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Archives: Oct. 2014

Oct.
31st

Mariners reinstate Bloomquist from 60-day disabled list

The Mariners reinstated utilityman Willie Bloomquist from the 60-day disabled list in a move that boosted their 40-man roster to 34 players.

Bloomquist, 36, underwent season-ending surgery Aug. 9 on his right knee after suffering a micro-fracture July 23 while running out a ground ball. He batted .278 in 47 games prior to the injury.

The move was expected. All players on the 60-day disabled list must be returned to the 40-man roster within five days after the conclusion of the World Series.

Bloomquist is under contract through next season after returning Dec. 9, 2013 to the Mariners as a

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Oct.
31st

Iwakuma heads home — as member of MLB touring team

Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is heading back to Japan — as a member of the opposition to his native country.

Iwakuma will join teammate Robinson Cano on a major-league select team  for an upcoming series of five games against Japan’s national team (Samurai Japan) in Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo.

“I am very happy and honored to be part of this All-Star team,” Iwakuma said. “I look forward to pitching in my hometown during the series.”

The major-league team will also include Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. Cano committed to the trip in

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Oct.
30th

LHP Brian Moran returned to Mariners from Angels

Left-hander Brian Moran is back with the Mariners as a returned Rule 5 pick from the Los Angeles Angels. He spent five years in the Mariners’ system prior to his selection last December by Toronto in the Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings.

The Blue Jays immediately traded Moran, 26, to the Angels, but he missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery April 15 on his elbow.

Moran was a seventh-round pick by the Mariners in 2009 and went 18-17 with a 3.06 ERA in 199 relief appearances over five seasons, including 5-8 and 3.61 in

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Oct.
30th

Former Mariners manager Maury Wills among Hall of Fame finalists

Former Mariners manager Maury Wills is one of 10 finalists on the Golden ERA (1947-72) ballot for election to the Hall of Fame.

Wills, 82, was the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1962 when he stole a then-record 104 bases for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He managed the Mariners from Aug. 4, 1980 to May 5, 1981.

The Golden Era ballot is part of a revolving three-year cycle by which the Hall of Fame reviews players or personnel overlooked or not eligible for election in annual balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Third baseman Ron Santo was

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Oct.
30th

World Series over, free agency begins

Let the baseball off-season begin.

Some 121 players became free agents Wednesday night when San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval clutched a foul pop by Kansas City’s Salvy Perez for the final out in a 3-2 victory in the seventh game of the World Series.

That list, released Thursday by the players association, includes Sandoval, who played a major role in helping the Giants win their third title in five years.

Seven Mariners became free agents: pitchers Joe Beimel and Chris Young, catcher Humberto Quintero, first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales, and outfielders Endy Chavez, Chris Denorfia and Franklin Gutierrez.

An

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Oct.
28th

Mariners notebook: Smoak claimed on waivers by Toronto

First baseman Justin Smoak’s time with the Mariners ran out Tuesday after four-plus disappointing seasons when he was claimed on waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.

The move comes a few days before the Mariners were expected to exercise a $150,000 buyout on a $3.65 million option on Smoak for 2015 as a possible prelude to allowing him to become a free agent.

Instead, the Blue Jays now inherit the terms of Smoak’s contract.

The Mariners envisioned Smoak, who turns 28 in December, as a cornerstone in their rebuilding plan when they acquired him as part of a July

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Oct.
27th

Mariners notebook: Peterson selected for Fall League’s all-star game

Want to make your own assessment on third baseman D.J. Peterson, who is generally viewed as the Mariners’ top non-pitching prospect?

Tune in at 5 p.m. Saturday to MLB Network for the Arizona Fall League’s annual all-star game, known as the Fall Stars Game. You can also point your browser to MLB.com for a streaming version for the telecast.

Peterson was selected Monday as one of 50 players for the game, which will take place at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz. Salt River serves as the spring home of the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Fall

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