Mariners get righty Rumbelow from Yanks

Mariners get righty Rumbelow from Yanks

SEATTLE -- General manager Jerry Dipoto added another right-handed reliever to the Mariners' mix on Saturday, acquiring 26-year-old Nick Rumbelow from the Yankees in exchange for Minor League pitchers JP Sears and Juan Then in his third trade in four days.

Rumbelow pitched 17 games for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in '16. He spent all last season in the Minors, going 4-1 with a 1.12 ERA and six saves in 25 games while splitting time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Prospect Filia wins AFL sportsmanship award

Prospect Filia wins AFL sportsmanship award

With three-month-old twins at home, sleep doesn't come easy for Mariners No. 24 prospect Eric Filia.

However, this has not affected his play or his demeanor.

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Dipoto likes Seattle's 'pen depth going forward

GM confident with combination of closer Diaz, veteran relievers, up-and-coming prospects

Dipoto likes Seattle's 'pen depth going forward

SEATTLE -- With versatile reliever Emilio Pagan and promising prospect Thyago Vieira both traded away this week in the first moves of general manager Jerry Dipoto's offseason, some are wondering if the Mariners' bullpen is suddenly getting thin.

But that was one area where Dipoto had depth to deal from, and the third-year GM feels strongly that his relief crew remains in good hands both now and down the road even after sending Pagan -- one of last season's pleasant rookie surprises -- to the A's for first baseman Ryon Healy.

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Mariners deal prospect Vieira to White Sox

Mariners deal prospect Vieira to White Sox

SEATTLE -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto engineered his second trade in two days on Thursday, sending hard-throwing relief prospect Thyago Vieira to the White Sox in exchange for international slot money.

The Mariners will receive $500,000 in slot money from the White Sox. According to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo, that puts their available money at $1.5575 million, having spent $3.9425 million already this year. Such slot money could be used to pursue Japanese standout Shohei Ohtani or other international prospects.

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Prospect Filia clinches Fall League batting title

Seattle's No. 24 prospect finishes regular season with .408 average

Prospect Filia clinches Fall League batting title

PEORIA, Ariz. -- As the 2017 Arizona Fall League season concluded, Eric Filia continued to do exactly what he did all AFL: hit. Filia collected two hits, helping the Peoria Javelinas to a 7-4 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions and claim the circuit's batting title with .408 average.

"I got my pitches. I put some good swings on them and barreled some balls up. I'm just honored to be out here and play baseball," Filia said.

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Mariners acquire slugger Healy from A's

Reliever Pagan, Minor Leaguer Campos headed to Oakland in return

Mariners acquire slugger Healy from A's

SEATTLE -- Jerry Dipoto made a habit of moving quickly to fill his offseason wish list during his first two years with Seattle, and the Mariners' general manager is at it again, acquiring young first baseman Ryon Healy from the A's on Wednesday in exchange for right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and Minor League infielder Alexander Campos.

Healy, 25, put up a .271/.302/.451 slash line with 25 home runs and 78 RBIs in 149 games in 2017 for Oakland in his second season (first full season) in the Majors and is under team control for another five years.

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Dipoto talks Ohtani, Ichiro at GM Meetings

Dipoto talks Ohtani, Ichiro at GM Meetings

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Ichiro Suzuki paved the way for two-way standout Shohei Ohtani and other Japanese position players to come to Major League Baseball with his outstanding 12-year career with the Mariners.

So naturally, Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto was asked questions about his team's potential pursuit of the 23-year-old Ohtani or a possible return of Ichiro, who is a free agent, when speaking to reporters Monday on the first day of the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla.

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Mariners sign Nieuwenhuis to Minors deal

Mariners sign Nieuwenhuis to Minors deal

SEATTLE -- While the Hot Stove season has yet to heat up much, the Mariners made a small move on Tuesday by signing outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League camp next spring.

The 30-year-old played 16 games for the Brewers last season as well as 84 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs. His biggest stint in the Majors came in 2016, when he posted a .209/.324/.385 line with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs in 125 games for Milwaukee.

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Mariners hire Brower as assistant coach

Former Major Leaguer was Cubs' Minor League pitching coordinator from 2016-17

Mariners hire Brower as assistant coach

SEATTLE -- Cubs Minor League pitching coordinator Jim Brower was hired as an assistant coach for the Mariners' Major League club on Tuesday, leaving only the bullpen coaching job vacant on manager Scott Servais' staff for 2018.

The 44-year-old Brower pitched nine seasons in the big leagues with eight different teams from 1999-2007 before competing in Japan, Italy, Venezuela and independent ball in the United States. He then became a pitching coach in the Royals' Minor League organization from 2011-15 and worked for the past two seasons with the Cubs.

