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  1. Hisashi Iwakuma out 4-6 weeks with finger injury

    Feb 12, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who finished third in the Cy Young voting last season, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a finger injury sustained while working out at home last month. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Iwakuma suffered a strained tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand. The…

  2. Orioles interested in Kendrys Morales, talking to his agent

    Feb 12, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    After missing out on A.J. Burnett the Orioles “remain interested” in first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales and “continue to be in contact with his reps,” according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore has collected some designated hitter options like Nolan Reimold, Delmon Young, and Henry Urrutia, but the Orioles could definitely find room…

  3. A couple of catchers who aren’t catching anymore

    Feb 12, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana AP

    Carlos Santana and Jesus Montero were catchers once upon a time. Not particularly great catchers (in Montero’s case a pretty lousy one). But they could hit. Well, both hit in the minors and Santana has hit everywhere. Montero is something of a dumpster fire at the moment. Either way, neither of them will be catching…

  4. Pirates and Kendrys Morales have “mutual interest”

    Feb 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe passes this report along in his always-info-packed weekly Sunday notes column: Kendrys Morales, 1B/DH, free agent — Morales fits what the Pirates need, a first baseman/middle of the order hitter. There’s mutual interest, but while the Pirates would love him on the right contract, they may also pursue a…

  5. Orioles interested in free agents Joe Saunders and Chris Capuano

    Feb 8, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders Getty

    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that the Orioles are talking with free agent starters Joe Saunders and Chris Capuano. The Orioles had previously shown interest in A.J. Burnett; their newfound interest in Saunders and Capuano could indicate that they have moved on in their pursuit of starting pitching. Saunders pitched for the Orioles…

  6. All signs point to Nelson Cruz landing with the Mariners

    Feb 8, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz Getty

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Thursday that the Mariners are “cautiously optimistic” about signing free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz. Two days later, all signs point to the scenario becoming a reality: Keep hearing from industry insiders that it's a matter of time before #Mariners reach deal with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz.— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners)…

  7. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  8. The Mariners are “cautiously optimistic” they will also sign Nelson Cruz

    Feb 6, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz Getty

    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 06, 2014 We have heard the Mariners…

  9. Report: The Mariners sign Fernando Rodney to two-year deal

    Feb 6, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

    Katniss Rodney

    Jonah Keri of Grantland reports that the Mariners have agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with Fernando Rodney. The deal has incentives in it which could take it up to $15 million. Rodney was dominant for the Rays in 2012 and saved 37 games for them in 2013 while striking out 82 batters in 66…

  10. Ranking the rotations: 2014 edition

    Feb 5, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    I’ll be dipping into my Rotoworld player projections from time to time for HBT posts. Here’s the first of this year: my ranking of each five-man rotation as we head into 2014. Before actually posting my 1-30, I’ll start with my raw ERA rankings by league. A couple of qualifications: I’m only using the top…

  11. The Mariners, Logan Morrison avoid arbitration

    Feb 4, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison AP

    Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners and Logan Morrison have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract. Morrison, acquired by the Mariners in a December trade, requested $2.5 million. The M’s countered with $1.1 million. He can get an extra $350K in incentives, however. He has hit .236 with a .708 OPS in 178…

  12. The Mariners could be getting serious about Nelson Cruz

    Jan 30, 2014, 10:07 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz Getty

    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…

  13. Michael Young and the chase for 3,000 hits

    Jan 30, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    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…

  14. Mariners “in on” free agent Fernando Rodney

    Jan 28, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT

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    From Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports comes word that the Mariners are “in on” free agent reliever Fernando Rodney, joining the Mets and the Orioles in the three-team hunt for the 36-year-old right-hander. Rodney wasn’t nearly as dominant in 2013 as he was in 2012, but he still saved 37 games for the Rays and…

  15. GM says Mariners “would love to have Nelson Cruz, but …”

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    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…

  16. Mariners content to add complementary players going into spring training

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 6 of MLB's ALCS baseball playoffs in Arlington

    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…

  17. Jason Kipnis open to discussing a contract extension with the Indians

    Jan 26, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Jason Kipnis

    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…

  18. Mariners sign Endy Chavez to a minor league deal

    Jan 22, 2014, 10:53 PM EDT

    Endy Chavez

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Chavez, who turns 36 on February 7, has spent the last three seasons in part-time roles with the Rangers, Orioles, and Mariners. In those three seasons, he has posted an aggregate .265/.290/.353…

  19. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    kershaw getty

    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  20. Marlins haven’t discussed a contract extension with Giancarlo Stanton

    Jan 19, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

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    The Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton avoided arbitration on Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million deal for the 2014 season. As MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports, however, the two sides haven’t discussed a contract extension: For months, Miami had stated it was open to discussing a multi-year deal with the 24-year-old right fielder. Such conversations…

  21. 40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million,…

  22. CC Sabathia signs with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    Sabathia Jay Z

    Now that Robinson Cano has joined the Mariners, Jay Z has a new Yankee in the fold at Roc Nation Sports. It’s left-hander CC Sabathia, who tweeted out the following picture earlier this evening: #RocNationSports La Familia http://t.co/DvFKr3PpN7— CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) January 17, 2014 Sabathia was previously represented by Brian Peters of Legacy Sports. The…

  23. Brewers “making push” to sign Mark Reynolds

    Jan 16, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are “making a push” to sign free agent Mark Reynolds, who is said to be “leaning toward” signing with them. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports also hears that a deal is close. It was reported earlier this week that the Nationals had expressed interest in Reynolds, but…

  24. Mariners, Michael Saunders avoid arbitration

    Jan 15, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    saunders getty

    Michael Saunders and the Mariners have avoided arbitration with a one-year contract. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times says the deal is worth $2.3 million for the 27-year-old outfielder’s first season of arbitration eligibility. Saunders hit .236 with 12 homers and a .720 OPS in 132 games for the Mariners last season, which doesn’t look…

  25. Mariners sign John Buck to one-year, $1 million deal

    Jan 14, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT

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    As first suggested by FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi and now confirmed by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mariners have reached agreement on a one-year, $1 million major league contract with free agent catcher John Buck. The deal is only pending a physical and should be finalized at some point later this week. Buck struggled…

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