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  1. Robinson Cano signing only bad if the Mariners stop now

    Dec 6, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

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    No, there’s very little chance that Robinson Cano will resemble a $24 million player in 2023. But at least he’s better than that now. In a world in which Jacoby Ellsbury is worth $22 million annually and middle-rotation starters get $10 million-$13 million per year, it’s hardly unreasonable to value Cano as a $30 million…

  2. UPDATE: Mariners planning to offer nine years, $225 million to Robinson Cano

    Dec 5, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Houston Astros

    UPDATE: The Mariners may not have offered $200 million to Robinson Cano yet, but it sounds like it’s going to happen before long. David Waldstein of the New York Times and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman are both reporting that the Mariners plan to offer nine years and $225 million to Cano. This is a slightly…

  3. Nationals interested in reliever Eric O’Flaherty

    Dec 5, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are on the lookout for a left-handed reliever and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that former Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty is their latest target. O’Flaherty required Tommy John surgery on his left elbow this May and is expected to miss at least the first month of the 2014 season, but that…

  4. Franklin Gutierrez continues to be snakebitten

    Dec 2, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Not literally, though at this point it wouldn’t surprise me. The latest: Franklin Gutierrez has been sidelined in the Venezuelan Winter League by a viral infection. This isn’t terribly serious, but Gutierrez has had all manner of injuries, illnesses and ailments over the years. He missed a lot of time this past season with hamstring trouble.…

  5. Olney: Mariners appear destined to sign a big-name starting pitcher

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard all sorts of talk about the Mariners attempting to upgrade their offense this winter, with names like Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz in the conversation, but ESPN’s Buster Olney writes that they might be better-positioned to land one of the top free agent starting pitchers on the market: One of the three most…

  6. Let’s not overstate the impact Yankee Stadium will have on Brian McCann

    Nov 24, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    As soon as the Yankees’ signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract was announced, the projections started rolling in. “McCann will hit 35-40 HRs with Yankee Stadium as home ballpark,” tweeted David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Others were less bold, suggesting 35 as a ceiling for the former…

  7. Does McCann to New York set up a Salty, Red Sox reunion?

    Nov 23, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    It’s the catcher market that has moved the most quickly in free agency this winter, with Brian McCann becoming the first elite free agent to come to terms, agreeing to a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees on Saturday. The other catcher deals: Carlos Ruiz – Phillies (three years, $26 million) Geovany Soto –…

  8. The Mariners are looking at a couple big name closers

    Nov 22, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    The M’s are shopping: #Mariners’ search for closers includes Wilson, Balfour, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. M’s interested in both, among others. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 22, 2013   A veteran free agent closer is the sort of luxury a 71-win team usually isn’t well advised to splurge on, but the Mariners have always…

  9. Royals sign Jason Vargas to four-year, $32 million contract

    Nov 21, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

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    Ervin Santana is almost certain to leave Kansas City as a free agent and the Royals announced that they’ve replaced him in the rotation with Jason Vargas, signing the left-hander to a four-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s worth $32 million. Vargas was traded from the Mariners to the Angels for Kendrys Morales…

  10. The Tigers and Rangers trade is just as much about past mistakes as it is about current need

    Nov 21, 2013, 5:34 AM EDT

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    In case you missed the big news last night, the Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler. Detroit is sending along around $30 million. The net result: the Tigers get Kinsler and about $70 million in salary relief, the Rangers get seven years of Fielder and a $138 million bill for his services.…

  11. Henry Blanco wants to play one more season

    Nov 20, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Kansas City Royals

    Free agent catcher Henry Blanco wants to play one more season in the big leagues before calling it a career, tweets Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. Blanco, now 42 years old, spent the 2013 season between the Blue Jays and Mariners, appearing in 50 games total. He was only able to muster a .474…

  12. Brian McCann will begin his grand tour soon

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Brian McCann is the best available catcher, and given that good catching is about the hardest thing to find — Henry Blanco is still active for crying out loud — it is definitely a seller’s market for Mr. McCann’s representatives.  In light of that I’m kind of surprised that he isn’t pulling a Cliff Lee…

