Seattle Mariners 

Mariners in hunt for Torii Hunter

Tony Paul of The Detroit News is reporting that former Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter relayed to Mark Whicker of the Los Angeles News Group that he has whittled down his list of potential teams to the Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, and Seattle Mariners. Other teams including the Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, and Toronto Blue Jays had been previously mentioned as possible suitors for the 39-year-old outfielder. The Mariners, who have been aggressively searching for right-handed power bats during this offseason, have been…

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A’s take a step back in AL West

Trying to predict what move will be made next by the Oakland Athletics and GM Billy Beane is impossible — and that is an understatement. On Friday night the A’s dealt All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for third baseman Brett Lawrie and three prospects. Also heading to the A’s is Franklin Barreto, an 18-year old standout at shortstop, Sean Nolin, a 24-year old left-hander who is ready for major league action, and Kendall Graveman, a 23-year old right-hander who was drafted in 2013 and appeared…

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From Felix to Seager: How the M’s set the stage for success

The Seattle Mariners entered the offseason with the expectation that significant moves would be made. After all, the club missed the playoffs by a single game in 2014, the first of 10 seasons that Robinson Cano will be paid $24 million. It was also expected that the M’s would pursue contract extensions with a few of their current players, most notably, All-Star third baseman Kyle Seager. On Monday the Mariners reportedly agreed to terms on an extension that will keep Seager in Seattle for the next seven years with an option…

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Winners are being built right now

Effective organizations already have laid the groundwork for a successful season by the time the first pitch is thrown on Opening Day. The offseason — not the July trade deadline — is when successful teams establish a winning foundation. One doesn’t have to look any further than the eight entrants from this past postseason to see the evidence. A comparison of Opening Day and postseason rosters for the eight clubs that reached the division series illustrates that each team changed 4-7 players from their Opening Day 25-man roster amounting to…

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Report: Mariners, Kyle Seager agree to seven-year extension

On Monday morning, word broke from Yahoo’s Jeff Passan that the Seattle Mariners and third baseman Kyle Seager were nearing a seven-year, $100 million contract extension. There is also reportedly an option year, worth up to $20 million with escalators. Such a deal would keep the recent Gold Glove winner manning the hot corner Seattle through his age 34 season. Saturday night, Jason A. Churchill and I discussed a potential Seager extension on The Hot Stove Report, a new weekly podcast produced for 1090thefan.com. With reports swirling about a potential…

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Report: Hanley Ramirez heads back to Boston

Another big-name free agent hitter is off the board. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported Sunday night that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms on a five-year, $90 million contract with Hanley Ramirez. The sides were reported to be closing in on a deal earlier in the day. As noted in his free agent profile, Ramirez was one of the top position players available via free agency this winter. He missed time in 2014 with a myriad of smaller injuries, but only hit the disabled list once in…

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Outfielder Rumors: Tomas, Kemp, Bruce, Joyce

It has been a busy week for the hot stove as Russell Martin, Billy Butler, Adam LaRoche, and Jason Heyward have all found new homes. The Seattle Mariners were involved in talks with Martin before he signed a five-year, $82 million with the Toronto Blue Jays. Butler was thought to be a primary target of the M’s but ended up taking a three-year deal with the Oakland Athletics. LaRoche didn’t appear to be on Seattle’s radar at all despite the fact that the club has a need at first base…

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