
8-28-15: The Seattle Mariners may have lost relief pitcher Charlie Furbush for the remainder of the season after he suffered a minor rotator cuff injury in his throwing shoulder. The team is stating that the cuff is only partially torn and is unlikely to require surgery to fix the injury which is great news for the team since Furbush comes with two more seasons of team control through the arbitration process. Furbush is not the only member of the Mariners that will not wear the uniform for the remainder of the season, his GM also lost his job this week. The man that handed Robinson Cano a 10-year deal worth $240 million Jack Zduriencik was relieved of his duties this week as the GM for the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have spent heavily over the past couple of offseasons and have also been aggressive in acquiring players while the team looks to add offense to the club but it has not meant a playoff trip in either season for Seattle.
8-24-15: The Mariners stopped their three-game losing streak on Sunday, as they defeated the visiting Chicago White Sox, 8-6. Although Taijuan Walker struggled, every Mariners starting position player registered a hit in the afternoon victory. Seattle’s six-game homestand ends with two night contests and one day game against the Oakland Athletics.
8-21-15: The Seattle Mariners may or may not have knowingly traded an injured Dustin Ackley to the New York Yankees before the July 31st trading deadline. Ackley lasted just one game and three at bats with the New York Yankees before being placed on the 60 day disabled list. New York gave up a pair of prospects in the deal in RHP Jose Ramirez and outfielder Ramon Flores. Seattle may be facing a bit of karma this week as they learned that Flores would also miss the remainder of the 2015 season after suffering an ankle injury for the second consecutive season. Flores was diagnosed with a compound fracture in his ankle after falling down trying to make a play in the field. Seattle lost a big part of their Triple-A offense and a player they were surely going to call up in September. The Mariners outfielder was slashing .423/.524/.654 with eight extra base hits at the time of the injury. The recent deals and success of the Mariners may force a change at the top of the organization and that could begin and end with current Chicago White Sox President of Baseball Operations Ken Williams. The Toronto Blue Jays are said to be interested in Williams as well in hopes of him running their baseball operations so the Mariners may have to sweeten the deal to acquire his services.
8-19-15: After dropping two of three games against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Mariners have split their first two contests of their three-game series against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Tuesday night’s win for Seattle included a strong first inning, as Seth Smith homered to complete a three-run frame in the 3-2 victory.
8-14-15: The Seattle Mariners have spent heavily in the free agent market over the past two seasons and have been extremely aggressive in the trade market as well but the Mariners continue to struggle under GM Jack Zduriencik. Jack Z did bring in a big name in Robinson Cano from the New York Yankees but has struggled to fix the Mariners offense overall which may lead to his dismissal at the end of the season. Zduriencik’s case was not helped when the Detroit Tigers fired their general manager Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski has been linked to the Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and the Washington Nationals as the three most likely landing spots for the former Tigers GM. The Mariners struggles stem from an inability to draft well or evaluate talent in trades which is no more evident than the trades of Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero and the trade of Justin Smoak. Zduriencik was well known and respected for his player development and recognition as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers front office but that success has not translated well with his time in Seattle.
8-7-15: The Seattle Mariners once again got the better of a trade with the New York Yankees and Brian Cashman before the July 31st trade deadline. It was back in 2012 when the New York Yankees acquired Michael Pineda from the Mariners only to lose two years of team control with shoulder issues and the same happened this week with Dustin Ackley. The Yankees sent the Mariners two prospects, right-handed pitcher Luis Severino and outfielder Ramon Flores, for Ackley and the outfielder lasted just three at bats and five games for New York before being diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back. With trades like this it looks more and more likely that Seattle is building towards the 2016 and willing to give up on the 2015 season. Immediately following the trade deadline the team called up one of their top infield prospects in Ketel Marte. Marte is 21 years old and heads into the Major Leagues rated as the 50th best prospect according to Baseball America. Marte has hit .314/.359/.410 with three home runs in Triple-A before the call up to Seattle and Safeco Field. Marte will now plead a young team that is planning and seemingly playing for the 2016 season now.
8-7-15: Nelson Cruz came into Wednesday with home runs in each of his last five games, but did not homer at Colorado that day. He did go 2-for-5 with two runs scored, and Franklin Gutierrez homered for the fourth time this season. However, it was not enough, as the Mariners lost in walk-off fashion in the 11th inning to end their three-game winning streak.
8-3-15: The Mariners, who traded Dustin Ackley, J.A. Happ and Mark Lowe away last week, won on Sunday to split their four-game series against the Minnesota Twins. Hisashi Iwakuma threw 8.2 innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 4-1 extra inning win that day. Seattle takes on the Rockies in Colorado next.