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Filia stays scorching in AFL victory

Filia stays scorching in AFL victory

PEORIA, Ariz. -- With the Peoria Javelinas four outs away from getting shut out for the first time this season, the Arizona Fall League's two hottest hitters came to the rescue. Eric Filia and Ronald Acuna provided consecutive RBI singles to deliver a 2-1 win over the Salt River Rafters on Monday.

The victory improved Peoria's record to 16-11 and reduced its magic number to one in the West division with three games remaining. Salt River dropped to 12-13-2 and remained 2 1/2 games behind the Mesa Solar Sox in the East.

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Inbox: Should Mariners bring back Ichiro?

Beat reporter Greg Johns fields fans' questions

Inbox: Should Mariners bring back Ichiro?

Will the Mariners look at Ichiro Suzuki to fill their backup outfield position?
-- Ed Q., Rogers, Ark.

This is a popular question among many Mariners fans since the Marlins declined Ichiro's option for next season, making him a free agent. But while general manager Jerry Dipoto is looking to add one more outfielder to the mix, everything I've heard is that it's highly unlikely there'll be any reunion with the 44-year-old right fielder.

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Cruz takes home 2nd AL Silver Slugger Award

Mariner's win is first as DH; other was as RF in 2015

Cruz takes home 2nd AL Silver Slugger Award

SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz doesn't seem to be slowing down with age, as the Mariners' 37-year-old designated hitter earned the second Silver Slugger Award of his 13-year career on Thursday.

Louisville Silver Slugger Awards are given out each year to the best hitter at each of the nine positions in both the American League and National League, as voted by coaches and managers. Cruz, who also won the award as a right fielder in his first season in Seattle in 2015, is the only Mariner to take home a Silver Slugger honor since Ichiro Suzuki in '09.

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Longtime Mariners reporter LaRue passes away

Longtime Mariners reporter LaRue passes away

SEATTLE -- Veteran baseball writer Larry LaRue, who covered the Mariners for 25 years for the Tacoma News Tribune, died Monday from a heart attack while visiting family in California.

LaRue, 68, was one of the Mariners' primary beat writers from 1988-2013 for the News Tribune, and he was renowned for his storytelling ability, self-effacing sense of humor and ever-present camera.

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O'Malley, Baron become Minor League FAs

Mariners have 36 players in farm system hit free agency

O'Malley, Baron become Minor League FAs

SEATTLE -- Players who aren't on 40-man rosters become free agents after fulfilling six years in the Minor Leagues, and the Mariners have a large group in that category this winter, including veteran utilityman Shawn O'Malley and catcher Steven Baron, a former first-round Draft pick.

According to Baseball America, the Mariners had 36 players become Minor League free agents on Monday, the most of any team in the Majors.

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Ruiz 'devastated' by death of Halladay

Former Phillies batterymate caught Doc's no-hitter, perfect game

Ruiz 'devastated' by death of Halladay

SEATTLE -- Carlos Ruiz, the catcher behind the plate for Roy Halladay's perfect game in 2010 with the Phillies and his no-hitter in that year's postseason, was caught off-guard like the rest of the baseball world on Tuesday by word of his former teammate Halladay's death in a plane crash off the coast of Florida.

"Chooch" Ruiz, who just became a free agent after spending last season with the Mariners, was a big part of the success Halladay had during the final four years of his career in Philadelphia.

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SS Vincej clears waivers, outrighted to Tacoma

SS Vincej clears waivers, outrighted to Tacoma

SEATTLE -- Shortstop Zach Vincej, who was claimed off waivers from the Reds last Friday, cleared waivers for the Mariners and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.

The move keeps the 26-year-old in Seattle's organization, but he's no longer on the 40-man roster. The Mariners now have 36 players on their 40-man, leaving the opportunity to add free agents or protect players from the Rule 5 Draft next month.

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Mariners decline qualifying offers to 7 FAs

Dipoto will look to address needs at 1B, OF, starting rotation

Mariners decline qualifying offers to 7 FAs

SEATTLE -- As expected, Monday's deadline for teams to extend qualifying offers to their own players passed without the Mariners making offers to any of their seven free agents, but that doesn't mean general manager Jerry Dipoto won't pursue such players from other clubs.

Nine players around the Majors received a $17.4 million qualifying offer -- starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn, relievers Wade Davis and Greg Holland, first basemen Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and third baseman Mike Moustakas.

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Mariners may dip into FA market to fill needs

First base, outfield, pitching and backup catcher on club's offseason agenda

Mariners may dip into FA market to fill needs

SEATTLE -- Now that the five-day window for teams to re-sign their own free agents has closed, the Hot Stove fun fully begins at 2 p.m. PT on Monday when players are able to begin signing with other teams. And for the Mariners, that means the opportunity to tap the market for potential help at first base, outfield, backup catcher and the pitching staff.

