Analysis: Maurer for Smith

The Seattle Mariners have acquired veteran outfielder Seth Smith from the San Diego Padres for right-hander Brandon Maurer, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Presumably, Smith will be part of some kind of timeshare in one or both corner outfield spots. The Mariners get a 32-year-old for the next two years at $12.75 million with a $7 million club option for 2017. The left-handed hitting Smith has a track record of strong production versus right-handed pitching and batted .266/.367/.440 overall in 2014. Smith is a below-average defender but has played a…

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Mariners need more than one more player

The Seattle Mariners fell tantalizingly short of making the 2014 postseason by just one game, which has led to high 2015 expectations by many in the national media and within the Mariners’ fan base. Many pundits and fans have hailed that the addition of slugger Nelson Cruz as the move that will get Seattle over the hump and into the postseason for the first time since 2001, while others believe that the team still needs one more bat to ensure contention. While Cruz will certainly help Seattle improve and adding…

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Outfielders on the move, M’s stand pat

Despite the commodity that power has become in today’s game, a trio of slugging outfielders were moved west this past week. All three were, somewhat surprisingly, acquired by the San Diego Padres. Matt Kemp was officially acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers after some concerns arose in his physical. Wil Myers was brought on board in a three-team blockbuster with the Tampa Bay Rays. The cherry on top of the newly formed outfield is Justin Upton, acquired from the Atlanta Braves. All three are right-handed, outfielders, and hold plenty of power….

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Ruggiano adds value to Mariners outfield

The Seattle Mariners added another right-handed bat to their roster today with the acquisition of outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league pitcher Matt Brazis. The former Cub had a .281/.337/.429 triple slash during an injury-plagued 2014. Intense trade rumors have swirled around the Mariners for the past 24 hours after Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported that the Seattle was close to trading for a hitter. Hearing rumblings that the #mariners are closing in on a trade for a hitter. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December…

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Q&A with David Rollins

With the No. 20 pick overall in the Rule 5 Draft the Seattle Mariners selected David Rollins from the Houston Astros. The soon-to-be 25-year old left-hander spent the majority of the 2014 campaign with Houston’s Double-A affiliate but got a handful of innings at the Triple-A level before the season was complete. As a Rule 5 selectee, Rollins will have to spend the entirety of the 2015 season on the Mariners active roster or be sent back to the Astros organization. The left-hander was kind enough to talk with Prospect Insider and…

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Time for M’s to get ‘creative’ in search for bat

Another day comes to a close and another option for the Seattle Mariners is taken off the board. According to several reports outfielder Melky Cabrera has agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox. It’s expected that the total dollar value of the contract will fall in the $42-43.5 million range according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. The signing comes literally hours after the Mariners were considered the favorites to sign Cabrera. Reportedly Seattle had engaged in multiple discussions with the free agent and had extended a three-year offer,…

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Is Byrd an answer for right field?

The outfield market was thin to begin with and after a couple transactions during the Winter Meetings, it is now even thinner. The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to trade Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres and the Boston Red Sox dealt Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers. Kemp in particular was a target of the Seattle Mariners who reportedly had a deal in place that would have sent Brad Miller and Michael Saunders to LA for the outfielder and cash. We have already heard that there is some talk…

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