The Seattle Mariners Have Payroll Space

The Seattle Mariners payroll is not shrinking by design. They’re not out of money. And they’re not being cheap. In case you were wondering why the club has yet to make an actual splash this offseason. There are numerous possible reasons for the Mariners’ lack of aggressiveness in free agency, the obvious one being: most of the markets have yet to develop, and the one that has is the one road Seattle has travelled this winter: relief pitching. But the Mariners are not up against their payroll limits for 2018….

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Arkins: History Does Not Favor King Felix

Recently, Larry Stone of the Seattle Times suggested the Seattle Mariners needed a healthy, revived Felix Hernandez to have a chance at the postseason in 2018. If that turns out to be the case, Mariner fans are likely to feel an all too familiar sense of dread once October rolls around. Why my grim outlook? History does not favor pitchers with a combination of Hernandez’s experience (13 seasons) and mileage (2,502 innings). Especially when that pitcher has been trending downwards as Felix has. That is a reality some Mariner fans…

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Arkins: Mariners Improve Bullpen, More Is Needed

They weren’t the flashiest of moves. But, the Seattle Mariners improved their bullpen today. Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reports the Mariners agreed to terms with free agent Juan Nicasio pending a physical. Early today, the club acquired right-hander Shawn Armstrong from the Cleveland Indian for international slot money. After spending most of his career as a starter, Nicasio was a workhorse reliever this year appearing in 76 games — third most in the majors. The 6-foot-4 Dominican is adept at missing bats (9 K/9) and allowed just five home runs…

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Arkins: Forget Ohtani, The Winter Meetings Are Here

Falling short in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes certainly dealt a blow to the Seattle Mariners’ offseason plans and their fans’ psyche. Still, the club has an opportunity to help its outlook when the Winter Meetings begin tomorrow. It’s not as if Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has been sitting around idly waiting for the Ohtani courtship to play out. Since July, the third-year GM has added 15 players from outside the organization to his 40-man roster. Among Dipoto’s newest additions: second baseman Dee Gordon, pitchers Mike Leake, David Phelps, Marco Gonzales,…

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