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  1. Felix Hernandez was given “clean bill of health” by Mariners

    Feb 13, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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    Remember all that talk about a right elbow issue potentially derailing the Mariners’ new seven-year, $175 million contract extension with staff ace Felix Hernandez? Don’t feel too bad if not because it’s a distant memory for the two main parties involved. According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told reporters on Wednesday that Felix…

  2. Mariners finalize deal with lefty Joe Saunders and designate Mike Carp for assignment

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have officially announced their one-year, $6.5 million contract with left-hander Joe Saunders. The deal includes another $1 million in performance-based incentives and a mutual option for 2014. To clear a spot on their 25- and 40-man rosters, the M’s designated outfielder Mike Carp for assignment. He’s…

  3. Clayton Kershaw doesn’t want to talk contract once the season starts

    Feb 12, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Clayton Kershaw has said he’s open to negotiating a long-term contract extension, but the Dodgers’ ace doesn’t want to talk about a deal once Opening Day arrives. “I don’t think I’m going to let it go into the season,” Kershaw told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, adding that no negotiations have taken place…

  4. Felix Hernandez’s extension is still on track

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    There are concerns that an elbow “issue” is delaying the announcement of the Felix Hernandez contract extension, but Ken Rosenthal says it’s all gonna be OK: Source: Hernandez deal with #Mariners still on track. Team working out protective language to protect against future elbow trouble. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 11, 2013   The devil…

  5. Elbow issue could derail that big Felix Hernandez extension

    Feb 10, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported on Thursday that the Mariners had reached agreement on a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with staff ace Felix Hernandez. But something apparently went wrong during the righty’s pre-signing physical. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, there is some concern about the status of Hernandez’s pitching elbow which “could affect…

  6. Felix Hernandez will not pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 8, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

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    Felix Hernandez was listed on Venezuela’s provisional roster when it was announced last month, but recent events have caused him to change his mind about participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. You can probably guess what impacted his decision. Per @arreazaortega, Felix now skipping WBC, because of new contract and "pressure" from M's. —…

  7. Joe Saunders’ deal with Mariners worth $6.5 million

    Feb 8, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Saunders will make $6.5 million and could earn an additional $1 million with incentives. The deal includes a mutual option for 2014. 4:49 PM: It’s not official yet, but Joe Saunders has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says it’ll be…

  8. Chone Figgins joins Marlins on minor league contract

    Feb 8, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    Released by the Mariners with one season remaining on a four-year, $36 million deal, Chone Figgins has latched on with the Marlins. Figgins signed a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training, where the 35-year-old will presumably compete for a bench spot after hitting .185 in 147 games over the past two seasons.…

  9. Everything is about the Yankees

    Feb 8, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Local TV news in small towns is great. Every story, no matter how unrelated to the area, is tied in locally somehow. “Tsunami in the Pacific! Stay tuned to Action4 to see what that means for you in Central Ohio!”  It’s the very essence of provincialism to look at something that has no connection to…

  10. Adam Wainwright and Cardinals have “ongoing” and “casual” contract talks

    Feb 8, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Adam Wainwright said a few weeks ago that he was optimistic about long-term extension talks with the Cardinals and with the right-hander arriving at spring training yesterday Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the two sides have had “casual” discussions about a deal. Goold classified the talks as “ongoing” and added…

  11. The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have “mutual interest” in a contract extension

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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    As soon as word surfaced this afternoon that the Mariners and Felix Hernandez were on the verge of a record $175 million extension, many speculated that Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw could eventually push the $200 million mark. We’ll have to wait to find out, but Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told Dylan Hernandez of the…

  12. Report: Mariners agree to one-year deal with left-hander Joe Saunders

    Feb 7, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The deal is worth between $5-7 million and includes an option for 2014, according to Scott Boeck of USA Today. 7:46 PM: This isn’t quite on the level of the big Felix Hernandez news, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have signed left-hander Joe Saunders to a one-year contract, pending a…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

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

    Feb 7, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

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    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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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