7-31-15: The Seattle Mariners came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time buyers in the market. Many thought that despite the team being sold as buyers this season that Seattle would be willing to move RHP Hisashi Iwakuma before he hits free agency after the season. When the deadline came and went Iwakuma was still wearing a Mariners uniform despite much interest in his services. Rather than the team buying much at the deadline the team did some more selling when they sent outfielder Dustin Ackley to the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league outfielder Ramon Flores and right-handed pitcher Jose Ramirez. Ackley was once the second overall pick in the 2009 MLB First Year Player’s Draft out of the University of North Carolina but has fallen off the face of the Earth since his major league debut in 2011. Ackley was moved from second base to left field after the Mariners brought in second baseman Robinson Cano from the New York Yankees in free agency before the 2014 season.
7-28-15: Mark Trumbo doubled twice as a part of his 3-for-4 night on Monday against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, but the Mariners were unable to get the victory. Mike Zunino singled in pinch-runner Chris Taylor to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. However, after the Diamondbacks scored in the next half inning, Seth Smith struck out with men on first and second to end the game.
7-24-15: The Seattle Mariners are unlikely to add a big name player at this year’s July 31st trading deadline after acquiring outfielder Mark Trumbo a few weeks back. Seattle instead stays in the market for a backup catcher and a right-handed relief pitcher and will not get into the markets for Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto, David Price and others. The Mariners offense is struggling once again in 2015 despite big time free agent acquisitions in Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz with notable acquisitions in Logan Morrison, Austin Jackson and Seth Smith. If the team continues to struggle this season and continues to fall farther and farther behind in the American League West Division race the team may look to sell Jackson, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma or LHP J.A. Happ among other pieces at the deadline. The next few weeks will more or less determine what the Mariners will do going forward as they start this week against the New York Yankees before facing a pair of tough teams in the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays fresh off the break. Seattle will only play 22 of their final 73 games against teams with records above .500 but almost all of them will come before the July 31st trading deadline.
7-22-15: Robinson Cano’s bat continues to heat up, as he went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a run batted in on Tuesday’s 11-9 Seattle win at Comerica Park. On Saturday, he had his first multi-home run game as a Mariner. Then, on Monday, he launched his ninth homer of the season. Nelson Cruz and Franklin Gutierrez each homered on Tuesday.
7-17-15: The Seattle Mariners have gotten a big boost to their rotation this week when Hisashi Iwakuma came off the disabled list after suffering a lat injury. Iwakuma could give the team the pitching boost they need to make a move in the American League West Division as the team tries to chase down the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim or the team could simply trade Iwakuma at the trading deadline. Whether the Mariners buy or sell at the trading deadline this July is yet to be determined but the pitching hasn’t been great outside of Felix Hernandez, the bullpen is struggling with Fernando Rodney as the closer and once again the offense is non-existent. Nelson Cruz has been the best free agent signing this offseason for any team as the Mariners DH leads the league in home run hitting while hitting over .300 but the rest of the offense, namely Robinson Cano, has struggled for much of the 2015 season. For what it’s worth in Iwakuma’s first start off the disabled list the RHP gave up four home runs to the Detroit Tigers which could not have helped his trade value much.
7-13-15: The Mariners had just two extra-base hits on Sunday in their 10-3 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Angels. With the game out of hand in the ninth inning, Seth Smith hit a pinch-hit solo home run for the second of the two extra-base hits. The first came from Kyle Seager, who tallied a team-high three hits, as his team continued to alternate wins and losses in every game in July.
7-8-15: On Tuesday, the Mariners moved back to six games below .500, as Robinson Cano delivered his first walkoff hit since 2009. It came in the bottom of the 11th inning in Seattle’s 7-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field. With the win, the Mariners have alternated wins and losses every day since July 1.
6-30-15: The Mariners cannot fall too far back in the division before the All-Star break, but it was a difficult week for them. They won only one game each against the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels. Although Robinson Cano has been struggling this season and went 0-for-3 on Sunday, Seattle was lucky to get him back for Sunday’s game after he was hit in the dugout by a Los Angeles warm-up throw on Saturday.
6-16-15: On Monday, the Mariners went into AT&T Park and got their record away from home back to .500 for the season. Seattle’s top three players in its batting order, Logan Morrison, Austin Jackson and Robinson Cano, had at least two hits. Kyle Seager also contributed two hits, including his 11th home run of the season, as the Mariners won, 5-1.
