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Seattle Mariners Suspend Steve Clevenger for Racist Tweets

On Friday, Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners suspended catcher Steve Clevenger for hurtful, racists Twitter posts. The suspension was effective immediately and will be without pay for the remainder of the regular season. Team officials did not comment, but many feel Clevenger will never again dress in a Mariners’ uniform. What question remains unanswered is if he will play again for any Major League team. Clevenger might play again, however it likely will not be in the U.S., is what some baseball pundits have quietly said. This is not... 
 

Mariners Continue Surge, Angels Continue Fall

Teams in the American League might want to begin taking some notice of the surging Seattle Mariners. The Mariners continue to dominant August in the big leagues with their victory on Monday over the Los Angeles Angels 3-2. With its win on Monday, Seattle has now won 9 of its past 10 games overall. The American League West club is 11-3 thus far in August. However, the Angels are just the opposite, the team is heading quickly in the opposite direction. With this loss, the club has lost 11 straight games. During the Monday game, the usual players were... 
 

Seattle Mariners Rally from 10-Run Deficit to beat Padres

Thursday night the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres played what could be considered the wackiest game to date in the 2016 Major League Baseball season. Seattle won 16-13, but the final score does not even hint at what this game was all about. Statistic lovers will be going over the numbers for this game for a long time to come. The Thursday night game was the final game of a four-game set between the two teams and featured Seattle’s rally from a 10-run deficit of 12-2 to win the game. The deficit was the biggest ever overcome by Seattle in... 
 

Seattle Mariners Positioned as Early Favorites in AL West

In 2014 the Seattle Mariners notched 87 wins, their highest total since 2009. It marked a 16 game improvement on the previous season. Still, the Mariners were unable to end their playoff drought, which has continued since they won an MLB record 116 games in 2001. Going into 2015, the Mariners look like the favorites in the American League West. The Mariners aren’t short on star power. With Robinson Cano, Felix Hernandez and Kyle Seager, they own three of the top players in the division and all of baseball. Cano, who was signed to a whopping... 
 

Seattle Mariners Acquire Seth Smith from Padres

The San Diego Padres continued with their busy offseason on Tuesday, sending outfielder Seth Smith to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer. Padres General Manager A.J. Preller has been very aggressive this winter. With the earlier acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton, Smith became expendable. Smith was acquired from the Oakland Athletics last offseason in exchange for relief pitcher Luke Gregerson. He had a career year with the Padres in 2014, batting .266/.367/.440 in 136 games. In the... 
 

MLB Free Agent Profile: Melky Cabrera Rumors

The market for free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera is heating up, with the Seattle Mariners reportedly leading the pack. Cabrera became a free agent after declining the qualifying offer extended to him by the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s looking to get four or five years and $55-65 million. The 30 year old Cabrera played the last two seasons with the Blue Jays after he signed a two year $16 million commitment with them. Prior to that he had a career season with the San Francisco Giants, posting a .346/.390/.516 batting line. However, his season... 
 

Mariners To Sign Nelson Cruz to four-year deal

The Seattle Mariners and free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz have reached an agreement on a four-year, $57 million deal that also includes a $1 million signing bonus. The deal was first reported by ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. The deal is pending a physical. The 34 year old Cruz led the majors with 40 home runs and finished third in the American League with 108 RBIs, after signing a one year deal worth $8 million with the Baltimore Orioles last February. The Orioles made a one-year qualifying offer of $15.3 million to Cruz for 2015, which he rejected,... 
 

Seattle Mariners Looking To Raise the Bar in 2015

Seattle Mariners enjoyed a reasonably successful 2014, improving on the number of wins they achieved the season before by 16. The aim this offseason is to find the right blend that can help them build upon that success because, despite their improvements, the Mariners fell just short of the postseason. Despite having little to shout about in the way of real success, the Mariners fans enjoy MLB as much as anyone. The 40,000 that packed Safeco Field for what was to become the final game last season— a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles Angels—still... 
 

Seattle Mariners, Kyle Seager Reach Agreement on $100 million Extension

The Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with third baseman Kyle Seager on a seven year extension worth approximately $100 million. Seager, 27 posted career highs in home runs (25), RBI (96), batting average (.268), slugging percentage (.454) and OPS (.788) in 2014. He has a .262/.328/.429 slash through his first four seasons in the majors. Seager also made his first All-Star team in 2014 and won a Gold Glove Award. The contract includes an eighth-year club option that could be worth up to $20 million, based on Seager achieving certain escalators.... 
 