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Longtime Mariners trainer Griffin has new role

After 35 seasons, he's scaling back as 'Athletic Trainer Emeritus'

Longtime Mariners trainer Griffin has new role

SEATTLE -- He's a familiar figure to Mariners fans, the man who has tended to injured players on the field for most of the franchise's history. But after 35 seasons as the team's head athletic trainer, Rick Griffin announced Friday he's scaling back his day-to-day duties and transitioning to a new role as the club's "Athletic Trainer Emeritus."

In his new position, Griffin will continue to advise and maintain some administrative duties, but will no longer travel with the team or be involved in the round-the-clock needs of the head training position.

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Mariners go to bat for youth baseball, softball

Club initiates grant to benefit programs throughout Washington

Mariners go to bat for youth baseball, softball

SEATTLE -- The Mariners introduced a new grant program on Monday that offers $5,000 for up to 10 high school baseball and softball programs across the state of Washington to help pay for equipment, field maintenance and other expenses for the coming year.

High school baseball and softball teams can apply for the Mariners Care Equipment Donation Grant by downloading the application and returning it to the Mariners by noon PT on Nov. 20.

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Paxton's wife shares birthday dance video

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Paxton's wife shares birthday dance video

Thanks to social media, we're treated to some truly behind-the-scenes action from baseball players at all times during the season -- and after it, when things get really candid. 

And thanks to Katie Joe Paxton, wife of Mariners left-hander James Paxton, we were treated to the greatest gift of all on Monday via social media. It happened to be Paxton's 29th birthday, but he instead bestowed a wonderful gift upon all who gazed upon this Instagram post.

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Young shortstop Vincej claimed by Mariners

Young shortstop Vincej claimed by Mariners

SEATTLE -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto made his third waiver claim of the offseason Friday, picking up shortstop Zach Vincej from the Reds.

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Mariners decline options on Iwakuma, Gallardo

Mariners decline options on Iwakuma, Gallardo

SEATTLE -- The Mariners declined the 2018 club options on contracts for Hisashi Iwakuma and Yovani Gallardo on Thursday, making the veteran right-handed pitchers free agents along with five other veterans whose contracts have expired.

The club also reinstated left-handed starter Drew Smyly and right-handed reliever David Phelps from the 60-day disabled list, which puts the pair back on the 40-man roster.

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Seattle looks to fill first base, pitching needs

Dipoto considering options as Hot Stove season gets underway

Seattle looks to fill first base, pitching needs

SEATTLE -- The end of the World Series means the beginning of free agency for many players around the Major Leagues, including seven Mariners.

The free-agent period began at 6 a.m. PT on Thursday following the conclusion of the World Series, but players cannot sign with a new team until 2 p.m. PT on Monday.

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Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Below is a recap of each player's performance from the 12th edition of the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, a 4-2 win for the East division.

Among the highly regarded players in this year's exhibition were 10 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

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Mariners claim IF/OF Romine from Tigers

Mariners claim IF/OF Romine from Tigers

SEATTLE -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto added another versatile veteran to the Mariners' 40-man roster on Thursday as utility infielder/outfielder Andrew Romine was claimed off waivers from the Tigers.

The 31-year-old played all nine positions for the Tigers during the 2017 season, appearing at each spot -- including pitcher and catcher -- in one game on Sept. 30 in a 3-2 win at Minnesota.

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'Electric' Simmons could spark Mariners in '18

Right-hander posted impressive numbers in brief debut season

'Electric' Simmons could spark Mariners in '18

SEATTLE -- It was Sunday, Sept. 3, at Safeco Field. The Mariners were winning, 10-2, against the Athletics after a five-run eighth inning. Manager Scott Servais made a call to the bullpen, and third-string catcher Mike Marjama and relief pitcher Shae Simmons, frequent batterymates down at Triple-A Tacoma in August, grinned at each other.

Why the moment was so joyous for Marjama is simple: The 27-year-old catcher was about to make his Major League debut, replacing the veteran Carlos Ruiz behind the plate.

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Mariners hire new director to oversee training

Mariners hire new director to oversee training

SEATTLE -- A Mariners team that spent the third-most money of any Major League club on players on the disabled list during the 2017 season made a move to improve their training methods on Monday with the hiring of Dr. Lorena Martin as the club's first director of high performance.

Martin had been working as director of sports performance analytics for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association.

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Lawrence outrighted to Triple-A; roster at 39

Lawrence outrighted to Triple-A; roster at 39

The Mariners cleared a spot on their 40-man roster by outrighting right-hander Casey Lawrence to Triple-A Tacoma, the team announced Tuesday. Their 40-man roster currently sits at 39.

Lawrence, 30, reached the Majors for the first time in 2017 and had four stints with the Mariners after the team selected him off waivers in May.

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