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When the Seattle Mariners re-signed Hisashi Iwakuma just before the beginning of the free agency period on Friday night, I paused for a minute and got to thinking. Iwakuma would be staying in a rotation where he thrived in the second half, combining with ace Felix Hernandez, blossoming star Erasmo Ramirez, and consistent veteran Jason Vargas to create a rotation that looks pretty solid on paper, even when you throw Blake Beavan into the fifth spot. My original point was that Seattle's rotation could be the best in the AL West for 2013, but they were actually the second best in 2012 behind just the A's. But could this Mariners staff actually be the best starting five in the American League? Despite their status as a middling, offensively-deficient team, the Mariners weren't a totally lost cause in 2012. Their pitching staff (bullpen included) had a 3.76 ERA for the season, good for fourth-best in the AL in 2012 and just a hair behind the pennant-winning Detroit Tigers ...
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Perez coming back
The Seattle Mariners announced today that they have resigned left-handed reliever Oliver Perez for the 2013 season.
Perez receives a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. There’s an extra $600K that can be made through performance bonuses.
This isn’t a step forward or back, but a lateral move designed to retain a Seattle bullpen that ranked 12th in the majors in...
Very late last week, another quality starting pitcher in Hisashi Iwakuma nearly entered the free-agent market. But very late last week, the Seattle Mariners decided “hey we need quality players on our team” and re-signed Iwakuma to a multi-year contract. It was a predictable move, and a sensible move; the Mariners needed a good starting pitcher, and Iwakuma had previously expressed...
Oliver Perez is staying with the Seattle Mariners, giving them a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen next season.
Seattle and Perez agreed Saturday to a $1.5 million, one-year contract. He was 1-3 with a 2.12 ERA in 33 games last season and had a stretch of 20 consecutive appearances in July and August where he did not allow a run. That streak was tied for the fourth longest...
Oliver Perez was once a highly-coveted pitcher. Now, it seems he is gaining some of that shine again. The Seattle Mariners re-signed the 31-year old to a one-year deal rather than let him hit free agency where he was likely to attract a lot of attention. The Mariners seem confident in Perez now that he has gained some of his velocity back and appears to be less injury-prone...
The Seattle Mariners will bring back relief pitcher Oliver Perez for the 2013 season. The left hander and the team have agreed on a one year deal worth $1.5 million.
Last season Perez worked out of the Mariners bullpen exclusively. The 31-year-old should operate in a similar capacity next season. In his first season with the Mariners Perez had a 2.12 ERA, 1.25 WHIP. In 29 2/3 innings...
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The Seattle Mariners announced that they have re-signed reliever Oliver Perez to a one-year contract for the 2013 season.
“We are happy to have reached a mutual agreement with Oliver,” said GM Jack Zduriencik in a statement. ”He did a very nice job in helping solidify our bullpen after his call up last summer. As a veteran left-hander, and one that had...
The Seattle Mariners have re-signed relief pitcher Oliver Perez to a one-year deal worth $1.5mm, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The deal also includes an additional $600k in performance bonuses.
Perez who went through some rocky times since early 2011 when the Mets paid him to go away, reinvented himself as a reliever with Seattle this past season. He went 1-3 and posted a 2...
Mariners start offseason off right
The Seattle Mariners announced late Friday night that they have extended starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma on a two-year deal worth at least $14 million.
It’s being reported that he’ll get $6.5 million in both 2013 and 2014, with a $1 million buyout attached to a $7 million option for 2015.
2012 was Iwakuma’s first year in the Major League’s...
According to John Perrotto, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Darren Ford to a minor league deal. Ford has just 16 plate appearances in the majors, with four hits and no extra base hits. The 27-year-old hit for a .273/.326/.385 line in 304 at-bats last year in Triple-A. He had 26 steals in 40 attempts while in Triple-A last year.
The Seattle Mariners announced that they have agreed to a two-year deal worth $14mm. The deal also includes an option year for 2015 worth $7mm with a $1mm buyout.
Iwakuma will make $6.5mm in 2013 and 2014.
The Mariners signed Iwakuma to a one-year $1.5mm deal last season. He rewarded the Mariners with their investment as he went 9-5 with a 3.16 ERA, 8.4 H/9, 3.1 BB/9 and a 7.3 K...