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Bullpen remodel begins with Benoit

New general manager Jerry Dipoto is wasting no time in his efforts to improve the Seattle Mariners. One day ago Franklin Gutierrez was re-signed for another year and a deal with veteran catcher Chris Iannetta was reported to be close. Today, reliever Joaquin Benoit has been acquired from the San Diego Padres in exchange for two minor league players. Since debuting in 2001 and splitting the next three years between the rotation and bullpen, Benoit has been a reliable bullpen arm. He did miss the 2009 season after undergoing rotator cuff surgery,…

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Blue Jays claim Justin Smoak

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers from the Seattle Mariners both teams announced on Tuesday morning. Smoak was originally the key piece acquired by Seattle when they sent star hurler to the Texas Rangers in a 2010 trade. Smoak earned $2.6375 million in 2014 and was an obvious non-tender candidate this winter. However he was due a $150,000 buy-out on a $3.65 million club option for 2015 that was going to require a decision after the conclusion of the World Series. The Blue Jays…

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Who’s In, Who’s Out: NL West

The National League West division got a whole lot stronger when the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new ownership decided to push their cards all in and spend as much as necessary to win. It was a fairly busy offseason for the five clubs, but both the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants elected to use plenty of their resources on retaining some of their key pieces. The Arizona Diamondbacks made a series of interesting trades while the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies made a couple interesting acquisitions of their own. Let’s…

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Mariners sign Chris Young

The wait for pitching help was short one now that the Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign starter Chris Young to a one-year, major league deal with a base salary of $1.25 million and another $3.475 million available in performance based incentives. The move comes a day after the M’s officially cut Scott Baker and Randy Wolf from the team. Seattle was reportedly looking to acquire another pitcher yesterday, and Young is expected to fill the No.4 spot in the rotation to start the year. Young, 34, hasn’t pitched in…

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Mariners Re-sign Chavez, Quintero and Release Baker, Wolf

As the old saying goes, there’s never such a thing as too much the depth. A day after releasing both Endy Chavez and Humberto Quintero who were in camp on minor league deals, the Seattle Mariners re-signed both players to new minor league deals and they will stay within the organization according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. (Twitter links). Chavez, 36, appeared in 97 games for the Mariners in 2013 which marked his second stint with the club, the first coming back in 2009. The outfielder managed…

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The month in transactions: January

Often considered to be one of the slowest months in terms of meaningful major league transactions, January has seen plenty of them over the years. In fact, the Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a nine-year deal worth $214 million on January 25, 2012. This month we’ll see a decision from Masahiro Tanaka which will, hopefully, reignite the stagnant starting pitching market with plenty of multi-year deals; some of which won’t occur until February of course. Let’s take a look at some of the notable January transactions the Seattle Mariners have…

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