McClendon goes with a second lefty reliever

After an offseason spent plugging various holes, the Seattle Mariners entered Spring Training with only a few notable position battles: the back of the rotation, the bullpen, and the starting shortstop job. The shortstop delimma took care of itself when Chris Taylor was shelved with fractured wrist. Taijuan Walker locked up the No. 5 spot with a dominant spring. Although nothing is technically official, yet, it looks like the final spot in the bullpen will go to Tyler Olson. At the outset, manager Lloyd McLendon suggested closer Fernando Rodney was…

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M’s add rotation depth with Kickham

On Wednesday morning the Seattle Mariners acquired left-hander Mike Kickham from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-hander Lars Huijer. The club also announced that left-hander Anthony Fernandez was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Kickham, who turned 26 in December, was claimed on waivers earlier in winter from the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs designated him for assignment after completing a deal with former Mariner outfielder Chris Denorfia last week. The Giants’ sixth-round draft pick in 2010 made his big league debut in May 2013…

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M’s select Rollins in Rule 5 Draft

The end of baseball’s annual Winter Meetings is unofficially marked by the Rule 5 Draft. Each team has an opportunity to pick a player from one of the other 29 teams that isn’t under 40-man roster protection. MLB Trade Rumors has a great breakdown of how the draft process works and what makes a player eligible. The Seattle Mariners had the No. 20 pick overall in the draft and selected David Rollins from the Houston Astros. Rollins, who turns 25 on December 21, is a left-handed pitcher who has thrown all of…

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