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The Seattle Mariners' offseason focus was on adding bats to the worst offense in baseball.
They believe they accomplished their goal with the additions of Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse, and they hope Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez still have some pop left in their bats.
The additional benefit is that they added some veterans that manager Eric Wedge and general manager Jack Zduriencik (zur-EN'-sik) believe will bring more help to the clubhouse than previous veterans provided for a team trying to build around a young core group.
When the Mariners arrive at spring training next month, they will be a healthy group. Only two players underwent offseason surgery and both second baseman Dustin Ackley (ankle) and shortstop Brendan Ryan (elbow) have been cleared for all activity.
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The Seattle Mariners have imported a number of players who could see time at first base this season: Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez and Mike Morse. Plus, holdover Mike Carp has spent the bulk of his career as a first baseman. Most of the playing time, however, will go to the man who was the opening day first baseman last year, Justin Smoak. Manager Eric Wedge said he sees Smoak...
The spring is right around the corner, but the Seattle
Mariners still have some work to do, as the club is currently eyeing a veteran
starting pitcher along with a catcher or two, according to Larry Stone of The
Seattle Times and Greg Johns of MLB.com.
Jack Z says "door wide open" for young pitcher to make staff, but would like to add veteran
— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry...
The Seattle Mariners and their general manager, Jack Zduriencik, are making leaps and bounds in progress over this 2012-13 offseason.
For starts, the Mariners picked up additional middle infield talent (see: http://t.co/QAJryJH1) in Robert Andino and in the Triple-A portion of the Winter Meetings, we selected 2nd baseman Eric Ferris from the Brewers. Our middle infield starters...
Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame as its seventh member.
The Mariners announced the induction Tuesday. Griffey's ceremony will take place Aug. 10 before the Mariners face the Milwaukee Brewers.
Griffey spent 13 of his 22 seasons in the majors with the Mariners. He was drafted by Seattle in 1987, made his debut at the major league level...
Mike Morse debuted with Seattle at shortstop during the 2005 season. Four seasons after leaving the Northwest, Morse returns all of 50 pounds heavier, regarded as one of the top sluggers in baseball.
If reports are to be believed, Felix Hernandez is considering a contract extension offer from the Seattle Mariners for $100 million over four years. That's an amazing offer, one well worthy of King Felix's talent, but it is also a team-friendly deal, in relative terms. Recall now that Zack Greinke just received a six-year, $147 million pact and then think about what Hernandez...
Felix Hernandez is one of the best pitchers in baseball, and the Mariners might not be opposed to paying him as such.
According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners continue to talk to Hernandez about a contract extension, and they’re “at least weighing” a four-year, $100 million proposal.
Rosenthal reports that it’s not known whether the Mariners have made Hernandez...