The MLB team will play in a five-game series against "Samurai Japan" -- Japan's national team -- as well as an exhibition game before and after the series.
He was supposed to be there a year ago, joining fellow 2013 first-round college hitters like Kris Bryant and Colin Moran.
Instead, D.J. Peterson is in the Arizona Fall League now, with Class of '13 alums Hunter Dozier, Hunter Renfroe, Tim Anderson and Aaron Judge. The reason for the delay -- a broken jaw from a hit-by-pitch in August -- isn't something the No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft would wish on anyone, but he does see the silver lining.
SEATTLE -- Hisashi Iwakuma had his $7 million contract option for the 2015 season vested by the Mariners on Thursday, as expected, meaning the standout right-hander will return for his fourth season with the club next year.
The Mariners had the option of extending Iwakuma's two-year deal for a third season at $7 million, or buying out the contract's option year for $1 million. They chose to extend the 33-year-old's deal after he went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts and continued providing a strong No. 2 in the rotation behind Felix Hernandez
SEATTLE -- Pitching carried the upstart Mariners to within one win of a playoff bid in 2014, so it should be no surprise that three Seattle hurlers are among the nominees for MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) awards.
Felix Hernandez is one of eight finalists for the honor of top starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. Fernando Rodney is among the nine relievers selected in the top closer competition. And Chris Young is one of nine selections available in the "Bounceback" category for 2014.
SEATTLE -- After achieving just their third winning season in the past 11 years, the Mariners have raised the stakes for 2015. And that's exactly what manager Lloyd McClendon hoped to accomplish when he took over as Seattle's skipper last winter and set about changing the franchise's direction.
Adding Robinson Cano to a young nucleus last year did wonders for a club that chased its first postseason berth since 2001 all the way to the final day of the season. There are now far more pieces in place going forward and a firmer idea of what it'll take to make the postseason a reality.
SEATTLE -- Justin Smoak's tenure with the Mariners is over after five seasons as the 27-year-old first baseman was claimed off waivers on Tuesday by the Blue Jays.
Smoak, who put up a .224/.309/.380 slash line in 566 games with Seattle, lost his starting job to Logan Morrison at midseason and didn't appear to be part of the club's future after batting just .202 in 80 games this past year.
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Is there any indication the fans or organization should be worried about Taijuan Walker going home early from the Arizona Fall League?
-- Bob M., Spokane, Wash.
SEATTLE -- D.J. Peterson, the Mariners' first-round Draft pick in 2013, has been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game on Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Peterson will be Seattle's lone representative on the West team in the ninth annual game that features many of Major League Baseball's top prospects who are competing in the 32-game AFL season.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- So far, the greatest challenge in Patrick Kivlehan's baseball career has been finding a position. Kivlehan, the No. 6 prospect in Seattle's organization according to MLBPipeline.com, has hit at every stop of the Minor Leagues and has made up for lost time spent playing football.
Kivlehan has primarily played third base during his Minor League apprenticeship, but he moved into a utility role last year that saw him play first base and the outfield. The 24-year-old said Friday that third base is no longer his best position, but he also said he's willing to play anywhere on the field.
SEATTLE -- Kyle Seager and Felix Hernandez have been better known for their hitting and pitching prowess in their Mariners careers, but the two Seattle All-Stars were named top-three American League finalists for Rawlings Gold Glove Awards at their positions on Thursday.
Second baseman Robinson Cano, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner with the Yankees, was the third Mariners player named as a finalist. The winners will be announced on Nov. 4 in a 4 p.m. PT televised presentation on ESPN2.
Lots of fun responses as our Reader Inbox series got underway again for the offseason last week. Keep 'em coming! Click here to submit a question.
What player are the Mariners aiming for in free agency this offseason?
-- Matthew F., Bellevue, Wash.
SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez has been named the American League's top pitcher in 2014 as part of the Sporting News AL All-Star team selected by a vote of baseball executives, becoming the first Mariners player honored since '10.
Hernandez was also named Sporting News' AL Pitcher of the Year in 2010, which was the year he went on to win his first AL Cy Young Award. This year's Cy Young Award, which is chosen in a vote by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, will be announced Nov. 12.
SEATTLE -- Victor Sanchez, one of the Mariners' top young pitching prospects, is off to a hot start in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Sanchez, a 19-year-old right-hander out of Rio Chico, Venezuela, has posted a 2.00 ERA with the Leones del Caracas while allowing two earned runs on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in nine innings in a pair of no-decisions.
SEATTLE -- Believing he'd finally overcome a series of shoulder issues that had hindered much of his career, Chris Young just wanted a chance to pitch every fifth day and be part of a Major League rotation again after being released by the Nationals at the end of Spring Training.
But the 35-year-old right-hander did far more than that, putting together a strong 2014 season for the Mariners that resulted in Young being named Sporting News' American League Comeback Player of the Year on Monday.
SEATTLE -- Outfielder Michael Saunders has been selected by the Mariners RBI Club as the winner of its 2014 Al "Moose" Clausen Community Service Award.
The honor will be presented to Saunders on Nov. 15 at the RBI Club's annual Toys for Kids fundraiser at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom.
SEATTLE -- Taijuan Walker was scratched from his scheduled Arizona Fall League start Saturday night and has decided not to pitch any more this offseason, though he is completely healthy, general manager Jack Zduriencik said Sunday.
The 22-year-old right-hander had been slated to pitch his third AFL game for the Surprise Saguaros on Saturday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, but fellow Mariners prospect Stephen Landazuri replaced him and allowed five hits and three runs in three innings to take the loss as the Saguaros fell, 9-4, to the Glendale Desert Dogs.