  13. The Yankees are thinking about bringing back Raul Ibanez

    Nov 19, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    If your team is getting old the best thing to do is to go young. If you can’t go young, the next best thing I suppose is to bring in old players who don’t ever age. To that end: The Post has also learned the Yankees have an interest in bringing back the popular and…

  14. Ruben Tejada could file a grievance against the Mets over service time

    Nov 17, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is considering filing a grievance against the Mets over a service time issue. As Passan notes, Tejada was the team’s final call-up in September, earning the promotion on the 10th. They handed out three promotions on the 1st of the month, one on…

  15. Alderson: 2014 will be “a new day” for the Mets

    Nov 16, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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    Mets GM Sandy Alderson recently said he won’t target players expected to take home a nine-figure contract, like Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo, but he did state that the 2014 season will be “a new day” for the franchise. Newsday’s Marc Carig writes that Alderson spent 45 minutes on the radio, between WFAN and ESPN…

  16. Nationals “have significant interest” in Oliver Perez

    Nov 15, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    At this point the Nationals have been linked to basically every free agent reliever who throws the ball left-handed and the latest is Oliver Perez, with Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reporting that they “have significant interest.” Perez was awful in 2009 and 2010, and then out of the majors completely in 2011, but…

  17. Max Scherzer wins AL Cy Young Award

    Nov 13, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

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    Max Scherzer became the second Tiger in three years to claim the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, picking up 28 of the 30 first-place votes to easily outdistance the Rangers’ Yu Darvish and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. Darvish was second on 19 ballots to finish as the runner up to Scherzer. Iwakuma was third, getting…

  18. The Phillies to sign Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 million deal

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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    The Mike and Ike Show on 94WIP in Philly is reporting that the Phillies will sign Marlon Byrd Ken Rosenthal has confirmed the deal. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.com reports that the deal is for two years, $16 million. Byrd, who is 35, hit .291/.336/.511 with 24 homers and 88 RBI for the Mets and Pirates.…

  19. Alderson: Mets don’t expect to give out $100 million contract this winter

    Nov 11, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson AP

    The Mets have some money to spend this offseason with the contracts of Johan Santana, Jason Bay, and Frank Francisco coming off the books, but don’t expect them to go after any of the big ticket items in free agency. Alderson pledges aggressive approach this winter but unwilling to go over $100 million for a…

  20. Wil Myers outpoints Jose Iglesias for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 11, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

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    Wil Myers became Tampa Bay’s third AL Rookie of the Year in the past six seasons Monday after receiving 23 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA. Myers, who was acquired from Kansas City last winter in the James Shields deal, joins Evan Longoria (2008) and Jeremy Hellickson (2010) as Rays to win the award…

  21. Qualifying offer accept/decline round-up

    Nov 11, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: All 13 players who received a qualifying offer have declined it. ========== The deadline for free agents to accept or decline qualifying offers is 5:00 p.m. eastern time today, so I’ll update this list with decisions as they become known: – Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: Declined – Robinson Cano, Yankees: Declined – Shin-Soo Choo, Reds:…

  22. BBWAA awards finalists revealed on MLB Network

    Nov 5, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) is announcing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special airing right now (6:00 p.m. ET) on MLB Network. We will post those names here as they are rolled out…

  23. Felix Hernandez’s house is on fire

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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    According to this photo posted by the Bellevue Fire Department on Twitter tonight, Felix Hernandez‘s house is on fire: They’re calling it “a large residential fire” at the 5,000-square foot home, which Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times notes was purchased by King Felix in 2010.

  24. UPDATED: Everything about today’s qualifying offer deadline

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Here’s the wrap on how Monday’s qualifying offer deadline went down. First, here’s a quick guide to the qualifying offers game: Teams are allowed to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents they’ve employed for at least a year and thus secure a draft pick if they depart. That pick will come immediately following the…

  25. Mariners decline options on Franklin Gutierrez, Joe Saunders

    Nov 1, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez and Joe Saunders will both be free agents after the Mariners declined their 2014 options. Gutierrez once looked like a potential star, combining exceptional defense in center field with above-average offense, but he’s been healthy enough to play just 41, 40, and 92 games during the past three seasons and Seattle chose not…

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