Three Bold Predictions for the 2016 Seattle Mariners

After 14 Years Are The Playoffs Realistic For M’s? With the arrival of February comes the start of spring training in the MLB.  We also now have a pretty good idea of what the Mariners bullpen, rotation, and starting lineups will look like in 2016.  The only remaining question—just how successful will this new team with all these new faces be? With that I give you my three...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: ‘Moving Day’ lineup set; Dipoto sells OC house

The February 5, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a pair of all-time Angels helping the team celebrate the “move” to Tempe for spring training, Jerry Dipoto finally selling his house in Newport Beach, and more… The Story: Garrett Anderson, Chuck Finley to be at Angels Moving Day next Thursday MWAH Says: Tyler Skaggs will be there as well, signing autographs...
Via Monkey with a Halo
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Evaluating the Offseason Moves

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images North America 2001 was an incredible year for Seattle Mariners fans, as the team tied the MLB record for single-season wins with an astonishing 116 victories in 162 games. That year’s team ended up losing in the American League Championship Series to the eventual World Series Runner-Up New York Yankees, and the Mariners haven’t been back to the postseason...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Preview: Is it Opening Day yet?

Are we there yet? The anticipation is beginning to get to some us here at SSU, now that Seahawks football is concluded. With the coming spring thaw, there brings an exciting date; February 19th. The day pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Peoria, AZ. There’s an added excitement this year as new GM Jerry Dipoto has reshaped 50% of the roster and brought in a completely...
Via Seattle Side Up!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Make a Pair of Minor-League Signings

Wednesday morning the Seattle Mariners announced the signings of Korean first baseman Dae-Ho Lee along with catcher Steven Lerud on minor-league deals. Both received invitations to major-league spring training. These are depth moves for the Mariners as Lee provides a right-handed option at first base with Adam Lind being a lefty. Jesus Montero also will have a chance to win that...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle signs Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee to minor league deal

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have signed Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee and catcher Steve Lerud to minor league contracts two weeks before the start of spring training. Seattle announced the roster moves Wednesday. Lee, a first baseman, has spent the past four seasons playing in Japan with the Orix Buffaloes and Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. Last season, Lee hit .282 with 31 homers...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mariners agree with Dae-Ho Lee, MVP of 2015 Japan Series

The Seattle Mariners are looking for more offense and have agreed with Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee on a minor-league deal worth $4 million, it was reported by Bob Dutton of the News Tribune on Wednesday. Lee, 33, will be invited to spring training by the M's. Playing for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks last season, Lee hit .282 in 141 games, hitting 31 home runs and earning MVP honors...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners flashback: as players, new GM Dipoto strikes out manager Servais in '99

New Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto was a relief pitcher at the MLB level for eight seasons, from 1993-2000. New Mariners manager Scott Servais, meanwhile, was a catcher for 11 years (from 1991-2001). As one might suspect given the duo's track record throughout the 1990s, pitcher Dipoto and catcher Servais did cross paths a few times...such as this incident on April 22, 1999, when...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Seattle Mariners Team Preview

2015 QUICK OVERVIEW The Mariners finished 76-86 on the 2015 season. A number of pundits had them picked as the front runner to win the 2015 AL West championship after signing slugger Nelson Cruz to join Robinson Cano in the everyday lineup. Unfortunately, the supporting cast let those guys down and the Mariners faded down the stretch. It eventually cost Jack Zduriencik and Lloyd...
Via The Fantasy Fix
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2016 Seattle Mariners Bullpen Possibilities

Bullpen Biggest Question Mark For M’s The Seattle Mariners rotation and lineups are pretty well set headed into spring.  Sure, there could be a few surprises after spring training concludes but nothing seems as unsettled for the M’s as their bullpen. Unlike the possibilities for the 2016 Seattle Mariners lineups or the Mariners starting rotation, the M’s bullpen has to be...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle preps for spring believing it can contend in AL West

SEATTLE (AP) Jerry Dipoto did not go quietly into the Seattle Mariners offseason. The entire overhaul Dipoto embarked upon after taking over as the Mariners general manager was not subtle or quiet. It was attention-grabbing, and as Dipoto said on Thursday during the Mariners' pre-spring training luncheon, successful. ''I think we did what we said we were going to do. And I feel...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Offseason Report Card

When Jerry Dipoto took over as the General Manager of the Seattle Mariners at the end of the 2015 season, he had a clear plan for the club. He wanted to become deeper as an organization and build an athletic team that fit SafeCo Field. It was a very busy offseason for the M’s and […]
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners player profile: Nori Aoki

