Seattle Mariners 

M’s add depth behind the plate with Baker

Over the past week we’ve heard from GM Jack Zduriencik that we can expect to see the Seattle Mariners add several players on minor league contracts with invites to spring training. This started noticeably with the additions of outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez on Sunday. On Wednesday morning, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the M’s have picked-up veteran catcher John Baker. Baker, who turned 34 eight days ago, spent 2014 with the Chicago Cubs in a back-up role. He appeared in 68 games and posted a .192/.273/.231…

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Dustin Ackley’s Future in Seattle

After falling one win short of a postseason berth in 2014, the Seattle Mariners have spent their off-season attempting to improve themselves in their two weakest areas; offensive production and the outfield. Adding outfielders Nelson Cruz, Justin Ruggiano, and Seth Smith during the off-season and Austin Jackson at last year’s trading deadline improves their offensive outlook and  dramatically transforms the team’s outfield situation. By adding these players and turning the page on Michael Saunders, Corey Hart, and Abraham Almonte, the Mariners are certain to have two different starting outfielders and…

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Seattle Mariners 

M’s adding outfield depth with familiar faces

As the Seattle Mariners complete their annual Fan Fest event, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the club has brought back veteran outfielder Endy Chavez on a minor league deal. He will receive an invite to Spring Training in March. Dutton also reports that a minor league deal with Franklin Gutierrez is nearing completion. Chavez, 37 in February, signed a minor league contract with the Mariners in each of the past two seasons. Last year he was re-called at the end of May and would appear in…

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Seattle Mariners 

M’s Notes: Jackson, Kivlehan, Hultzen & Elias

The Seattle Mariners Thursday held their annual luncheon for the local media at which several key members of the organization spoke briefly. Included among those were skipper Lloyd McClendon, general manager Jack Zduriencik, assistant GM Jeff Kingston, director of player development Chris Gwynn and team trainer Rick Griffin. Left-hander J.A. Happ also made an appearance, and we even got the skinny on the new lighting at Safeco from the ballpark operations group. By the way, there will be Wi-Fi at Safeco this season, starting this weekend at FanFest. Before I…

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Pushing back amateur draft could create problems

Major League Baseball’s amateur player draft annually takes place during the first half of June over a three-day stretch. Clubs then have approximately one month’s time to sign the drafted players. The 2014 draft took place between June 8-to-10 with a deadline for players to sign on July 17. According to Peter Gammons, NCAA coaches and MLB officials have come to a ‘general agreement’ to push back the draft to July 1 and shorten the signing deadline to July 15. This agreement can not yet be made official until the MLBPA approves the…

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Seattle Mariners 

Wilhelmsen M’s lone remaining arbitration case

The deadline for teams and players to submit arbitration figures passed on Friday. The Seattle Mariners had six arbitration-eligible players for the 2015 season, three of them eligible for the first time. Three of the four projected regular outfielders, Austin Jackson, Dustin Ackley, and Justin Ruggiano, all agreed to new contracts as well as bullpen arm Charlie Furbush. Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen was the lone player who failed to reach an agreement prior to the deadline. Austin Jackson — One-year, $7.7 million Seattle’s starting centerfielder, acquired at last year’s trade deadline…

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Applying the A’s strategy to the M’s

It’s a strange thing. Normally the first person that comes to mind when speaking of a professional sports organization is an iconic player or even coach. It rarely is an executive. But I guess that comes with the territory when one is portrayed by Brad Pitt on the big screen. There has been much talk with respect to what exactly the Oakland Athletics have been doing this offseason. Or more specifically, what is Billy Beane doing. Rebuilding? Retooling? Going for it, again? Recently at FanGraphs, prior to the Ben Zobrist and…

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