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Three Bold Predictions for the 2016 Seattle Mariners

After 14 Years Are The Playoffs Realistic For M’s? With the arrival of February comes the start of spring training in the MLB.  We also now have a pretty good idea of what the Mariners bullpen, rotation, and starting lineups will look like in 2016.  The only remaining question—just how successful will this new team with all these new faces be? With that I give you my three...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Evaluating the Offseason Moves

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images North America 2001 was an incredible year for Seattle Mariners fans, as the team tied the MLB record for single-season wins with an astonishing 116 victories in 162 games. That year’s team ended up losing in the American League Championship Series to the eventual World Series Runner-Up New York Yankees, and the Mariners haven’t been back to the postseason...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The secret key to the Seattle Mariners’ season

Once heralded as part of the “big three” of Seattle Mariners’ pitching prospects, James Paxton has flashed immense potential, arguably more than his fellow big three member Taijuan Walker. However, what he’s flashed even more is an inability to stay off of the disabled list. That held true once again, as the big lefty missed over half the season after what started out as...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano makes hitting a softball look much easier than it is

From the looks of it, Robinson Can has had a fun offseason. In addition to posting a slew of photos from an adventurous vacation on his personal Facebook page back in December, it would appear that Cano spent some time playing for a local softball team in the Dominican Republic in January. Here's a Tweet alluding to that, as well as a video showing Cano using his impeccable pitch...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Preview: Is it Opening Day yet?

Are we there yet? The anticipation is beginning to get to some us here at SSU, now that Seahawks football is concluded. With the coming spring thaw, there brings an exciting date; February 19th. The day pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Peoria, AZ. There’s an added excitement this year as new GM Jerry Dipoto has reshaped 50% of the roster and brought in a completely...
Via Seattle Side Up!
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Make a Pair of Minor-League Signings

Wednesday morning the Seattle Mariners announced the signings of Korean first baseman Dae-Ho Lee along with catcher Steven Lerud on minor-league deals. Both received invitations to major-league spring training. These are depth moves for the Mariners as Lee provides a right-handed option at first base with Adam Lind being a lefty. Jesus Montero also will have a chance to win that...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle signs Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee to minor league deal

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have signed Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee and catcher Steve Lerud to minor league contracts two weeks before the start of spring training. Seattle announced the roster moves Wednesday. Lee, a first baseman, has spent the past four seasons playing in Japan with the Orix Buffaloes and Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. Last season, Lee hit .282 with 31 homers...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dae-ho Lee Ends Up In Seattle

There’s something that should probably be acknowledged from the beginning. The Mariners have signed Dae-ho Lee to a minor-league contract. Mostly, we ignore players signed to minor-league contracts, at least before the start of spring training. The thing about Lee is that he might be a good hitter. We’ve paid very little offseason attention to, say, Chris Carter and Pedro Alvarez...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Infield

We’re just over two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting, live footage from the complex down in sunny Arizona beginning to pepper ESPN and fill the MLB Network, and our first looks at the Seattle Mariners’ mostly turned-over roster. Last week I discussed the Mariners’ starting pitchers, looking at some of the strengths, weaknesses and who of the group could end up...
Via Oregon Sports News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Is 2016 the year for James Paxton?

In general, 30 total starts in your first three MLB seasons is not a number any starting pitcher wants to see, but Seattle Mariners southpaw James Paxton made it very clear what he wants to show coming into 2016. “It’s time for me to show I can last for an entire season,” he said. Paxton has made a concerted effort this offseason to get in better shape and avoid the injury...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Seattle Mariners Team Preview

2015 QUICK OVERVIEW The Mariners finished 76-86 on the 2015 season. A number of pundits had them picked as the front runner to win the 2015 AL West championship after signing slugger Nelson Cruz to join Robinson Cano in the everyday lineup. Unfortunately, the supporting cast let those guys down and the Mariners faded down the stretch. It eventually cost Jack Zduriencik and Lloyd...
Via The Fantasy Fix
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2016 Seattle Mariners Bullpen Possibilities

Bullpen Biggest Question Mark For M’s The Seattle Mariners rotation and lineups are pretty well set headed into spring.  Sure, there could be a few surprises after spring training concludes but nothing seems as unsettled for the M’s as their bullpen. Unlike the possibilities for the 2016 Seattle Mariners lineups or the Mariners starting rotation, the M’s bullpen has to be...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle preps for spring believing it can contend in AL West

SEATTLE (AP) Jerry Dipoto did not go quietly into the Seattle Mariners offseason. The entire overhaul Dipoto embarked upon after taking over as the Mariners general manager was not subtle or quiet. It was attention-grabbing, and as Dipoto said on Thursday during the Mariners' pre-spring training luncheon, successful. ''I think we did what we said we were going to do. And I feel...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners player profile: Nori Aoki