The Seattle Mariners picked up Nori Aoki in early December and fans in the Pacific Northwest are looking and hoping for Ichiro 2.0. While Ichiro will always be an icon in Seattle Mariners history, little 5’9 Aoki will hopefully bring that same spark as number 51 did with very similar hitting finesse and all-around hustle. Aoki is one of the many signings that the zealous new GM...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Eppler on Taking the Reins in Anaheim

Billy Eppler isn’t sure if he’s bringing philosophical change to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. That’s not something he’s especially concerned with. How things were done under Jerry Dipoto is largely immaterial. Eppler’s focus is on the future, which began when he took over as the team’s general manager in early October. Eppler is a first-year GM, but he’s not without...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners sign righty reliever Ryan Cook to 1-year deal

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have signed right-hander Ryan Cook to a one-year contract, adding another arm to their overhauled bullpen. The Mariners announced the move Thursday. Cook's contract is not guaranteed but will pay him $1.1 million if he's in the major and $300,000 in the minors. He can earn another $300,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched. Cook was an...
Via AP on Fox
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

The 2016 Seattle Mariners Starting Rotation Possibilities

Who Goes When In the M’s Rotation? A new year has dawned and the Seattle Mariners of 2016 look just as new as the year does, under the watchful eyes of new Mariners’ General Manager Jerry Dipoto. Much the way we discussed the Mariners lineup possibilities, there are just as many interesting nuances and numbers to sort through when you try to come up with the M’s starting...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Defending Dipoto

Jerry Dipoto has already made several moves as the General Manager of the Seattle Mariners, some bigger than others, and some more controversial than others. Dipoto received quite a bit of criticism from the Wade Miley trade, as several Mariners fans were not pleased to see Dipoto trade away Carson Smith. They felt that Dipoto got the short end of the stick from the trade which saw...
January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: breaking down the 2016 roster

At this point, I’m sure no one would be surprised to see Seattle Mariners new GM Jerry Dipoto make more moves to try and get his team to the playoffs. As it stands right now the lineup will most likely look as follows: 1 – Nori Aoki – OF 2 – Kyle Seager – 3B 3 – Robinson Cano – 2B 4 – Nelson Cruz – DH 5 – Adam Lind – 1B 6 – Seth Smith – OF 7 – Leonys Martin...
December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The Iwakuma Files

Last week, I wrote a retrospective on Jerry Dipoto’s whirlwind first few months as the Seattle Mariners’ general manager. It’s been a time filled with moves, roster churn and intrigue. Yet the biggest curveball of Dipoto’s tenure has occurred since then, as Hisashi Iwakuma‘s deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers broke down due to concerns about his physical, which allowed the...
Via Fangraphs
December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Exploring The New, 2016 Seattle Mariners Lineup Possibilities

Dipoto Has Re-Shaped M’s Lineup Card With the winter meetings complete, it would appear the Mariners, and their high octane General Manager, Jerry Dipoto, have finally settled on the general appearance of the M’s roster.  Sure, there could still be more moves coming but we have enough information to start exploring what the M’s will look like come April. Aoki gets on base...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Binge-Watching Season One of “The Jerry Dipoto Show”

After Jerry Dipoto was hired as the general manager of the Mariners late in the 2015 season, his early tenure with club became one of the most anticipated programs of the fall season. How would he remake one of the most disappointing teams in the major leagues? Would he tear it down, or would he attempt to reload on the fly and stay relevant in 2016? One thing is for certain: it...
Via Fangraphs
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

What’s left for the Angels in free agency?

When Jerry Dipoto marched into Southern California to be the new general manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2011, he landed the top hitter and the one of the top pitchers on the free-agent market. Dipoto inked first baseman Albert Pujols to a healthy 10-year, $225 million deal while signing pitcher C.J. […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Jerry Dipoto: This Year’s Rockstar GM?

The 2014 offseason. Looking back, the biggest story that anyone can remember is A.J. Preller. Last Winter was the winter of Preller. The seemingly endless action of Preller, from the trades for Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel, and others, to the free-agent signing of James Shields, was the story of the whole […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Trader Jerry strikes again! New first baseman and new pitchers

The offseason is not boring with “Trader Jerry” Dipoto as GM Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto shows us why he is called “Trader Jerry”; Dipoto acquired first baseman Adam Lind from the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday for three teenage minor league pitchers (right-handers Daniel Missaki, Carlos Herrera and Freddy Peralta).  The Mariners also acquired starter Wade Miley...
Via Seattle Side Up!
December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

He’s Not The Ace, But He Don’t Have To Be – Seattle Mariners Offseason Update, Part Three

What, you thought new general manager Jerry Dipoto was done making deals in his ongoing quest to propel the Seattle Mariners into contention? Let me tell you something, brother/sister … this man’s thirst to bring this franchise back to relevancy is unquenchable. I really don’t want to hold your hand this entire offseason, so please try to keep up while we discuss the latest...
Via Oregon Sports News
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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