6-8-15: On Wednesday, the Mariners acquired Mark Trumbo and pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for catcher Welington Castillo, pitcher Dominic Leone and a couple prospects. Trumbo went 2-for-16 in Seattle’s four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mariners lost three of the four games, as they fell to 25-32 on the season.
6-5-15: The Seattle Mariners made a trade to bolster their offense this week when the team acquired first baseman Mark Trumbo and LHP Vidal Nuno. Seattle acquired Nuno and Trumbo from the Arizona Diamondbacks for catcher Wellington Castillo, RHP relief pitcher Dominic Leone, outfield prospect Gabby Guerrero and infield prospect Jack Reinheimer. Trumbo is earning $6.9 million in 2015 and is under team control for the 2016 season before hitting free agency before the 2017. Trumbo looks to add a potent bat to the 28th best offense in the league for Seattle while Castillo adds a legitimate backup catcher for Arizona to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. In order for the Mariners to replace Castillo on the active roster the team designated outfielder Justin Ruggiano for assignment to make room for catcher Jesus Sucre. While Ruggiano has struggled for the most part this season for Seattle the veteran outfielder who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs has crushed left handed pitching this season making him somewhat valuable to another team who could use him in a platoon situation.
6-1-15: On Monday, the New York Yankees got to Felix Hernandez for seven runs, and the
Mariners lost their third straight game to fall to three games below .500 on the season. Unfortunately, Robinson Cano’s frustrating season continued in the 7-2 loss to the Yankees, as he went 0-for-4 for the second straight day.
5-30-15: The Seattle Mariners have been operating with just a six man bullpen as the team was faced with a roster decision that could affect at least one of their veteran players on the team. A potential list of veterans that could be affected when the team adds a 7th relief pitcher includes Willie Bloomquist, Justin Ruggiano and Dustin Ackley who has been struggling for much of the 2015 season. The team is said to be weighing potential trade options that could accommodate Kevin Gregg coming to the bullpen after signing a minor league deal with the team last week. If the team does not want to make room on the 40 man roster for Gregg then the team could also option Chris Taylor to Triple-A and call up one of Lucas Luetge or Mayckol Guaipe. Speaking of players on the Mariners farm team their 2014 first round pick Alex Jackson has been shut down with a shoulder issue this week. Jackson hurt his left shoulder diving for a ball in spring training this season which carried over and hurt his swing this season in the minors. Jackson was slashing .157/.240/.213 with Class-A Clinton before the injury and will head to extended spring training when his rehab is complete.
5-18-15: Kyle Seager kept up his strong career against the Boston Red Sox, as he had at least one hit in all four games of the series. He added some insurance runs for the Mariners on Sunday, as he homered in the eighth inning of the team’s 5-0 victory to finish the series with a split.
5-12-15: Sunday was a terrific day for the Safeco Field crowd, as they witnessed a 4-3 Seattle victory against the Oakland Athletics in which 6-0 Felix Hernandez accomplished a couple milestones: although the ace gave up two home runs, he threw seven innings of two-run ball and got his 2,000th strikeout. In addition, Hernandez passed Randy Johnson for second place on the franchise’s all-time wins list.
5-5-15: After the Mariners swept the Rangers in Texas, Seattle continued its road trip in Houston. The Mariners were unable to get their record back to .500, as the Astros swept Seattle in the four-game series. The Mariners then placed outfielder Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain. However, American League Player of the Month Nelson Cruz hit his 14th home run of the season in Monday’s 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
4-27-15: The Mariners lost both of their series at home against the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins, as Nelson Cruz only amassed one home run over the six games. Although the home run reached the upper deck at Safeco Field, Seattle will need more consistent hitting from its cleanup hitter in order to succeed, especially with the struggling Hisashi Iwakuma on the disabled list due to a right lat strain.
4-21-15: Nelson Cruz has really enjoyed California in 2015, as he has four home runs in his four road games. Both of his home runs over the weekend came in extra-inning victories over the Oakland Athletics, and Sunday’s one came in the 10th inning, giving the Mariners the lead for good. Seattle then played its third straight extra-inning affair on Monday, but lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-5.
4-7-15: Last week, the Mariners sent right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez to the Tampa Bay Rays and acquired left-hander Mike Montgomery. In other pitching news, Felix Hernandez continues to impress on the mound, as he collected 10 strikeouts in seven innings of one-run ball in Seattle’s 4-1 Opening Day victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
3-31-15: Left-handed starting pitcher David Rollins, a Rule 5 pick, was suspended 80 games by the league on Friday. Before testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, he had a chance at making the Opening Day roster. In other pitching news, No. 5 starter Taijuan Walker threw six scoreless innings on Wednesday, and Felix Hernandez allowed just one run in six innings on Thursday.