Kyle Seager Having a Career Year for Seattle Mariners

At 76-63, the Seattle Mariners entered play Friday just a half-game behind the Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card spot. If they can squeeze in, this would be their first playoff appearance since 2001, when they won 114 games. Most of the attention has surrounded Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano, and both players are having excellent years. Hernandez is the front runner for the AL Cy Young award, and after a somewhat slow start, Cano is playing up to the 10 year, $240 million contract he signed this offseason. However, third baseman Kyle... 
 

Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano Leading Mariners’ Playoff Push

The Seattle Mariners own a 63-55 record, which puts them just one game behind the Detroit Tigers for the second wild card spot. Their playoff odds sit at 36.5 percent. It would be their first playoff berth since 2001, when they won an American League record 116 games. That squad featured Bret Boone, Ichiro Suzuki, Mike Cameron and Edgar Martinez, with Freddy Garcia leading the pitching staff. This M’s team is led by pitching star Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano. Hernandez currently leads the major leagues in fWAR with 6.2. He’s... 
 

Kendrys Morales Heads Back to Seattle

The Seattle Mariners decided Kendrys Morales was the bat they needed for a stretch run in the American League West and sent right-hander Stephen Pryor to the Minnesota Twins to bring the switch hitting Morales back to the Mariners. Morales became a free agent after rejecting a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle last November. Unable to get a deal elsewhere, largely because of the draft pick compensation baggage, he signed with Minnesota for $7.4 million on June 8, Morales, 31, is hitting .234/.259/.325 in 39 games for Minnesota this season... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Mariners Looking for an Outfielder

The Seattle Mariners have had a strong first half. If they were in the American League East, their 49-41 record would put them in a tie for first place. Unfortunately, the Oakland Athletics have had a sensational year and own baseball’s best record, a sterling 57-33. For all intents and purposes, the Mariners are in a battle for one of the two wild card spots. The Mariners biggest strength has been their pitching staff, as they own the second best ERA in the AL and the second best fWAR. A huge chunk of that comes from Felix Hernandez,... 
 

M’s Taijuan Walker Set for 2014 MLB Debut

The Seattle Mariners highly touted prospect Taijuan Walker will make his 2014 Major League debut against the Houston Astros. Walker started three games for the Mariners last season and likely would have been a part of the Seattle rotation coming out of spring training this year, were it not for a shoulder (tightness) injury. He went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 15 innings in those starts. Walker has been working his way through rehab sporting a 4.35 ERA through seven minor-league starts this year. Last week he threw a shutout... 
 

Mariners Logan Morrison: “I acted like a 3-year-old”

Seattle Mariners outfielder/first baseman Logan Morrison needed five stitches to close a gash above his left eye after assaulting the Mariners dugout with his bat. The bat shattered leaving him with a laceration above his eye that required a needle and thread. He left the game immediately. To his credit Morrison acknowledged the incident  and was upfront with his response. “Obviously I acted like a 3-year-old,” he said. “I apologized to my teammates. I’m about to go apologize to Mac. I can’t do that. I didn’t want to... 
 

Felix Hernandez Dominates, Mariners Beat A’s 4-1

Felix Hernandez was on top of his game again. The Seattle Mariners starter hurled 8.1 innings against the Oakland Athletics, and the M’s moved to 4-1. After rolling through the Los Angeles Angels lineup his first time out, Hernandez mowed down the A’s Saturday. King Felix needed just 101 pitches to get through 8.1 innings, as he threw 72 of them for strikes. Jed Lowrie broke up his shutout bid, smacking a home run to right-center to lead off the 9th. Closer Fernando Rodney came on in the 9th to finish off the A’s, striking... 
 

Gray, Cingrani, Paxton: Young Pitchers Impressing in 2014

Young players stole the show in 2013, and just four days into the 2014 season, several young pitchers are already making their mark. Youthful hurlers Michael Wacha, Jose Fernandez, and Chris Archer have turned in strong outings after making good showings in 2014. In addition, Sonny Gray, Tony Cingrani, and James Paxton had excellent first outings. Here’s a more in-depth look at what these three pitchers did in their first go-round in 2014. The 24 year-old Gray, a Vanderbilt product, made his mark in 2013, striking out 25.7 percent of hitters... 
 

