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MARINERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Mariners Pick Up 2015 Option on Hisashi Iwakuma

To the surprise of no one, the Seattle Mariners have decided to pick up the 2015 option on SP Hisashi Iwakuma, according Greg Johns of MLB.com. #Mariners say they’ve picked up $7 million option for 2015 for Hisashi Iwakuma, as expected. — Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) October 30, 2014 The option will pay Iwakuma a mere $7 million for the upcoming season. Seven million could be...
Via On-Base Talk
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Seattle picks up 2015 option on Hisashi Iwakuma

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners will have right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma under contract for the 2015 season. The Mariners announced Thursday that Iwakuma's $7 million option was vested based on his on-field performance. Iwakuma missed the first month of the 2014 season but went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts. In 91 career games with Seattle, Iwakuma is 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Rumors: Chris Young may not fit in Seattle

Earlier in the month I wrote that starting pitcher, Chris Young would like to return to the Seattle Mariners.  Mariners insider, Pat Dutton is reporting that there may not be a spot for him to return.#453311036 / gettyimages.comCurrently, even without Young, the Mariners have five starters who are set to make up next season's starting rotation.  With the great year that Young...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jays claim first baseman Justin Smoak on waivers from Mariners

  The Toronto Blue Jays claimed Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers Tuesday. The 27-year-old Smoak appeared in 80 games for the Mariners last season, batting.202 with seven home runs and 30 RBI. The former first-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2008 has spent parts five seasons in the majors, recording a .224 average with 74 home runs in 566 games.
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumors: Justin Smoak claimed off waivers from Mariners

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers. #455980218 / gettyimages.com#BlueJays have claimed 1B/DH Justin Smoak from the #Mariners.— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) October 28, 2014At one point Smoak was widely viewed as a top 20 prospect in the game, but the former first round draft pick of the Texas Rangers has never fully...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Claim Justin Smoak Off Waivers

The Seattle Mariners have announced that first baseman Justin Smoak has been claimed off of waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, ending his disappointing stint with the Mariners. Smoak, 27, at one time was considered the best hitting prospect in the game and the centerpiece in the 2010 trade that sent Cliff Lee from Seattle to the Texas Rangers. Ever since that trade, it has been a...
Via On-Base Talk
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Rumors: What will happen with Michael Saunders?

Michael Saunders is a favorite of Seattle Mariners fans and a player that when healthy can be one of their biggest run producers, but heading into the offseason he may have played his final game with the club.#453565616 / gettyimages.comSaunders has been with the organization since he the 2004 draft and shown flashes of greatness at time.  Through six major league seasons, Saunders...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Injury Update: Taijuan Walker done for the AFL

Although Taijuan Walker was scratched from his Arizona Fall League start, MLB.com's Greg Johns is reporting that the Seattle Mariners top prospect is completely healthy.  He has simply decided that he will not to pitch anymore this fall. #454690106 / gettyimages.comGeneral Manager Jack Zduriencik confirmed that Walker is shutting himself down and focused on his bright future...
Via MLB Injury News
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Who is Jack eyeing?  Seattle Mariners Top Free Agent Targets

Adding Offense Must Be Priority For M’s For the Seattle Mariners the 2014 season is finished.  Yes, the MLB playoffs rage on but the Mariners fell a single game short of joining the postseason party.  I know many of you are still pointing to one game or another that they should have won or some stat where the M’s were lacking in 2014. I say it’s time to move forward. It...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cruz agreed to deal with M's, but team backed out

Nelson Cruz has been one of the best hitters in the American League throughout the season and has helped carry the Baltimore Orioles to the ALCS. The Seattle Mariners missed the playoffs by a game and, Friday, one writer wondered how they would have done if they had signed Cruz. According to The Tacoma News...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Something To Remember:  Seattle Mariners 2014 Season Rewind

Expectations Now Higher Than Ever From the streak of games Felix Hernandez put together pitching seven innings while allowing two or fewer runs, or playing meaningful games until the last day of the regular season, the 2014 Seattle Mariners certainly are something to remember. As the postseason progresses without the Mariners I thought I’d take some time to review some of my most...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Injury Update: Danny Hultzen, Dustin Ackley, Roenis Elias

