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  1. 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…

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

    Jan 18, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

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

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

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. World Baseball Classic rosters announced for all countries

    Jan 17, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

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    All of the rosters for the World Baseball Classic have been released. They are subject to change, but they can all be read here by clicking on each country’s flag.  The highlights, per MLB’s press release: Venezuela’s roster currently features 11 All-Stars, including Triple Crown-winning 2012 A.L. MVP Miguel Cabrera, 2012 World Series Most Valuable…

  5. The Mariners think they’re getting better, but probably aren’t

    Jan 17, 2013, 1:18 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    In Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik’s defense, he did aim high, pulling off a deal for Arizona’s Justin Upton that was negated by the right fielder’s no-trade clause. However, the moves that he’s actually completed this winter to aid the offense don’t bode particularly well for the Mariners’ 2013 hopes. – Traded OF Trayvon Robinson to…

  6. A’s designate George Kottaras for assignment

    Jan 16, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that the A’s have designated George Kottaras for assignment. The move clears a spot on Oakland’s MLB roster for John Jaso, who was acquired from the Mariners this evening as part of a three-team, five-player trade. Kottaras, 29, posted a .211/.351/.415 batting line with nine home runs and 31 RBI across…

  7. Mariners pick up Michael Morse from the Nationals as part of three-team, five-player trade

    Jan 16, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the story: The Nationals traded slugger Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners in a three-way trade that netted them right-hander A.J. Cole, the pitching prospect who last winter served as the centerpiece of the trade that brought Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland A’s to the Nationals. The Mariners…

  8. Joey Votto’s status in limbo for World Baseball Classic

    Jan 12, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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    Joey Votto is hoping to play for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he underwent knee surgery last summer and must pass a physical for insurance purposes before he’s given the go-ahead. This according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. “We have every reason to believe there will be no issue whatsoever,” Team…

  9. Milton Bradley facing up to 13 years in prison from spousal abuse charges

    Jan 11, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

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    Milton Bradley is done being a major league baseball player, but sadly he’s not done making headlines for (allegedly) doing terrible things. Via TMZ.com: The City Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Bradley stemming from 5 different incidents. The charges break down like this: 4 counts of spousal battery, 4 counts of criminal threats, 2…

  10. Justin Upton rejected a trade to the Mariners

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Taijuan Walker was in the deal, as well as Nick Franklin and two others. 8:29 PM: Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that the D-Backs would have received three or four players in return for Upton, including relievers Charlie Furbush and Stephen Pryor, prospect infielder Nick Franklin and likely…

  11. Franklin Gutierrez hit .349 in the Venezuelan Winter League

    Jan 2, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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    Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez appeared in only 40 games last season due to head and heel injuries, and he batted just .260/.309/.420 when he wasn’t on the disabled list. But there may be reason for a hint of optimism about what’s ahead in 2013. Gutierrez is — first and foremost — healthy. He hasn’t…

  12. Mariners and Marlins have discussed Giancarlo Stanton trade

    Jan 1, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

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    Here’s the report from FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi: The Seattle Mariners and Miami Marlins have had discussions about a trade that would send outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to Seattle, but one source told FOXSports.com that a deal appears doubtful at this point. “Deal appears doubtful” being the key set of words. The Mariners would have to…

  13. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

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    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  14. Report: Mariners have “serious interest” in Raul Ibanez

    Dec 22, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

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    The Mariners acquired Kendrys Morales from the Angels this week in exchange for Jason Vargas, but they aren’t done trying to add bats. George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Mariners have “serious interest” in Raul Ibanez. It’s a bit of an odd fit on the surface, as the club…

  15. Orioles and Mariners have discussed trade for Tigers’ Rick Porcello

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

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    The Tigers lost one potential suitor for Rick Porcello after the Angels acquired left-hander Jason Vargas from the Mariners yesterday, but the young right-hander is still drawing plenty of interest around the majors. FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Mariners and Orioles are among the teams who have talked to the Tigers about…

  16. Kendrys Morales says he’s ready to play first base in Seattle

    Dec 20, 2012, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales played just 28 of his 134 games at first base this year, seeing the bulk of his action at designated hitter after missing most of 2010 and all of 2011 with a broken ankle. However, after being traded to the Mariners yesterday Morales said he’s “confident knowing that I’m 100 percent ready to…

  17. Angels trade Kendrys Morales to Mariners for Jason Vargas

    Dec 19, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has been searching for rotation help and shopping extra bats, and MLB.com reports that he’s found a fit by trading first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Mariners for left-hander Jason Vargas. It’s a rare deal between division rivals, but the Mariners have whiffed on several free agent hitting targets…

  18. George Sherrill, Dan Wheeler join Royals on minors deals

    Dec 11, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    In addition to adding outfielder Willy Taveras on a minor-league deal the Royals have also signed left-hander George Sherrill and right-hander Dan Wheeler to minor-league contracts, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Sherrill was once a very good left-handed setup man, but missed nearly all of this year following Tommy John elbow…

  19. Mariners finalize one-year contract with Jason Bay

    Dec 8, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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    From Larry Stone of the Seattle Times comes word that the Mariners have finalized their one-year contract with outfielder Jason Bay and designated lefty reliever Mauricio Robles in a corresponding move to a clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Robles, 23, had a 5.78 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 71 2/3 innings this summer…

  20. Jason Bay’s contract with the Mariners is not fully guaranteed

    Dec 6, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Some were surprised to see that Jason Bay was getting a $1 million deal from the Mariners after he accepted a buyout from the Mets about a month ago, but it turns out that his contract isn’t fully guaranteed. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that if Bay doesn’t make the team out of…

  21. Rosenthal: Mariners in mix for four-team Justin Upton trade

    Dec 6, 2012, 12:21 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says that while the four-team Justin Upton talks are going nowhere fast, they’re not yet dead, not with Rangers GM Jon Daniels working hard to keep them alive. Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have replaced the Rays as the fourth team involved in talks. They would likely get Rangers left-hander Derek Holland…

  22. Mariners add Jason Bay on one-year deal

    Dec 5, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

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    This is what’s known in the business as taking a flier. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mariners have added Jason Bay on a one-year contract after he hit .165/.237/.299 in 194 at-bats last season and then accepted a buyout from the Mets. The Mariners will see if Bay can…

  23. Mariners interested in Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

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    MLB Network’s Peter Gammons reported Monday that the Dodgers are shopping young shortstop Dee Gordon. Now at least one suitor can be identified. According to Scott Miller of CBS Sports, the Mariners are going “hard” after the 24-year-old speedster, who has tallied 56 steals in 143 MLB games. Other teams have likely also been calling.…

  24. Mariners interested in Michael Bourn, meeting with Scott Boras

    Dec 4, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

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    When the Mariners announced after the season that they were bringing in the fences at Safeco, the obvious reaction was that they were trying to help their chances of luring a power hitter this winter, and they have been connected to Justin Upton in trade talks and Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Adam LaRoche in…

  25. Mariners, Diamondbacks discuss Justin Upton

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:44 AM EDT

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    CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners and Diamondbacks met tonight to discuss Justin Upton. Heyman’s report is just a tweet, so there are no details on the meeting. Heyman does, however, speculate on whether an offer of top prospect Taijuan Walker and Nick Franklin might be enough get a deal done. Such a package…

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