Apr 16, 2014, 12:16 PM EST
Nick Franklin lost his job to Robinson Cano, but now he’s headed back to Seattle.
Apr 12, 2014, 8:25 PM EST
Over the winter, Randy Levine made a comment about Mike Trout’s value and now he’s paying the price for it.
Apr 7, 2014, 2:58 PM EST
Did Derek Jeter just … forget to hustle?
Apr 3, 2014, 2:14 PM EST
Red Sox, Yankees, and Dodgers dominate the best-selling jerseys list.
Apr 3, 2014, 6:59 AM EST
The Blue Jays 2013 plan worked out pretty well for their second game in 2014. And Jonathan Papelbon shows us the meaning of accountability. In his own special way.
Apr 2, 2014, 2:44 PM EST
I dunno why, exactly, but this tweet cracked me up.
Apr 2, 2014, 12:20 PM EST
Seattle may have found a long-term building block in Brad Miller.
Apr 2, 2014, 11:32 AM EST
Pitching to Robinson Cano with men in scoring position vs. issuing an intentional walk. WHO YA GOT?!
Apr 2, 2014, 5:22 AM EST
Major League Baseball wanted a challenge system for replay. Everyone except Major League Baseball said a challenge system would be flawed and would lead to problems. The Giants-Dbacks game last night showed us exactly what those problems are.
Mar 28, 2014, 5:17 PM EST
Nick Franklin showed enough promise as a rookie second baseman for the Mariners last season that he seemed set as the team’s long-term answer there, but then they signed Robinson Cano for $240 million. That knocked Franklin out of the second base picture and forced him into a competition with Brad Miller to start at…
Mar 27, 2014, 8:10 PM EST
UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the deal includes two vesting options valued at $30 million each. If Cabrera maxes out the deal, he could make as much as $352 million over 12 years. 6:56 p.m. ET: The new money in the deal works out to eight years and $248 million, per FOX Sports’…
Mar 25, 2014, 12:30 PM EST
Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Seattle Mariners. The Big Question: Robinson Cano and . . . then what? The Mariners certainly made the biggest…
Mar 2, 2014, 12:25 PM EST
The Mariners’ signing of Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million was supposed to be the kick-off to a wild off-season. When the news died down, the Mariners were reported to have shown interest in trading for Rays ace David Price, and signing free agents Matt Garza and/or Nelson Cruz. GM Jack Zduriencik only ended…
Mar 1, 2014, 4:04 PM EST
TAMPA — The original plan was to go sit in the crowd and drink beer at the Astros-Tigers game, but when it was announced that Masahiro Tanaka was making his spring training debut in Tampa today, plans changed. I got in the car at 6:30 this morning and headed to Steinbrenner Field early to take…
Feb 25, 2014, 6:18 PM EST
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported Monday that the Mets have been discussing a possible Nick Franklin trade with the Mariners since December’s Winter Meetings, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is now hearing from a source that the Rays are also in the Franklin hunt and “actually match up better” with Seattle’s current…
Feb 20, 2014, 10:55 PM EST
Many have speculated about a possible match between the Mets and free agent Stephen Drew, but New York could end up finding a shortstop on the trade market. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York passes along word from industry insiders that the Mariners are likely to trade either Nick Franklin or Brad Miller by Opening…
Feb 18, 2014, 12:47 PM EST
Yesterday a story came out in which Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long criticized Robinson Cano for not hustling. Today Cano’s new manager Lloyd McClendon ripped back. From Jerry Crasnick’s report at ESPN.com: “Last time I checked, I didn’t know that Kevin Long was the spokesman for the New York Yankees,” McClendon told ESPN.com. “That was…
Feb 17, 2014, 8:12 AM EST
You figure that Robinson Cano signing with another team would stop the talk from New York about him not hustling down the line on routine ground balls, but nope, it’s still a hot topic. John Harper of the Daily News has an interview with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long about it today. What’s striking to…
Feb 15, 2014, 10:10 AM EST
The Yankees didn’t wait long to turn the page on Robinson Cano. As Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News points out, his old No. 24 has a new owner: Scott Sizemore was assigned No. 24, previously worn by Robinson Cano. — Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) February 14, 2014 Sizemore, a non-roster invitee after missing…
Feb 6, 2014, 7:50 PM EST
The Mariners have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract with reliever Fernando Rodney, but it sounds like their eventful winter isn’t over yet: The #Mariners say they are all in and yes, are cautiously optimistic they will also sign slugger Nelson Cruz. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 6, 2014 We have heard the…
Jan 30, 2014, 10:07 PM EST
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that the Mariners were showing “strong interest” in free agents Fernando Rodney and Nelson Cruz. From what Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM is hearing, it sounds like they could be getting serious about signing one of them: .@JimBowdenESPNxm: my sources are telling me…
Jan 30, 2014, 7:30 PM EST
Michael Young led the American League in hits for the second time in his career in 2011, finishing with 213. That brought his career total to 2,061 through age 34, and despite a late start — he didn’t collect his first hit in the majors until age 24 — he appeared to have some shot…
Jan 28, 2014, 10:47 AM EST
As expected the draft pick compensation attached to signing Nelson Cruz has significantly hurt the free agent outfielder’s market, leaving him unsigned with weeks before spring training begins. In speaking at the Mariners’ fan fest event general manager Jack Zduriencik was very open about the team’s interest in Cruz, but also laid out exactly why…
Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 PM EST
The Mariners made the biggest news of the off-season, signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract. As beneficial as the signing portends to be, at least in the early going, the consensus was that the Mariners needed to a lot more to improve on last year’s 71-91 record. They were rumored…
Jan 26, 2014, 3:50 PM EST
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that second baseman Jason Kipnis is open to discussing a contract extension with the Indians. The two sides will likely begin talking during spring training. Kipnis, however, does not want contract talks to distract him during the regular season, as MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian writes. Kipnis, who turns 27…
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