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Room For Improvement – The Seattle Mariners After 15 Games

Fifteen games down, 147 to go. I wrote something similar last season when the Seattle Mariners got off to a slow start in April. Had the Mariners gone 6-9 in any stretch during, say, mid June, no one would even notice. But the freshness of the season and the high expectations surrounding this ball club this year magnifies the early issues scoring runs and the surprisingly poor pitching...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

5 Part-Time Players to Watch

There are some players who have little fantasy value right now but soon could as they either rack up playing time on their side of the platoon or injuries give them a more full-time chance. This article will break down some of these players, how they will find playing time, and what they may contribute to your fantasy team. Justin Ruggiano, OF, SEA Ruggiano finds himself on...
Via Baseball Professor
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Battle For Shortstop Heats Up Again At Mariners Spring Training

Taylor and Miller Both Giving It Their All Since it’s pretty clear that Seattle Mariner’s skipper Lloyd McClendon is set on a quasi-platoon role between Dustin Ackley and Rickie Weeks in left, along with a true platoon role in right with Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano, one has to think that the real battle for a position spot on the Mariners 25 man roster is at shortstop. There...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Spring Training Preview – Outfielders And Pitchers

Left Field: Projected Starter: Dustin Ackley/Rickie Weeks Projected Backup: Justin Ruggiano Dark Horse: Alex Jackson The plan in left field is a platoon of two former top prospects.  Ackley struggled defensively at second base, and his average dropped off a cliff at the start of the year, ending at .245.  It is encouraging that he set career highs in home runs (14), RBIs (65) and...
Via Oregon Sports News
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Ruggiano's 3-run HR helps Mariners top White Sox 11-7

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Justin Ruggiano hit a three-run homer as the Seattle Mariners split-squad team rolled to an 11-7 win Saturday over the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Hector Noesi, expected to be the White Sox' No. 4 starter this season, retired all six batters he faced. The Mariners scored four in the third off the pitcher Zach Putnam. Dustin Ackley started the rally...
Via AP on Fox
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Could Jesus Montero Be A Sleeper Contributor For The Seattle Mariners In 2015?

Much has been made of the Seattle Mariners offensive additions this offseason, ranging from the big free agent signing of Nelson Cruz to the trades for Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano to the under the radar signing of Rickie Weeks. But every once in a while the potential surprise “addition” to a team comes in the form of a player an organization has all but written off. Is it...
Via Oregon Sports News
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

No Guts, No Glory!  My 5 Bold Predictions For the 2015 Seattle Mariners

Who Breaks Out?  Where Will The M’s Finish? I think it’s safe to say that expectations have not been as high as they are right now for the Seattle Mariners in a very long time.   And why not?  The M’s, at least on paper, should be a very improved club, even after a solid 2014 campaign. It’s true.  The M’s are the sexy pick to win the AL West in 2015.  When is the...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

In Year 2, Mariners' McClendon aims to take team to playoffs

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon got off a fine start in his first season, guiding the team within one game of a playoff for the AL wild-card spot. After going 87-75, the expectations are even higher this year, especially with newcomer Nelson Cruz set to be the designated hitter. The Mariners made a 16-game improvement under McClendon and snapped a streak...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Seattle Mariners

Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano are the fantasy studs in Seattle, but the lineup is more interesting than usual. (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues.) ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions: 2B Rickie Weeks, OF Seth Smith, OF Justin Ruggiano, DH Nelson Cruz, SP J.A. Happ Key losses...
Via Fox Sports
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners Ink Five Arbitration-eligible Players to Deals

The Seattle Mariners have avoided arbitration hearings with five of their six eligible players, signing outfielders Austin Jackson, Dustin Ackley and Justin Ruggiano; first baseman Logan Morrison and left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush. Right-handed pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen is the only arbitration-eligible player the Mariners have yet to sign. RHP Tom Wilhelmsen seeking $2.2 million...
Via Baseball Essential
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners reach agreements with five players to avoid arbitration

SEATTLE -- The Mariners have agreed to one-year deals with outfielders Dustin Ackley, Justin Ruggiano and Austin Jackson; relief pitcher Charlie Furbush; and first baseman Logan Morrison. Following Friday's deals, relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen was Seattle's remaining player in arbitration. Ruggiano is expected to split time in right field with Seth Smith. Jackson, acquired before...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle agrees to 5 deals that avoid arbitration

SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners have agreed to one-year deals with outfielders Dustin Ackley, Justin Ruggiano and Austin Jackson; relief pitcher Charlie Furbush; and first baseman Logan Morrison. Following Friday's deals, relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen was Seattle's remaining player in arbitration. Ruggiano is expected to split time in right field with Seth Smith. Jackson, acquired before...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Acquire Dutch Pitching Prospect from Mariners

A month after trading Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners for pitching prospect Matt Brazis, the Cubs made another move with the Mariners this time for a pitching prospect from the Netherlands. The Cubs sent left-hander Mike Kickham to Seattle in exchange for 21 year old right-hander Lars Huijer. From the mean streets of Haarlem, Netherlands (ok, probably not that mean), Huijer...
Via Sports Mockery
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners Right Field Platoon – Both Productive And Economical

Just before the New Year, the Seattle Mariners acquired outfielder Seth Smith from the San Diego Padres for relief pitcher Brandon Mauer. The left handed hitting Smith will, more than likely, share a right field platoon with the right handed hitting Justin Ruggiano, who was also recently acquired from the Chicago Cubs. While fans often don’t think of platoon signings as being as...
Via Oregon Sports News
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Are The Seattle Mariners Done Adding For 2015?

