Mariners Insider

Archives: March 2014


Mariners Q&A…in anticipation of Monday’s season opener

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Here we are, opening day (well, night). At last. Seemed like a good time to send out a call to Twitter followers for another question-and-answer session.

You can follow me at @TNT_Mariners, and I’ll answer questions there on a regular basis, but some questions require a longer format. So this is a continuing feature.

Let’s get to it.


@marinergnome: what are your thoughts offense or defense priority when making your line up? why?

It’s not a cop-out to say both are important, although many fans (I hesitate to say most, but…) rarely look beyond a player’s offensive

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Mariners notebook: Updates on Hart, Walker and Iwakuma

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Right fielder Corey Hart, signed by the Mariners to provide a big right-handed bat to a lefty-heavy lineup, will be on the bench Monday for the season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

“I doubt if Corey is going to be (in the lineup) every day right off the start,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “There’s still some building we need to do with him. You have to look ahead. He won’t play (Monday).

“We’ve got two lefties the next two days. So he’ll be in the lineup the next two days.”

The Angels list left-handers C.J. Wilson and

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Game capsule: Rockies 2, Mariners 1


The facts: The Mariners closed their spring season on a loss when their two lefty relievers, Charlie Furbush and Joe Beimel, each gave up a single run. The Mariners finished 18-12-3.

Play of the game: First baseman Logan Morrison squelched a Colorado threat in the fourth by turning a line drive by Corey Dickerson into an inning-ending double play. The Rockies had runners at second and third with one out when Morrison preserved a 1-0 lead by making the catch and doubling off Nolan Arenado at second.

Plus: Chris Young, signed Thursday

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Game capsule: Mariners 3, Rockies 2


The facts: Nate Tenbrink’s line-drive RBI single capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning Friday in the Mariners’ spring home finale at Peoria Stadium, which is scheduled to undergo a renovation prior to next year.

Play of the game: Tyler Smith’s two-run double past third tied the game against Rockies reliever Manny Corpas, who inherited a 2-0 lead to start the ninth inning.

Plus: Rookie lefty Roenis Elias gave up two runs in five innings in his first outing since learning he will open the season in the big leagues. Both runs

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Mariners sign RHP Chris Young to fill rotation spot

PEORIA, Ariz. — Former All-Star Chris Young is the latest injury-reclamation candidate to get a look at filling the final opening in the Mariners’ rotation.

The club reached an agreement Thursday on a one-year deal with Young, a right-hander who missed much of last year while recovering from surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome, an ailment that affects the shoulder.

The Mariners cleared space on their 40-man roster by designating left-handed reliever Bobby LaFromboise for assignment.

Young, 34, opted out of a minor-league contract earlier this week with the Washington Nationals when informed he would not make their 25-man roster.


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Game capsule: Rangers 5, Mariners 3


The facts: Kevin Kouzmanoff’s three-run homer in the sixth inning capped the Rangers’ four-run rally against reliever Charlie Furbush.

Play of the game: Furbush inherited a three-run lead with no outs and a runner on first in the sixth inning. Four batters later, the Rangers had a 4-3 lead.

Plus: Erasmo Ramirez departed after a leadoff single the sixth inning. That runner scored, which left him with a line of one run and three hits with no walks and six strikeouts. He finished the spring with a 1.14 ERA (three earned runs in

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Forbes places Mariners’ value at $710 million

The Mariners are worth $710 million, according to the annual report by Forbes magazine that crunches numbers to determine the value of all Major League franchises.

That represents a 10-percent increase over last year and ranks 12th among baseball’s 30 clubs. The New York Yankees lead the list at $2.5 billion, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $2 billion.

The Tampa Bay Rays ranked last at $485 million.

Major League Baseball has long disputed the Forbes calculations, which the magazine contends is the “value of team based on current stadium deal (unless new stadium is pending), without deduction for

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Mariners 2014 payroll information

The Mariners’ 2014 payroll, according to The Associated Press, is $92,081,943. That ranks 18th among 30 clubs.

Here’s a player-by-player breakdown, again courtesy of The Associated Press.  Note: This does not mean these players have made the club. These are merely the salaries the players will make if they spend the entire season in the big leagues.

2B Robinson Cano: $24,000,000

RHP Felix Hernandez: $23,557,143

RHP Fernando Rodney: $7,000,000

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma: $6,500,000

OF/DH Corey Hart: $6,000,000

UTL Willie Bloomquist: $2,800,000

1B Justin Smoak: $2,637,500

OF Michael Saunders: $2,300,000

1B/DH Logan Morrison: $1,750,000

LF Dustin Ackley: $1,700,000

C John Buck: $1,000,000

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