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Confirmed: Mariners, Olivo agree to 2-year, $7 million contract

Here’s my updated story for the website

UPDATE: Sorry about the delay, we were on the live chat. Thanks to all joined. I said on there, that a Mariners source confirmed that the Olivo deal is done, pending a physical.

Well, I posed the question yesterday: Would the Mariners really give Miguel Olivo a 2-year contract?

Well, the answer is apparently, YES. Jon Paul Morosi is reporting that the Mariners and Olivo have agreed to a 2-year, $7 million contract.

Earlier in the day, GM Jack Zduriencik said the team was having “in-depth dialogues” with a free

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Wrapping up the winter meetings: Live Chat at 11:30 a.m.

Yes, it’s another live chat. It will start at 11:30 a.m.

Topics I’m sure we’ll cover:

  • Winter meetings
  • Why Miguel Olivo?
  • Why Jack Cust?
  • Other Mariners free agent/trade options
  • Why the Red Sox won the offseason – Crawford and A-Gon!
  • Yankee hatred
  • Beltre, Soriano to the Angels?
  • What Seattle sports writers I’m faster than
  • Shows that apparently only appeal to me and teenage girls
  • Old school hip-hop
  • Any other random question/observation someone makes.


Would the Mariners really give Miguel Olivo a two-year contract? (updated Tuesday, 7:25 a.m.)

UPDATE: We just talked to Jack Zduriencik after this morning’s Rule V draft. Zduriencik was asked if they have made an official offer to a free agent catcher. He paused for a few moments and said, “we are having in-depth dialogue.” So take that at what you will. But I think you might have to start adjusting to the idea of Olivo coming back.

UPDATE: Talked to a source in the Mariners and the team is talking with Olivo but no firm offer has been made. It’s been characterized as more “back-and-forth” conversation. That being said, don’t be surprised if

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Mariners select RHP Jose Flores in Rule V draft

On Wednesday, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said the team would likely select an “upside” player in today’s Rule V draft instead of a “safe” pick.”

He did just that selecting right-hander Jose Flores from the Cleveland Indians organization with the second pick of the Rule V draft.

Flores is just 21 and is a native of Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela. He  played in Class A Lake County of the Midwest League. He made 28 relief appearances, posting a 1-1 record with six saves and a 2.14 ERA (10 runs in 42 innings pitched). He struck 51 hitters and posted

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Eric Wedge: “It’s not just one area that we need to do better with.”

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All of the managers have interview sessions here at the winter meetings. Eric Wedge had his a little while ago. In that he talked about attitude and change. He also said that Ichiro remain the lead-off hitter and that for now Chone Figgins is still the starting second baseman. When asked about Dustin Ackley, he sounded like the Mariners would plan to make sure he’s definitely ready for the big leagues.  He’s also talked with Milton Bradley and is satisfied that they have put things behind them.

Here’s the full transcript.

We’ve heard a lot about you being a big fan of platooning in different situations.  Do you anticipate doing a lot of that this year?

I don’t anticipate platooning.  I think that you platoon as needed.  If it’s the right situation for the team, if it makes sense for where those two players are at that particular time, then you go with it.  I don’t think you ever lock yourself into anything.

I think you have to be careful with young players, especially younger players that you’re trying to find out about.  If you pigeonhole them early and platoon them, you’re really going to struggle to find out about them.  You know, you’ve got to recognize and trust your evaluations and what your eyes are seeing and what you’ve seen from them in the past performance- wise, and make those decisions.

But I think there is a place for it.  I think it’s rare if something like that stands the test of time, but I think there is a place for it.

When we look at your designated hitter for this year, is that something you’d like to see somebody handle full-time some?

I don’t think it has to be that way.  I don’t think it has to be that way.  I mean when you have multiple options as a DH, I think sometimes it can be better for a ballclub.  But you also want to have some sense of consistency if somebody really takes that role on and runs with it.

In the best case scenario, though, if you can have somebody that can DH maybe the majority of the time or even half the time and go out and play the field or if you have people that maybe can’t play on an everyday basis, whether it be for physical reasons or, again, performance reasons right, right, left, left, then you can mix and match that.  Ultimately, maybe you can get a few extra games out of some of your guys.

We’re going to have to make sure that we keep these guys fresh, keep them strong.  So we have to be calculating with our days off.

Is that going to be a challenge the rest of the way that you see it building up right now in keeping guys in there that you’re going to be doing a lot of mix and matching?

I think there will be this year.  We’ve got to find out about some of our players.  When we’re sitting here next year this point in time, we need to have a lot of questions answered.  Whether it be about players in our minor league system that are moving from level to level, and we feel a little bit stronger about them or maybe not quite as strong, but that gives us a little bit more direction or obviously more importantly at the big league level.

So, you know, the challenges are going to be to make sure that you’re putting the best club out there to give yourselves a chance to win, but also, you know, answering questions on some of your young players.  Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward, as cliche as that is, it’s real.

I think patience is rewarded in time.  162 games, with these young players, it’s a sport of failure.  You’ve got to be patient, and you’ve got to really trust what you see and trust your evaluations and be communicative along the way.  You’ve had a chance to look at what you’ve got.

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A true outcome: Jack Cust to the Mariners (updated 11:56 a.m.)

UPDATE 10:55 a.m.: a source confirmed that the deal is basically done. But it may not be officially announced for a while, a few more details still need to be worked out, including a physical and other logistics.

Also remember, the Mariners only have one spot open on the 40-man roster, which they are going to use for Thursday’s Rule V draft, where they hold the No. 2 pick. They will make a selection and then sit down and look at the 40-man roster and decide which player they will designate for assignment to make room for Cust. My guess

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Looking at the names linked to the Mariners (updated 5:49 p.m.)

The last two years at the winter meetings the Mariners and GM Jack Zduriencik made headlines. Two years ago, Zduriencik pulled off the monster three-team, 12-player trade that netted Seattle – Franklin Gutierrez and Jason Vargas.

Last season, the news of the Chone Figgins signing was also pretty newsworthy.

And this year?

Well not so much.

As has been talked about often in the last few days, the Mariners simply don’t have the money to be bidding on these big name free agents.

So who are they looking at?

Well, the Mariners have been linked to a handful

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Zduriencik: Mariners are close to possible deals

I’m sure the title roped in you in, and now you wonder:  what deal could that be? Could it be the Mariners have traded David Aardsma? Have they signed a free agent catcher or second baseman?

Well, we don’t quite have answers to that.

Zduriencik said he’d been in meetings all morning with teams and players’ agents as well.

When asked if something was imminent, he said:

“I’d say it’s possible,” he said. “You never know what could happen, but I think there’s a couple really good dialogues going.”

Free agents or trades?

“Possibly both,” he said.

Now that sounds

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