Don’t expect Shields to sign in Seattle

It sounds like the top remaining free agent will soon have a home. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that James Shields is weighing multiple offers and is expected to make a decision by the end of the week. Morosi mentions the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres have been in recent talks with the right-hander. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that the Yankees, San Francisco Giants, and Los Angeles Angels are not among the finalists for Shields. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Boston…

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Spring Training notes: Walker, Smoak, Ackley, Miller, Jimenez

Spring Training 2014 is officially under way in Peoria, Arizona as the Seattle Mariners have begun their first sets of workouts. We’re still about ten days out from official Cactus League games taking place, but the anticipation for the start of the regular season has can officially begin as all thirty clubs start with a clean slate and visions of October baseball filling their heads. The Mariners are no different. Pitchers Felix Hernandez and Taijuan Walker threw their first bullpens of the spring today; Felix tossed around 30 pitches while Walker threw 25. The Mariners’…

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Comparing Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana

The Mariners are in play for a lot of free agents. Buster Olney writes that one of the three big-name starting pitchers, Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana, appears to be destined to end up in Seattle. Adding one of these names to a rotation that features Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and the possible contributions of big name prospects Taijuan Walker and James Walker could make for a formidable pitching staff. That being said, here’s a comparison of the three pitchers. Garza has the advantage of not being tied to compensation. As he was traded midseason from…

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Making sense of Hart, Morrison acquisitions

The Seattle Mariners signed Corey Hart to a one-year contract Wednesday, and shortly after a report surfaced that the cub had traded right-hander Carter Capps to Miami for Logan Morrison.Both players are best suited for first base and/or designated hitter. Why did the Mariners acquire both? If you ask them, at least today, they’ll tell you they’ve just added depth, suggesting the moves do not mean Justin Smoak is now trade bait. In April, if all three players are on the roster, one of them will either be on the…

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M’s must make Cano signing count

With unofficial word coming out Friday that the Seattle Mariners and free agent second baseman Robinson Cano have come to terms at 10 years and $240 million, the M’s have one job: Make it count. Regardless of whether or not $240 million is a good investment in a 31-year-old, the Mariners now must make sure Cano doesn’t stand alone on the club’s acquisition list when spring training starts in nine weeks. Call it a responsibility to themselves, but this team has to keep adding talent this offseason and make sure…

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M’s serious about adding starting pitching

Saturday, ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney tweeted that the Seattle Mariners are “bound” to end up signing one of three free-agent starting pitchers in Matt Garza, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez. This was not a report of anything imminent or even one suggesting a deal is near, but it does make sense. The Mariners need a No. 2 or 3 starter to support the efforts of Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. When I see reports of interest or even suggestive tweets such as Olney’s — which is certainly more than…

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