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  1. Can Jesus Montero catch? He’s motivated to show he can

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:42 PM EST

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    PEORIA, Ariz. – There are some who say Jesus Montero will never be a quality major league catcher. Analysts who rush to praise his quick, powerful bat are equally quick to pan his defensive skills. His receiving is poor, his footwork worse, they say. He’s too big (6-3, 235), and not athletic enough to play…

  2. Rockies sign reliever Sean White to minor league contract

    Jan 11, 2011, 10:22 AM EST

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    Colorado has at least five and possibly six bullpen spots locked in already, but the Rockies added some more relief depth yesterday by signing right-hander Sean White to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. White struggled last season, but has a 4.16 ERA in 134 career innings spent with the Mariners and…

  3. Mariners sign Adam Kennedy to minor league contract

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

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    Adam Kennedy, whose $2 million option for 2011 was declined by the Nationals last month, has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training from the Mariners. Kennedy started 85 games for the Nationals last season, including 75 at second base, but hit just .249 with a .327 on-base percentage and .327…

  4. Chone Figgins is moving back to third base for the Mariners

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

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    Last offseason the Mariners signed Chone Figgins and moved him to second base, a position he hadn’t played regularly since 2005. It didn’t go well, as Figgins compounded his disappointing production at the plate by struggling defensively, with Ultimate Zone Rating pegging him as 12.3 runs below average. Not surprisingly, with 2010 third baseman Jose…

  5. Mariners re-sign catcher Josh Bard to minor league deal

    Jan 5, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

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    Seattle has signed Josh Bard to a minor-league contract for the second straight offseason. Last year he spent most of the first half at Triple-A before joining the Mariners for good in early July and hitting .214 with a .634 OPS in 39 games while backing up Adam Moore. This time around he’ll compete with…

  6. UPDATE: Mariners, Brendan Ryan still working on contract

    Jan 4, 2011, 9:54 PM EST

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    UPDATE: According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the Mariners and Brendan Ryan have not officially agreed to a new contract, though a deal is believed to be close. 3:45 PM: Three weeks after acquiring Brendan Ryan from the Cardinals for pitching prospect Maikel Cleto the Mariners have avoided arbitration with the infielder by agreeing to…

  7. Mariners closer David Aardsma to have hip surgery Monday

    Dec 30, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

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    Seattle has been shopping closer David Aardsma since the middle of last season and recent reports suggested they were looking for “an impact bat” in exchange for the 29-year-old right-hander, but today’s announcement that he needs surgery to repair a torn hip labrum ruins those plans. Aardsma is scheduled to go under the knife Monday…

  8. Mariners asking for “an impact bat” in deal for David Aardsma

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

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    Responding to speculation that Colorado is interested in Seattle closer David Aardsma, Thomas Harding of MLB.com writes that “multiple sources with knowledge of both teams told MLB.com that the Mariners are in search of an impact bat and there isn’t a fit with the Rockies.” Of course, the definition of “an impact bat” probably varies…

  9. Mariners trade Rob Johnson to Padres for PTBNL or cash

    Dec 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

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    Designated for assignment by the Mariners last week, Rob Johnson has been traded to the Padres for a player to be named later or cash. Presumably something like $1.75. Johnson hit .200 with a .282 on-base percentage and .302 slugging percentage in 534 plate appearances for the Mariners, which adds up to a .584 OPS…

  10. Mariners designate catcher Rob Johnson for assignment

    Dec 13, 2010, 5:02 PM EST

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    Seattle has mercifully designated Rob Johnson for assignment after giving the 27-year-old catcher a total of 499 plate appearances during the past two seasons despite hitting a combined .204 with a .291 on-base percentage and .307 slugging percentage. And unlike most catchers who get significant playing time despite not being able to hit, Johnson wasn’t…

  11. Mariners and Miguel Olivo agree to two-year, $7 million deal

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

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    Seattle has signed catcher Miguel Olivo to a two-year, $7 million contract with a team option for 2013, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. Last month the Blue Jays acquired Olivo from the Rockies for a player to be named later, declined his $2.6 million option for 2011, and then offered him arbitration, which…

  12. Mariners sign A’s castoff Jack Cust to one-year contract

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:14 PM EST

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    Jack Cust was non-tendered by the A’s last week, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that he’ll remain in the AL West and sign a one-year contract with the Mariners worth $2.5 million in base salary. Cust has seen his power numbers decline in three straight seasons, but he remains a walk machine who…

  13. Dennys Reyes drawing interest from Phillies, Marlins, A’s, and Mariners

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

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    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that left-handed specialist Dennys Reyes will likely decide on his new team within the next 48 hours and will probably be choosing either the Phillies or Marlins “unless a new suitor emerges.” On the other hand, John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse writes that the A’s and Mariners “seem to…

