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  1. Running down the rosters: Seattle Mariners

    Feb 21, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    The Mariners have finished in last place in the AL West six of the last eight years, and while their is a shining ray of hope on the way in 2013 in the form of the Astros, they’re going to have a tough time not making it seven of nine years this season. Rotation Felix…

  2. Chone Figgins will serve as Mariners third baseman, leadoff hitter

    Feb 21, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    UPDATE: Eric Wedge confirmed the news today, stating that the Mariners would move Ichiro into the third spot in the order and try Figgins at leadoff. Check back later for the Mariners edition of “Running down the rosters” for a guess at the full lineup. /// And why shouldn’t he be? He hit .188 last…

  3. Bob Wickman used to throw up to make weight with the Yankees

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    bob wickman yankees

    Before becoming as successful closer in his thirties Bob Wickman was a starter and then a middle reliever for the Yankees, debuting at age 23 in 1992. Later in his career Wickman’s gut expanded significantly, but with the Yankees he was merely chubby (or perhaps even in The Best Shape Of His Life) and general…

  4. Mike Cameron well entrenched in the Hall of Very Good

    Feb 19, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    A Hall of Famer he obviously wasn’t, but Mike Cameron, who announced his retirement Sunday at age 39, might be the game’s most underrated player of the last 20 years. Cameron nails just about all of the factors that makes a player underrated. He hit for low averages, he struck out a lot, he spent…

  5. Feb. 18, 2012: The day the Mariners bats came alive

    Feb 18, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    Mike Carp

    Sure the Mariners finished last in the majors in runs scored in 2011 and 2010 (and last in the AL in 2009), but that’s no reason not to be optimistic in mid-February. We’ll let Seattle Times beat writer Larry Stone take over from here: Ichiro, Carp, and Smoak are putting on a show in their…

  6. Michael Pineda is NOT in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    For every 10,000 or so players who arrive at spring training amid reports that they’re in the best shape of their life there’s someone for whom the opposite is true. Today that someone is new Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com: #Yankees RHP Michael Pineda said he reported to camp around…

  7. Running down the rosters: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Feb 15, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp

    Quantity over quality was the theme of the Dodgers’ winter. The team signed nine free agents for this year’s roster, none of whom will cost more than $4 million in 2012. Let’s dig right in… Rotation Clayton Kershaw Chad Billingsley Ted Lilly Aaron Harang Chris Capuano Bullpen Javy Guerra Kenley Jansen Matt Guerrier Todd Coffey…

  8. A’s could strike gold with Yoenis Cespedes

    Feb 13, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    Yoennis Cespedes

    The A’s finally pulled off their big international signing. Oakland wanted Aroldis Chapman two years ago, but came up short when the Reds bid $30 million for six years. Last winter, they were willing to commit $36 million to bring Hisashi Iwakuma over from Japan, but since $19.1 million of that was in the form…

  9. Justin Smoak gives up burritos, hoping for strong 2012

    Feb 12, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    smoak getty

    While not quite a Best Shape of His Life tale, this weekend report from Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune does profess Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak as having an improved physique: “I gave up Mexican food – man, I could crush burritos,” Smoak told Larue. “And pizza. I could crush those, too. I…

  10. Must-Click Link: Mike Carp honoring Greg Halman

    Feb 11, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    Greg Halman; Mike Carp

    The late-November stabbing death of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman is still fresh on the mind of many players in the Seattle clubhouse as spring camp begins to get underway in Peoria, Arizona. One player in particular. Mariners left fielder Mike Carp considered Halman his best friend, writes MLB.com beat writer Greg Johns. Carp attended Halman’s…

  11. It’s too hard hitting behind Ichiro Suzuki

    Feb 10, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    It just can’t be done. At least, that seems to be the basis for Ken Rosenthal’s latest column: The truth, though no one dares say it around the Mariners, is that hitting behind Ichiro isn’t easy. Ichiro’s goal is not to get on base, but to get on base with a hit, collect 200 hits…

  12. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 third basemen

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria, Carlos Corporan

    My top 10 third basemen, by OPS: .943 – Evan Longoria (Rays) – 566 AB – .850 in 2011 .901 – Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) – 523 AB – .823 in 2011 .885 – Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) – 571 AB – .798 in 2011 .871 – David Wright (Mets) – 597 AB – .771 in 2011…

