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  1. Taijuan Walker shut down with shoulder inflammation

    Feb 28, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Taijuan Walker

    It’s a bad day for top prospects and injuries. First the Cardinals aren’t ready to put Oscar Taveras into a game because his ankle isn’t fully healed and now the Mariners announced that Taijuan Walker will be shut down for at least a week after an exam revealed shoulder inflammation. Walker complained of shoulder soreness…

  2. Rays talking to Mariners about Nick Franklin

    Feb 25, 2014, 6:18 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. The Mets could make a play for Nick Franklin

    Feb 24, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Nick Franklin Getty

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported last week that the Mariners were likely to trade either Nick Franklin or Brad Miller by Opening Day and speculated that the Mets could make a play for one of them. Well, he was told by a “Mets insider” today that the team does indeed see a possible…

  4. First base is Justin Smoak’s job to lose, according to Lloyd McClendon

    Feb 23, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

    With the off-season additions of Logan Morrison and Corey Hart, the Mariners were seemingly stockpiling first base types. But according to manager Lloyd McClendon, first base is Justin Smoak‘s to lose. Despite hitting .238, Smoak showed improvement last season, setting a career-high in home runs (20), slugging percentage (.412), and on-base percentage (.334). Via Bob…

  5. Ervin Santana, Stephen Drew, and Kendrys Morales could all sit out until June

    Feb 23, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports suggests that free agents Ervin Santana, Stephen Drew, and Kendrys Morales could all sit out until after the draft in June, when draft pick compensation would disappear. We learned yesterday that Santana was considering waiting until June, but it is no surprise that Drew and Morales may join him. Rosenthal…

  6. Orioles have talked to Nelson Cruz

    Feb 21, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    Like a college student cramming before a big exam, the Orioles are desperately trying to put together a competitive roster before spring training exhibition games begin. We learned earlier that the O’s were showing interest in Ervin Santana even after having signed Ubaldo Jimenez, and that they were “intensifying their interest” in DH Kendrys Morales.…

  7. Orioles “intensifying their interest” in Kendrys Morales

    Feb 21, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Along with reports this morning that the Orioles are still interested in Ervin Santana even after signing Ubaldo Jimenez, now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’re also “intensifying their interest” in free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales. Now that the Orioles have already lost their first-round draft pick to sign Jimenez the…

  8. Report: Mariners likely to trade Nick Franklin or Brad Miller by Opening Day

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. Pirates “continue to monitor” the Mets’ Ike Davis

    Feb 18, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

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    The Pirates got an underwhelming .768 OPS from the first base position in 2013 and lost Justin Morneau this winter to free agency. If the 2014 season started today, Gaby Sanchez and his .258/.337/.417 career batting line would be Pittsburgh’s primary option at baseball’s most premium offensive position. And that’s not ideal. According to Jayson…

  10. Lloyd McClendon rips Kevin Long for ripping Robinson Cano

    Feb 18, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

    Lloyd McClendon

    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…

  11. Taijuan Walker feels great

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT

    Taijuan Walker

    Taijuan Walker showed up to Mariners camp with soreness in his right shoulder, but he threw a bullpen session today and says he “felt great” according to Bob Dutton. That’s some good news for Seattle, which had a rash of crappy news in the first couple days of spring training.  Walker should be ready to go…

  12. Yankees people are still talking about Robinson Cano not hustling to first base

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:12 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano Getty

    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…

  13. Mariners avoid arbitration with Justin Smoak

    Feb 15, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

    As Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports, the Mariners have avoided arbitration with first baseman Justin Smoak as the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.6375 with a vesting option for 2015 worth $3.65 million. The option vests if Smoak accrues 525 plate appearances in 2015. If the option doesn’t vest, the Mariners can…

  14. The Yankees gave Robinson Cano’s old number to Scott Sizemore

    Feb 15, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano Getty

    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…

  15. The Mariners-Nelson Cruz talks are on hold

    Feb 13, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz Getty

    Just a couple of days ago it appeared that the Mariners and Nelson Cruz were slated to come to an agreement. Not so fast. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the talks between the sides are “on hold.” Why, exactly, is unclear. Could be a financial issue, could be just a change of…

  16. Why in the heck is Franklin Gutierrez on the restricted list?

    Feb 13, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT

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    The sad news about Franklin Gutierrez’s health comes with some baffling news as well: he’s been placed on the restricted list by the Mariners. By being on the restricted list, Gutierrez is not paid his $1 million contract for 2014. He does not accrue service time either which, presumably, means that if he comes back…

  17. Franklin Gutierrez to sit out the season after relapse of symptoms

    Feb 13, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez re-signed with the Mariners in mid-December and said he was “feeling good” after dealing with an assortment of health issues during the past three seasons, but the team announced that he now plans to sit out the entire season. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the center fielder has been placed…

  18. Mariners starter Taijuan Walker suffering shoulder soreness

    Feb 13, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Taijuan Walker

    Spring training has started off with a freakin’ whimper for the Mariners. Yesterday it was announced that Hisashi Iwakuma would miss 4-6 weeks with a finger injury. Today: Taijuan Walker is said to be suffering shoulder soreness which will be limit him early in camp. Walker debuted last summer and is expected to be a big part…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

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

    Feb 8, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 8, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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    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…

  25. 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…

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