Edgar sees rising support for Hall of Fame

Longtime Mariners slugger tallies 58.6 percent of BBWAA vote

Edgar sees rising support for Hall of Fame

SEATTLE -- Edgar Martinez's sterling Major League career was defined by patience that paid off. His Hall of Fame quest just might be following the same blueprint.

The results of the National Baseball Hall of Fame election for 2017 were revealed Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, and even though Martinez did not gain entry, the longtime designated hitter and Mariners legend made the most significant jump in vote totals in the eight years he's been on the ballot.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rising prospect Moore not getting ahead of himself

Rising prospect Moore not getting ahead of himself

SEATTLE -- When it comes to homegrown pitching prospects, former Oregon State standout Andrew Moore fits the bill on two fronts for the Mariners.

For starters, he's a Northwest kid who grew up in Eugene, Ore., watching the Mariners on television and occasionally making the trek to Safeco Field to watch Jamie Moyer and later Felix Hernandez. But he's also one of the few top-flight pitching prospects remaining who was drafted or signed and developed by Seattle after general manager Jerry Dipoto traded away Ryan Yarbrough and Luiz Gohara last Wednesday on the heels of Andrew Kittredge and Dylan Thompson on Nov. 18.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Dyson or Segura leading off for Seattle?

Beat reporter Greg Johns answers fans' questions

Inbox: Dyson or Segura leading off for Seattle?

With Jarrod Dyson now in the mix, does Jean Segura still lead off or does he slide into the No. 2 slot?
-- Michael V., Seattle

General manager Jerry Dipoto will leave it to manager Scott Servais to work out the lineup structure, which figures to be one of the interesting things to watch this spring with the speedsters Dyson and Segura now in tandem. Both have hit leadoff at times, and it's a safe bet they'll hit one-two in some combination, with Leonys Martin -- another good base stealer -- likely batting in the ninth spot.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Segura among 8 Mariners to avoid arbitration

Club also reaches 1-year deals with Smyly, Dyson, Valencia

Segura among 8 Mariners to avoid arbitration

SEATTLE -- The Mariners agreed to terms on contracts with all eight of their arbitration-eligible players prior to Friday's deadline, including newcomers Drew Smyly, Jarrod Dyson, Danny Valencia and Jean Segura.

Also agreeing to terms were center fielder Leonys Martin, starting pitcher James Paxton, and relievers Evan Scribner and Nick Vincent. The Mariners thus head to camp next month with no open arbitration cases for a second straight year. The last time the club went to an arbitration hearing was in 2014 with reliever Tom Wilhelmsen.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former Mariners president, GM O'Brien dies at 87

Career included time as GM of Mariners, Angels, Rangers

Dan O'Brien Sr., a baseball lifer who was president and general manager of the Mariners as well as general manager of the Rangers and Angels, passed away in Dallas on Tuesday. He was 87.

O'Brien's big league career was bracketed by 18 years in the Minor Leagues, beginning in 1955, and stints with the Arizona Fall League and USA Baseball.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners outright righty Martin to Triple-A

Mariners outright righty Martin to Triple-A

SEATTLE -- The Mariners outrighted the contract of pitcher Cody Martin to Triple-A Tacoma after the 27-year-old right-hander cleared waivers on Friday.

Martin had been designated for assignment on Wednesday to open a 40-man roster spot after the Mariners acquired pitchers Drew Smyly and Shae Simmons in trades. The 40-man roster is now full.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dipoto's vision for Mariners more firmly in place

After 36 deals since end of '15 season, GM likes makeup of roster

Dipoto's vision for Mariners more firmly in place

SEATTLE -- For Jerry Dipoto, the vision finally is coming into focus. A myriad of moves -- by far the most in Major League baseball over his 16 months as Mariners general manager -- have led to what he believes is a ballclub better suited for Safeco Field and the rigors of a postseason race.

When Dipoto replaced Jack Zduriencik at the end of the 2015 season, he set forth a plan built around acquiring speed and defense to handle the spacious Safeco outfield and manufacture enough runs on offense to supplement the club's core group of veterans -- Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners swing 2 trades to land Smyly

Seattle also acquires reliever Simmons; Dipoto: 'This is our team'

Mariners swing 2 trades to land Smyly

SEATTLE -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto continued his busy offseason with two more trades on Wednesday, filling out his rotation with the acquisition of lefty Drew Smyly from the Rays and adding a solid bullpen piece in Shae Simmons from the Braves.

Dipoto said the deals likely complete his major work in a winter in which he has made 11 trades involving 33 players and signed a pair of free agents.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Richard Justice

Busy Dipoto dealing, helping reshape Mariners

Busy Dipoto dealing, helping reshape Mariners

OK, let's make this fast. That's the only way to write about the Seattle Mariners, because moving targets are nearly impossible to assess. Maybe we'll get lucky and Jerry Dipoto needs a couple hours to charge his phone or grab a sandwich.

