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  1. Mariners designate Shawn Kelley for assignment

    Feb 7, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Last week the Mariners avoided arbitration with Shawn Kelley by signing him to a one-year, $935,000 deal. And today they designated Kelley for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Kelly Shoppach. It’s possible that Kelley and his $935,000 contract for 2013 could clear waivers and remain with the Mariners, but that’s a…

  2. Mariners wager their future on Felix Hernandez’s right arm

    Feb 7, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    If you had to bet big on a pitcher for the next seven years, Felix Hernandez seems as good a choice as any. He hasn’t been in Justin Verlander‘s league these last two years, but he also hasn’t been extended to 270 innings per year like Verlander has. And while I think I’d choose Clayton…

  3. Felix Hernandez may help Clayton Kershaw get $200 million

    Feb 7, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw Getty

    Felix Hernandez is close to signing a seven-year, $175 million deal with the Mariners, which would break CC Sabathia‘s record of $161 million for the largest contract ever given to a pitcher. King Felix may not hold that record for long, however, because Clayton Kershaw has two seasons under the Dodgers’ control before he’s eligible…

  4. Felix Hernandez, Mariners on verge of a $175 million contract extension

    Feb 7, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Felix Hernandez and the Mariners have agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension.  The contract will make him the highest paid pitcher in baseball history, both in overall contract and in average annual value. The Mariners will tear up his current deal, which was to pay him $19.5…

  5. Jesus Montero linked to Biogenesis

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago Cubs

    The New York Daily News reports that Mariners catcher Jesus Montero‘s name appears in the Biogenesis records.  Add him to Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Danny Valencia, Francisco Cervelli, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal. The report said he was “named in records.” It does not say if there is any indicia of PED use on…

  6. Appreciating Kevin Millwood’s career

    Feb 3, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    It’s a trivia question that would have stumped most: who is the active leader in strikeouts among right-handed pitchers? Until this morning, the answer was Kevin Millwood, at 2,083. Now it’s Roy Halladay, just 17 behind at 2,066, after Millwood announced his retirement. An 11th-round pick by the Braves in 1993, Millwood opened his career…

  7. Kevin Millwood retiring after 16-year MLB career

    Feb 3, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

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    According to Richard Walker of the Shelby Star, 38-year-old right-hander Kevin Millwood announced Friday night at his old high school in Bessemer City, North Carolina that he is ending his baseball career. “I’m just ready to retire,” Millwood told the Star. “I feel like I can still throw it well and going out on a high…

  8. Travis Hafner’s deal with Yankees worth $2 million plus incentives

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    As expected the Yankees have signed Travis Hafner to a one-year deal, with Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporting that the designated hitter will get $2 million in upfront money and $4 million in potential incentives. If you’re paying Hafner a lot and counting on him to make an everyday impact in the…

  9. Reds sign Miguel Olivo to minor league contract

    Feb 1, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Cincinnati was seemingly set at catcher with Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Reds are close to signing Miguel Olivo. Olivo has long been overrated by people who focus on his strong arm and 20-homer power rather than his historically awful on-base percentages and passed ball totals, so…

  10. Yankees have a deal “in place” with Travis Hafner

    Jan 31, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Yesterday the Yankees were said to be close to signing Travis Hafner and now Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News reports that “the deal is in place” and could be announced as soon as today. No word yet on the specifics, but Jennings speculates that it’ll be similar to the one-year, $1.1 million…

  11. Shawn Kelley avoids arbitration with Mariners

    Jan 31, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Right-hander Shawn Kelley has avoided arbitration with the Mariners by agreeing to a one-year, $935,000 deal. Kelley requested $1.2 million and the team countered at $750,000, so the reliever settled for $40,000 below the midpoint while also getting $165,000 in potential incentives as part of the deal. This was Kelley’s second season of arbitration eligibility…

  12. MLB.com unveils its Top 100 prospects

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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    The fine folks at MLB.com just finished counting down who they believe to be baseball’s Top 100 prospects over on the MLB Network. The full list of youngsters can be found here, along with expert analysis from prospect maven Jonathan Mayo. We’ll share with you their Top 25: 1 – Jurickson Profar, SS (TEX) 2…

