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  1. Joe Mauer, David Wright commit to Team USA for WBC

    Dec 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    We’ll hear plenty about players opting out of the World Baseball Classic over the next couple of months. How about a couple of guys that are in: Minnesota’s Joe Mauer and the Mets’ David Wright. The Mauer commitment makes it less of a big deal now if Buster Posey decides not to play for Team…

  2. Report: Mariners, Orioles targeting Billy Butler

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star says both the Mariners and Orioles are showing strong interest in Royals designated hitter Billy Butler. Dutton sees the Mariners as the more likely trade partner, what with their stockpile of arms that includes Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. The Orioles also have some arms to…

  3. Breaking down Friday’s non-tenders: Wilson, Reynolds and more

    Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson Getty

    Here’s the official list of Friday’s non-tenders: American League Angels: none Athletics: OF Jermaine Mitchell Mitchell had already been designated for assignment. He had a breakthrough 2011 in Triple-A, hitting .302/.401/.453, but he regressed to .252/.345/.386 for Sacramento last season. Astros: none Blue Jays: C Bobby Wilson Wilson is minor league contract material. The 29-year-old…

  4. Mariners release Chone Figgins, eat $8 million salary

    Nov 28, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    Not surprisingly the Mariners couldn’t find a taker after designating Chone Figgins for assignment last week, so they released him today. That means Seattle eats the remaining $8 million on his contract for 2013 and Figgins is able to sign with any other team as a free agent. He ended up hitting .227 with a…

  5. Bowden: Mike Napoli negotiating with Red Sox, meeting with Mariners

    Nov 22, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli

    I don’t trust Jim Bowden for rumors, but it’s not as though anyone else is making baseball news on Thanksgiving.

  6. Chone Figgins designated for assignment by the Mariners

    Nov 20, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    chone figgins getty

    The Chone Figgins era is over in Seattle. Mercifully. From Greg Johns of MLB.com comes word that the Mariners designated the 34-year-old utilityman for assignment, removing him from their 40-man roster. He’ll either be traded or released within the next 10 days, and we would bet good money on the latter. Figgins got a four-year, $36…

  7. The Mariners trade Trayvon Robinson to the Orioles for Robert Andino

    Nov 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Robert Andino

    The Seattle Mariners have announced that they’ve acquired Robert Andino from Orioles for Trayvon Robinson. After being acquired from the Dodgers in 2011, Robinson, an outfielder, has had 319 big league plate appearances over the past two seasons, and he just hasn’t hit. His line: .221/.294/.324.  He hit pretty darn well in the minors, but…

  8. Ichiro, Kuroda the latest Japanese players to bail on the WBC

    Nov 19, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Ichiro

    First Yu Darvish, then Hisashi Iwakuma, then Norichika Aoki and now Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda are giving the WBC a miss: Ichiro Suzuki has told Japanese baseball officials he has decided not to take part in next year’s World Baseball Classic. Suzuki said Monday, “I appreciate being asked to play for Japan again at the WBC, but after…

  9. Rangers’ Chris McGuiness named Arizona Fall League MVP

    Nov 17, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    rangers logo wide

    This year’s class of participants in the Arizona Fall League included some big names like Reds speedster Billy Hamilton and Mariners prospect catcher Mike Zunino, but a lesser-known prospect ended up taking home the league’s Joe Black MVP Award. According to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, Rangers first base prospect Chris McGuiness was presented with the…

  10. David Price becomes first Rays pitcher to win Cy Young Award

    Nov 14, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    David Price

    After tying for the league lead in wins and finishing first in ERA, David Price claimed his first American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, picking up 14 of the 28 first-place votes. Justin Verlander, last year’s Cy Young and MVP winner, finished second with 13 first-place votes and totaled 149 points to Price’s 153.…

  11. Norichika Aoki to sit out the World Baseball Classic

    Nov 14, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Norichika Aoki

    Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki has told Japan manager Koji Yamamoto that he will not be playing in the World Baseball Classic because he wants to prepare for the 2013 season. Not playing in the WBC is the new black. Aoki joins Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma as no-shows for Japan and Shin-Soo Choo as a no-show for…

