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Archives: 2008

Dec.
14th

Sean Green: Mariners knew what they needed and went after it

Asked who he was going to miss in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse, Sean Green answered immediately.

"Everyone," he said. "We had a great group of guys."

Still, that group of guys lost 101 games, costing a manager and general manager their jobs. And when new GM Jack Zduriencik made a three-team, 12-player trade last week, Green was among those the Mariners gave up.

"I was surprised. I think everybody thought J.J. (Putz). might be moved. But me? It didn’t cross my mind," Green said. "I was shocked. It’s changed everything. I’ll go to spring training in

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Dec.
13th

A few items about former Mariners in the news

The Seattle Mariners haven’t stopped talking to other teams just because the winter meetings ended, and the world of baseball continues on a frantic pace.

Not much Mariners news today, but here’s a little catch up work on a handful of former Mariners:

* The Phillies are trying to bring Jamie Moyer back and the Brewers are courting the 46-year-old, who is asking for a multi-year deal – and, as always, acting as his own agent.

* Outfielder Mike Cameron is under a one-year, $10 million contract with Milwaukee, which is on the verge of trading him

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Dec.
12th

A farewell to Jamie Burke


As expected the Mariners didn’t tender (offer) a contract to catcher Jamie Burke for the 2009 season. This was not a surprising move with Kenji Johjima and Jeff Clement expected to share the catching duties and Rob Johnson and Adam Moore waiting in the wings.


Burke is a solid defensive catcher, a prototypical back-up who calls a good game, handles a pitching staff, can handle the bat and doesn’t make waves. He is one of the most genuine professional athletes that I’ve ever met and a guy that has such a

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Dec.
12th

Raul gets what he wants – in typical Ibanez fashion


Raul Ibanez has reached agreement with Philadelphia on a three-year, $30 million contract, pending a physical – and done it in typical Ibanez fashion.

The deal will be announced in Philadelphia, probably on Tuesday, a Phillies source said.

Ibanez didn’t want his agent playing one team against another, didn’t try to break the bank.

What he wanted was a third year, and got it, from a team that just won the World Series.

The Seattle Mariners couldn’t have done much better. They’ll get two picks in the June draft

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Dec.
11th

AUDIO: Back on KJR with Ian Furness again, plus Zduriencik and Riggleman

For the second day in a row, I was back on the radio with Ian Furness discussing yesterday’s big trade, how everything went down and also things like Josh Fields and Raul Ibanez.


You can listen to it HERE


Elise at Night has Jack Zduriencik on after last night’s trade press conference. You can listen to that HERE.


Also, some more audio from a few days ago, but Elise had former manager Jim Riggleman on and you can listen to that HERE.

Dec.
11th

Rule V draft results: Mariners take 3 players, lose 3 players

The Rule V draft is over and the Mariners picked up two players in the major league portion and one player in the AAA draft.


I’ll add to their bios in a little bit, click on their names for stats.


The Mariners had the second pick of the draft and took infielder Reegie Corona from the Yankees Triple A team in Scranton. According to GM Jack Zduriencik, Corona will be a back-up utility infielder type, replacing Willie Bloomquist’s role.


Corona, 22, is a switch-hitter who was primarily a second baseman for Trenton (AA), but

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Dec.
10th

Bios on the players the Mariners gave up and are getting


Here’s some info on them, click on their names for career stats from baseball-reference.com


Franklin Gutierrez, outfielder, 25, hit .248 with 26 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs and 41 RBI in a career-high 134 games with Cleveland last season. He appeared in 119 games in the outfield, making 104 starts (8 in left, 11 in center and 85 in right). Gutierrez has appeared in the Majors in each of the past four seasons, and is a career .258 hitter with 48 doubles, 4 triples and 22 home runs in 284

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Dec.
10th

A fond farewell to Joseph Jason Putz


Look, I know everybody has questions and opinions on the trade. And we’ll follow up with that. But first let’s take a moment to thank J.J. The guy was a class act, a true professional and always fair, honest and friendly to me. It will be strange entering a Mariners clubhouse without him.


More than that, he was good at what he did. I know this last season wasn’t great, but I really think he’ll have a strong season this year – unfortunately it will be with the Mets.


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