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MARINERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

The Good and the Worse of Taijuan Walker’s Changeup

It’s obvious, now, that Taijuan Walker is going to enter the season as a member of the Mariners’ rotation. He survived an offseason of trade rumors and beat out the recently-demoted Roenis Elias, and this is the kind of thing that can happen when you’re a pitcher who allows but a single run in 25 […]
Via Fangraphs
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners tweak roster as Spring ends

The Seattle Mariners, less than a week away from Opening Day, look to be in great position to land their first playoff berth since 2001, a drought of thirteen seasons.  April’s Fool joke?  No, Seattle is for real, and the denizens of Safeco Field have the pieces in place to make the postseason.  After a surprise 2014, the team had their second successful offseason not mortgaging...
Via isportsweb.com
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays Acquire Erasmo Ramirez from Mariners

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for former top-prospect Mike Montgomery, according to a press release by both clubs involved. Ramirez, 25 in May, is expected to join the injury-plagued Rays’€™ starting rotation come Opening Day following a well-below average 2014 campaign that saw his numbers worsen for...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Mariners Prospects by Projected WAR

Yesterday, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Seattle Mariners. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Seattle’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Mariners system who are most ready to produce wins at […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the Prospects: Seattle Mariners

Evaluating the Prospects: Rangers, Rockies, D’Backs, Twins, Astros, Cubs, Reds, Phillies, Rays, Mets, Padres, Marlins, Nationals, Red Sox, White Sox, Orioles, Yankees, Braves, Athletics, Angels, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Tigers, Cardinals, Brewers, Indians & Mariners Top 200 Prospects Content Index Scouting Explained: Introduction, Hitting Pt 1 Pt 2 Pt 3 Pt 4 Pt 5...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Hot Corner Writers Make 2015 MLB Predictions

For this year, instead of asking just a few writers to give me their picks of the standings along with their explanations of those picks, I decided to poll all the writers on Baseball Hot Corner (BHC) and summarize the results. I simply asked each writer to give me their predicted order of finish in each division along with their picks for the wild cards and World Series winner as...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Pitching Prospect Victor Sanchez, 20, Dies From Boating Accident

Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez, who suffered a head injury on Feb. 14, passed away on Saturday after a 6 week coma. The 20-year-old right-hander suffered a double skull fracture and brain hematoma after getting hit by a boat while swimming off the coast of Carupano in his native Venezuela. He underwent a craniectomy to remove portions of his cranium, was in an induced...
Via Bob's Blitz
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Pitching Prospect Victor Sanchez Passes Away

Seattle Mariners right handed pitching prospect Victor Sanchez has passed away at the age of 20, Jose Grasso of Finanzasdigital.com reports.  Sanchez was involved in a boating accident while swimming on February 13 in his native Venezuela.  He suffered a double skull fracture and was in “serious but stable” condition after the accident, but ultimately his health worsened...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners prospect dies from boat accident injuries

Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez died on Saturday, six weeks after suffering serious head injuries after an accident while swimming. Sanchez was hit in the head by a boat propeller while swimming in his home country of Venezuela on Feb. 14. The young pitcher was in critical condition after the accident and showing very...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners ace Hernandez officially announced to start opener

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is all set to start on opening day for the seventh straight year. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made it official on Saturday. Hernandez will pitch April 6 in Seattle against the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels. This will be the eighth career opening-day start for Hernandez. He is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in previous openers...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners reliever Rollins suspended 80 games for PED use

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Seattle Mariners reliever David Rollins has been suspended 80 games for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball announced Rollins' suspension Friday, saying he tested positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. Rollins will not appeal the suspension. In a statement, Rollins says, ''My positive test was the result of a serious error...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners reliever David Rollins suspended 80 games

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Seattle Mariners reliever David Rollins has been suspended 80 games for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball announced Rollins' suspension Friday, saying he tested positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. Rollins will not appeal the suspension. In a statement, Rollins says, ''My positive test was the result of a serious error...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Taijuan Walker Still Has Not Been Named Mariners 5th Starter

When it comes to 22-year-old right-hander Taijuan Walker making the Seattle Mariners‘ starting rotation manager Lloyd McClendon has been non-committal. Despite Walker’s quietly incredible spring, the fifth and final spot in the rotation is still up for grabs between Walker and 26-year-old left-hander Roenis Elias. Walker’s been in the rotation conversation for two seasons...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners Taijuan Walker Is Coming Of Age