  12. Hisashi Iwakuma won’t participate in World Baseball Classic

    Nov 11, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    iwakuma getty

    Yu Darvish isn’t the only Japanese starting pitcher planning to skip the 2013 World Baseball Classic. From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, comes word that Hisashi Iwakuma has decided not to pitch for Japan and “will instead focus on preparing for his second season with the Seattle Mariners.” Iwakuma inked a two-year, $14 million contract…

  13. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  14. History suggests that Michael Bourn is likely to be a bust

    Nov 5, 2012, 11:26 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Center field is the one strong position in free agency this winter, and many teams appear to see view Michael Bourn as the head of a class that also includes B.J. Upton, Angel Pagan and Shane Victorino. I do no share that view. Bourn turns 30 next month. He was one of the NL’s better…

  15. The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor. As you’ll recall, there were awards for the…

  16. Mariners re-sign Oliver Perez to one-year contract

    Nov 3, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    oliver perez getty

    From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have re-signed left-hander Oliver Perez to a one-year major league deal for the 2013 season. Financial terms of the agreement aren’t yet available. Perez reinvented himself as reliever this past season on a non-guaranteed minor league deal with the M’s, posting a 2.12 ERA across 29 2/3…

  17. Mariners and Hisashi Iwakuma agree to contract extension

    Nov 2, 2012, 11:29 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma Getty

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Iwakuma will get $14 million guaranteed. He’ll make $6.5 million in each of the next two seasons while there’s a $1 million buyout on a $7 million option for 2015. 11:29 PM: Hisashi Iwakuma was hours away from reaching free agency, but the Mariners swooped in at the…

  18. The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards to be announced Sunday

    Nov 2, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    I’m not always the biggest fan of sponsored awards announced in a made-for-TV presentation, but in a world where people still think Gold Gloves matter, I’m all for this: From great diving catches in the outfield to acrobatic plays in the infield, the first-ever Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards will be announced exclusively on MLB…

  19. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  20. Randy Levine and Scott Boras disagree about the Rafael Soriano negotiations

    Oct 31, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Randy Levine

    Jon Heyman is a braver man than I am. He’s digging into what has to be a fairly miserable conversation: a dispute between Yankees President Randy Levine and Super Agent Scott Boras about money. Don’t you wish you were on the line for that kind of thing between those kinds of guys? The upshot: Levine…

  21. What will pass for Gold Glove outrage today

    Oct 31, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones

    Gold Glove Awards were announced last night. I didn’t see them when they came out because I was doing important things like watching “Serenity” for the tenth time. Shiny. Look, I’m not going to pretend that I have any way to measure defense that is any better than what anyone else has. Quite worse, in…

  22. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    gold glove

    I stopped caring about the Gold Glove awards sometime between designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a “first baseman” and Derek Jeter winning five as a “shortstop” but MLB has announced three (or four) finalists per league at each position and here they are: (Note: Coaches and managers vote for the Gold Glove award…

  23. How did the BSOHL guys do in 2012?

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Print

    Each winter we keep tabs on which players — and sometimes which managers or even bloggers — report to spring training in The Best Shape of Their Lives.  Let’s see how the winter 2011-12 roster did compared to their 2011 seasons when, presumably, they were in terrible shape. Note: there may have been a few…

  24. Royals have their eyes on Mariners prospect James Paxton

    Oct 27, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    James Paxton

    While he’s a step down from fellow Mariners prospects Taijuan Walker and Danny Hultzen, James Paxton is regarded by many to be among the minors’ top 20 or so pitching prospects. He’s also the one of the trio working in the Arizona Fall League right now, and the Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker noted several Royals…

  25. 2012 projections review: second base

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This is the third entry in a position-by-position review of my 2012 projections. Along with looking at my top preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each spot, I’m highlighting some other interesting players. Any requests for players not covered can be made in the comments. 1. Robinson Cano – Yankees Projection: .309/.362/.520, 30 HR,…

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