3-24-15: Kyle Seager returned to Seattle’s lineup on Sunday after being scratched on Saturday due
to oblique tightness, and he hit a three-run home run in the Mariners’ 8-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. Nelson Cruz, who continues to have a hot spring training, went 2-for-2 in the contest and also had a three-run home run.
3-18-15: Last week, the Mariners signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. On the same day, Major League Baseball announced that when the Mariners play at Dodger Stadium on April 15, they will be playing in the annual Civil Rights Game. It will be the first Civil Rights Game held on Jackie Robinson Day.
3-4-15: On Saturday, Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits spoke about veteran pitcher J.A. Happ’s pitch selection. The left-hander is looking to increase the use of his changeup heading into 2015. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon also recently said that the shortstop and right field position battles are still ongoing during spring training.
3-1-15: Last Friday, the Mariners signed left-hander Joe Saunders, who made 32 starts for Seattle in 2013, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Robinson Cano said on Tuesday that he dropped 13 pounds over the offseason. In addition, the star second baseman is fully healed from his fractured pinkie toe.
2-17-15:Mariners prospect recently Victor Sanchez had surgery for his fractured skull and is
unfortunately not doing well in his native Venezuela. Last week, Seattle signed 32-year-
old Rickie Weeks to a one-year deal for $2 million with an additional $2 million in incentives. The former Milwaukee Brewers second baseman will play in the outfield with the Mariners and serve as Robinson Cano’s backup.
2-9-15: Veteran pitchers Joe Beimel and Todd Coffee both pitched well out of the bullpen in 2014, but both remain free agents, and we will have see if they stay in the state of
Washington. Beimel posted a 2.20 ERA in 45 innings last season for the Mariners as he pitched in the big leagues for the first time since 2011. Coffee, who missed all of 2013 due to Tommy John surgery, had a 1.93 ERA in 36 appearances for Triple-A Tacoma.
2-5-15: The Seattle Mariners had a solid season in 2014, and while they missed the playoffs, they still won 87 games for the year. There is definitely some optimism for Mariners this season as they seem to be heading into the right directions by signing Nelson Cruz to a four-year deal, signing third baseman Kyle Seager to an extension and trading for pitcher J.A. Happ. With the starting rotation Seattle has, this could be a breakout year for the Mariners. Mariners tickets for the 2015 season at Safeco Field have a current average price of $260.50 on the secondary market. The home opener for Seattle on April 6 against the Angels has a current secondary average price of $114.87, with a get-in price of $35.
10-1-14: The Mariners exceeded the team's preseason expectations in Robinson Cano's first season in the Pacific Northwest. The second baseman provided all sorts of production on the diamond, but he also guided Seattle to its first winning season since 2009. Veteran righty Chris Young posted a 12-9 record with a 3.65 ERA, who was signed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal. Unfortunately, Young fell apart down the stretch, posting a 0-3 record and an 8.59 ERA in September. The Mariners fell just short of the second AL wildcard spot.
9-30-14: The Seattle Mariners landed Kendrys Morales in a trading deadline deal this season after the DH sat through the June draft after failing to receive a deal in the offseason. Morales has struggled all season long with the Twins and the Mariners and has only been able to muster up a .217/.266/.330 slash. With all this said Morales hopes to avoid free agency this season and wants to sign a multi-year deal with the Mariners right now. The Mariners added Morales to try and help protect free agent Robinson Cano in the lineup as the team searched all season for some protection making multiple trades, signings, and offers to players. In the end the best protection that Cano had all season was already on the team before the spending spree as Kyle Seager has quietly had a great season for the Mariners. Seager has hit 25 home runs this season and in his age 26 season has broken out at just the right time as he is arbitration eligible for the first time after the 2014 season. Seattle finished the 2014 season with a 86-75 record and missed out on the second Wild Card by just two games to the Oakland Athletics.
