Segura joins Mariners FanFest lineup

Seven newcomers -- including standout shortstop Jean Segura -- are among the 10 players committed to appear at next weekend's Mariners FanFest at Safeco Field, as the team begins introductions for the 2017 season.
19 hours ago

Edgar Martinez makes jump, still short in Hall of Fame vote

SEATTLE (AP) Edgar Martinez continued his steady climb toward becoming the first player who was primarily a designated hitter to be elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Now, is there enough time remaining in Martinez's two years eligibility to make up the remaining gap to reach the needed 75 percent of the vote? The former Seattle star and current Mariners hitting coach drew...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

40 in 40: Nelson Cruz

Can the Mariners steady slugger continue to age gracefully? No matter your metric, signing Nelson Cruz has been worth it. Grant wrote a piece stating as much this September, particularly as it relates to the financial value of the contract and his productivity, but it cannot be emphasized strongly enough. One of these things is not like the other. In fact, considering the...
Via Lookout Landing
2 days ago

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/18/17: Disconnection, FanFest Lineup Announced, and Expansion Team in Seattle

It’s the mid-way point of the work week! Time to celebrate with some links. Happy Wednesday everyone! I’ve got a long, busy few days of traveling back to New York and transitioning back to the college life for the semester ahead of me. As such, the wonderful Ethan Novak will be taking care of the links for the next couple of days. So I’m sure Dipoto will do something totally...
Via Lookout Landing
2 days ago

Robinson Cano’s 2016 Season Was a Flashback to His Yankee Days

Handing out a lucrative, multi-year contract to a player is always risky for an MLB organization, no matter how much of a no-brainer it appears to be. That risk factor goes through the roof when it’s a 10-year, $240 million deal, like the one Robinson Cano signed prior to the 2014 season. In situations like this — when a player signs a long-term deal on the wrong side of 30...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

40 in 40: James Pazos

Take a vacation to the island of possibilities: Pazos. It's been a long, cold offseason In Seattle. A few weeks ago my hair froze while I was walking to work, which I believe qualifies me for a tax credit directly from the mayor. Mercifully, Trader Jerry foresaw the frosty winter conditions and, in an unprecedented move, traded minor league pitcher Zack Littell for an all-expenses...
Via Lookout Landing
3 days ago

Former Mariners president, GM O'Brien dies at 87

Dan O'Brien Sr., a baseball lifer who was president and general manager of the Mariners as well as general manager for the Rangers and Angels, passed away in Dallas on Tuesday. He was 87.
4 days ago

Will There Be Enough for Martin/Dyson to Do?

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, everyone. So, with the trade of Mallex Smith, the M’s are back down to 2 or 3 CFs, with Mitch Haniger – a competent CF himself – playing RF. There’s nothing wrong with defense first OFs, and in general, I subscribe to the idea that a run saved is essentially equal to a run scored. As M’s fans, we’ve seen an object lesson that...
Via USS Mariner
4 days ago

Inbox: Dyson or Segura leading off for Seattle?

With Jarrod Dyson now in the mix, does Jean Segura still lead off or does he slide into the No. 2 slot? Mariners beat reporter Greg Johns addresses this another questions in the Inbox.
4 days ago

About that Mariners rotation...

Drew Smyly ostensibly makes them better, but is he enough? On Thursday, I was a guest on MLB Network's MLB now program, and Drew Smyly was in the news. The southpaw had just been traded to the Mariners in a three-way deal involving both the Rays and the Braves. The deal drew applause from these pages and elsewhere. FanGraphs now projects the Mariners to win 84 games this season...
Via Beyond The Box Score
6 days ago

Dipoto’s plans coming together as M’s come to agreement with 8 players

Photo Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports Dipoto’s plans coming together as M’s come to agreement with 8 players The Seattle Mariner’s general manager Jerry Dipoto identified 4 of his players who are to be arbitration eligible soon and locked them up with new deals. He also found 4 more who were close to the end of their deals and locked them down too. Jean Segura, Leonys...
Via Seattle Side Up!
7 days ago

M's avoid arbitration with all players, like Smyly, Dyson

SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners agreed to terms Friday on 2017 contracts with all of their arbitration-eligible players, including left-hander Drew Smyly and outfielder Jarrod Dyson after acquiring them in trades earlier this month. Smyly will earn $6.85 million, a raise from his $3.75 million last year, while Dyson is set to make $2.8 million after he earned $1,725,000 in 2016. Second...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Drew Smyly Already Fix What Was Broke?

The last time I saw Drew Smyly, it was during one of the lowest points of his career. It was July and he’d just completed a stretch of 20.2 innings over which he’d allowed 21 earned runs. He’d been assured that his job was secure, for the moment, but when a local beat writer asked him how it felt, the pitcher had a hard time looking up, doing his best to provide an honest answer...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: busy offseason continues with pair of trades

The Seattle Mariners made another pair of trades on Wednesday, one with the Atlanta Braves, the other with the Tampa Bay Rays. The first trade with the Braves brought the Mariners outfielder Mallex Smith, and right-handed pitcher Shae Simmons in exchange for a pair of left-handed pitchers Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows. During his rookie season, Mallex hit .238 with three home runs...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Okay, Now the 2017 Mariners Are Interesting

On Monday, I wrote about how the Mariners were transitioning back to a speed-and-defense team, looking to cover up the weaknesses of their pitching staff with elite athletes in the outfield. In comparing them to the Royals of recent years, I ended the piece with a little bit of skepticism. And, of course, another part of the recent Royals success was some magic, as they significantly...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Busy cooking on the Hot Stove

2017 is barely a week old, and already Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto has been busy reshaping the roster to break the Mariners’ playoff drought.  After a 2016 season where the Mariners almost broke through, Dipoto made a splash early in the offseason acquiring Jean Segura from the Arizona Diamondbacks to shore up the top of the order.  In two separate deals on Friday, Dipoto...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: 2017 Lineup Preview

Jerry Dipoto, who I will forever refer to as JeDi, has seemingly found his starting lineup for 2017. While he still looks for another arm for the bullpen, I am going to look at the offense and see what the Seattle Mariners are bringing to the plate to try and end that long and painful drought of 16 postseason-less years. My New Years Resolution is to not cry (again) if the Mariners...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Seattle Mariners

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Seattle Mariners. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Boston / Chicago...
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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