Seattle Mariners 

Should M’s move Cano?

  There’s been a lot written about Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano lately. First, there was the hyperbolic rant of a fired coach that spurred a media frenzy. A few days later, the New York tabloids speculated that he’s not happy in Seattle and would welcome a return to the New York Yankees. Since those reports surfaced, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto and Cano’s agent have both shot down the notion that the veteran wants out of Seattle Now that both player and club are publicly on the same page,…

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Analysis: M’s sign Iannetta

The busy offseason continues for Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto with Monday’s signing of catcher Chris Iannetta. Reportedly, the deal is for one year guaranteed at $4.25 million, plus incentives, and includes an option for 2017. It’s unclear what the parameters of the option is. Ianetta, 33 in April, struggled at the plate this past season, posting a .188/.293/.335 triple-slash in 92 games after a three-season run of .238/.357/.386 in Anaheim. Considering the absolute dearth of available catching in Major League Baseball right now, this signing is sensible, without…

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Gauging the market for Iwakuma

With the flurry of moves made by the Seattle Mariners over the past two weeks, it’s easy to forget that Major League Baseball’s offseason has only just started. Since that is the case, the market for many free agents, including Hisashi Iwakuma, has yet to develop. This isn’t unusual as many mid-tier free agents sign around the winter meetings in early December, or once one of the big fish have signed and helped set the market. For Iwakuma and the Mariners, the situation seems simple enough: both parties are interested…

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Setting the M’s 40-man

Friday marks the day clubs have to have their rosters set — or “Reserve List” as it’s written in the CBA and regarded in terms of the Rule 5 Draft — which means players not already on the 40-man roster that are eligible for the Rule 5 process have to be added by November 20 or be exposed. The criterion for qualifications is as follows: Players signed to a pro deal when they were 19 or older and have been in pro ball for four years or more and not…

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Did Mariners get centerfielder of future?

  Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto continued his effort to transform the identity of his roster by completing his third trade in just 11 days. This time, he executed a five-player deal with the Texas Rangers that acquired outfielder Leonys Martin and relief pitcher Anthony Bass in exchange for reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, outfielder James Jones, and a player to be named later. For Seattle, Martin was the key piece in the deal. The 27-year-old is one of the best defensive centerfielders in baseball, ranking third among his peers in defensive…

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Analysis: M’s acquire Martin, Bass

In another trade that swapped some probability for club control and added outfield defense, the Seattle Mariners have acquired Leonys Martin and swing reliever Anthony Bass in exchange for right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen, outfielder James Jones and a player to be named. And no, the player to be named isn’t Taijuan Walker, or even Roenis Elias or D.J. Peterson. The Mariners get a top-half glove in center field in Martin, 28 in March, who struggled at the plate in 2015 — .219/.264/.313 — due to a rather curious fall in BABIP…

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Keeping Iwakuma in perspective

  When starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma declined the Seattle Mariners’ qualifying offer of one-year for $15.8 million, it became clear that the team would be forced to compete with other major league clubs to bring the starting pitcher back to Seattle. The fact that the right-hander declined the offer comes to no surprise to most. It’s been widely reported that Iwakuma is looking for a multi-year deal. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto has made it clear that retaining Iwakuma is an offseason priority for his club and reportedly, the veteran hurler…

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