Say hello to baseball's busiest general manager. How busy? Dipoto made two more trades on Wednesday, running his total to 11 this offseason and 36 since he took over the Mariners 16 months ago. Yes, 36.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hitting, pitching summits instilling the 'Mariners Way'

Hitting, pitching summits instilling the 'Mariners Way'

SEATTLE -- It's more than a month until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training, but the Mariners are getting a jump on that process this week as around 50 of their top young players and prospects gather at the team's facility in Peoria, Ariz., for hitting and pitching "summits" with the club's coaching staff.

While most Major League teams feature offseason instructional league games for youngsters, the Mariners have eschewed that process and gone strictly to the more hands-on minicamp approach that will feature four intense days of classroom and on-field work with the selected players in each group.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

The following are the first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs. 

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Speedy in Seattle: Mariners reel in Dyson

Veteran outfielder acquired from Royals for Karns

Speedy in Seattle: Mariners reel in Dyson

SEATTLE -- Since his arrival in Seattle, general manager Jerry Dipoto has talked of getting faster and more athletic in the outfield, and the Mariners certainly took another step in that direction on Friday by acquiring speedster Jarrod Dyson from the Royals for starting pitcher Nathan Karns.

Dyson, 32, gives the Mariners a veteran outfielder who can tandem with youngsters Ben Gamel and Mitch Haniger in the corner spots after Dipoto traded Seth Smith to the Orioles earlier Friday for starter Yovani Gallardo, while also serving as a quality backup to center fielder Leonys Martin.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners land veteran Gallardo for rotation

Smith sent to Baltimore on active day for GM Dipoto

Mariners land veteran Gallardo for rotation

SEATTLE -- After weeks of pursuing available options, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto moved to bolster the team's rotation on Friday by acquiring veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo from the Orioles in a trade for outfielder Seth Smith.

Smith provides Baltimore with a needed left-handed-hitting outfielder, while Gallardo fills Seattle's rotation holes created by Dipoto's trade of Nathan Karns to the Royals on Friday for Jarrod Dyson and the Nov. 23 trade of Taijuan Walker to the D-backs.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners open annual Caravan

Altavilla and Gamel among players slated to appear during three-week tour

Mariners open annual Caravan

SEATTLE -- Reliever Dan Altavilla and outfielder Ben Gamel, two key youngsters in Seattle's plans this season, were part of the Mariners Caravan as it hit the road Monday and made its first stop in Yakima, Wash.

The Caravan will visit about two dozen communities across the Pacific Northwest over the next three weeks, with current and former Mariners players, broadcasters and the Mariners Moose attending school assemblies, visiting Boys & Girls Clubs and hospitals and hosting several free public autograph and photo sessions as well.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Busy Dipoto showing no signs of slowing

Busy Dipoto showing no signs of slowing

Jerry Dipoto is a man in motion.

Never has been one to sit around.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

How quickly could Dyson run to Safeco Field from KC?

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How quickly could Dyson run to Safeco Field from KC?

On Friday afternoon, the Mariners announced that they acquired stolen-base extraordinaire and hair model Jarrod Dyson from the Royals in exchange for Nathan Karns. As there are only a few weeks before Spring Training, Dyson is probably pretty excited to join up with his new team and get ready for the new season. Maybe he's so excited that he doesn't want to wait to book a plane ticket or request the world's longest Uber ride. Maybe he just wants to do what he does best, and run there.

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Cruz collects hit in Dominican Winter debut

Cruz collects hit in Dominican Winter debut

SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a single and scored a run on Tuesday, as the Mariners star made his debut for Gigantes in a 7-5 loss to Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League playoffs.

Cruz plans to play for about two weeks for the Dominican squad in the round-robin portion of the playoffs, which runs through Jan. 17, as he gets in some early hitting in preparation for the World Baseball Classic in March.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

Paxton one of 5 pitchers poised to break out in '17

Paxton, Gray, Stroman among best bets to reach new heights

Paxton one of 5 pitchers poised to break out in '17

Let's take this time to seek out 2017's likeliest breakout pitchers, but first we must answer the surprisingly complicated question of "what makes a breakout season?"

For example: Kyle Hendricks cut his ERA nearly in half from 3.95 to 2.13 and finished third in the National League Cy Young Award ballot. Yet while the run prevention was markedly better, the inputs behind it -- strikeouts, walks, homers -- didn't change much. (There was even evidence he induced less soft contact than he had in 2015.) Of course, Hendricks did find himself in front of one of the best defenses in history, which helped save runs.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

One call away: Rollins recounts busy offseason

Lefty reliever has been claimed five times in one month

One call away: Rollins recounts busy offseason

CHICAGO -- David Rollins knows the spiel by heart. It started with the Mariners in November. Someone from the team calls to tell the left-hander that he was put him on waivers and has been claimed by another team. The new team will then call to welcome him to its organization.

