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New Mariners’ outfielder Seth Smith knew a trade was likely

This was no surprise. Veteran outfielder Seth Smith figured he was headed out of San Diego in the days prior to Tuesday’s deal that sent him to the Mariners for reliever Brandon Maurer.

Smith watched the Padres, under new general manager A.J. Preller, overhaul the club’s outfield in recent weeks through trades that netted Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton.

“Obviously, I paid attention to what the Padres were doing,” Smith said Wednesday in a conference call from him home near Jackson, Miss. “A lot of times, you can put two and two together.

“You never know

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Updated contract status for Mariners’ 40-man roster

Here’s the contract status for the players on the Mariners’ 40-man roster


Under Contract (10):

UTL Willie Bloomquist  (2015)

2B Robinson Cano (2015-2023)

DH/OF Nelson Cruz (2015-2018)

LHP J.A. Happ (2015)

RHP Felix Hernandez (2015-2019)

LHP Danny Hultzen (2015-16) — (3/4 options used)

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (2015)

RHP Fernando Rodney  (2015)

3B Kyle Seager (2015-2021)

OF Seth Smith (2015-2016 +option for 2017)
Arbitration Eligible (6):

(Options used in parenthesis)

OF Dustin Ackley (3/3)

LHP Charlie Furbush (1/3)

OF Austin Jackson (0/3)

1B Logan Morrison (0/3)

OF Justin Ruggiano (3/3)

RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (2/3)


Under Control – Pre-Arb

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Mariners acquire outfielder Seth Smith from San Diego for reliever Brandon Maurer

SEATTLE — The Mariners closed out the year Tuesday by acquiring veteran outfielder Seth Smith from San Diego in a deal that checks off the final major item on their winter shopping list.

To get Smith, the Mariners dipped into their deep bullpen to by sending right-hander Brandon Maurer to the Padres.

“We were in search of adding another outfielder,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said, “and in Seth Smith, we got a player who is a professional hitter.

“He’s a guy we think is really going to give us good ABs, particularly against right-handed pitching.”

Maurer, 24, showed signs

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Looking ahead: Questions facing the Mariners in 2015

One more move coming?

The trade that sent Michael Saunders to Toronto for veteran left-hander J.A. Happ created a hole in right field that the subsequent deal to acquire Justin Ruggiano only partially resolved.

Ruggiano is a right-handed hitter who helps balance the lineup, but he likely fits best as a platoon player. That leaves the need for a left-handed hitter to complete the platoon.

The Mariners have shown interest in Seth Smith, who now seems superfluous in San Diego after the Padres obtained Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers in separate deals.

As the Mariners’ roster currently projects,

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Signing Cano allowed Mariners to reset their franchise in 2014

SEATTLE — It was just over a year ago that the Mariners signed All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to a 10-year contract for $240 million.

And admit it:

Today, as the calendar moves toward 2015, that contract no longer draws the disbelieving (and often outraged) howls from within the industry that greeted its announcement.

The Mariners, when they lured Cano away from the New York Yankees, were coming off a 91-loss season and badly in need of a way to reset a franchise that had drifted steadily into irrelevance over the previous decade.

“We didn’t have that elite player on the

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Mariners assign Bawcom to Tacoma after he clears waivers

Right-handed reliever Logan Bawcom could be returning next season to Triple-A Tacoma.

The Mariners sent Bawcom to the Rainiers on an outright assignment Monday after he cleared waivers. He was 4-4 with a 4.93 ERA last season in 40 appearances at Tacoma.

Bawcom, 26, was designated for assignment last Wednesday by the Mariners to clear space on their 40-man roster for outfielder Justin Ruggiano, whom they obtained in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.

The Mariners acquired Bawcom with outfielder Leon Landry from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a July 30, 2012 trade for right-hander Brandon League.

The Dodgers picked

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