The final 2014 payroll numbers are in from Major League Baseball and show the Mariners ranked 16th among the 30 clubs with an outlay of $108,957,206.
Various payroll figures get thrown around for comparison purposes — the most-often cited (for some reason) is the payroll for the 25 players on the opening day roster — but the just-released totals are the most important.
Because they are the best calculations for everything spent by clubs on their 40-man roster, including bonuses, buy-outs, etc. Tellingly, these are the payroll numbers used each year by MLB to calculate luxury tax violations.
Utilityman Carlos Rivero will indeed get a chance to prove to the Mariners that his power surge in the Venezuelan Winter League is more than a mirage.
The club confirmed Thursday that it has re-signed Rivero, whom it acquired in a Nov. 3 waiver claim from Boston before booting him off the 40-man roster by not offering a contract prior to the Dec. 2 deadline.
Rivero’s new deal is a minor-league contract, but it includes an invitation to big-league camp.
The Mariners also confirmed minor-league deals with right-handed pitchers Mark Lowe and Justin Germano that include big-league …
The Mariners culminated their search for a second right-handed bat Wednesday by acquiring outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs in a trade for minor-league reliever Matt Brazis.
“Was it a surprise?” Ruggiano echoed. “In a way it was, but I am never really shocked by (a trade) anymore.”
Ruggiano ranks as an under-the-radar acquisition after the Mariners failed to sign free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera. They were also linked to several other high-profile targets before landing Ruggiano.
“He has versatility,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “He has defensive ability, and he has power. If you break down …
Atlanta’s apparent willingness to lower its price in efforts to trade Upton is already stirring whispers that he might land in Seattle.
Specifically, it seems the Braves are no longer demanding that Taijuan Walker be included in any such swap. I first saw that news in a report by MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, but some follow-up calls suggest it’s true.
That could be a game-changer.
Now, let me put the qualifier in right here: This is, at this point, largely an exercise in connecting the dots from a lot of industry …