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Archives: Jan. 2013

Jan.
29th

Report: Kelly Shoppach is headed to the Mariners

While Mr. Heyman is not fond of action verbs … he does seem to get more than his fair share of things right. And he is right on this.

Kelly Shoppach is in town. He is supposedly taking his physical on Wednesday. He will be signing with the Mariners.

He made

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Jan.
29th

A few notes and links on Shoppach, Bourn

Obviously, the major news coming out of baseball today is this very, very lengthy story in the Miami New Times about several baseball players – Melky Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez,Gio Gonzalez Nelson Cruz and others – receiving performance enhancing drugs.

I’m not going to sit here and pontificate about this. Players cheat. They always have. They always will. If a player believes he can gain any sort of advantage, he will take it. Why? The dollars involved are just too great. It doesn’t make it right. But it’s just a fact. I doubt my opinion of Alex Rodriguez will be

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Jan.
28th

A few quick thoughts and videos from FanFest

I ran up to FanFest on Saturday to do some interviews for this story on Michael Saunders playing for Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Quick note, in the video above Jack Zduriencik  mentions signing another catcher. The team already signed Ronny Paulino to a minor league deal the other day. But it sounds as though the team will probably sign veteran Kelly Shoppach in the coming days.

A few quick thoughts …

1. The place was packed with kids and families – which is what it’s for.

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Jan.
25th

Mariners sign Ronny Paulino to a minor league deal

From the press release

SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed catcher Ronny Paulino to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training

The Mariners have now invited 19 players to Major League Spring Training (see attached roster), including 11 pitchers (RHP – SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed catcher Ronny Paulino to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training.

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Jan.
24th

So Justin Upton is finally traded … to the Braves

We all know the story by now:

Talented player (Justin Upton) is petulant and underachieving with his team. Talented player upsets old-school manager (Kirk Gibson), who no longer wants to play talented player. Mid-level Team (Arizona Diamondbacks) decides best decision is to trade talented player. 

Team desperate for hitting (Seattle Mariners) tries to trade for talented player. After many months of dealing, team desperate for hitting agrees to give up a whole lot (Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin, et al) for Talented, but petulant and underachieving player. However, he exercises his limited no-trade clause in contract because Team Desperate for Hitting

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Jan.
24th

Radio wrap-up: Lots of interviews from yesterday – Wedge, Zduriencik and Seager

Plenty of radio interviews after yesterday’s Mariners pre-spring training luncheon. So I figured I’d combine them all into one big blog post. I will start with my interview yesterday on KJR. Why? Because I love me some me.

Radio interviews with Eric Wedge and Jack Zduriencik after the jump

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Jan.
23rd

Video and transcript: Eric Wedge at the Mariners pre-spring training press conference

“We’ve had multiple players in and out of town here the last couple weeks and we’ll continue to do that. We’ve talked the last couple years, we’ve been very consistent with what we’ve said and done and we’ll continue to be consistent. One of the things that has been evident this offseason is obviously bringing in that veteran presence and veteran ballplayers we feel can help our kids, but most importantly hit in the middle of the lineup or have a position on our bal lclub that can help us both on and off the field.”

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Jan.
23rd

Video and transcript: Jack Zduriencik from today’s pre-spring training luncheon

Part 2 of the video (thank you Mariners) and full transcript after the jump

We said in the offseason one of the things we were going to do was to try to add to our offense. We made some very specific moves to do that. We also went down some roads that didn’t quite work out. But I said on many occasions that at the right time, ownership would step up and allow us to do something that was outside the box. I think certainly in one of our challenges this winter,

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