The Seattle Mariners picked up Nori Aoki in early December and fans in the Pacific Northwest are looking and hoping for Ichiro 2.0. While Ichiro will always be an icon in Seattle Mariners history, little 5’9 Aoki will hopefully bring that same spark as number 51 did with very similar hitting finesse and all-around hustle. Aoki is one of the many signings that the zealous new GM...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle signs Furbush, Scribner and avoids arbitration

SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners have reached agreement on one-year contracts with pitchers Charlie Furbush and Evan Scribner, averting salary arbitration with both players. Seattle announced the agreements on Friday. The Mariners have no more arbitration eligible players. Terms of the deals for the 2016 season were not announced. Furbush will be entering his fifth full season with...
Via Associated Press
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Scribner and the Cruel Realities of Relief Pitching

It might seem easy to envy the life of a major league baseball player: even the least famous of them make a lot of money, have a bunch of Twitter followers, and get to play a game for a living. But it’s always been a little tougher for me to envy the life of a relief pitcher, who seems to experience the worst drawbacks of the job with little of the upside. As opposed to starting...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle FanGraphs Meetup January 22nd

Come eat and drink with FanGraphs readers and writers on Friday, January 22nd in Seattle. We’ve invited some of our best friends in the writing and baseball world to join, as well. There will be free food, happy hour pricing, and good conversation, and we hope you’ll join us. The event runs 5-7 pm in the Mezzanine, but I’m sure you’ll find us downstairs for a while afterwards...
Via Fangraphs
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Le Batard trolls Twitter over Ken Griffey Jr.'s HOF vote

We’re usually against trolling for the sake of stirring up the masses, but the exception is when it’s done with irony, humor, and self-deprecation.  Dan Le Batard is the master of this “gleeful trolling” and we have to give credit where it is due because it’s not only very funny, it shows the speed and ferocity in which social media works. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza...
Via Awful Announcing
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Marty Noble submits confounding MLB Hall Of Fame ballot

Results for the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2016 voting won’t be announced until Wednesday, but we’re already getting a taste of what voting might look like. had 15 writers submit ballots and shared the results. For starters, only Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza would get the nod from’s staff as they were the only ones to appear on at least 75 percent of...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Mariners hire first first ever full-time female scout

The Seattle Mariners have hired Amanda Hopkins as a full-time scout for the team, making her the first female full-time scout in Major League Baseball since the 1950s.Her Father, Ron, was a scout and eventual scouting director for the Texas Rangers. Her brother, Ross, is also a minor league baseball player."She has it in her blood,” Mariners amateur scouting director Tom McNamara...
Via Yardbarker
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano: I'm happy in Seattle

Robinson Cano said he’s “100 percent happy” with the Seattle Mariners, despite rumblings to the contrary. Cano has been dogged by rumors that he’s unhappy in Seattle and regretted leaving New York, but Cano told Christian Red of the New York Daily News that this was not the case. “I don’t want to comment on that because I don’t want to make a big deal about it....
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners are getting a facelift courtesy of Jerry Dipoto

The Seattle Mariners are taking on a new look this offseason. It started way back in August when they relieved general manager Jack Zduriencik of his duties. They spent almost exactly a month searching before finally hiring former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto. Not three full months have passed, and we can already see a significant change in philosophy with regards to major league roster...
Via The Outside Corner
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners ‘trying hard’ to trade Mark Trumbo before Wednesday’s tender deadline

The Seattle Mariners are reportedly shopping outfielder Mark Trumbo and talking to the Rockies among other teams in trying to trade him, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune confirmed the report and says the Mariners are “trying hard” to deal the slugger. Sources: #Rockies among teams talking to #Mariners about Trumbo. Tender deadline...
Via The Outside Corner
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners DFA 2011 No. 2 overall pick Danny Hultzen

The Seattle Mariners' new GM, Jerry Dipoto, all but promised that changes were afoot in his introductory press conference: "The lineup needs to be a little longer, the rotation needs to be a little deeper, the bullpen needs to have more layers than it presently has.” Of those changes is Friday's report that the team has designated pitcher Danny Hultzen for assignment. Hultzen...
Via Yardbarker
November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Andy Van Slyke: Robinson Cano ‘cost people their jobs’

Former Seattle Mariners coach Andy Van Slyke ripped into Robinson Cano during an interview with St. Louis’ CBS Sports Radio 920 Thursday. Among other things, the former first-base coach criticized Cano’s impotence in the batter’s box and faulted him for the downfall of the organization as a whole. Brent Strecker of ESPN 710 in Seattle transcribed portions of the interview that...
Via Sportsnaut
November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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