MARINERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Braves Acquires Tyler Pike From Mariners As PTBNL

The Braves have acquired lefty Tyler Pike from the Mariners as the player to be named later in the recent trade between the organizations, per club announcements. The late-November swap sent outfield prospect Alex Jackson to Atlanta in exchange for righties Rob Whalen and Max Povse.
Via MLB Trade Rumors
20 hours ago

Pike player to be named in deal with Braves

Left-hander Tyler Pike, the Mariners' third-round Draft pick in 2012, was sent to the Braves on Friday to complete a trade that brought right-handers Rob Whalen and Max Povse to Seattle two weeks ago.
Via Mariners.com
21 hours ago

Mariners covet more pitching after Meetings

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto still has one big unchecked box on his wish list after a fairly quiet four days at the Winter Meetings. Like many teams, the Mariners are looking to add an experienced starting pitcher to beef up their rotation.
Via Mariners.com
1 day ago

Mariners add 2 in Rule 5's Minor League portion

The Mariners didn't select anyone in the Major League phase of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings, though they did lose promising right-handed reliever Kevin Gadea to the Rays. Seattle did select left-handed reliever Paul Paez from the Mets and center fielder Chuck Taylor from the D-backs in the Minor League portion, while losing outfielder Austin Wilson to St. Louis.
Via Mariners.com
2 days ago

Seattle Mariners looking at Mark Trumbo

image courtesy of birdswatcher.com Seattle Mariners looking at Mark Trumbo It is that time of year again when all the MLB big whigs get away from their hot stoves and huddle together in Maryland to warm each others hearts in the baseball Winter Meetings.  The Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto and his staff will wine, dine, and schmooze with his peers to talk about the state...
Via Seattle Side Up!
2 days ago

Mariners Designate Richie Shaffer For Assignment

The Mariners have announced that they’ve designated infielder/outfielder Richie Shaffer for assignment. The move clears roster space for incoming starting pitcher Chris Heston, who was acquired in a trade with the Giants that is now official. The Mariners acquired Shaffer (along with Taylor Motter) in a small deal with the Rays last month. The 25-year-old Shaffer was the 25th overall...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

2016 Seattle Mariners Advent Calendar - Day 7

Kyle Seager hit his 100th home run this year, and reminded us that he is a good Mariner. By no means do I want to poke fun at people who are trying to analyze baseball drafts. Legitimate and trustworthy information is tough to come by from high school and college scouts, especially way back in 2009. But just for a good giggle, let’s take a look at what some people were saying about...
Via Lookout Landing
2 days ago

Rzepczynski guaranteed $11M in 2-year contract with Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) Reliever Marc Rzepczynski is guaranteed $11 million in his two-year contract with the Seattle Mariners. The 31-year-old left-hander will receive $5.5 million in each for the next two seasons under the deal announced Saturday. Right-hander Casey Fien's one-year contract calls for a $1.1 million, which is not guaranteed. He would get a minimum of $175,000 in termination...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Casey Fien and Spin Rates

Not that long ago, I had a post about some early contenders for the bullpen pile after the M’s acquired Dean Kiekhefer in a waiver claim. With his low 3/4 delivery and the resultant horizontal movement, he looked a bit like fellow new-Mariner, Ryan Weber. Two things are clear at this point, some 13-14 months into the Jerry Dipoto tenure: first, the man cannot stop acquiring relievers...
Via USS Mariner
3 days ago

Seattle Mariners sign veteran relievers to bolster bullpen

The Seattle Mariners continue to make roster moves this offseason, the latest being a pair of free agent pitcher signings.  The first of the two to sign with the Mariners was situational southpaw Marc Rzepczynski, who agreed to a two-year deal worth $11 million. The Mariners will be the seventh Major League team for Rzepczynski, who brings a career 3.80 earned run average to the...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Moose Tracks 12/6/2016: No fun titles

It's beginning to feel a lot like the offseason... Good morning! Would you like to know a super special, behind the scenes secret about Lookout Landing? When we write these pieces that publish at seven in the morning we aren't actually writing them in the wee hours of dawn. Instead, we type in the evening and pretend that we're speaking from the future. So, without further ado, here...
Via Lookout Landing
4 days ago