In one month, Rollins has gotten the combo of calls five times, including twice apiece by the Rangers and the Cubs, his current club.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Watch Griffey, Bonds and Lofton dunk in these videos

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Watch Griffey, Bonds and Lofton dunk in these videos

There is a lot of pointless nostalgic navel-gazing for the '90s. Nobody really misses the "Macarena," snap bracelets and those giant baggy suits that made Agent Mulder look like three small children stacked on top of each other. 

This is not one of those. Because in the early '90s, there was the outrageously amazing and amazingly outrageous Foot Locker Slam Fest. Rather than a dunk contest featuring basketball players who are, you know, paid to dunk orange orbs, these events featured superstars from other sports like football, track and field, and, of course, baseball. 

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Felix finished in winter league after 2 starts

Mariners ace will not pitch in Venezuela's postseason

Felix finished in winter league after 2 starts

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez's pitching plans in the Venezuelan Winter League have been cut short as the Mariners' ace is done following just two starts with his hometown Magallanes squad after it was eliminated from the upcoming playoffs, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed on Friday.

Hernandez's agent told Venezuelan journalist Marcos Grunfeld on Friday that Hernandez didn't make his name available to the remaining playoff teams in the draft process that is held to allocate players from eliminated squads to compete in the postseason.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners complement core for October push

Additions could be key to putting Felix and Co. in postseason position

Mariners complement core for October push

SEATTLE -- Players and coaches won't need name tags this time to remember who is who when the Mariners report to Spring Training in six weeks, but there still will be a number of new faces when Scott Servais opens his second season as Seattle's manager.

Year 2 of general manager Jerry Dipoto's tenure figures to focus on taking the next step as Seattle looks to break its 15-year postseason drought with a team that improved by 10 wins in 2016, only to fall just shy of an American League Wild Card berth.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners make changes, strides in 2016

New GM Dipoto, manager Servais lead Seattle's 10-win improvement

Mariners make changes, strides in 2016

SEATTLE -- The operative word for the Mariners in 2016 was "change." From the team's ownership group to the general manager, field manager, coaches and a large chunk of the roster, new faces were in new places.

And as the calendar closes, it's fair to say the general direction seems extremely positive, even while the primary goal loomed just out of reach as Seattle came up just shy of landing a postseason berth despite a 10-win improvement in the American League West standings.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Will Gamel be a factor next season?

Beat reporter Greg Johns answers fans' questions

Inbox: Will Gamel be a factor next season?

I keep hearing about how high the Mariners are on Ben Gamel, but other than being a defensive upgrade, I'm not sold on his bat. What does the Mariners' brass see in his potential?
-- Paul E., Salt Lake City, Utah

Jerry Dipoto feels Gamel has done everything possible the past two years in Triple-A for the Yankees to show he's ready for a Major League opportunity. The 24-year-old hit .300 and .308 those two seasons for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was the International League MVP last year when he posted a .365 on-base percentage, scored 80 runs, had 26 doubles, five triples, six homers and stole 19 bases in 116 games.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Most amazing American League games of 2016

Most amazing American League games of 2016

The Indians came thisclose to bringing a World Series title home to their fans and to the American League after an amazing 2016 season. Taking the Chicago Cubs to the 10th inning of the seventh game of the Fall Classic was just about as memorable as it gets.

But the Indians were one of 15 teams in the AL, and each one had its own Game of the Year. In consultation with the MLB.com beat reporters for every team, here are the best individual games for each AL club during another fantastic year in Major League Baseball:

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Memory of 'Hendu' helps Rizzs continue to give

Memory of 'Hendu' helps Rizzs continue to give

SEATTLE -- For 20 years, Rick Rizzs worked with Dave Henderson to distribute gifts to homeless and sick children in the Seattle area through their Toys For Kids program, a charity that grew from a grassroots effort among a handful of Mariners players to a robust service that now brings a little Christmas cheer to thousands around the Puget Sound area.

But while the program is still going strong -- reaching a record number of dollars raised and toys and cash distributed to needy families this winter -- one thing is missing this year: Henderson, who died of a heart attack two days after last Christmas at the age of 57.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners sign Waldrop to Minor League deal

Mariners sign Waldrop to Minor League deal

SEATTLE -- Kyle Waldrop, a 25-year-old outfielder who played 15 games with the Reds last season, has signed a Minor League contract with the Mariners that includes an invitation to the Major League camp in February.

Waldrop became a free agent after being designated for assignment by the Reds in September. He hit .227 with a double and one RBI in 22 at-bats for Cincinnati last season, and also had one at-bat for the big league club in 2015.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Photo: The one time Big Unit wasn't the tallest

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Photo: The one time Big Unit wasn't the tallest

With impossibly long limbs and a mustache straight from the O.K. Corral, Randy Johnson literally towered over the other players while firing in fastballs. 

But at the 1993 All-Star Game, Johnson was bested in the height department. And it's all thanks to New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing. 

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