Mariners keeping eye on market for right-handed bat

Some big free-agent names have already signed, so Seattle might seek trade

Mariners keeping eye on market for right-handed bat

SEATTLE -- While the vast majority of this year's free agents are still available and the Winter Meetings are still nearly two weeks away, all of the early Hot Stove action in Major League Baseball has centered around hitters. In particular, quality right-handed or switch-hitters.

And given priority No. 1 for the Mariners this offseason is adding a right-handed thumper to hit cleanup between left-handers Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in the middle of Seattle's batting order, that rapidly evolving market could push the focus for general manager Jack Zduriencik more toward the trade front if the trend continues.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Source: Seager nears $100M extension with Mariners

Source: Seager nears $100M extension with Mariners

SEATTLE -- The Mariners have yet to sign a free agent this offseason, but they are on the verge of wrapping up one of their own stars for the next seven years as third baseman Kyle Seager is close to agreement on a seven-year, $100 million deal that would keep him in Seattle through 2021, according to a source.

The agreement was first reported by Yahoo Sports. The Mariners have not confirmed the agreement and had no comment on Monday. Club policy is to not comment on pending deals until after a physical exam is completed and a contract is officially signed, which likely won't be until next week at the earliest.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Johnson brings superb resume to Hall ballot

Big Unit tallied 303 wins, 4,875 strikeouts, five Cy Youngs in 22 seasons

Johnson brings superb resume to Hall ballot

There were certainly a lot of notable milestones in Randy Johnson's 22-year career in the big leagues -- being named to 10 All-Star teams, winning MVP of the World Series and five Cy Young Awards, tossing a perfect game and winning 303 games pitching for six different teams.

With that success, though, came a lot of responsibility, Johnson said. And there was never a tougher critic in terms of his performance than Johnson himself.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Only thing missing from Edgar's bio is Hall of Fame

Longtime Mariners DH one of the game's purest hitters

Only thing missing from Edgar's bio is Hall of Fame

SEATTLE -- A thoroughfare that runs right by the ballpark is named for him. The restaurant beyond the left-field wall is named for him. And all over Seattle, the mere mention of "Edgar" brings nothing but great memories, unforgettable moments and smiles.

Edgar Martinez and this city are forever linked, and this never will be in doubt.

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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.

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Guardado on Hall ballot for first time

Guardado on Hall ballot for first time

The newest list of candidates for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 is headlined by dominant pitchers like Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, as well as power hitter Gary Sheffield.

But beyond the stars, others who had stellar Major League careers also are eligible for the first time. Although they didn't throw with Johnson's velocity or swing with Sheffield's ferocity, at one time or another, many of them carried their clubs and will forever be remembered by baseball fans.

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Adam Berry and Cash Kruth are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mariners protect three from Rule 5 Draft

Mariners protect three from Rule 5 Draft

SEATTLE -- The Mariners added three of their top Minor League prospects -- reliever Mayckol Guaipe, catcher John Hicks and infielder Ketel Marte -- to their 40-man roster on Thursday to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.

Players who signed their first professional contract at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be selected by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mariners acquire Gaviglio from Cards for Kelly

Mariners acquire Gaviglio from Cards for Kelly

SEATTLE -- Mariners infielder Ty Kelly, who spent all of last season with Triple-A Tacoma, was traded to the Cardinals on Thursday for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio.

Neither player has reached the Major Leagues yet nor was on their team's 40-man roster at the time of the deal, though the Cardinals immediately put Kelly on their 40-man to protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mariners recognized for philanthropic initiatives

Mariners recognized for philanthropic initiatives

SEATTLE -- The Mariners' "Refuse to Abuse" campaign against domestic violence has earned the franchise its first Commissioner Award for Philanthropic Excellence, a prestigious honor that was announced Thursday at the Major League Baseball Owners Meetings in Kansas City.

