SEATTLE -- Tan Brown could be sitting in her Seattle home this week preparing a Thanksgiving feast or enjoying vacation hanging with friends. Instead, she's in Vietnam spending time with an 18-month-old orphan with no eyes and no family.
For the Mariners videographer, this is the best way to give thanks for her own situation, to give something back to a world that has given her more than she could ever have hoped when she was a child growing up in her own difficult circumstances as a Vietnamese refugee.
SEATTLE -- Left-hander Danny Hultzen, who was designated for assignment on Friday by the Mariners after three injury-plagued seasons, has cleared waivers and will be outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma.
Hultzen thus remains with the organization that selected him with the second pick in the 2011 Draft and will continue his attempt to work his way back from shoulder surgery that sidelined him for all of 2014 and allowed him to pitch just eight innings in 2015 with Double-A Jackson (0-1, 3.38 ERA) before being shut down again.
SEATTLE -- James Paxton is taking a quick break for Thanksgiving with family, but the Mariners' left-hander will be back on the mound Monday in Peoria, Ariz., to throw seven innings of a simulated game as he continues building up his arm following an injury-shortened 2015 season.
Paxton threw 29 1/3 innings in seven starts in the Arizona Fall League, then tossed a seven-inning simulated game on Monday and will complete his work with a similar outing next week against young Mariners prospects.
MIAMI -- Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna is garnering plenty of trade interest from a number of teams, but no deal is considered imminent, according to a source.
On Tuesday night, ESPN.com first reported the Mariners have shown interest in Ozuna. MLB.com has learned it is unclear if Seattle is the front-runner. The Marlins have insisted they would not accept a "low-ball" offer for the 25-year-old outfielder.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
SEATTLE -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto refuted a report in The New York Daily News on Monday that second baseman Robinson Cano is unhappy and wants out of Seattle, saying the situation is "quite the opposite" after speaking with one of Cano's agents.
Dipoto said Brodie Van Wagenen, one of Cano's representatives, called him Monday morning after the newspaper reported that one of Cano's longtime friends said the player was displeased with the regime change in Seattle and would "love to find his way back to New York" if possible.
SEATTLE -- New Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto reached back into his former Angels team to make his first new free-agent acquisition, signing Chris Iannetta on Monday to a one-year Major League contract and saying the veteran will come in as the team's primary catcher next spring.
The deal is for $4.25 million, plus incentives, and also contains a team option for 2017 as well as a vesting option that would guarantee him a second year if he starts a certain number of games. John Hicks, a 26-year-old catcher who hit .063 in 32 at-bats for Seattle last season, was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster.
SEATTLE -- Former Mariners pitcher Mike Hampton has been hired as the team's new bullpen coach and long-time utility player Casey Candaele will be the new first-base coach, the club announced Monday.
The two hires fill out the primary coaching positions for new manager Scott Servais, who previously had named bench coach Tim Bogar, hitting coach Edgar Martinez, pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. and third-base coach Manny Acta.
SEATTLE -- New Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto continued his busy early offseason on Friday, trading outfield prospect Ramon Flores to the Brewers for young infielder Luis Sardinas.
There have been 12 trades in Major League Baseball thus far this offseason, and Dipoto has been involved in four of those over the past 16 days as he continues reworking the roster he inherited from previous general manager Jack Zduriencik.
SEATTLE -- Left-hander Danny Hultzen, the second player selected in the 2011 Draft, was designated for assignment on Friday by the Mariners as the club made several moves to adjust its 40-man roster prior to the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft.
"This is not where we envisioned this going when we selected Danny four years ago, but it is what it is," said Mariners assistant general manager Jeff Kingston. "It's too bad. He's a great kid and works as hard as anybody. He's been a favorite of our rehab and strength staff in Peoria [Ariz.]. Danny has kept an extremely positive attitude, so you hate to pull him off the roster. But at the end of the day, it's a business, and we have to do what's best for the Mariners at this time."
Will Ferrell and Randy Johnson have more in common that you might realize: They're both tall dudes from California, they're both actors (the Big Unit was in "Little Big League" and an episode of "Franklin & Bash"), they're both former D-backs and former Mariners ...the list goes on.
SEATTLE -- A Mariners team that has won nine straight season openers will get a chance to go for No. 10 in a nationally televised game on ESPN, as the network announced its Opening Day lineup Thursday.
The Mariners will begin their season Monday, April 4 at Texas in a 1:05 p.m. PT game that will be the second of four games broadcast that day by ESPN. The network will also televise three Opening Day games April 3.
