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Archives: Nov. 2014

Nov.
27th

Analysis: Updating the Mariners’ potential off-season acquisition targets

The Mariners’ interest in acquiring an impact right-handed hitter — at least one — is well known, and has drawn much discussion, for weeks, among the club’s fans.

General manager Jack Zduriencik identified the need to obtain such a bat as the club’s top off-season priority in a news conference just two days after the season ended.

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

Many potential targets were soon identified, here and among other Seattle-area media outlets, but the

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Nov.
24th

2015 Hall of Fame ballot…let the debates begin

Want to know what an actual Hall of Fame ballot looks like? Mine came in Monday’s mail.

Here you go:

 

 

Don’t bother trying to copy and submit a ballot in hopes of influencing the process. Even if you can scrounge up a voting member’s badge number, the ballots are numbered (that’s whited out here) and must be submitted in a special envelope.

Years ago, when I got my first ballot, I thought it was a pretty ordinary-looking piece of paper. I guess I expected something dazzling from the world of word processing. I can’t speak for

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Nov.
24th

Mariners notebook: Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez on 2015 Hall ballot

One-time Mariners ace Randy Johnson heads a list of 17 first-time eligibles on the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. His former teammate, designated hitter Edgar Martinez, is back for a sixth year.

The Hall of Fame announced a 34-player ballot Monday for consideration by 575 voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Ballots must be returned by Dec. 27; results will be announced Jan. 6.

Election requires that a player be cited on 75 percent of returned ballots.

The ballot also includes two first-time candidates who spent short tours with the Mariners: reliever Eddie Guardado (2004-06) and infielder

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Nov.
24th

Seager close to seven-year deal for $100 million with Mariners

It’s shaping up as a very Happy Thanksgiving for Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.

Reports indicate Seager has agreed to a seven-year deal for $100 million that includes an option for an eighth year that could boost the value by another $20 million.

The Mariners declined comment on the report, which came initially from Yahoo Sports. The News Tribune subsequently confirmed that a deal is in place pending a physical examination.

Seager, 27, is coming off a breakthrough season in which he was selected to the All-Star team for the first time in his four-year career. He also won a

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Nov.
21st

Mariners notebook: Ibanez, Wakamatsu among finalists to be Rays’ manager

Two of the three finalists to replace Joe Maddon as Tampa Bay’s manager have deep Mariners ties: Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu.

The Rays identified Cleveland bullpen coach Kevin Cash as the other finalist Friday in a trimming a field of 10 candidates.

The job became open when Maddon exercised a departure clause in his contract after the season and subsequently agreed to a five-year deal to manage the Chicago Cubs.

Ibanez and Wakamatsu each finished this season with Kansas City — Ibanez as a player in his 19th season, and Wakamatsu as the bench coach to Royals manager Ned Yost.

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Nov.
20th

Mariners notebook: Marte, Hicks, Guaipe added to 40-man roster

The Mariners judged three minor-league players, including two who spent time this season at Triple-A Tacoma, as being too valuable to risk losing next month in the Rule 5 Draft.

Infielder Ketel Marte, catcher John Hicks and right-handed pitcher Mayckol Guaipe were each added to the club’s 40-man roster prior to Thursday’s deadline for protecting draft-eligible payers.

The Mariners also acquired lefty reliever Edgar Olmos earlier in the day from Miami in a waiver claim. The four additions leave the club with one opening on its 40-man roster.

*Marte, 21, is a switch-hitter who spent most of the season at

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Nov.
20th

Mariners claim lefty reliever on waivers from Miami

Add lefty Edgar Olmos to the Mariners’ bullpen mix.

The club acquired Olmos, 24, on Wednesday in a waiver claim from Miami just hours prior to the deadline for filing their 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 Draft, which is Dec. 11 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.

Olmos was 3-3 with three saves and a 4.06 ERA this season in 51 minor-league appearances — 18 at Double-A Jacksonville and 33 at Triple-A New Orleans.

He has one option year remaining.

A third-round pick in 2008, Olmos’ only big-league experience came in 2013, when he yielded four earned

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