The CAPE Award was started by Commissioner Bud Selig in 2010 to recognize extraordinary charitable and philanthropic efforts by MLB clubs. Previous winners were the Red Sox in 2010, the White Sox in '11, the Blue Jays in '12 and the Tigers in '13.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Inbox: How could Felix not win AL Cy Young Award?

Beat reporter Greg Johns fields questions from Mariners fans

Inbox: How could Felix not win AL Cy Young Award?

Here's the latest in our Inbox series. You can submit a question of your own.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how surprised were you that Corey Kluber won the American League Cy Young Award over Felix Hernandez?
-- Frankie O., Tukwila, Wash.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mariners claim lefty reliever Olmos from Marlins

Mariners claim lefty reliever Olmos from Marlins

SEATTLE -- Edgar Olmos, a left-handed reliever in the Marlins' organization, was claimed off waivers Thursday by the Mariners.

Olmos, 24, went 3-3 with three saves and a 4.06 ERA in 51 appearances while splitting last season between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. Opponents hit .248 against the 6-foot-4 southpaw, and he totaled 30 walks and 60 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Listach hired to manage Mariners' Triple-A club

Listach hired to manage Mariners' Triple-A club

SEATTLE -- Former Major League shortstop Pat Listach, who worked last season as the Astros' third-base coach, has been hired by the Mariners to manage Triple-A Tacoma in 2015, it was announced Tuesday.

"Pat has a great deal of experience, as a Major League player and as a Minor League coach and manager," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We are looking forward to having him work with our young players."

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mariners earn second 'Retailer of Year' award

At this very moment, Mariners fans are clicking through the MLB.com Shop and taking advantage of the first wave of holiday shopping sales there. If the five top-selling items of 2014 were an indicator, then they are browsing primarily Authentic Collection items, including, in order, the Team Favorite Hooded Fleece, the Low Crown On-Field 59FIFTY Cap, the regular On-Field 59FIFTY Cap, the Dri-FIT Legend Team Issue T-Shirt and Authentic Font Personalized T-Shirt.

This is happening around the clock, partly because the Mariners are coming off an 87-75 season and thinking playoffs in 2015, and partly because of what the franchise has done in 2014 to give its fans what they want. That point was further emphasized on Wednesday night when Major League Baseball Properties announced that Seattle is now the first two-time winner of the "Club Retailer of the Year" award, based on the club's commitment to driving merchandise sales through creative marketing and merchandising efforts.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Several Mariners prospects stand out in AFL action

Seattle happy with progress of catcher Hicks, who impressed on offense

Several Mariners prospects stand out in AFL action

SEATTLE -- Among the Mariners' prospects in the just-completed Arizona Fall League, hot-hitting first baseman Patrick Kivlehan and 2013 first-round Draft pick D.J. Peterson got most of the publicity. But catcher John Hicks opened some eyes as well with his play the past six weeks.

Hicks, ranked by MLB.com as the Mariners' No. 19 prospect, played 13 games for the Surprise Saguaros, hitting .304/.396/.522 with four doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs in an impressive showing against top-caliber competition. His .918 OPS was the second highest on the team behind outfielder Jesse Winker, a first-round pick of the Reds in 2012.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mariners sign lefty Siverio to Minor League deal

Mariners sign lefty Siverio to Minor League deal

SEATTLE -- The Mariners have signed Misael Siverio, a 25-year-old left-hander from Cuba, to a Minor League deal.

Siverio pitched last season in Mexico after defecting from Cuba, taking something of a similar path to Roenis Elias, who had a breakout season for the Mariners last year as a 25-year-old rookie southpaw following three seasons in Seattle's Minor League system after going from Cuba to Mexico.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cano staying positive after fracturing toe in Japan

Mariners slugger should return to normal offseason workouts in December

Cano staying positive after fracturing toe in Japan

TOKYO -- Sporting a boot on his right foot and a cane in his left hand, Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano walked gingerly up the Tokyo Dome's dugout steps. A night earlier, Cano had taken a Yuki Nishi pitch off his right pinkie toe, fracturing the bone and ending his time as an active player on Major League Baseball's Japan All-Star Series. As of Sunday afternoon, Cano was still deciding if he would accompany his All-Star teammates to Sapporo and Okinawa, or head home to Seattle or the Dominican Republic.

