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Archives: Sep. 2014

Sep.
30th

Zduriencik says Mariners’ payroll will increase; cites mid-order bat as top off-season priority

SEATTLE — A near-postseason miss has the Mariners already pointing toward next season. General manager Jack Zduriencik said the club’s payroll will increase and identified a clear goal in the weeks before spring training.

Find some more lineup punch.

“We will explore every opportunity out there,” Zduriencik vowed. “I think we’ll be reasonably aggressive in trying to do something to try to add an offensive piece or two.

“Where all of this ends up, none of us knows. We’ll enter the free-agent scenario, and (we’ll) see what’s available on the trade market. We will be pretty aggressive in trying to add

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Sep.
29th

Mariners activate Montero from suspended list; designate Hart for assignment

The Mariners activated first baseman/designated hitter Jesus Montero from the suspended list Monday after clearing space on their 40-man roster by designating veteran outfielder/first baseman Corey Hart for assignment.

The move comes one day after the Mariners completed their season and is, effectively, a paper transaction.

Hart, 32, was in line to become a free agent once the World Series concludes. This move simply permits him to do so once the DFA process runs its course.

The Mariners suspended Montero, 24, for his actions in confronting a club scout, Butch Baccala, during an Aug. 28 game in Boise. Montero was,

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Sep.
29th

Lobbying the BBWAA: Mariners make case for Hernandez as AL Cy Young winner

Lobbying by clubs on behalf of their players is nothing new when it comes to the annual awards presented by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Those awards — as a long-time member, I should say “our” awards — are among the most prestigious in sports. If you don’t think so, try to remember the last time the selection of an MVP in the NFL, NBA or NHL inspired the kind of debate that raged the last two years regarding whether Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout deserved to be the AL’s MVP.

Come to think of it…quick now, who are

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Sep.
29th

Mariners notebook: Cano is club’s nominee for Hank Aaron Award

Second baseman Robinson Cano, who completed his first season Sunday as a Mariner, is the club’s nominee for the Hank Aaron Award, which seeks to honor the “most outstanding offensive performer” in each league.

Cano, 31, led the Mariners in batting (.314) and on-base percentage (.382) and matched third baseman Kyle Seager for the club lead in slugging percentage (.454).

Aaron and a panel of Hall of Fame members will select a recipient in each league and announce a winner during the World Series.

The public can vote for the award online through Oct. 5 at www.mlb.com and

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Sep.
29th

Mariners will select 21st in 2015 draft

The order for the baseball’s 2015 new-player draft crystallized Sunday when the regular season ended.

The Mariners will select 21st which, at this point, marks their lowest initial selection since 2010, when they didn’t have a first-round pick. They lost that pick to the Angels in compensation for signing free-agent utilityman Chone Figgins.

Their top pick in 2010 was right-hander Taijuan Walker, whom their selected in the supplemental round as the 43rd overall pick.

The Mariners, under current draft rules, would lose their top 2015 pick if they sign a free agent who receives a qualifying offer from another club.

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Sep.
29th

Hernandez cited as favorite for AL Cy Young Award

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is the betting favorite to win the American League Cy Young Award, according to Bovada.lv, an online gaming site.

Bovada installed Hernandez as a 2/3 favorite with Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber as next in line at 11/10. Hernandez improved to 15-6 and won the AL ERA crown at 2.14 after pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings Sunday in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the Mariners’ final game of the season.

Kluber finished at 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA.

The Cy Young Award is determined by a panel of 30 members of the Baseball

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Sep.
28th

Mariners notebook: Hernandez nabs AL ERA crown

SEATTLE — Felix Hernandez claimed a nice consolation prize Sunday amid the disappointment of the Mariners falling short in the bid to reach postseason.

Hernandez won the American League’s ERA crown by pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.

His reaction?

“Good.”

Nothing more.

Hernandez finished with a career-best 2.14 ERA while going 15-6 in his 34 starts. That allowed him to slip past Chicago lefty Chris Sale, who compiled a 2.17 ERA.

It marks the second ERA crown in Hernandez’s 10-year career. He also won it in 2010, when he

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Sep.
28th

Mariners end season with 4-1 victory over Angels but postseason bid falls short

SEATTLE — When it became official Sunday that the Mariners’ postseason chase had come up short, disappointment quickly gave way to appreciation as the crowd of 40,823 at Safeco Field rose and cheered.

When Felix Hernandez departed in the sixth inning, having secured the American League’s ERA crown, that same crowd roared its appreciation. Robinson Cano also got a nice ovation when replaced later in the sixth.

Just imagine the scene when/if the Mariners ever return to postseason.

It won’t be this year.

The Mariners closed their season with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. And while this marked

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