Mariners Down Angels 8-3 Behind Two Home Runs from Brad Miller

The Seattle Mariners brought home another victory Tuesday night, defeating the Los Angeles Angels 8-3. Erasmo Ramirez went seven strong innings, and received more than enough offensive support. The 23 year-old Ramirez had a tough act to follow after Felix Hernandez thoroughly dominated the Angels the previous night. However, the right-hander did his best, striking out six Halos hitters, without issuing a walk. He pounded the lower half of the zone with his sinker, recording 11 ground ball outs. A two-run shot by former Mariner Raul Ibanez were... 
 

Felix Hernandez and Jose Fernandez Dominate on Opening Day

Baseball is back. After a five month layoff, teams are playing meaningful games again. On Opening Day, aces Felix Hernandez and Jose Fernandez looked as though they hadn’t missed a beat. The Seattle Mariners ace worked six innings Monday night. He surrendered two earned runs, both on a two-run shot by Mike Trout. Of the 25 hitters he faced, Hernandez tallied 11 strikeouts, while issuing only one walk. His changeup was virtually unhittable. Hernandez’s changeup, which at times comes in at 90-91 miles per hour, has been his go-to pitch... 
 

Seattle Mariners Sign Fernando Rodney

The Seattle Mariners signed free agent closer Fernando Rodney, reports Jonah Keri of Grantland. Rodney’s contract is worth $14 million over two years, with up to $1 million more with incentives. It was just two years ago that Rodney looked like he was washed up as the veteran reliever posted a 4.50 ERA in 39 appearances for the Los Angeles Angels, with strikeout and walk rates of 17.3 percent and 18.7 percent, respectively. However, the Tampa Bay Rays snatched him up on a two year deal worth $4.25 million, and he had a historic 2012 season.... 
 

Where is the Market for Nelson Cruz?

Like Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, Nelson Cruz‘ value has been hurt by the Qualifying Offer. At this point, it appears that all three of the above players should have accepted the one-year, $14 million deal extended to them by their teams, as their markets don’t look too strong. Each of the above players have their flaws, and most teams appear unwilling to surrender a draft pick in order to sign one of them. Early on, Cruz appeared to have a strong market, and he reportedly turned down a five year, $75 million deal from the Seattle... 
 

Seattle Mariners to Sign John Buck

The Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with John Buck for one year and $1 million, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Buck figures to provide depth behind top prospect Mike Zunino, who is expected to be the Mariners primary catcher. Buck, 33, split time between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013. He got off to a hot start with the Mets, as he managed a .241/.269/.575 line with nine home runs through April. However, he fell off from there, and would finish the season with a .222/.288/.365 line for an 83 wRC+ in 431 plate... 
 

Six Teams With the Best Chances to Land Masahiro Tanaka

The Winter’s biggest blockbuster player has been posted and Major League Baseball teams will take the next month or so to decide if they want to negotiate with Masahiro Tanaka. Before evaluating who has the best chance of landing the prized 25-year-old Japanese import, it’s important to set a few ground rules and eliminate a few possibilities right off the bat. Chances are almost half of baseball will make a $20 million dollar bid, even if most of them stand little to no chance of actually landing Tanaka. Teams like the: Boston Red Sox,... 
 

Mariners Will Re-Sign Franklin Gutierrez

The Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with free-agent outfielder Franklin Gutierrez  and will re-sign the 30-year-old to a one-year deal worth $1 million. Gutierrez played the last five seasons in Seattle and is a former American League Gold Glove winner, 2010, but has battled injuries over the past three years limiting his production. The Mariners declined a $7.5 million club option for Gutierrez a few weeks ago so this looks like a bargain. Gutierrez hit .248 with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs in 41 games last year, but spent most of the... 
 

Is Shin-Soo Choo Worth a $140 Million Deal ?

With the signing of Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo is the best hitter available in the free agent class. The 31 year-old outfielder is looking for a big deal, something in the range of seven years at $20 million per year. There are a bevy of teams that are reported to be interested in Choo, including the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers.  How much is Choo worth? Should he command a deal in the Ellsbury range? Choo is an on-base machine. He owns a career .389 OBP... 
 