"You want to be able to compete," Cano said. "That's the goal, to play the whole game, every game, and give the beautiful fans a chance to see you play everywhere the team goes. I'm sorry to the fans that I won't be able to continue playing."

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

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Mariners' Kivlehan wins AFL's Stenson Award

Prospect is recognized for his selfless attitude and willingness to be a team player

Mariners' Kivlehan wins AFL's Stenson Award

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Patrick Kivlehan's field of endeavor has changed, but his mindset remains the same. The former defensive back has brought a football mentality to the baseball diamond, and on Saturday he was recognized for his selfless attitude and willingness to be a team player.

Kivlehan, a Seattle prospect, was honored with the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award, which is annually distributed to the Arizona Fall League player who best exemplifies teamwork and leadership. Kivlehan, playing through his second tour of the AFL, was proud of his distinction.

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

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Cano out of Japan Series with toe fracture

Mariners superstar expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks

Cano out of Japan Series with toe fracture

TOKYO -- Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano suffered a broken right pinkie toe when he was hit by a Yuki Nishi pitch during the seventh inning of Saturday's All-Star Series Game against Samurai Japan, said Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik.

Cano will miss the remainder of the Japan Series and will be sidelined from baseball activities for three to four weeks. The Mariners said Cano will resume full workouts in December and should have no issues with being ready for the start of Spring Training in February.

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

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Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Respect trumps results for Iwakuma and Wada

Team MLB pitchers don't let rough outings sour Japan Series experience

Respect trumps results for Iwakuma and Wada

TOKYO -- In many ways, what happened to Hisashi Iwakuma and Tsuyoshi Wada in Game 2 of the Japan All-Star Series hardly mattered.

It wasn't a big deal that Iwakuma's first competitive appearance in his home country since 2011 turned into a five-run, 10-hit drubbing at the hands of Samurai Japan. It did not matter that Wada's return to a Japanese mound proved similarly unsuccessful in an 8-4 loss on Friday that put the MLB squad into a 2-0 hole in the five-game series.

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

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Cano finishes fifth, Felix 10th on ballots for AL MVP

Angels' Trout wins unanimously; Seager receives one 10th-place vote

Cano finishes fifth, Felix 10th on ballots for AL MVP

SEATTLE -- Robinson Cano finished fifth in the American League MVP voting announced Thursday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, the top finish by a Mariners player since Ichiro Suzuki won the award in 2001.

Seattle ace Felix Hernandez was 10th in the balloting, the highest MVP finish of his career. Hernandez finished one spot ahead of Indians right-hander Corey Kluber, who edged him for the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Japan knocks around MLB countrymen

Iwakuma, Wada give up seven runs as Team Samurai takes 2-0 series lead

Japan knocks around MLB countrymen

The MLB squad surrendered six runs with two outs and mustered just six hits while dropping Game 2 of the Japan All-Star Series to Samurai Japan, 8-4, on Friday at the Tokyo Dome.

Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who got the start for the MLB club in his hometown, allowed five runs on 10 hits in four innings and took the loss. He struck out four.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Felix comes up short as Kluber wins AL Cy Young

Hernandez tallies 159 points, 10 fewer than Cleveland righty on ballot

Felix comes up short as Kluber wins AL Cy Young

SEATTLE -- After putting together what he called the best season of his 10-year career, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez vowed to be even better next year after finishing second to Indians right-hander Corey Kluber on Wednesday when the American League Cy Young Award was handed out by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Kluber was a narrow winner as he was named first on 17 of the 30 ballots, second on 11 and third on two, for 169 points. Hernandez earned 13 first-place votes and 17 second-place votes, putting him 10 points back on the scoring system based on 7-4-3-2-1 points for the five pitchers put on each writer's ballot.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Kivlehan's four-RBI day leads Surprise in AFL win