  14. Mariners sign 17-year-old Dominican shortstop Esteilon Peguero for $2.9 million

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

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    Seattle has been quiet on the free agent and trade front so far this offseason, but the Mariners made a big splash in the international prospect market yesterday by signing 17-year-old Dominican shortstop Esteilon Peguero for $2.9 million. According to Ben Badler of Baseball America that represents the highest signing bonus given to an international…

  15. Mariners re-sign Erik Bedard to non-guaranteed contract

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

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    For three years the Mariners have tried (mostly unsuccessfully) to nurse an injured Erik Bedard back to health and recoup some value from the trade that sent Adam Jones and Chris Tillman to Baltimore in February of 2008. During that time Bedard has gone from 28-year-old ace to 31-year-old question mark, sitting out all of…

  16. Mariners expected to cut Jose Lopez at non-tender deadline

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

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    A month ago the Mariners declined their $4.5 million option on Jose Lopez for 2011 and since then they’ve no doubt been trying to find another team interesting in trading for him with an eye toward taking Lopez to arbitration at a lower salary. Not surprisingly there were apparently no takers for the disappointing infielder…

  17. Cy Young award earns Felix Hernandez an extra $2.5 million

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

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    Lost in the debate about the value of win-loss records or sabermetrics versus old-school is that winning the Cy Young award yesterday earned Felix Hernandez a whole bunch of extra money thanks to incentives in his contract. Hernandez receives a $1 million bonus for winning the award and his salaries for the next three seasons…

  18. Mariners hoping Milton Bradley and Eric Wedge can get along

    Nov 19, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

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    Milton Bradley and Eric Wedge clashed numerous times while in Cleveland in 2003 and 2004, leading to Bradley being traded by the Indians, and now that they’re together again in Seattle it seemed inevitable that the Mariners would try to deal the oft-disgruntled outfielder as well. However, shortly after Wedge was hired last month Bradley…

  19. Jeff Francis drawing interest from at least five teams

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EST

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    Colorado is interested in re-signing Jeff Francis and he’s also drawing interest from Seattle, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Houston, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Last month the Rockies declined their $7 million option on Francis for 2011, which was a no-brainer after he returned from shoulder surgery to post a 5.00 ERA in 104 innings.…

  20. Former top prospect Wladimir Balentien is headed to Japan

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

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    Wladimir Balentien consistently crushed minor-league pitching at every level and hit .283/.351/.535 with 67 homers in 302 games at Triple-A, but he’s now headed to Japan at age 24 after struggling in 559 plate appearances for the Mariners and Reds. Balentien has tons of power, smacking 15 homers and 31 doubles in 511 at-bats even…

  21. Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley raking in Arizona Fall League

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

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    Last year’s No. 2 overall pick, Dustin Ackley, had modest numbers this season, hitting .267 with a .368 on-base percentage and .407 slugging percentage in 134 games. However, his season totals were dragged down by an awful first month that saw him hit just .147 in April and as a 22-year-old in his first pro…

  22. Carl Willis, Chris Chambliss, and Robbie Thompson join Eric Wedge’s coaching staff

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

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    Three weeks after hiring Eric Wedge as their new manager the Mariners announced his coaching staff: Hitting coach: Chris Chambliss Pitching coach: Carl Willis Bench coach: Robbie Thompson First base coach: Mike Brumley Third base coach: Jeff Datz Bullpen coach: Jaime Navarro Willis served as interim pitching coach after the Mariners cleaned house at midseason…

  23. Mariners cut loose arbitration eligible Casey Kotchman

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:46 PM EST

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    Last offseason the Mariners acquired Casey Kotchman from the Red Sox, settled on $3.5 million contract to avoid arbitration, and then watched as the first baseman hit .217 with a lowly .280 on-base percentage and .336 slugging percentage in 125 games to rank as one of the worst players in baseball. He remained under team…

  24. Mariners decline 2011 options on Erik Bedard, Jose Lopez, and Russell Branyan

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

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    Seattle declined a trio of 2011 options today: Erik Bedard for $8 million, Russell Branyan for $5 million, and Jose Lopez for $4.5 million. Bedard and Branyan are now free agents, while the Mariners still control Lopez as an arbitration-eligible player. However, there’s a strong chance they’ll non-tender him by the December 2 deadline unless…

  25. Milton Bradley on history with Eric Wedge: “I’m over it”

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

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    Hired as the Mariners’ new manager yesterday, Eric Wedge’s ugly history with Milton Bradley from their time together with the Indians in 2003/2004 seemingly makes it unlikely that they’ll be asked to co-exist again in Seattle. That may prove true–Wedge hasn’t even been officially introduced to the local media yet–but in the meantime Larry Stone…

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