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Oregon Sports News:
As the Major League Baseball winter meetings commence in Nashville, one has to wonder if the Seattle Mariners front office is not only thinking about how to snag the Kansas City Royals’ Billy Butler, but also about the dismal news that came out of the study released by 24/7 Wall St . According to the analysis released this week, the Seattle Mariners saw a 51.4 percent decline in fan attendance during the past ten years. As if that news were not dire enough, this drop in attendance is more than any other professional sport, including the NHL, NFL and NBA. This is not a statistic any manager wants to read in the morning paper or hear discussed on talk radio. Safeco’s capacity last year hovered at just 44.4 percent, a Major League Baseball low, and to add to this dismal news, season ticket sales have plummeted by 61 percent since 2002.
The Pacific Northwest has a fickle relationship with baseball. Cities with a fan base that hang on during dreary years- Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cinci...
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Seattle being aggressive in meetings
With plenty of noise in the Mariners camp, we’re recapping recent Seattle rumors coming out of the Winter Meetings.
M’s are targeting outfielders
About this time last month, it was reported that the Mariners were surprise suitors for Josh Hamilton. Now that other big market teams seem to be back in the running, Hamilton looks like more of...
Coming Home (ish)
The Mariners finally made a move while at the Winter meetings. While the Seattle franchise has been linked to just about every free agent that can hit above .220, the M’s agreed to terms with Mets outfielder Jason Bay.
I had a rush of emotion about this when I heard about it. First I got caught up in the memories of Bay’s 36 home runs for the Red Sox in...
This year at the Winter Meetings, one team seems interested in every hitter on the market: the Seattle Mariners. They've apparently talked about (and this is not an inclusive list) Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, Billy Butler, Jason Bay, Raul Ibanez...you get the picture. Every and any hitter with a pulse has been mentioned in the same breath as the offensively challenged Mariners...
The Seattle Mariners are making a strong push to sign free
agent slugger Josh Hamilton and they are actually “very close” to getting a
deal done, reports Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times.
But I’m now told the talks between the two sides have been a
lot more serious than anyone has let on and that they are actually “very close”
to getting a deal done.
THE RIME OF THE NEW MARINER?
The Mariners reportedly have established themselves as a player in the Josh Hamilton Sweepstakes and are rumored to be offering him a three-year, big money deal.
Courtesy: Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball announced today that Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals has been voted the winner of the 2012 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. Butler received 80 first-place votes out of 84 ballots cast to garner the honor for the first time in his six-year career. He becomes the second Royal to be named the leagues top...
Major League Baseball announced today that Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals has been voted the winner of the 2012 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. Butler received 80 first-place votes out of 84 ballots cast to garner the honor for the first time in his six-year career. He becomes the second Royal to be named the league’s top designated hitter, joining...
The Milwaukee Brewers did not make a selection in any of the three phases of Thursday's annual Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings in Nashville.
As expected, Milwaukee lost second baseman Eric Farris in the Triple-A phase of the draft, to the Seattle Mariners. Farris, Milwaukee's fourth-round pick in 2007, had two different stints with the big-league club, playing in one...
As the market for center fielders dwindles, the Seattle Mariners loom as one possibility for Michael Bourn.
At least on the surface.
The Mariners, if they fail to land outfielder Josh Hamilton, are still going to need offense. And Bourn is the next best offensive player remaining on the open market, though certainly not a slugger like Hamilton.
Here’s the problem:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Will they or won't they? That seems to be the question surrounding the Kansas City Royals at Major League Baseball's winter meetings.
Baseball's top executives have gathered at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and among the speculation and rumors being overheard from the lobby is talk that the Royals pursuit of a starting pitcher could force them to part...
The Seattle Mariners have signed outfielder Jason Bay, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. The deal is for around $1mm, Greg Johns of MLB.com adds.
Bay still had one year left on his four-year $66mm deal he signed with the Mets. The parties however agreed to part ways which allowed Bay to sign with his home town Mariners.
During his time in New York, he not only battled...
The Royals hunt for a quality young starting pitcher is the worst kept secret in baseball. At various times over the last few weeks, the team has been rumored to be considering trading Wil Myers, Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, and Billy Butler in an effort to obtain a hiågh quality arm, preferably one with multiple years of team control and a bright future. Over the last few days,...
The Seattle Mariners are among the teams interested in free
agent outfielder Cody Ross, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Source: #Mariners among teams interested in free-agent OF Cody Ross.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2012
The Mariners have seemingly been tied to every available
potential impact bat on the market. While they are reportedly...
The Seattle Mariners are serious about free-agent outfielder Josh