Victory sets up showdown for chance at Arizona Fall League title game

Kivlehan's four-RBI day leads Surprise in AFL win

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Surprise Saguaros took care of business Wednesday, giving them a chance to control their own destiny Thursday. Patrick Kivlehan led the Saguaros to an 8-0 victory over Scottsdale, and Surprise can win its division with a victory over Peoria on the final day of regular-season play in the Arizona Fall League.

Surprise enters with a one-game lead over Peoria in the West Division, and the winner of Thursday's matchup will play in Saturday's title game against East champion Salt River. Kivlehan, who had four RBIs Wednesday, thinks the Saguaros will be up to the task.

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

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Cano buys Fowler 'selfie stick' as gift in Japan

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Cano buys Fowler 'selfie stick' as gift in Japan

As MLB's tour through Japan has continued on, the players traditionally stationed in America have been lucky enough to experience some of the Far East's more unique customs -- things like live bands in the standssamurai training and even some shopping.

It's that last thing that seems to have helped bring Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano and Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler closer together. 

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Mariners eyeing top bats on free-agent market

Hanley, V-Mart, Cuban outfielder Tomas among most coveted on offense

Mariners eyeing top bats on free-agent market

SEATTLE -- There's no question the Mariners are in the hunt for offensive help this offseason and general manager Jack Zduriencik acknowledged on Tuesday that his club will be looking into every available free agent, including the top names on the market.

A year ago, the Mariners surprised the baseball world by luring second baseman Robinson Cano, the premier free agent on everyone's list, away from the Yankees with a 10-year, $240 million deal. The Mariners are being linked again to the top available hitters, with Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez and Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas at the top of most wish lists.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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McClendon fourth in AL Manager of Year race

McClendon fourth in AL Manager of Year race

SEATTLE -- Lloyd McClendon, who led the Mariners to a 16-win improvement in his first year as Seattle's skipper, finished fourth in the American League Manager of the Year Award race as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America it was announced on Tuesday.

Buck Showalter of the Orioles, now a three-time winner, was the runaway choice, being named first on 25 of the 30 ballots. Two writers in each AL city vote for the award.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cano, All-Stars flock to 'fabulous' Osaka Castle in Japan

Cano, All-Stars flock to 'fabulous' Osaka Castle in Japan

NISHINOMIYA, Japan -- The pathway to Osaka Castle winds through a large park situated at the eastern edge of town. It is part paved, part dirt, and on Tuesday, it played host to a significant contingent of Major League Baseball players.

"Make sure you climb the tower," advised Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, on his way down from a visit with his father.

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

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Ackley hopes to piece it all together in 2015

Ackley hopes to piece it all together in 2015

SEATTLE -- It seems to have become an annual tradition, the Mariners heading into winter looking for ways to beef up their offense and exploring whether the outfield is one of the primary places to add offensive production to the roster.

So it is that Dustin Ackley looms as a key factor again, as the club ponders whether its 2009 first-round Draft pick can be one of the Mariners' best hitters -- as he's been in the second half of the past two seasons -- or if he's destined to deal with the inconsistency that has otherwise plagued him at the plate during his time in Seattle.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Iwakuma excited to be part of MLB rotation in Japan

Iwakuma excited to be part of MLB rotation in Japan

NISHINOMIYA, Japan -- Manager John Farrell's Japan All-Star Series rotation features a New Englander who has played for six different big league clubs, a Midwesterner who is brand new to international competition, and an American of Japanese descent.

It also features Hisashi Iwakuma, the main attraction for many local fans in the Kansai region. Iwakuma will make his only All-Star Series appearance Friday at the Tokyo Dome, in Game 2 of the five-game set.

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

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