Mariners Hot Stove Grinds To Halt In an MLB offseason that took off like greased lightening with the majority of the big deals occurring before or during the Winter Meetings it seems that it has stopped just as fast as it started. I think it’s a stretch to say the Seattle Mariners missed out on deals.  The made some deals, some good ones too but all too often fans’ expectations...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Ruggiano, Seth Smith: Mariners Buy Low, Win Big

The Mariners made it official today, announcing the trade with their NL “rival” Padres to acquire veteran OF Seth Smith. In exchange for Smith, the Mariners will send third year pitcher Brandon Maurer to San Diego. This move comes on the heels of another deal two weeks ago when the Mariners acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs, who is expected to be the platoon counterpart...
Via Baseball Essential
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners, Padres nearing Seth Smith trade

The Seattle Mariners are closing in on another option for their outfield. The club is nearing a deal with the San Diego Padres that would bring Seth Smith to Seattle. The Padres are hunting pitcher Brandon Maurer in return. Been brewing for awhile but hearing #Mariners are Very close to trade for Seth Smith. — Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) December 30, 2014 The #Padres have...
Via Bloguin Best
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners, Padres nearing Seth Smith trade

The Seattle Mariners are closing in on another option for their outfield. The club is nearing a deal with the San Diego Padres that would bring Seth Smith to Seattle. The Padres are hunting pitcher Brandon Maurer in return. Been brewing for awhile but hearing #Mariners are Very close to trade for Seth Smith. — Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) December 30, 2014 The #Padres have...
Via The Outside Corner
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs New Year’s resolutions

The Chicago Cubs are entering uncharted territory as they further transition from a rebuilding, last place team into a legitimate contender. This off-season has been a welcome change to the buy-low sell-high player acquisitions that appeared to have left Chicago as soon as they arrived, much like the presents that once filled the now empty void underneath our Christmas trees. Unlike...
Via isportsweb.com
December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Trade Ruggiano

The Cubs cleared some 40-man roster space and made room for a "clubhouse dude" by sending OF Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners for 25-year old relief pitcher Matt Brazis. Ruggiano was acquired from the Marlins last offseason for Brian Bogusevic and put up an 111 OPS+ with an .846 OPS versus lefties in limited, albeit effective action. He can also handle all 3 OF positions which...
Via Cub Reporter
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners acquire OF Ruggiano from Cubs for minor leaguer

SEATTLE -- The Mariners have found a right-handed bat for their outfield, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs. Seattle sent minor league pitcher Matt Brazis to Chicago as part of Wednesday's trade. Ruggiano could be part of the solution Seattle has sought in right field. Ruggiano appeared in 81 games last season for the Cubs, hitting .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs....
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs tab another top prospect, promote Jorge Soler for debut

  The Chicago Cubs put outfielders Ryan Sweeney and Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday before the second game of their series against the Cincinnati Reds. Sweeney had to leave the Cubs' 3-0 victory on Tuesday with a pulled hamstring. Ruggiano hadn't played since last week because of a sore left ankle. The moves opened a roster spot for outfielder and top prospect...
Via AP on Fox
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Soler ————> Cubs

Per David Kaplan on CSN, Jorge Soler is being called up and will join the team for this week’s series in Cincinnati. I’m guessing Justin Ruggiano will be put on the DL in the corresponding roster move. It’s been a given for some time that Soler was going to be called up in September anyway, since he’s already both on the 40-man and signed to a big league deal, but this way...
Via Obstructed View
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs OF Ruggiano scratched with ankle soreness

CHICAGO (AP) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been scratched from the lineup due to left ankle soreness. Ruggiano was replaced by Ryan Sweeney for Saturday's game against Baltimore. Sweeney got the start in right and also batted in Ruggiano's fifth slot. Ruggiano is batting .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs in 81 games.
Via AP on Fox
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies drop three of four to Cubs

Chi. Cubs 3, Colorado 1 When: 2:20 PM ET, Thursday, July 31, 2014 Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois Temperature: 82° Umpires: Home – Gerry Davis, 1B – Greg Gibson, 2B – Phil Cuzzi, 3B – Will Little Attendance: 35729 By SportsDirect Inc. Cubs 3, Rockies 1: Jake Arrieta worked seven strong innings as Chicago clinched a win in the four-game series over visiting Colorado...
Via Mile High Sports
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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