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Archives: Jan. 2014


Mariners sign Baker, trade Peguero

So…is right-hander Scott Baker the veteran starting pitcher the Mariners have been seeking to slot in the middle of their rotation?

The Mariners reached agreement Wednesday with Baker, 32, on a minor-league deal that pays him $1 million if he makes the big-league roster. Performance bonuses could add another $3.25 million.

The deal was first reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

The Mariners also traded outfielder Carlos Peguero to Kansas City for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Peguero, 24, was designated for assignment Jan. 16 to clear roster space when the club signed catcher

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Mariners sign two more pitchers to minor-league deals

Add two pitchers looking to overcome injuries to the Mariners’ spring roster: lefty reliever Joe Beimel and right-handed starter Mark Rogers.

The club confirmed Friday afternoon that both agreed to minor-league deals that include invites to big-league camp.

Beimel, 36, had a 4.36 ERA in 30 games last season at Class AAA Gwinnett in the Atlanta system after missing all of 2012 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

He was 24-32 with a 4.21 ERA in 567 big-league games from 2001-11 with six clubs.

Rogers, who turns 28 next week, appeared in just 12 games last year because of recurring

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Mather: Zduriencik has resources to improve Mariners

The way Kevin Mather sees it, his primary duty as the Mariners’ new president and chief operating officer is to provide general manager Jack Zduriencik with sufficient resources to build a winning club.

And, yes, that means immediately.

Mather said Zduriencik has sufficient financial flexibility to make additional roster additions for the upcoming season.

“That was (the subject of) my meeting this morning (with Zduriencik),” Mather said. “I said, `Where are we? Where are your holes? What are you priorities this off-season? Is there still value out there?”

Mather said Zduriencik sought the flexibility to explore possible additions, and “he

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Mariners promote Mather to replace Armstrong

With spring training looming on the horizon, the Mariners moved Friday to shore up the upper levels of their front office by promoting Kevin Mather to replace Chuck Armstrong as president and chief operating officer.

Mather currently serves as the organization’s executive vice president of finance and business operations.

“His experience in the game of baseball has prepared him well for this position,” said Howard Lincoln, the club’s chairman and chief executive officer.

“He is highly thought-of around Major League Baseball and in this community. He will work closely with me to make sure (general manager) Jack Zduriencik has the

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Rankings agree: Walker is Mariners’ top prospect

The major pre-spring prospect rankings are starting to circulate and, no surprise, their universal view is that right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker ranks No. 1 in the Mariners’ system.

“He has the raw ability to be a No. 1 starter,” Baseball America raves in its upcoming issue, “and at least settle in as a fine wing man for ace Felix Hernandez.”

Walker, 21, made his big-league debut last season by making three impressive starts, and manager Lloyd McClendon admits he’d be “very disappointed” if Walker pitches his way off the Mariners’ rotation in spring training. placed Walker at No. 6 on

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Metal detectors coming to Safeco Field

Get ready for added security this season at Safeco Field.

The Mariners announced Tuesday that all fans passing through the gates will be screened by metal detectors in addition to already existing bag checks.

The new procedure brings the Mariners in line, a year early, with a directive from Major League Baseball that all clubs implement such a screening procedure by the start of the 2015 season.

A club release said fans “will pass through walk-through magnetometers while their tickets are being scanned…Those who do not wish to pass through a metal detector will have the option of being checked

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Mariners exchange arbitration figures with Smoak, Morrison

The arbitration countdown started Friday for the Mariners when they exchanged figures with Justin Smoak and Logan Morrison after failing to reach agreements with either player prior to the deadline.

Both players are first-time eligibles for arbitration.

Smoak, 27, wants a boost to $3.25 million from $514,000 in 2013; the Mariners are offering $2.025 million.

Morrison, 26, is seeking a raise to $2.5 million after making $491,500 last season while playing for Miami. The Mariners are offering $1.1 million.

The sides can continue to negotiate until an arbitration panel chooses one of the two submitted figures. Arbitration hearings will be

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Mariners confirm signing of catcher John Buck

It’s official. The Mariners confirmed a one-year agreement Thursday afternoon with free-agent catcher John Buck. Club officials did not confirm the financial details, but sources say it is for $1 million.

Buck, 33, provides a proven backup to Mike Zunino, a 22-year-old viewed as a foundation of the club’s ongoing rebuilding efforts. Buck is a 10-year veteran who was an All-Star in 2010 while playing with Toronto. He batted .219 last season with 15 homers and 62 RBIs in 110 games. He spent most of the season with the New York Mets before a late August trade sent him to

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