  13. Mariners agree to one-year, $1.5M deal with Kelly Shoppach

    Jan 29, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com beat writer Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have reached agreement on a major league contract with catcher Kelly Shoppach. The deal is pending a physical, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday morning in Seattle. Shoppach, a 32-year-old native of Fort Worth, Texas, batted .233/.309/.425 with eight homers, 14 doubles…

  14. Michael Pineda to throw off half-mound on Tuesday

    Jan 28, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda Reuters

    Just when Michael Pineda will finally pitch in a regular season game with the Yankees remains uncertain, but he’s ready to take the next step in his rehab from right shoulder surgery. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Erik Boland of New York Newsday that Pineda threw his final flat-ground session today and will throw…

  15. Jesus Montero “learned how to run” this offseason

    Jan 28, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Not only is Jesus Montero one of the slowest runners in baseball, he runs … well, let’s say oddly. Jeff Sullivan of the Mariners blog Lookout Landing once described Montero’s running style as like “stepping on creaky floorboards and you’re trying not to wake up a baby.” And as Greg Johns of MLB.com reports, Montero…

  16. Heyman: King Felix has no interest in four-year deal

    Jan 26, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported earlier in the week that the Mariners were considering offering Felix Hernandez a four-year, $100 million extension that would kick in after his current deal expires and cover the 2015-18 seasons. But if they were still weighing the possibility, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman says they might as well forget it: Foxsports.com…

  17. Royals claim catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Athletics

    Jan 25, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

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    The Royals announced this afternoon that they have claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Athletics. Kottaras was designated for assignment last week after Oakland acquired John Jaso from the Mariners in the three-team Michael Morse deal. Some speculated that the catching-starved Yankees should have put in a claim, but because the Royals finished…

  18. Mariners sign catcher Ronny Paulino to a minor league contract

    Jan 24, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

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    According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Mariners have signed catcher Ronny Paulino to a minor league contract. This confirms a report by Alexander Azuaje from earlier this week. Paulino, who turns 32 in April, batted .254 (16-for-63) with three doubles, five RBI and a .567 OPS in 20 games with the Orioles last season.…

  19. Notes and thoughts on the Justin Upton trade

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Martin Prado

    Braves acquire OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson from Diamondbacks for 3B Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, SS Nick Ahmed and 1B Brandon Drury. – As some probably guessed, I’m a big fan of this deal for the Braves. I wrote an entry trying to pair the Upton brothers in Atlanta…

  20. The Mariners are oozing veteran presence

    Jan 24, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    There’s a story about Raul Ibanez in the News-Tribune. The upshot: Ibanez brings veteran presence. By the truckload. Here’s the story’s author, after noting that Ibanez is still supposed to contribute with his bat: But, yes, Ibañez’s most substantial gift could be the gab he brings to a clubhouse craving for older players able and…

  21. Mariners weighing a four-year, $100 million offer to Felix Hernandez

    Jan 22, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Felix Hernandez is under contract through the 2014 season, slated to make $19.5 million this season and $20 million next year. But the Mariners want to keep him under contract longer, Ken Rosenthal reports, and are weighing an offer: four years, $100 million, according to his source. As for where they stand on all of that:…

  22. Michael Bourn is still waiting for some love

    Jan 20, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Considered by many as the No. 2 free agent hitter available this winter, Michael Bourn has now gone three months with seemingly no market developing for his services. The Braves struck early to sign B.J. Upton to replace him. The Phillies also targeted Upton and then traded for Ben Revere after coming up short. The…

  23. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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    By noon we’d already done a dozen posts about players and teams avoiding arbitration ahead of today’s deadline, so something had to give. We’ll keep posting the more noteworthy cases, but here’s a roundup of the not-so-noteworthy ones that will be updated throughout the day. • Gaby Sanchez and the Pirates: $1.75 million • Antonio…

  24. Arbitration filings: Chase Headley’s $10.3 million request leads way

    Jan 18, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Chase Headley

    The Padres’ Chase Headley, the Reds’ Shin-Soo Choo and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are among those asking for big raises in arbitration.

  25. A’s find common ground with John Jaso, Seth Smith

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Seth Smith

    The A’s cut their remaining arbitration cases in half Thursday by agreeing to one-year deals with newly acquired catcher John Jaso and left fielder-designated hitter Seth Smith. Reliever Jerry Blevins and first baseman-outfielder Brandon Moss are the team’s remaining arbitration-eligible players. Jaso, picked up from the Mariners in a three-team deal Wednesday, was eligible for…

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