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Archives: Dec. 2011

Dec.
7th

Winter meetings: trades and a dress code

The San Diego Padres became the latest team to land a new closer by acquiring Huston Street from the Colorado Rockies for a minor leaague player to be named, and the winter meetings in Dallas produced at least one major surprise – a media dress code.

No, the Seattle Mariners havent made a trade or signed a free agent yet, but they won’t have to worry about scruffy reporters wearing flip-flops in the clubhouse next year. Baseball became the first professional major league in America to come up with rules for appropriate dress, and you can read the details

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Dec.
6th

A couple of Mariners storylines from Dallas

Rumors appear almost at randon during the winter meetings, and a few have legs. Two of interest to Seattle Mariners fans: left-handed reliever George Sherrill has talked to the team about a possible return – and the Angels have apparently inquired about closer Brandon League.

That doesn’t mean a signing or trade are imminent, just that Jack Zduriencik and his team have been doing precisely what he promised in Dallas, talking and listening.

A few former Mariners names have popped up today, too: infielder Matt Mangini signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Rays, Cleveland is said to be

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Dec.
6th

Jim Bowden: Mariners now frontrunners for Prince

Well, there you have it – a goofy ex-general manager has tweeted that Seattle is now the frontrunner in the Prince Fielder derby.

Jim Bowden may simply be gauging the non-market for first basemen this week – with Albert Pujols, David Ortiz and Fielder all available but not finding suitors lined up. By process of elimination, the Mariners are, indeed, in a good position to pull Fielder in.

But it hasn’t happened yet and might not.

The known suitors for Fielder, a power-hitting left-handed bat who would fit nicely in Safeco Field, are the Mariners, Cubs and Orioles. If you

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Dec.
6th

Marlins, not Mariners, making the early headlines

While Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik stayed well below the radar at the winter meetings, the Florida Marlins continued to attack the free agent market like a greedy child – throwing a 10-year conract offer at Albert Pujols.

The Marlins were accused last month of making offers simply to make headlines, but no one is saying that now. After landing closer Heath Bell and shortstop Jose Reyes, Florida continues to play the field heavily, and hasan  offer out to lefty Mark Buerhle, as well.

The Mariners, meanwhile, seemed to be quietly kicking tires on first baseman Prince Fielder, chatting

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Dec.
5th

Rumors and news from the winter meetings

News, notes and rumors from the Dallas winter meetings: Want to be general manager of the Houston Astros? You’d be in the minority, apparently – Tampa’s Andrew Friedman,  White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine and former Dodgers assistant Kim Ng have all been offered the job and said ‘no thanks.’

Could mean the team will eventually get around to Seattle Mariners assistant GM Jeff Kingston, who’s done solid work in San Diego and Seattle.

And in Dallas, writers are speculating on what was first reported here a month ago: veteran lefty Jamie Moyer, on the comeback

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Dec.
5th

The hot stove is lit and burning in Dallas

The Florida Marlins have changed their outlook with a pair of free agent signings – closer Heath Bell and shortstop Jose Reyes - Manny Ramirez is out of retirement at 40 and the Angels are interested in Athletics closer Andrew Bailey.

Welcome to the week of winter meetings, where the hot stove is burning hot and the 2012 season can be won or lost depending upon whether you believe the headlines. Check in here every few hours to catch up with the latest rumors and happenings.

The Seattle Mariners? They figure to trade Chone Figgins, while eating most of the $18

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Dec.
2nd

Can Mariners move League in crush of closers?

One of the possible trade chips the Seattle Mariners have headed toward the winter meetings is first-year closer Brandon League, although getting much in return may be tough in a market still strewn with ninth-inning specialists.

The Florida Marlins have signed free agent Heath Bell to a three year deal for $27 million and incentives – making Bell the fourth closer this winter to sign with a new team. In a free agent market that’s been slow to develop, Jonathon Papelbon (Phillies), Jon Broxton (Royals) and Joe Nathan (Rangers) have all agreed to new contrracts.

And there are still more

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Dec.
1st

Mariners broadcasts in 2012: It’ll take a village

One of the questions this off-season for Seattle Mariners fans – aside from what kind of team they’ll see in 2012 – is how the team plans to handle its broadcasting team in the coming year.

Turns out, just like last year.

After losing icon Dave Niehaus a bit more than one year ago, the Mariners decided not to name a successor but to stay with the team in place – Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims, Mike Blowers – and blend in other familiar voices throughout the year.

Those three will be back in ’12, and so will broadcasters like Ken

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