Mariners keep roster at 36 for Rule 5 Draft

November 21, 2017

SEATTLE — The deadline to protect eligible players from next month’s Rule 5 draft passed on Monday with the Mariners not adding anyone in their system to the 40-man roster, leaving it at 36 for now. Players not on the 40-man roster who have spent four seasons in pro ball and originally signed at age 19 or older, or players who signed at 18 or younger and have spent five…

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Mariners' Filia among AFL's breakout prospects

November 20, 2017

There is plenty of crossover between Rosenbaum’s list and this one, and there certainly will be some from the alphabetical list below who will end up on Callis’ group as well. Albert Abreu, RHP, Yankees’ No. 7 prospect: If he’s in New York’s top 10, he obviously wasn’t completely off the radar, and he was a big part of the Brian McCann deal. But after just 53 1/3 innings in…

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Edgar eyes push to top on '18 HOF ballot

November 20, 2017

Martinez’s case will be among the closest watched as he hopes to make the final push in his second-to-last year on the ballot. The 54-year-old took a strong step forward last year when he was named on 58.6 percent of the ballots, up from 43.4 percent in 2016. He’ll need to reach the required 75 percent either this year or next to achieve his dream of joining Ken Griffey Jr….

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Longtime Mariners reporter LaRue passes away

SEATTLE — Veteran baseball writer Larry LaRue, who covered the Mariners for 25 years for the Tacoma News Tribune, died Monday from a heart attack while visiting family in California. LaRue, 68, was one of the Mariners’ primary beat writers from 1988-2013 for the News Tribune, and he was renowned for his storytelling ability, self-effacing sense of humor and ever-present camera. “He taught me so much about ball writing even…

November 9, 2017
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Mariners go to bat for youth baseball, softball

November 6, 2017

Winners will be chosen by Jan. 15 and the funds awarded by the end of February. “Baseball and softball are a great opportunity for girls and boys to exercise, learn teamwork and have fun,” Mariners CEO John Stanton said. “Through the Mariners Care Equipment Donation Grant, we will support baseball and softball programs and help make organized, competitive play available to more kids across the state of Washington.” As adequate…

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Mariners may dip into FA market to fill needs

November 6, 2017

General manager Jerry Dipoto typically favors trades over free agency, but that doesn’t mean Seattle won’t look to fill some of its needs on the open market. Here’s a look at some of the possibilities before the Mariners gather in Peoria, Ariz., for the start of Spring Training in February. Free agents: 1B Yonder Alonso and Danny Valencia; INF Gordon Beckham; OF Jarrod Dyson; C Carlos Ruiz; RHPs Yovani Gallardo…

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Longtime Mariners trainer Griffin has new role

Griffin, 61, had been pondering retirement over the past year, but said general manager Jerry Dipoto talked him into taking the “emeritus” title and remaining active in a more limited way. “I had a friend who said all that means is you’re old,” he said of the new title. “But I’m thankful and honored that not only Jerry, but [CEO] John Stanton and [team president] Kevin Mather and the ownership…

November 3, 2017
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'Electric' Simmons could spark Mariners in '18

November 1, 2017

Simmons’ elation wasn’t as simple. For him, it meant hours upon hours of tedious and sometimes painstaking rehabilitation was about to pay off after spending almost the entire 2017 season on the disabled list with a muscle strain in his right forearm. From there, Servais worked Simmons back into the Mariners’ bullpen. Simmons, a September callup, posted a 7.04 ERA in nine appearances. But omit a lackluster performance in the…

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Mariners hire new director to oversee training

October 30, 2017

Martin begins her new role with the Mariners on Wednesday and will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the team’s mental-training approach of players and staff, including oversight of the entire organization’s medical, strength and conditioning, nutrition and mental-skills departments. “We have spent nearly a year working on creating this position and structure as well as identifying the best person for this role,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said….

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