Trey Griffey celebrated dad's b-day with 95-yard TD
By Ben Cosman |
With his father's 46th birthday on Saturday, Trey Griffey had to decide what kind of present to get him. He could've gone with a nice tie, possibly baseball-themed, like most sons would. Or, if he was feeling creative, he could've made him something -- a diorama of that time his dad homered off a warehouse, maybe?
SEATTLE -- Jerry Dipoto has a reputation as one of the new-wave "analytics" guys, but the Mariners' general manager doesn't consider sabermetrics being all that cutting edge anymore. For Dipoto, there is another wave coming in baseball -- better mental training for players -- and he intends to get in front of it.
Which is why his eyes light up when asked about Andy McKay, a sports psychologist from the Rockies who will be Seattle's new director of player development.
SEATTLE -- The Arizona Fall League wraps up play on Thursday, and lefty reliever David Rollins continues his strong finish for the Peoria Javelinas as he looks to enhance his chances of returning to the Mariners' bullpen in 2016.
Last year's Rule 5 Draft pick gave up four hits and two runs in two innings in his AFL debut in October, but since then has allowed just one run on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in 7 2/3 innings over his last eight appearances to lower his ERA to 2.79.
Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. 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 add outfielder Martin in deal with Rangers
Club lands center fielder, reliever Bass, parts with Wilhelmsen, Jones
By Greg Johns
SEATTLE -- The rapid evolution of the Mariners' roster under new general manager Jerry Dipoto continued Monday, as the club acquired center fielder Leonys Martin and right-handed reliever Anthony Bass from the Rangers in exchange for part-time closer Tom Wilhelmsen, outfielder James Jones and a player to be named.
"The addition of Martin gives us a premier defensive center fielder," said Dipoto. "His athleticism and speed will be strong additions to our lineup as we continue to mold the roster. Bass will give our club added flexibility and depth in our bullpen."
Veteran starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma rejected the Mariners' $15.8 million qualifying offer on Friday, as expected, officially making the Japanese right-hander a free agent.
The Mariners will receive a compensatory Draft pick at the end of the first round if Iwakuma signs elsewhere this offseason. Compensation picks will be made in reverse order of teams' winning percentage from the 2015 season.
A Mariners bullpen that sported the sixth-worst ERA in the Major Leagues last season received a major boost on Thursday, when veteran right-hander Joaquin Benoit was acquired from the Padres for a pair of low-level Minor Leaguers.
In exchange, new general manager Jerry Dipoto parted ways with starter Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward.
Scott Brosius, the former big league infielder who has been coaching in the college ranks the last 13 years, is returning to the pros as hitting coach for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers in the Mariners' organization.
After concluding his 11-year Major League career in 2001 with the Yankees, Brosius spent five seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Linfield College, and took over as head coach in 2008. He led the Wildcats to a 270-96 record, five conference titles, four regional titles and one national championship, in the process earning five Northwest Conference Coach of the Year honors.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
WATCH: The best Mariners commercials of the 1990s
By Mike Bertha |
The only force more powerful than Nelson Cruz's home run swing is '90s nostalgia: The laugh tracks, the backward jerseys, the awful pants ...
And there's no shortage of that power available to the Mariners now that the team has uploaded all of their old commercials to promote season ticket plans. The team recently uploaded a treasure trove of 30-second spots featuring your favorite Mariners, past and present.
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has made it clear his club would like to get more athletic in the outfield, and the New York Post reported Wednesday that the club has talked to the Yankees about acquiring center fielder Brett Gardner.
Last week, the Mariners acquired center-field prospect Boog Powell from the Rays, but he just got his feet wet at Triple-A last season. Austin Jackson, who started 99 games in center for Seattle last season, was traded to the Cubs in August.
The Mariners named Manny Acta their new third-base coach Tuesday, adding the former manager to a reconstructed coaching staff under first-year skipper Scott Servais
Acta is currently in his third season as the general manager of the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League. The 46-year-old previously spent six seasons as a Major League manager with the Indians (2010-12) and Nationals (2007-09), and as a third-base coach for the Mets (2005-06) and Expos (2002-04).
The Mariners announced their 2016 Cactus League schedule on Tuesday, a 33-game slate that includes 18 home games at Peoria Sports Complex.
The schedule starts with a March 2 matchup against the Padres in the annual charity game, with proceeds benefitting local charitable and youth organizations in the Peoria, Ariz., area. The two teams, who share the facility, then play again the following day.
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has already pulled off the first trade of the offseason and was hard at work at the General Managers Meetings on Tuesday at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, trying to find other moves to improve his new club.
Dipoto, hired in late September to replace Jack Zduriencik, was a popular interview subject Tuesday aternoon for reporters curious about how his move to the Pacific Northwest was going, just two months into the job.