Mariners Reach Agreement With Corey Hart

Corey Hart will not be returning to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Seattle Mariners reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the free-agent  first baseman/outfielder according to Jon Heyman  of CBS Sports. Hart missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing surgery on his knees. In 2012, the two-time All-Star hit .270/.334/.507 with 35 doubles, 30 homers and 83 RBI. It is believed the deal for Hart is $5 million guaranteed with incentives that could push the deal to $13 million. The Brewers  thought to be the favorites for re-signing heart will... 
 

Mariners Acquire Logan Morrison In Trade With Marlins

The Seattle Mariners acquired 1B/OF Logan Morrison from the Miami Marlins in a trade in exchange for right-handed reliever Carter Capps. Morrison, 25, hit .242/.333/.375 with six home runs in 85 games in 2013. Capps, 23, has a 5.04 ERA and 2.76 K/BB ratio in 84 relief innings spread across two major-league seasons. In those 84 innings, he’s recorded 94 strikeouts, but he’s also allowed 12 home runs. Morrison has been the subject of numerous trade rumors throughout the off-season,  peaking this week when the team signed Garrett Jones... 
 

For Mariners Its Going to Take More Than Robinson Cano

They boast one of the best starting pitchers in baseball (Felix Hernandez) and now one of the best all-around players in the game (Robinson Cano), yet as the Seattle Mariners’ roster is currently composed, it is arguably their four-best in the five-team American League West. Considering that they invested a staggering $240 million to Cano over the next 10 years, the Mariners appear interested in seriously contending in 2014. For that to happen, they need more monumental splashes off the high dive, and the next leap could happen at the Major... 
 

Mike Napoli Free Agency Peaking – Red Sox, Rangers, Mariners In Play

Mike Napoli talks are reaching the critical stage according to Jon Paul Morosi of CBS Sports. The Miami Marlins, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, and Boston Red Sox are all in contention to sign the first baseman. Napoli played the 2013 season on a one-year deal worth $13 million after his three-year contract was voided due to a degenerative hip condition. Despite the condition, he set a career-high in plate appearances with 578, and did not have any issues concerning the hip. In his first year as a full-time first baseman, Napoli put up solid... 
 

Robinson Cano Signs with Mariners – 10 Years $240 Million

Just hours after talks reportedly broke down between Jay Z and his camp and the Seattle Mariners and their president, Seattle has agreed to sign Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million dollar deal which will tie him for the third longest contract (with Albert Pujols) in league history. Cano was previously allegedly offered nine years and $225 million and Jay Z and company asked for 10-years and $252 million, creating initial rage in the Seattle Front Office. Apparently, cooler heads prevailed and the two parties met in the middle. With this deal,... 
 

Mariners and Robinson Cano Talks Break Down – Deal Off For Now

Talks between the Seattle Mariners and representatives for Robinson Cano took a turn for the worse late last night and reports have indicated that the Mariners are no longer in play for signing Cano. According to Mark Feinsand  both the New York Daily News, talks broke down soon after Cano’s agent  Jay-Z , Cano is represented by CAA in conjunction with Jay Z, insisted on $252 million over 10 years. The Mariners reportedly offered nine years and $225 million prompting to know and his representatives to fly to Seattle late yesterday. Reportedly... 
 

Mariners Trying to Sway Robinson Cano with $225 Million Offer

It becomes increasingly difficult to play second fiddle and leave $50 million dollars on the table in exchange for bright lights and team legacy. Those are the exact odds the Seattle Mariners are trying to play by allegedly offering Robinson Cano a 9 year, $225 million dollar contract. Early reports indicate Seattle is conscious of staying “$50 million” ahead of the Yankees’ offer which likely stands around seven years and $175 million dollars. The Yankees and Mariners are taking very different approaches towards courting Cano... 
 

Seattle Mariners Aggressively Pursuing Robinson Cano

The Seattle Mariners may have topped the New York Yankees‘ offer to free agent second baseman Robinson Cano according to Anthony McCarron. Cano has dropped his asking price into the $250 million range, but that is still nowhere close to the Yankees’ offer of $160 million. After the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury, it’s an open question as to whether they will be willing to meet Cano’s demands. Adding Cano would be a huge splash for the Mariners, who have not made the playoffs since the 2001 season. Other than Felix... 
 

