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Archives: Nov. 2013

Nov.
27th

Be the Mariners GM: 2014 Free Agent Budget Tool

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Nov.
25th

Mariners president Chuck Armstrong to retire

In this June 16, 2008, file photo, Seattle Mariners president Chuck Armstrong, left, and CEO Howard Lincoln address a news conference in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
In this June 16, 2008, file photo, Seattle Mariners president Chuck Armstrong, left, and CEO Howard Lincoln address a news conference in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

The Mariners sent out a bombshell announcement Monday afternoon, saying the team president and chief operating officer Chuck Armstrong will retire, effective Jan. 31, 2014. The search for his replacement will start immediately.

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Nov.
25th

Mariners announce new coaching staff

The Mariners filled their coaching staff today, with the announcement of six new coaches:

• Howard Johnson – hitting coach

• Mike Rojas – bullpen coach

• John Stearns – third base coach

• Andy Van Slyke – first base coach

• Rick Waits – pitching coach

• Chris Woodward – infield coach

Earlier this month, new Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon named Trent Jewett his bench coach. Jason Phillips (bullpen catcher) and Scott Budner (left-handed batting practice pitcher) return from last season to round out the staff.

The names should sound familiar.

Johnson, who turns 53 on Nov. 29,

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Nov.
21st

Mariners add Bawcom, Choi, Jones and Romero to 40-man roster

The Mariners added four players – pitcher Logan Bawcom, 1B/DH Ji-Man Choi, OF James Jones and OF Stefen Romero – to their 40-man roster. These transactions give the Mariners 38 players.

Teams had until Wednesday night to add players to their roster that they wanted to keep out of December’s Rule 5 draft, when other teams would have a chance to select them.

Bawcom, 25, led all Mariners minor leaguers with 21 saves, ranking fifth in the Pacific Coast League. The right-handed pitcher went 1-4 with a 2.91 ERA in 51 appearances. Over the last two seasons Bawcom has recorded 47 saves,

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Nov.
19th

Mariners announce spring training schedue for 2014

The Mariners will begin spring training games with their annual charity game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Feb. 27. It is the first of 33 games before the regular season begins on Monday, March 31.

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Peoria on Feb. 12, and the first workout is Feb. 13. Position players are to report on Feb. 17 and the first full-squad workout is Feb. 18.

Radio and TV schedule for spring training will be finalized at a later date.

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Nov.
11th

Morales rejects Mariners offer, becomes free agent

There was no big surprise Monday – Kendrys Morales rejected the Mariners’ $14.1 million qualifying offer.

In fact, all of the 13 players who received the offer from their teams rejected it.

That means Morales – and Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda of the Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew of the Red Sox, Atlanta’s Brian McCann, Cincinnati’s Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez, Kansas City’s Ervin Santana, St. Louis’ Carlos Beltran, and Texas’ Nelson Cruz – are all free agents and can sign with any team, including their former teams.

By making the qualifying bid, the

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Nov.
11th

Mariners hire Jewett to be team’s bench coach

Trent Jewett, who coached in the Washington Nationals organization since 2009, was hired to be the Seattle Mariners bench coach, the team announced Monday.

Jewett has ties to new Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who employed Jewett as the Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach when he managed the team.

“I am looking forward to getting the chance to work with Trent again,” McClendon said in a statement released by the Mariners. “We go back a ways as he was on my coaching staff in Pittsburgh, and we have a very trusting relationship.”

Jewett, 49, was the Nationals third base coach in

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