Phenom Talent Has It All Working It seems we’ve been here before.  The Seattle Mariners have had dozens of young arms throughout the years that were blessed with unimaginable talents to do the what seems like such a simple thing — throw a baseball. All of them could throw the ball of course but precious few, however, have lived up to the promise of becoming dominant. We live...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Three bold predictions for 2015

With opening day just over ten days away, it’s time to make some bold predictions before it’s too late. In this article, I’m going to make three bold claims related to the Seattle Mariners in the upcoming 2015 season. Dustin Ackley 1. Dustin Ackley ends up with a higher batting average than his rookie year, while playing more games Some people forget that Dustin...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Who should win the 5th Spot in the Rotation?

The battle for the last spot in the Seattle Mariners pitching rotation has been escalating during spring training. Highly-rated prospect Taijuan Walker has been pitching absolutely lights out this spring, while 2014 breakout Roenis Elias has also had a solid spring. Both starters are slated to get another start before manager Lloyd McClendon makes a final decision on the rotation...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Southpaw Battles For South Downtown Seattle Mariner Bullpen Spot

Rollins, Luetge, Olson, Perez and Saunders Battle Over 1 Spot With the battle at shortstop settled by a TKO thanks to the wrist injury sustained by Chris Taylor, my attention now moves to the battle that rages on in Seattle Mariners spring training camp for a spot in the bullpen.  The spot in question is the 2nd left handed reliever position in the Mariners’ bullpen a spot made...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rickie Weeks hit leadoff so he could make dentist appointment

For veteran players with a roster spot secured, spring training is less about proving themselves and more about getting the necessary reps needed to make sure they are sharp and ready for opening day. That’s the case for Rickie Weeks. Weeks signed a one-year contract with the Mariners last month, but has been slowed this...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Adjust Lineup to Ensure Rickie Weeks Gets to Dentist Appointment On Time

The Seattle Mariners are all about having those pearly whites looking good for Opening Day. As a result, manager Lloyd McClendon adjusted his spring training lineup for Wednesday’s game against Oakland in order to ensure Rickie Weeks can make his dentist appointment on time. Why is Rickie Weeks batting leadoff today? McClendon says Weeks has Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Griffeys, Fielders Among Top Father-Son Combos In MLB History (Photos)

As young kids, many children dream of following in their fathers’ footsteps. Especially if their fathers are really, really good at baseball. The game of baseball always has been a family affair, as fathers pass their passion to their sons by playing catch in the yard or watching games on TV together. In a few special cases, though, the two generations have taken that love to...
Via NESN.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners had a big cable TV windfall last year

One of the bigger free agent signings after the 2013 season was Robinson Cano. And when the Seattle Mariners signed him, some wondered why he would elect to leave the bright lights of New York. Of course, a lot of it had to do with the money in the 10-year, $240 million contract. Observers asked how could Seattle afford it and if you look at the Mariners’ deal with DirecTV that...
Via Awful Announcing
18 days ago  |  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
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Rickie Weeks homers over the batter’s eye in Peoria

For as bad of a year as Rickie Weeks had in 2014 with the Milwaukee Brewers, he still averaged 412 feet on his eight home runs. This winter, Weeks signed with the Seattle Mariners, and on Saturday, he gave his new club some encouragement by obliterating this homer over the batter’s eye in dead center field at Seattle’s Spring Training complex in Peoria. 410 to dead center...
Via The Outside Corner
24 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Seattle Mariners

For two consecutive seasons, the Seattle Mariners have made splashy free agent signings to show that they are serious about making a run in the American League West. With the signing of Robinson Cano, they paid a huge price for the prime years of a player that could fall off at any point. With the signing of Nelson Cruz, they’re hoping that whatever Cruz has left in him can finally...
Via The Outside Corner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano was 20 pounds heavier due to Seattle weather

When Robinson Cano signed his signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners in December 2013, he presumably realized there would be some adjustments to be made after spending the first nine years of his career with the New York Yankees. But who knew his move from the bright lights in the big...Read More The post Robinson Cano carried extra 20 pounds last season...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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