Lloyd McClendon Named Seattle Mariners New Manager

The Seattle Mariners announced Lloyd McClendon as their next manager, the third manager hired by General Manager Jack Zduriencik. He takes over for Eric Wedge who walked away format he job after the season citing differences with the front office on how to move forward with improving the team.. Wedge’s contact had run its course. McClendon was one of five reported finalists for the Mariners’ job, a list that included Joey Cora, Oakland bench coach Chip Hale, Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach and San Diego bench coach Rick Renteria. “Lloyd... 
 

Baltimore Orioles Acquire Michael Morse From Seattle Mariners

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired outfielder/DH Michael Morse from the Seattle Mariners. In exchange, the Mariners will receive minor-league outfield prospect  Morse had one of the worst seasons of his career and did not develop into the player the club hoped it was getting in that three-way trade that brought to Seattle from Washington. Morse, age 31, is batting .226/.283/.410 with 13 homers in 76 games. Avery  has batted .259/.340/.345 with three homers and 29 stolen bases for Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. The former second-round... 
 

Mariners Trade Rumors: Potential Suitors for Five Players at Trade Deadline

The Seattle Mariners enter the final few weeks before the trade deadline hopelessly out of playoff contention but in perhaps the best position to maximize value as sellers. Make no mistake, this Mariners team is not going to make any noise in 2013 and its deep farm system of pitching prospects are still adjusting its way into major league uniforms, but Seattle could be the most relevant team come late July. At 30-40, Seattle faces no pressure to convince its fans it’s playing to win with a 10.5 game hole from any wildcard spot and sitting... 
 

Mariners Call Up Top Prospect Brad Miller from Triple-A Tacoma

The Seattle Mariners have promoted shortstop prospect Brad Miller from Triple-A Tacoma, who will join the big league roster in time for a series against the Chicago Cubs. Miller will become the new starter at short for the Mariners, as Brendan Ryan will be moved into a backup role and Carlos Triunfel will be sent down to Tacoma to free up a spot on the 25-man roster. The second-round draft pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of Clemson University, Miller has impressed the Seattle organization with his bat over the past two seasons in the minors. In... 
 

Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez, Offer Trade Chips for Mariners

The Seattle Mariners are struggling, but it’s not because of their free agent signings. While players like Jesus Montero, Brendan Ryan, Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak have all struggled to create a strong core for Seattle, guys like Jason Bay, Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez have offered excellent value to Seattle offensively. The Mariners are 34-43, good for third place in the AL West and 9.5 games out of a playoff spot. By this time next month, Seattle would be wise to be sellers. Morales is a switch-hitting first baseman, currently hitting... 
 

Jeremy Bonderman Recovers From Debut, Shuts down Yankees

Seattle Mariners starter Jeremy Bonderman was looking to rebound from a 2013 debut against the Minnesota Twins which saw him surrender seven earned runs, and he delivered in a big way during a 4-1 victory on Friday night. Taking on the near-anemic offense of the Yankees, Bonderman struggled in the opening frame and eventually conceded a run on a Travis Hafner ground out. It would be the last real scoring opportunity the New York Yankees would have in a game where Bonderman pitched mostly to soft contact. The journeyman starter delivered six innings... 
 

Mariners Michael Morse Should Return Monday

Michael Morse could return to the Mariner’s lineup on Monday, recovering from a strained quadricep which has sidelined him since May 28th. Morse helps to complete a complicated situation in Seattle with a series of moving parts. Jesus Montero, freshly demoted to AAA in favor of career backup, Kelly Shoppach, recently tore his meniscus in his knee and will be out 4-6 weeks. Even if Montero had caught fire with the bat over the next few weeks, the injury now prevents him from playing into any callup opportunity. Justin Smoak, the primary starter... 
 

Seattle’s Michael Morse Suffers Quadriceps Strain, Listed Day-to Day

Seattle Mariners right fielder Michael Morse suffered a right quadriceps strain in last night’s action  against the San Diego Padres trying to score from first base on a double. Morse was clearly laboring as he reached third and was easily thrown out at home after being waived home by third-base coach Daren Brown. For the time being, Morse has been listed as day-to-day and was replaced the lineup by Jason Bay. Morse has dealt with other injuries this year. In April, Morse missed three games with a small fracture in his right pinky finger. The... 
 

