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Nov.
21st

Mariners notebook: Ibanez, Wakamatsu among finalists to be Rays’ manager

Two of the three finalists to replace Joe Maddon as Tampa Bay’s manager have deep Mariners ties: Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu.

The Rays identified Cleveland bullpen coach Kevin Cash as the other finalist Friday in a trimming a field of 10 candidates.

The job became open when Maddon exercised a departure clause in his contract after the season and subsequently agreed to a five-year deal to manage the Chicago Cubs.

Ibanez and Wakamatsu each finished this season with Kansas City — Ibanez as a player in his 19th season, and Wakamatsu as the bench coach to Royals manager Ned Yost.

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Nov.
20th

Mariners notebook: Marte, Hicks, Guaipe added to 40-man roster

The Mariners judged three minor-league players, including two who spent time this season at Triple-A Tacoma, as being too valuable to risk losing next month in the Rule 5 Draft.

Infielder Ketel Marte, catcher John Hicks and right-handed pitcher Mayckol Guaipe were each added to the club’s 40-man roster prior to Thursday’s deadline for protecting draft-eligible payers.

The Mariners also acquired lefty reliever Edgar Olmos earlier in the day from Miami in a waiver claim. The four additions leave the club with one opening on its 40-man roster.

*Marte, 21, is a switch-hitter who spent most of the season at

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Nov.
20th

Mariners claim lefty reliever on waivers from Miami

Add lefty Edgar Olmos to the Mariners’ bullpen mix.

The club acquired Olmos, 24, on Wednesday in a waiver claim from Miami just hours prior to the deadline for filing their 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 Draft, which is Dec. 11 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.

Olmos was 3-3 with three saves and a 4.06 ERA this season in 51 minor-league appearances — 18 at Double-A Jacksonville and 33 at Triple-A New Orleans.

He has one option year remaining.

A third-round pick in 2008, Olmos’ only big-league experience came in 2013, when he yielded four earned

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Nov.
20th

Mariners win Commissioner’s award for philanthropic excellence

The Mariners scooped up another off-field honor when they were cited by Major League Baseball as this year’s recipient of the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence.

The award stems from the club’s involvement with the “Refuse To Abuse” program to prevent domestic violence. Mariners Care received a $10,000 grant from MLB for winning the award.

“This is a vital societal issue that impacts the lives of individuals and families in harrowing ways,” commissioner Bud Selig said. “The efforts of the Mariners, who encourage fans to take a public stance against domestic violence, are exemplary.

The philanthropic award came one day

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Nov.
19th

Mariners cited as MLB’s `Club Retailer of the Year’

When it comes to “driving merchandise sales through creative marketing,” no club was more skilled this season than the Mariners, who were cited Wednesday by Major League Baseball Properties as the “Club Retailer of the Year.”

The award, which dates to 2005, is based on a combination of sales, vendor/customer feedback and creative marketing and merchandising efforts.

“The Seattle Mariners have long been one of Major League Baseball’s top Clubs in the merchandising and retail sector thanks to a dedicated office staff and a very passionate fan base, and this year was no exception,” said Howard Smith, the senior vice

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Nov.
19th

Mariners (and all clubs) face deadline Thursday for protecting players

The Mariners have five available slots should they want to protect any Rule 5 Draft-eligible players prior to the 9 p.m. Thursday deadline for adding them to the 40-man roster.

Any draft-eligible player not added to the roster prior to the deadline will be available for selection Dec. 11 in the draft, which always serves as the final activity at the annual winter meetings.

The Mariners have several protection candidates, including outfielder/first baseman Jordy Lara, shortstop Ketel Marte, catcher John Hicks, outfielder Jabari Blash and right-handed pitcher Jordan Pries.

The draft is designed, primarily, to prevent clubs from burying players

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Nov.
18th

Listach to manage Rainiers in 2015

For Pat Listach, the road in his professional career keeps leading him back to the Mariners. It happened again Tuesday when he was hired to replace Roy Howell as the manager of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers.

It was the Mariners who drafted Listach in 1987, although he turned them down to play at Arizona State before getting drafted the following year by the Milwaukee Brewers.

And it was the Mariners, in 1998, who gave Listach a final spring look as a a major-league player before releasing him just prior to the start of the season. He spent that year in

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