  13. Russell Branyan joins Yankees on minor-league contract

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Russell Branyan has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. He’ll compete for a bench spot in spring training after hitting just .197 in 68 games for the Diamondbacks and Angels last season. Branyan’s low batting averages and high strikeout totals have often masked otherwise…

  14. 2012 projections: top 10 second basemen

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    The top 10 at second base is led by the one player at the position I have projected to hit .300 this year: .882 – Robinson Cano (Yankees) – 638 AB – .882 in 2011 .859 – Ian Kinsler (Rangers) – 560 AB – .832 in 2011 .855 – Chase Utley (Phillies) – 532 AB…

  15. Dodgers sign well-traveled Jamey Wright to minors deal

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Jamey Wright ,Hank Conger

    Jamey Wright will try to make the Dodgers his 11th big-league team after agreeing to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Wright sticking around this long is pretty remarkable for a guy with an 85-121 record and 4.93 ERA, but lots of those ugly numbers came while starting for the Rockies early…

  16. The Yankees are in “serious discussions” with Raul Ibanez

    Feb 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s almost closing time for MLB’s Hot Stove and folks are beginning to get desperate. We’re seeing minor league deals all over the place and players who once were seeking multi-year contracts are now settling for one-year deals. Many speculated that the Yankees would be in the market for a hitter after trading Jesus Montero…

  17. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

  18. The Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Atlas

    Reader Kopy has been doing the Lord’s work: he’s been keeping track of all of the Best Shape of His Life guys as we post them.  Seriously, dudes: news you can use. Kopy has periodically updated them in the comments of BSOHL stories, but I figure it’s worth putting them in a post.  So, here…

  19. The Mariners tried to trade Michael Pineda for Brett Lawrie

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Blue Jays' Lawrie acknowledges cheering crowds after he hit a walk off home run to beat the Red Sox in the eleventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    The Michael Pineda-for-Jesus Montero trade was pretty cool in that we don’t see tons of young-pitcher-for-young-slugger trades that don’t involve payroll things, impending free agency or any of that.  But it could have been way cooler. Well, at least if you’re a Mariners fan. As Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail reports, the Blue…

  20. Dropping Ichiro in order not the answer for the Mariners

    Jan 26, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Manager Eric Wedge said Thursday that he’s probably going to try Ichiro Suzuki somewhere other than at the top of the order this season. “It’s as much to do with his teammates as it has to do with him with regard to the collective nine that we’re putting down on paper,” Wedge said. “I haven’t…

  21. Justin Smoak is in, you guessed it, the best shape of his life

    Jan 26, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    smoak rounds bases

    Not to steal Calcaterra’s gimic, but we can add another name to the “best shape of my life” list thanks to this tweet from MLB.com Mariners beat reporter Greg Johns: Griffin says Justin Smoak weighs 220 now, down from 234 when came to Seattle, and is in excellent condition. — Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) January 26,…

  22. Eric Wedge ‘leaning’ toward dropping Ichiro from leadoff spot

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    suzuki_ichiro

    The Seattle Mariners remain in a transition phase, attempting to undo the messes of Bill Bavasi while playing in a beefed up AL West division that includes two teams — the Rangers and Angels — that are throwing money around like they just got some magic pants. A big part of that transition will involve…

  23. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  24. Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda swap is finally official

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    pineda and montero getty wide

    UPDATE: Montero passed his physical, so it’s now a done deal. ========== The multi-player deal between the Yankees and Mariners headlined by Jesus Montero and Michael Pineda is moving closer to completion. Montero was delayed from taking a physical due to weather, plane and visa problems in his native Venezuela, but Larry Stone of the…

  25. Mariners sign Kevin Millwood to minor league contract

    Jan 22, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

    kevin millwood getty

    The Mariners have added a touch of gray to their otherwise-under-30 starting rotation depth chart. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Seattle agreed to a minor league contract on Sunday evening with veteran righty Kevin Millwood. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, where Millwood will get a legitimate chance at claiming a spot as the…

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