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Mariners respond to allegations in Times’ story

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Mariners sought to move past any distraction and controversy raised in the wake of a highly-critcial story that appeared in Sunday’s editions of The Seattle Times by issuing a statement Monday at the Winter Meetings.

The story alleged a high degree of dysfunction in the club’s front office from interviews with former manager Eric Wedge and Tony Blengino, a former special assistant to general manager Jack Zduriencik.

Zduriencik issued a statement that disputed the allegations of meddling and  incompetence painted by Wedge and Blengino.

The statement:

“Over the years, we have chosen to take the high road in

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Cano to the Mariners? Yes!

So it’s happening.

The Mariners are really closing in on a massive, franchise-changing agreement with free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano.

At 10 years for $240 million.

Enrique Rojas of broke the news early Friday, but it was quickly verified by other outlets. The deal is pending a routine physical, tentatively scheduled for Monday.

It’s a game-changer for the Mariners. Also a huge gamble.

The agreement came after talks broke off late Thursday when Jay Z, who represents Cano, asked the Mariners to boost a nine-year offer at $225 million to 10 years for $252 million.

The Mariners balked —

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Updated: Cano at 10 years for $230-240 million?

OK, that was a nice little bombshell that Enrique Rojas dropped Thursday afternoon on

The Mariners, he cites a source as saying, are willing to offer a 10-year deal to free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano for between $230-240 million.


Subsequent reports indicate that Cano asked for $240 million over 10 years, but the the Mariners’ current offer is less than $200 million. Even so, mutual interest is such that Cano is on his way to Seattle for face-to-face negotiations.

So stay tuned.

Now, some background: Yes, the Mariners are armed with significant and much-envied payroll flexibility.

Their projected 2014 payroll,

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Mariners make it official: Bloomquist is back

OK, it’s official. Veteran utilityman Willie Bloomquist is back with the Mariners.

The club confirmed the signing — two years for $5.8 million — on Thursday after Bloomquist, 36, passed the requisite physical examination.

A Washington native, Bloomquist was the Mariners’ third-round pick in 1999, reached the big leagues in 2002 and spent seven years with the club before departing after the 2008 season when he signed with Kansas City as a free agent.

Bloomquist played most of two years for the Royals before concluding the 2010 season with Cincinnati. He spent the last three years at Arizona. He batted

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Cano and Price? Mariners stealing headlines in Hot Stove rumor mill

First, Robinson Cano, and now David Price?

Credit the Mariners with this much: They sure know how to stir up the Hot Stove rumor mill.

One day after emerging as the top alternative if Cano, the winter’s top free agent, chooses not to return to the New York Yankees, the Mariners are now linked in a trade rumor to Price, the 2012 Cy Young Award winner from the Tampa Bay Rays.

In fact, according to’s Jeff Passan, the Mariners are well positioned to land Price, whom the money-crunched Rays are shopping, because they have the sort of young talent

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Mariners hire Dan Wilson to be roving minor league catching coordinator

Former Mariners catcher Dan Wilson was hired to be Seattle’s roving minor league catching coordinator.

Wilson will work with Mariners catchers at all levels, beginning in spring training and continuing throughout the minor league season.

“We are happy to have Dan, one of our former players, affiliated with us,” GM Jack Zduriencik said in a statement released by the team on Tuesday.

“His on-field experience and passion for the Mariners organization makes him a great fit in his new role with us. We are looking forward to Dan’s contributions as he spends hands-on time with our players.”

Wilson, 44, spent

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Hello, I’m Bob Dutton, the new guy covering the Mariners

My name is Bob Dutton, and I’m new around here, but — especially if you’re a Mariners’ fan — I’m hoping we can get acquainted in a hurry.

I’m the new beat reporter on the Mariners for The News Tribune. The job came open when Ryan Divish, a pal and talented ballwriter, chose to relocate north to the Seattle Times.

I’ve spent, roughly, the last 32 years at The Kansas City Star. (Hey, I was young when I got there.) I’ve filled various roles but, for the last 14 years, I’ve been exclusively a ballwriter.

By the way, there is no

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Mariners offseason shopping list appears to have Willie Bloomquist on it

Port Orchard native Willie Bloomquist is reportedly close to rejoining the team that drafted him.

Multiple reports – and the Arizona Republic – today have the Seattle Mariners agreeing to a two-year contract with Bloomquist, the 36-year-old utility player. Bloomquist was a third-round draft pick of the Mariners in 1999. He played for the team from 2002-2008, and has since played with Kansas City, Cincinnati and Arizona.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports the deal is a two-year contract in the $5 million to $6 million range.

Bloomquist, a lifetime .271 hitter, had a slash line of .317/.360/.367 for the

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