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Danny Hultzen threw well in his third outing in the instructional league, reports Greg Johns of MLB.com. Johns adds that outfielder Dustin Ackley will see a specialist about his sore left ankle and that starting pitcher Roenis Elias won't need any extra treatment on his elbow:#455997546 / gettyimages.comHultzen missed the entire 2014 season...
Via MLB Injury News
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Tom Wilhelmsen dances to 'Turn Down for What'

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen refused to turn down after Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Despite beating the Angels 4-1, the M’s missed out on the final playoff spot in the American League as the Oakland Athletics clinched the AL’s second wild-card berth on the same day. But spirits were still high in Seattle even after they learned their fate...
Via NESN.com
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Tom Wilhelmsen dances to 'Turn Down for What'

The Mariners came up one game short of making the post season despite finishing the season strong with three straight wins in front of their fans. You’d think the close call for October baseball would be somewhat of a bummer, but the Mariners and their fans showed a lot of camaraderie and spirit by celebrating an unexpected strong season after years of mostly disappointment. Leading...
Via The Outside Corner
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners Exceed 2014 Expectations, But In The End Come Up Short

In a season many expected the Seattle Mariners to struggle, and for Jack Zduriencik to be out of a job come October, none of that turned out to be even close to the case. For five months, The Mariners did just enough offensively while being almost carried by a historic pitching staff and bullpen en route to a 78-63 record and a 1.5 game lead on the 2nd Wild Card spot on September...
Via On-Base Talk
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners Injury Update: Roenis Elias out for season

The Seattle Mariners have confirmed that Roenis Elias will not return this season after an MRI revealed a strained flexor bundle in his left elbow. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times tweeted the news on Monday afternoon:MRI results are in. Elias has a strained flexor bundle in his elbow and is out 4-6 weeks— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) September 22, 2014Elias left his last start with...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jesus Montero’s ice cream buying scout has been fired

One of the most bizarre stories of the year has a conclusion. The Mariners scout who bought ice cream for Jesus Montero and sent it to the dugout, leading to an explosive confrontation, has been let go by the club according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Butch Baccala, who was promoted to the position of national cross-checker last year, was angry about Montero moving slowly on the...
Via The Outside Corner
September 15, 2014  |  2 Comments

Seattle Mariners open huge home series vs. A’s

It’s September 12th, and, to the relief and perhaps surprise of Seattle Mariners fans, they will be playing a very meaningful series this weekend.  For the last time this season, the Mariners will play the Oakland A’s.  The A’s still own the first Wild Card in the American League, but their lead has been trimmed down to 1.5 games over Seattle.  It is possible with a Mariners...
Via isportsweb.com
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Baby chews on Logan Morrison's ground-rule double

When little ones are hungry at the ballpark and there's not a nipple to be found, the next best thing might be anything that flies into the stands to chomp on.On Monday night, his little baby ended up with baseball and turned it into a meal after Logan Morrison sent a ground-rule double bounced into the right-field seats.The cute infant with the protective headphones got the...
Via The Other Paper
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mariners catcher spills fan's beer with souvenir ball

Your browser does not support iframes.Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero accidentally knocked over a fan's cup of beer with a souvenir baseball during Sunday's game against Texas.It happened in the bottom of the second as Rangers batter J.P. Arencibia hit a foul ball into the Mariners dugout. Quintero saw the fans in the front row behind the dugout and tried to be...
Via Holdout Sports
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Montero benched for season after incident with scout

SEATTLE — Jesus Montero will not play baseball again this season for the Seattle Mariners’ organization after a heated confrontation in the stands with a team scout during a minor league game in Boise, Idaho. Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said on Friday that the actions of Montero and cross-checker Butch Baccala were “unacceptable” and “embarrassing” for the...
Via NESN.com
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners prospect goes after scout over ice cream treat taunt

Remember Jesus Montero, the former Yankees prospect that was dealt for Michael Pineda a couple of offseasons ago? Well, he’s back in the news, and it’s not because he’s playing well. Via MiLB.com… Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified cross-checker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford...
Via The Outside Corner
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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