ICYMI: January 7 — February 10

Pitchers and catchers are now just days away from reporting to Spring Training complexes, signalling the nearing of Opening Day. As of Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners are just 55 days away from opening the season against the Los Angeles Angels on April 6 at Safeco Field. Now that James Shields has signed on with the much-improved San Diego Padres, the Hot Stove season is all but finished. Once we reach the mid-point of March and teams have began to make roster decisions things will heat up slightly with several out-of-options…

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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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