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  1. Mariners, Michael Saunders avoid arbitration

    Jan 15, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. 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…

  3. Mariners close to signing John Buck

    Jan 14, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Seattle is “very close” to signing catcher John Buck to a one-year contract, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. Buck has been a starter for most of the past decade, but he’d serve as a veteran backup to Mike Zunino with the Mariners. Buck has always had good power for a catcher and smacked 15…

  4. Jason Bay expected to retire

    Jan 11, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

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    We heard back in December that Jason Bay could be headed to Japan, but the veteran outfielder confirmed to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca today that his playing career is basically over. Bay hasn’t filed any official papers yet, but he told Davidi that he can’t see a scenario where he will come back. While he…

  5. With A-Rod ban settled, where do the Yankees go from here?

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

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    The Yankees can finally move forward with their plans for 2014 now that Alex Rodriguez has received a 162-game ban which also includes the postseason. And they have to be pretty happy with how things have worked out. It’s easy to see the benefits of having Rodriguez off the books for 2014, as he was…

  6. Mariners re-sign Humberto Quintero

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Journeyman catcher Humberto Quintero has re-signed with the Mariners on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Quintero has played 11 seasons in the majors for five different teams without ever topping 300 plate appearances in any year, but at age 34 he’s pretty borderline as even a backup-caliber catcher. Last season…

  7. The Mariners could add intrigue to the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes

    Jan 4, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Japanese pitching star Masahiro Tanaka will be courted by a handful of interested teams, including the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Rangers, and Diamondbacks, but as ESPN’s Andrew Marchand details, it may be the Mariners who emerge victorious by the January 24 deadline. Marchand cites some reasoning laid out by Dan Szymborski also at ESPN — that…

  8. Kendrys Morales a fit for the Royals?

    Jan 3, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

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    Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio suggests free agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales would be a good fit for the Royals. The market for Morales is fairly quiet right now as he is tied to draft pick compensation and doesn’t offer much aside from his ability to hit. However, Duquette also suggests that signing Morales would…

  9. Andruw Jones drawing some interest after playing in Japan

    Jan 3, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    Free agent outfielder Andruw Jones is drawing a bit of interest after spending the 2013 season in Japan, reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Jones is about three months shy of his 37th birthday, having posted a .243/.391/.454 slash line with 26 home runs as a member of the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Cotillo writes…

  10. Ranking the worst off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Following up the ranking of the five best off-seasons thus far, let’s take a look at the five worst. 26. Minnesota Twins — The Twins won 66 games in 2013 but help is on the horizon. They have one of the best Minor League systems around and it’s only a matter of time before the…

  11. Ranking the best off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    We’re almost into 2014, which means we’re only about a month and a half away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training — the official start of baseball. Most of the big name free agents are off the board and thus most teams have already finished shopping or have done most of the heavy…

  12. Raul Ibanez’s deal with the Angels finalized

    Dec 27, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez

    Last week, the Angels reportedly reached an agreement with free agent Raul Ibanez. The deal was finalized after Ibanez passed his physical today, reports Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. The deal has a base salary of $2.75 million and it can increase to as much as $5 million based on incentives. Ibanez will…

  13. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

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    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  14. Scott Boras is “trying to engage Mets ownership” on Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales

    Dec 22, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick explains the situation over a series of tweets … Scott Boras trying to engage #mets ownership in talks over 2 big remaining free agents, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 22, 2013 Drew would be a nice upgrade at SS, but price will be issue after #mets spent…

  15. The Rays are in no rush to trade David Price

    Dec 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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    After the Mariners signed second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract two weeks ago, many predicted that the next shoe to drop would be a trade with the Rays for David Price. But reports indicated that the Rays would only let go of the left-hander if the Mariners included Taijuan Walker in…

  16. Fun with Free Agent Numbers

    Dec 21, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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    Another free agent domino fell earlier today as outfielder Shin-Soo Choo signed a seven-year, $130 million deal with the Rangers. With Choo gone, Nelson Cruz is the last remaining elite free agent hitter left on the board while Stephen Drew, Matt Garza, and Bronson Arroyo are some of the top remaining players beyond Cruz. With…

  17. Corey Hart takes out newspaper ad to thank Brewers fans

    Dec 21, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    After spending his entire pro career with the Brewers, Corey Hart signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Mariners earlier this month. In a classy gesture, he took out an ad in the local newspaper today to say thanks to the fans of Milwaukee and the Brewers organization for their support over the years.…

  18. 42-year-old Henry Blanco signs with the Diamondbacks

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Matt Eddy of Baseball America passes along word that the Diamondbacks have signed 42-year-old catcher Henry Blanco to a minor league contract. Blanco spent time with the Blue Jays and Mariners this past season, batting just .142/.228/.246 with three home runs and 14 RBI over 150 plate appearances. He previously played with Arizona from 2011-2012.…

  19. Yankees Hot Tub Time Machine

    Dec 18, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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    It just gets better and better with the New York Yankees. They just signed Brian Roberts. I wrote before (in my Ichiro Suzuki essay for the 100 greatest players) that this Yankees team would look awfully good … in 2006. But by essentially replacing Robinson Cano with Brian Roberts, they have — in a weird…

  20. Angels close to signing 41-year-old Raul Ibanez

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Raul Ibanez is staying in the American League West, with Jeff Fletcher of the Orange Country Register reporting that the 41-year-old has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal with the Angels. Ibanez hasn’t posted a batting average above .250 since 2010 and makes a ton of outs, but he also smacked 29 homers in…

  21. Mariners re-sign Franklin Gutierrez

    Dec 18, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last night the Mariners and Franklin Gutierrez were said to be close to a deal and now Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract. According to Rojas the deal also includes $2 million in potential incentives after Gutierrez spent the past three seasons mostly…

  22. Franklin Gutierrez close to returning to Mariners

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi has the exclusive report … Mariners close to bringing Franklin Gutierrez back on a 1-year, major league contract sources tell @FOXSports1. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 18, 2013 Gutierrez batted .248 with a .278 on-base percentage in 151 plate appearances this past year with Seattle and has played in just 81…

  23. Yankees “likely” to sign second baseman Brian Roberts

    Dec 17, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

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    New York already has Kelly Johnson around as a potential Robinson Cano replacement at second base, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Yankees are “likely to sign” Brian Roberts too. Roberts was once among the best all-around second basemen in baseball for the Orioles–consistently hitting for high batting averages with tons of doubles…

  24. Report: Multiple teams eyeing Jonathan Sanchez

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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    According MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo, Jonathan Sanchez has narrowed his potential list of employers to three teams after seven or eight indicated interest. Cotillo’s source indicates there are multiple offers on the table. Sanchez started the 2013 season with the Pirates, but was released in May after posting an 11.85 ERA in 13.2 innings…

  25. Corey Hart took Taijuan Walker’s uniform number

    Dec 13, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Taijuan Walker

    This is amusing considering the rumors about Seattle possibly trading top pitching prospct Taijuan Walker in a deal for David Price. Today the Mariners introduced Corey Hart and Logan Morrison as official signings and Hart was given jersey No. 27, which is the number Walker wore during his debut this year. MLB.com reporter Greg Johns…

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