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AL West notes: Jepsen, Mariners, Pagan, Bautista

Some rumblings from around the AL West… Veteran righty Kevin Jepsen has allowed only one run over 9 1/3 Spring Training innings, making him a strong bet to win a spot on the Rangers’ Opening Day roster, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan writes.  Jepsen didn’t pitch in the majors in 2017 after a terrible spring camp with the Diamondbacks that led to a temporary absence from the game, as Jepsen...
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Dipoto: David Phelps’ torn UCL a ‘big loss’ for Mariners’ bullpen

PEORIA, Ariz. – And on the 32nd day of Mariners spring training, the injury bug bit hard. Four days later, the final diagnosis and the announcement was made regarding David Phelps: torn ulnar collateral ligament, Tommy John surgery to follow. Just like that, a key setup arm for the Mariners is out for the season – and then some. Watch: Zunino hits 3 homers in Mariners’ win over Brewers...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

AL West Notes: Angels' evaluating Ohtani; Vogelbach impressing Mariners

The struggles of Shohei Ohtani this spring have been well-documented already, and while he’s ranked as one of the top prospects in baseball in most publications, scouts have been vocal about some weaknesses in his game. Ohtani would seem to be a significant part of the Angels’ plans for 2018, but GM Billy Eppler recently said that the club has made no assurances to Ohtani that he...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dipoto: Ichiro provides flexibility, to play regularly

Speaking on his latest Wheelhouse Podcast, Jerry Dipoto expanded on how the Mariners plan to deploy Ichiro Suzuki, the man who spent much of last year in a pinch-hitting and part-time role with the Marlins.
Via Mariners.com
15 days ago

AL Notes: Is Yu Darvish headed to the Twins?

The Twins “seem determined” to sign one of the top starters on the free-agent market and are showing increased optimism about their chances of landing right-hander Yu Darvish, reports La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Minnesota thinks that Darvish’s relationship with GM Thad Levine and the team's emerging young core of position players will work in its favor in...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
December 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Where will Shohei Ohtani land? Handicapping each team's odds

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect moves made Wednesday by certain teams to clear up more international spending money.]The sweepstakes to land the services of Shohei Ohtani have been extensive to say the least. The availability of the two-way Japanese star has become a thing of mythical proportions, as pursuit of the 23-year-old has been the most sensational...
Via Yardbarker
December 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Mariners GM: Chris Taylor trade the ‘worst deal I’ve ever made’

The Dodgers would not be where they are this postseason without Chris Taylor, and the man who traded the outfielder to Los Angeles continues to kick himself every time Taylor comes up big in a clutch moment.In June of 2016, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto decided to add some pitching depth to his team by trading Taylor to the Dodgers for reliever Zach Lee. Taylor had...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Mariners have tried to trade for Ervin Santana multiple times

The non-waiver trade deadline may have already passed, but the Seattle Mariners are still pursuing upgrades on the waiver trade market.Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported over the weekend that the Mariners have tried to trade for Minnesota Twins righty Ervin Santana “multiple times.” Divish does add however that trade talks between the two sides are currently “on hold” with...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Mariners SS Jean Segura could miss two months

As if the Seattle Mariners weren’t dealing with enough injuries, it looks like star shortstop Jean Segura will be out through July.Mariners GM GM Jerry DiPoto indicated recently that Segura could very well be out for the next two months after he suffered an ankle injury on Thursday and was immediately placed on the 10-day disabled list. That’s some horrible news for the Mariners...
Via Sportsnaut
June 03, 2017  |  Discuss

Jerry Dipoto’s Trade Activity, in Context

I recently took a vacation, which meant I recently missed some Mariners trades. The trades weren’t conditional upon me being somewhere else; they were conditional upon the passage of some amount of time. The Mariners subtracted from the pitching staff to add to the outfield. They then subtracted from the outfield to add to the pitching staff. Later, they subtracted from the minors...
Via Fangraphs
January 16, 2017  |  Discuss

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