Found February 10, 2012 on Seattle Times:
We've been on this subject for a while, but a USA Today story published online last night by reporter Bob Nightengale provides an all-encompassing look at how the Mariners and a select handful of teams are about to win a local television lottery in just a couple of years. The Mariners just started a 10-year, $450-million deal with ROOT Sports last season that was negotiated way back in 2007. But there is a 2015 opt-out clause in the deal and the timing could not be better for the Mariners, given how the market for regional sports network (RSN) contracts is shooting through the roof. In his piece, Nightengale quotes sources saying the San Diego Padres stand to earn $75 million per year on a soon-to-be negotiated RSN deal for themselves. The Padres play in baseball's 26th biggest market, the Mariners in its 12th largest. You do the math. And the Mariners, when you really look at where their fan base extends to, could actually be sitting on a market much bigger than just the Se...

Cactus League countdown: Seattle Mariners

No team reports to Arizona for spring training this season earlier than the Seattle Mariners. That's actually because they open 2012 with two games in Tokyo on March 28 and 29, but frustrated Mariners fans might tell you it's because they need the extra work. Coming off a second straight last-place finish in the AL West, the Mariners face long odds once again after a mostly...

Mariners release 40-man roster, plus Spring Training invitees

The Seattle Mariners have released their 40-man roster ahead of Spring Training, and there aren’t really any surprises. Everything newsworthy has already been covered. But it’s nice to know for sure what Eric Wedge and his coaching staff are thinking. For instance, Chone Figgins is still occupying a spot. Mike Carp and Justin Smoak will [...]

Figgins could return to form at leadoff

When Eric Wedge said the idea of removing Ichiro from the leadoff spot has "as much to do with his teammates as it has to do with him," the Seattle Mariners manager might as well have screamed Chone Figgins' name. Wedge has yet to commit to dropping Ichiro or returning Figgins to the top of the order, where he excelled with the Los Angeles Angels before signing with...

Five Creative strategies the Mariners can use to win games in 2012

Now pitching: Larry Bernandez ?? The Seattle Mariners have been difficult to watch over the past decade and while the team is in the midst of rebuilding, Safeco Field is becoming a virtual ghost town. While the Mariners management cannot let go of the plans they have to develop from within the organization, they also cannot increase their budget to match that of a small country....

Mariners start Spring Training this weekend – what you need to know

The Associated Press reports: “Right around the first of the year, Eric Wedge placed a call to a select number of Seattle Mariners telling them to get to the Pacific Northwest in the dead of winter. Wedge wanted to see firsthand if this group had followed through during the offseason in getting themselves ready for [...]

Matt Moore, Jesus Montero and other prospects who could make the big leagues out of spring training - MLB

Colleague Keith Law released his top 100 prospects list today, and this includes a whole bunch of youngsters who won't reach the big leagues until lat...

Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis says mound hopefuls need to hit ground running

There are 35 pitchers in camp with the Mariners this spring, 19 of them on the 40-man roster and another 16 invites. That means the team has a whole lot of evaluation to do in a limited amount of time, given their March 22 departure for Japan and an early opening to the regular season. Willis sounds excited and ready to go. And he suggested that anyone hoping to show something this...

Analyzing the aging pattern of MLB players

Manny Ramirez could get a new contract at age 39. The Mariners are making Chone Figgins, 34, a leadoff man. Joe Posnanski offers new evidence as to why these are not good ideas.

Plenty of early arrivals as Mariners begin spring training

Greetings from Peoria, Ariz., where we have a typically beautiful spring training morning full of sunshine and neither too much heat nor cold. In the photo above, you can see members of the Japanese media contingent -- out in force today -- watching infielder Munenori Kawasaki take some batting practice in the indoor cage. Nearby, Justin Smoak was doing the same thing with Dustin...

New TV deals won't guarantee everlasting success; that part will still take work by Mariners and others

Some readers in the comments thread of the last post brought up some very intelligent points about where the future of this whole regional sports network (RSN) cash giveaway could be leading. One of them stated that if all teams cash in on new deals, that will simply lead to inflation and keep the status quo with players merely earning higher salaries. Yes, that would be true if...

Players are arriving early for spring camp

The Mariners have opened camp a week before any other team.

Mariners have five players in ESPN's top 100 prospects list

Here is a nice story about Danny Hultzen donating $100,000 to the University of Virginia baseball program.
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