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If the Mariners plan to make an aggressive move at the July 31 non-waiver deadline, they’ve got an interesting way of showing it.
While one Mariners official says the team is “wide open” on potential deals, rival clubs report that the M’s have made a long list of players untouchable in trades.
The list includes right-hander Felix Hernandez, second baseman Dustin Ackley and third baseman Kyle Seager, plus the Mariners’ four top prospects, according to Baseball America - right-hander Taijuan Walker, left-handers Danny Hultzen and James Paxton and shortstop Nick Franklin.
The Mariners’ reluctance to include such players in most trades is understandable, rival executives say. But to make a bigger move – say, for Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton – the team would need to part with upper-level talent.
Some executives also question whether Ackley and Seager should be off-limits when neither is established as a productive major leaguer, much less a star.
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It might be shape up or ship out time for Seattle first baseman Justin Smoak. Ever since his high-profile arrival from Texas, Smoak has failed to live up to expectations. His manager, Eric Wedge, makes it sound as if the organization is nearing their wits’ end and may make a move:
We’ve been patient, they’ve been addressed, and we’ve come at them in different ways and different...
Eric Wedge started with pure optimism, moved on to defending some of his underperformers and eventually grew increasingly angry and frustrated as his Seattle Mariners continued regressing.
Through a trying first-half of the 2012 season, the Mariners' manager has stayed with his belief that eventually the inconsistencies will level off and Seattle's young prospects will start...
This past week before the All-Star break wasn’t a very good one for the Mariners, as they lost 2-out-of-3 to each of the teams they faced.
Taking games deep into extra innings in 2 of the 3 games played against the Oakland Athletics, the Mariners would come up short both times. Tied at 1 a piece in Game 1, in the 11th inning, a 3-run, Chris Carter home run would end the duel....
It took a trip to Triple-A and some injuries to the big league regulars to get him his chance, but Casper Wells is capitalizing on that chance and showing that he is deserving of an extended look as an everyday option in the outfield for the M's going forward.
Mike Zunino begins his journey in professional baseball with the Everett Aquasox on Thursday. Zunino, the third overall selection by the Seattle Mariners in last year’s amateur draft is expected to be fast-tracked through the minor leagues if all goes well.
The former Florida Gator catcher won the 2012 USA Golden Spikes Award, which is bestowed to the nation’s top amateur baseball...
Welcome to the second edition of HYPE Files! As a reminder, these HYPE Files will be a weekly guide to: 1. Shine light on prospects not getting their due respect and 2. Extinguish the hype on some prospects that will probably end up being mentioned in the same breath as Lastings Milledge and Yusmeiro Petit.
Where’s the hype?
Rafael Montero, SP: You may have seen this name towards...
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the Mariners series matchup with the Texas Rangers. PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Derek Holland (5-4, 5.05 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Kevin Millwood (3-6, 3.69 ERA) in the series opener. Millwood hasn't won a game since the end of May, but has pitched well in his past few starts.
The 2012 Futures Game is in the books and Scout.com's National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere is here to provide all of the analysis on the top performers in Kansas City. In this segment, he joins FOX Sports/Scout.com reporter Kelly Boring to break down Mariners' prospect, Danny Hultzen.
The still-surprising Baltimore Orioles are rumored to be “poking around” on Seattle Mariners pitcher Jason Vargas. I am not sure how that sort of physical contact is permissible (nailed it!), but it makes some sense for the Orioles to try and improve their team. Is Vargas the right pitcher to aim for, though, even if they can’t get player like Matt Garza?
Vargas (29) floundered...
Matchup Insight Rangers vs. M’s Game 1
The All-Star break is behind us. We are now into the second half of the season that most Seattle Mariners fans would like to be over with already.
Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners
Friday July 13
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA
Moneyline: Texas -145, Seattle +135
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Derek Holland (5-4, 5.05 ERA...
If any team wants to get better, they have to make some moves. If the Seattle Mariners want to get better, then they'd better make a lot of moves. However, that seems to be unlikely as the trade deadline approaches. Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and middle infielders Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley are reportedly untouchable at this year's trade deadline, according to FOX Sports...
The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a Minor League deal with right handed pitcher David Pauley according to Shannon Drayer of 710am ESPN Seattle.
Pauley, 29, began the season with the Angels, but was claimed by the Blue Jays after being designated for assignment twice by the Angels. Then, the Blue Jays also designated him for assignment earlier this month. In 2012, Pauley has pitched...
The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners are separated by 16 1/2 games in the AL West, but it's been a different story when they've met on the field.
The best and worst teams in the division have split their first 10 meetings heading into Friday night's opener of a three-game set in Seattle.
Texas (52-34) has scored a major league-high 443 runs and Seattle (36-51) has...