Aaron Harang Surprises with Shutout of Padres

A rather mediocre, gloomy season saw a glimpse of brightened sunlight on Monday for Seattle Mariners starter Aaron Harang, who tossed a complete-game shutout against the San Diego Padres in a 9-0 victory. Following two straight quality starts, Harang surrendered seven runs in 3.2 innings of work in his last outing on Tuesday, the third time in six starts this season that he has surrendered five or more runs in a game. On Monday, Harang rebounded solidly for the Mariners, working nine scoreless innings and surrendering just four hits, along with... 
 

Nick Franklin Promoted; Dustin Ackley sent to AAA

Seattle Mariners top 100 prospect, Nick Franklin, was called up on Monday. Franklin, a middle infielder, is expected to play second base in place of Dustin Ackley, who was hitting just .205/.266/.516 with one home run on the season. Fantasy Play: Franklin comes with top 100 status regardless of publication and has been spotted in the top 45 into this season. Though a shortstop in the minors, Franklin’s range has been doubted over the years and he will shift over to second base at the major league level, which should help his questionable... 
 

Jesus Montero Optioned to AAA Tacoma

Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma and will be replaced by catcher Jesus Sucre. Interestingly Mike Zunino  is the starter in Tacoma and Double-A back-up catcher Brandon Bantz  has been moved up and will be has backup. Where does that leave Montero? Apparently the Mariners will look to play Montero at first base and DH.  Zunio is considered the catcher of the future for Seattle, but is it ready for the  big leagues. Montero , 23, came to the Mariners as part of the trade that sent Michael Pineda to the Yankees... 
 

Seattle Mariners Deal with DirecTV Estimated at $2 Billion

The Seattle Mariners  have assumed a controlling stake in a regional sports network (RSN), ROOT Sports, a partnership with DirecTV that will run through the 2030 baseball season.  According to sources the deal will total $2 billion over 17 years and  the Mariners will get to shield some of the  income from baseballs revenue-sharing system. In addition to the Mariners, the network will provide other professional, collegiate and high school sports programming year-round. The notion of teams owning their own RSN’s  as not only caught on... 
 

Rockies Trade Aaron Harang to Mariners for Minor League Reliever

For the second time in a week, Aaron Harang has been traded. The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Spring Training with eight major league starters and were widely speculated to be trading one not soon after the start of the regular season. Last week, Los Angeles swapped Harang for catcher, Ramon Hernandez and sent Colorado $4.25 million dollars. After being immediately designated for assignment, the Rockies flipped Harang to the Mariners for minor league reliever, Steven Hensley and also sent cash Seattle’s way. Harang’s contract calls for... 
 

Seattle Mariners Michael Morse Smacks Fourth HR of 2013

When the Seattle Mariners made the deal to acquire Michael Morse  they were looking for right-handed power.  So far, so good.  Morse hit his fourth home run in the past three games leading off the sixth inning against Athletics starter A.J. Griffin  and joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only two Mariners players to hit four home runs in the fourth game of the season.  Griffey did it in the 1997 season. “I hit the ball where it’s pitched,” said Morse, who earlier in the game had hit a long single one-hopped off the right-field... 
 

Mariners Michael Morse Hits 6th Spring Home Run

Michael Morse  was rumored to be heading to at least a half-dozen teams this winter. The Seattle Mariners finally made the deal with the Washington Nationals and so far  Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik  is looking like a genius. Morse broke a sixth-inning tie with his sixth home run of spring training, and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Monday. Morse homered off starter A.J. Griffin for a 4-3 lead, and Dustin Ackley added an RBI single later in the inning against Ryan Cook. Ackley added another run-scoring... 
 

Mariners Pitching Prospects Patiently Wait Their Turn

With Felix Hernandez signed to a long-term deal, the Seattle Mariners have what most Major League teams lack – a premium ace who is one of the most dominant starters in the game. As Opening Day approaches, the club also has enviable rotation depth at the big league and minor league levels. Though the Opening Day rotation appears set with Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Joe Saunders, Blake Beaven and either Erasmo Ramirez or veteran non-roster invitee Jon Garland, Seattle can dip into its farm system if needed during the regular season. On the... 
 

Seattle Mariners: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

Seattle Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik was one of the busiest executives in baseball during the offseason. The result is a Mariners team that could surprise baseball pundits and fans alike in the American League West race. The most prominent news out of Seattle during the Hot Stove League was the signing of uber ace Felix Hernandez to a seven-year, $175 million contract. The transaction ended longtime speculation that the Mariners would trade the right-hander for a slew of young veterans and top prospects. With highly regarded pitching... 
 
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