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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. Mike Trout headlines this year’s class of Fielding Bible Award winners

    Oct 25, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Getty

    If you have lost patience with the Gold Glove Award as a measure of defensive excellence, the Fielding Bible Awards are here to help. Voted on by a 10-person panel which includes the likes of Bill James, Peter Gammons, Rob Neyer, Joe Posnanski, Doug Glanville, John Dewan and the video scouting team at Baseball Info…

  17. 2012 projections review: first base

    Oct 25, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    This is the second of 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. Albert Pujols – Angels Projection: .306/.414/.586, 43 HR, 114…

  18. Mariners set Miguel Olivo, Munenori Kawasaki free

    Oct 24, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Munenori Kawasaki

    The Mariners announced Wednesday that they’ve declined catcher Miguel Olivo‘s $3 million option for 2013 and that they’ve released shortstop Munenori Kawasaki. Olivo should have been cast out of Seattle’s plans as 2012 went along, but he was still playing about half of the time down the stretch. He ended up hitting .222/.239/.381 with 12…

  19. Mets could have new deals with David Wright and R.A. Dickey by the World Series

    Oct 6, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    83rd MLB All-Star Game

    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before Wednesday’s season finale against the Marlins that his highest priority this offseason is to work out new deals with David Wright and R.A. Dickey. He’s determined to stay true to his word. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, a baseball source said that it’s “conceivable”…

  20. My MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year picks

    Oct 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Here are my picks for the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards for each league. Obviously, these are all for fun. I’m not a BBWAA member and do not have ballots for any of these awards. Feel free to flame away. AL MVP 1. Mike Trout 2. Miguel Cabrera 3. Robinson Cano 4.…

  21. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 12, Rangers 5: Oakland shocks the world. No one on the planet had them pegged as a playoff team and, as recently as a week ago, no one figured they had a chance in hell at the division crown. Well, that’s what you get for pegging and figuring. As for the Rangers … just,…

  22. Mariners trying to attract bats, fans with Safeco changes

    Oct 2, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Safeco new dimensions

    Let’s face it, there’s one very big reason the Mariners are pulling in the fences at Safeco Field next year: Attendance/game 2007: 32,588 2008: 28,762 2009: 27,105 2010: 25,749 2011: 23,411 2012: 21,417 The Mariners peaked at more than 43,000 fans per game while leading the AL in attendance in 2001 and ’02. They ranked…

  23. Albert Pujols is fifth ever with three 50-double seasons

    Oct 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    With an incredible 18 doubles in his last 33 games, Albert Pujols has made it back to 50 for the first time since 2004 and third time in his career. He got the last off Felix Hernandez in Monday’s victory over the Mariners. Pujols put himself in exclusive company as just the fifth player ever with three…

  24. A’s win in walkoff fashion, pad AL Wild Card buffer

    Sep 29, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

    brandon moss getty

    The A’s went down 4-0 when the Mariners’ Michael Saunders launched a two-run homer to right field in the fourth inning on Saturday at O.co Coliseum. But the rest of the afternoon belonged to Oakland. Brandon Moss hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth, an RBI double in the bottom of the…

  25. Kevin Millwood is thinking about retirement

    Sep 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Kevin Millwood Getty

    Kevin Millwood pitched decently for the Mariners this this season before a sore shoulder put an early end to things this month, but the impending free agent told Greg Johns of MLB.com yesterday that he’s not sure whether he wants to come back for another season. “I’m going to go home and just relax and…

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