Mariners Fulfill Pledge To Sign Free Agent LOOGY for Some Reason

You’ve got to hand it Jerry Dipoto: there’s no subterfuge, no hiding his wish-list. He’s told everyone who’ll listen for months that a high priority of the team was signing a veteran left-hander to round out the team’s bullpen, so we can’t be shocked that he’s signed Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year deal. I think we *can* be a little surprised that he’s guaranteed...
Via USS Mariner
4 days ago

Mariners Avoid Arbitration With Jesus Sucre

The Mariners have avoided arbitration with catcher Jesus Sucre by agreeing to a one-year, $630K deal, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports (Twitter link).  The contract will pay Sucre $300K if he is sent to the minors.
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 days ago

Mariners sign LHP Rzepczynski to 2-year contract

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have signed free agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year contract. The Mariners also signed right-handed reliever Casey Fien on Saturday. Left-hander Dean Kiekhefer and righty Zach Lee were designated for assignment. The 31-year-old Rzepczynski was a combined 1-0 with a 2.64 ERA in 70 games for Oakland and Washington this season....
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners upgrade, build depth through early offseason trade

Seattle Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto has already pulled the trigger on several trades, less than a month into the offseason. The Mariners have traded away multiple prospects and Major League players to fill holes in the lineup and add depth to their roster. The most notable trade the Mariners have made so far is a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks that sent pitcher Taijuan...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Taijuan Walker dealt with 10 bone spurs in his right foot last year

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker had a painful 2016 campaign in more ways than one. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Walker said that he had 10 bone spurs in his right foot last season that affected the use of his lower body. Walker also added that the biggest bone spur was 3/4 of an inch. #Dbacks Taijuan Walker said he had 10 bone spurs in his foot last...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Alex Jackson, Max Povse and Rob Whalen

Here are the prospects changing hands in last night’s deal between Seattle and Atlanta as evaluated by KATOH projection system. KATOH+ represents a player’s WAR projection over his first six years in the majors and includes said player’s Baseball America’s ranking as a variable. ***** Alex Jackson, RF, Atlanta Jackson has struggled to make contact ever since the Mariners...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Was the Jean Segura Trade Really the Mitch Haniger Trade?

The Mariners, who are operating with a pretty short-term competitive window, added Jean Segura right before Thanksgiving. Segura has been driving the headlines, and it’s no mystery why. He finished last year with a 5.0 WAR, and, for the sake of reference, that tied him with Joey Votto. It put him in front of Xander Bogaerts. To go a little more traditional, Segura led the National...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Rumors: Jean Segura Reaction

After processing the Seattle Mariners trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for 2B/SS Jean Segura, I am now finally ready to give my thoughts. My initial reaction was excitement for the Mariners because I followed Jean Segura for all the 2016 season (he was on my fantasy team) then after thinking about it for another 30 minutes I was a little more apprehensive because I felt like maybe...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Orix Buffaloes of Japan sign ex-Seattle outfielder Romero

TOKYO (AP) Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Stefen Romero has signed a one-year contract with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Pacific League. Japanese media reported the deal was worth $850,000 and has provisions for bonuses. Romero batted .195 in 94 major league games spread over the past three seasons with Seattle. With Triple-A Tacoma this season, Romero batted .304 in 106...
Via Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Kyle Seager Appreciation Article

Baseball is a “What have you done for me lately?” sort of affair. The most notable and most discussed exploits tend to be those which differ most greatly from the status quo. A player who produces an unexpectedly excellent season is likely to receive more attention than one who’s quietly great. We don’t notice the everyday effectiveness of a player unless that effectiveness...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mariners showing interest in Mike Napoli

Mike Napoli returning to the AL West might not actually be the craziest timeline. According to a report by Jon Morosi of FOX Sports on Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners are showing early interest in Napoli. Morosi also notes Napoli’s history with Mariners manager Scott Servais, who served as director of player development for the Texas Rangers during Napoli’s brief stint there....
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 08, 2016  |  Discuss
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