SEATTLE -- Chris Young's season with the Mariners didn't begin the way he hoped. Nor did it end in quite the fashion he'd have drawn up, if given a choice.
But the six months between that start and finish were as good a time as the 6-foot-10 right-hander remembers having in baseball, and he'd love the chance to paint the complete picture with another go in Seattle if things work out in free agency this winter.
Patrick Kivlehan hit 20 home runs and posted a .507 slugging percentage in 138 games between Class A Advanced High Desert and Double-A Jackson this season. But he said he doesn't see himself as a power hitter.
"I just want to be one of those guys where they put the barrel on the ball and see where it goes," Kivlehan said.
The offseason is upon us, which means it's time to dig into the mailbag and resume the weekly Reader Inbox. With the Mariners facing a critical winter as they look to take the next step forward after just missing a playoff berth in 2014, there should be plenty of questions. Click here to submit a question.
There was midseason talk of converting Tom Wilhelmsen to a starter next year. Any chance that happens?
Shelly R., Eugene, Ore.
Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less
During the fifth inning of Surprise's 13-11 win over Scottsdale on Wednesday, John Hicks replaced starting catcher Luke Maile. At the time, the Saguaros were up by five runs and seemed to be on the way to an easy victory. But the Scorpions didn't go quietly and scored five runs in the seventh to tie the game.
The game was still deadlocked in the ninth, when Hicks stepped into the batter's box to face right-hander Colton Murray with two out and runners on second and third. Nick Williams had nearly broken the tie with a deep drive to right-center field, but the ball hopped over the wall for a ground-rule double, forcing Jesse Winker to return to third base.
SEATTLE -- As the elder statesman in baseball's best bullpen for 2014, Joe Beimel knows what the Mariners put together last season was something special.
And the 37-year-old southpaw from Pennsylvania would love to be part of it again next year if things fall into place, even though he's the lone free agent in a group that shattered Seattle's club record and posted the second-lowest ERA for an American League bullpen over the past 24 seasons at 2.59.
SEATTLE -- Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker made his second straight strong start in the Arizona Fall League with five innings of one-run ball as the Surprise Saguaros lost a 7-4 decision to Salt River on Monday in Surprise, Ariz.
Walker, regarded as one of the top young pitchers in baseball, allowed just two hits with two walks, a hit batter and six strikeouts while throwing 77 pitches.
SEATTLE -- After another season interrupted by various health issues, Michael Saunders isn't a lock to be the Mariners starting right fielder next year. Manager Lloyd McClendon and general manager Jack Zduriencik indicated as much last week at the team's season-ending press conference.
Between stints on the disabled list, Saunders primarily split playing time in 2014 with veteran Endy Chavez, rookie Stefen Romero and non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition Chris Denorfia. But McClendon and most Mariners fans still believe Saunders can be a productive everyday player.
Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less
SEATTLE -- Taijuan Walker threw four innings of one-run ball and fellow Mariners prospect Patrick Kivlehan homered as the Surprise Saguaros opened the Arizona Fall League with a 5-4 loss to the Peoria Javelinas on Tuesday in Surprise, Ariz.
Walker, one of the top young arms in baseball, allowed five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in a 57-pitch start and left with a 3-1 lead. The Mariners would like the 22-year-old to get 20-25 innings of work in the AFL after missing the first half of this past season with shoulder problems that limited him to 120 1/3 innings overall, including 38 with Seattle.
SEATTLE -- Veteran designated hitter Corey Hart declined an outright assignment to the Minor Leagues and elected to become a free agent on Monday, a week after being designated for assignment by the Mariners.
The move was expected after Hart was DFA'd in order to make room on the 40-man roster for first baseman Jesus Montero, who was activated off the suspended list the day after the regular season ended.
Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.
When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the concentration of talent will again be readily apparent. Two of the three Opening Day games feature premium pitching matchups, and the third game is highlighted by two of the best shortstops in the Minor Leagues.
SEATTLE -- Numbers, numbers, numbers. Baseball loves 'em, and so do we. Here's a look back at some interesting numerals from the Mariners' 2014 season:
87: Manager Lloyd McClendon racked up the second-most wins ever by a Mariners skipper in his first season, with only Bob Melvin's 93-69 debut in 2003 exceeding McClendon's 87-75 mark. As it stands at the moment, McClendon is the only Mariners manager besides Lou Piniella with an overall winning record during his Seattle tenure. McClendon never won more than 75 games in a season in his five years with the Pirates from 2001-05.
SEATTLE -- Here's a trivia question sure to stump even the most hardcore Mariners fans: What two Seattle players had the highest slugging percentages after the All-Star break this year?
If you're going with Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager or Logan Morrison, try again. And while some might correctly come up with Dustin Ackley, whose strong second half put him at a team-leading .476 slugging percentage after the break, most would be hard-pressed to identify shortstop Brad Miller at No. 2 with his .464 mark.
SEATTLE -- Lloyd McClendon would love to be heading to work at the ballpark on Wednesday instead of flying home to Indiana to begin his offseason, but the Mariners manager knows how far his club came this year and is already brainstorming ways to get better in 2015.
McClendon and general manager Jack Zduriencik met with the media Tuesday for a season wrapup. They expressed frustration over finishing one game shy of Seattle's first playoff berth since 2001, pride in the 16-win improvement that was made this year and a commitment to doing whatever is needed to take that next step.