9-25-14: After splitting a four-game series with the Angels, the Mariners dropped a series to the Astros over the weekend, leaving them 1.5 games behind the Royals for the No. 2 AL wild-card spot. Two straight blowouts to the Blue Jays leave the Mariners three games back of the Royals for the No. 2 AL wild-card spot. They’re still in it, but will need some major help. A three-game series with the Angels at home, will determine whether or not Seattle reaches the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
9-23-14: The Seattle Mariners made three big acquisitions this summer as the team attempted to run down one of the final Wild Card spots in the American League but have gotten little contribution from Kendrys Morales, Austin Jackson, and Chris Denorfia. Even with all the acquisitions this year the Mariners are still trailing the Kansas City Royals by one game for the second Wild Card and last playoff spot in the American League. Seattle has been scuffling when it is most important though as they have lost two games in a row and six of their last 10. What hurts the most is when Seattle loses games to teams they should absolutely be beating, for example the Houston Astros who took two of three over the weekend against the Mariners. If the Mariners want to make the playoffs they are going to have to find a way to defense their home field in SafeCo Park as they currently have an under .500 record at home with a 38-40 record at home. Seattle currently has a 83-72 record overall and will likely have to reach 87 wins to make the postseason this year. Many Mariners fans have to think that missing the postseason would be a disappointment after spending so heavily in the offseason and acquiring so many upgrades at the trading deadline this season.
9-18-14: The Mariners had an opportunity to make up ground in the AL wild-card standings over the weekend, but losing two out of three to an Oakland team that has been struggling mightily was not ideal. Seattle also dropped a series to the Astros to begin last week. They currently trail the Kansas City Royals by a game for the No. 2 AL wild-card position. So far this week, the Mariners have split two games with the Angels. The Mariners' next 10 games are on the road, including series against the Angels and Blue Jays, before a three-game series with aforementioned Angels at home to finish out the season.
9-16-14: The Seattle Mariners end the week on the outside looking in at the playoffs if the season ended today. Seattle currently has an 80-68 record but they trail the Kansas City Royals by a game in the race for the final postseason spot for the American League. The Mariners also fired the scout, Butch Baccala, which sent Jesus Montero an ice cream sandwich to the dugout after he failed to run out a ground ball in a rehab game. The altercation ended with Montero having to be held back as he attempted to go into the stands with a baseball bat after Baccala. Montero was suspended for the altercation and is likely being kept out of games for the remainder of the 2014 season. Seattle has a favorable schedule for the rest of the season as the team continues to push towards a postseason spot for Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, and all their new acquisitions this season.
9-12-14: After a 17-10 month of August that saw Seattle post an impressive plus-43 run differential, the Mariners have stayed hot to kick off September. They won road series against the A's and Rangers last week. Starters James Paxton and Roenis Elias are both having terrific second halves. Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma are anchoring the top two of the rotation,
throw in the best bullpen in the MLB, and the Mariners are a scary team. Their offense has improved over the years, and they look to have all the pieces to earn a wild-card berth. They currently hold a half-game behind the Tigers and Royals for the No. 2 spot.
9-9-14: The Seattle Mariners placed Jesus Montero on the restricted list for the rest of the season after an altercation with a minor league scout while Montero was on a rehab assignment. The scout sent Montero an ice cream sandwich into the dugout after Montero failed to run out a ground ball at first base and Montero went into the stand after the scout with a baseball bat. In a corresponding roster move RHP Carson Smith was added to the 40 man roster and called up to the majors as a part of rosters expansion. Willie Bloomquist was also transferred to the 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster for catcher Humberto Quintero. Seattle also released relief pitcher Todd Coffey so the reliever could pursue an opportunity with a team willing to give the righty a major league deal. Coffey will likely sign with a contender for the rest of the season and would be ineligible for any team’s postseason roster since he was not on the 40 man roster before September 1st.
9-4-14: The Mariners ended a brilliant month of August with a thud, losing two series to the lowly Texas
Rangers and the red-hot Washington Nationals at home. Despite all that, they still managed a
17-10 record and plus-43 run differential. They are currently 1.5 games back of the Tigers for
the second AL wildcard spot, and they will look to secure that spot on the strength of the best
pitching staff in all of baseball, with a 3.06 team ERA and 1.15 team WHIP.
9-2-14: The Seattle Mariners started the week off by signing Dominican shortstop prospect Christopher Torres to a $375K contract. Torres was ranked as the 18th best International prospect in this year’s signing period and is not far removed from having a verbal commitment with the New York Yankees worth $2.1 million fall through. Before Torres verbally agreed with the Yankees on that mega contract he had previously been offered a deal with the Seattle Mariners for $1.6 million so the interest was there on both sides. Torres is a switch hitter but hits better from the left side while hitting for more power from the right side. Torres has above average speed and defense which can make his path to the major leagues a little easier and quicker for the shortstop. All these moves and moves like them led Seattle to extend their GM Jack Zduriencik to a multiyear extension with the details still yet to be revealed as of this week.
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.