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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Arkins: Jon Jay, Best Fit For M’s?

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, momentum is developing towards a possible deal between the Seattle Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering Seattle needs a replacement for Jarrod Dyson; also a free agent. Last season with the Chicago Cubs, Jay was the prototypical fourth outfielder; a role he’d likely fill with the Mariners. The native Floridian appeared in 141 games, splitting time between all three outfield positions. Source: Mariners and OF Jon Jay are talking. No deal done, but seems as though there’s…

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Mariners, Dipoto Continue Slow-Burn Rebuild

Twenty-six months have passed since Jerry Dipoto became general manager of the Seattle Mariners; a job he eagerly accepted with eyes wide open. Dipoto knew he was inheriting a flawed roster with some of its best players approaching decline. Moreover, it was common knowledge Seattle’s farm system was barren and not generating sufficient talent to support the big league club. So far, Dipoto’s short tenure in the Emerald City has yielded mixed results. The Mariners were a fringe contender in 2016, but were an afterthought in a mediocre American League this…

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Arkins: Seattle Needs Shohei Ohtani

Every MLB organization could use a player like Shohei Ohtani of the Nippon Ham Fighters. But, the Seattle Mariners could use him more than most. The Mariners need Ohtani to regain relevance in their hometown; Seattle needs the planet’s most publicized free agent to regain prominence on the baseball landscape. Fair or not, a perceived lack of commitment to winning by previous ownership has eroded the size and enthusiasm of the Mariners fan base. Heightening the malaise, the club owns the longest active postseason drought in MLB — 16 years.…

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Arkins: Potential Rotation Help For Mariners

About a year ago, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto provided a straightforward assessment of his team’s rotation when talking to Brock and Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle. “I do believe we have created the depth that is required to get through a season,” Dipoto commented. He went on to say, “now we have to figure out a way to improve the quality at the higher end.” Ironically, the Mariners enter this offseason in a similar position. James Paxton, Felix Hernandez, and Mike Leake headline Seattle’s rotation. However, there are…

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