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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Mariners have acquired Denard Span and Alex Colome from the Rays for Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

Span makes a lot of sense for the Mariners, as he can help out in the outfield with Dee Gordon moving to second base. The veteran outfield is off to a solid start this season with a .238/.364/.385 batting line, four home runs and six stolen bases.
May 25 - 6:12 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have traded Alex Colome and Denard Span to the Mariners.

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times hears that Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero are going to Tampa Bay in the deal. It's a big blow to the fantasy value of Colome, who had rebounded after a slow start but is now slated for a setup role in Seattle. Chaz Roe and Jose Alvarado figure to be next in line for saves with the Rays, but manager Kevin Cash can be unpredictable.
May 25 - 6:04 PM

Friday's game between the Tigers and Mariners in Detroit was postponed due to rain.

The two sides will play a straight doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 4:10 PM. Friday's scheduled starters, Matt Boyd and Marco Gonzales will presumably work the first game on Saturday.
May 11 - 7:54 PM

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto hasn't ruled out pursuing Matt Harvey depending on the finances involved.

Harvey was designated for assignment on Friday and will become a free agent if he passes through waivers unclaimed, but the Mets are reportedly willing to cover a large portion of his $5.625 million salary for 2018 in a trade. Dipoto is always active on the trade front and the club could use some rotation depth, so it's not surprising he's staying open-minded about the possibility. The Rangers, who have former Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen on staff, also reportedly have interest in taking a flier on Harvey.
May 7 - 11:49 AM

Mariners signed LHP Wade LeBlanc to a one-year contract.

Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. The veteran southpaw was released by the Yankees on Friday, but it didn't take him long to find work. He'll presumably have a spot in the club's Opening Day bullpen.
Mar 24 - 10:07 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that Collin McHugh could be available in a trade.

The Astros are loaded with starting pitcher depth, so it's not a huge surprise to hear that McHugh could be had in the right deal. As Heyman notes, he's due $5 million in 2018, and he's under team control through 2019 with one more arbitration-eligible season. Heyman also mentions the Twins and Orioles were interested in the right-hander earlier this season, and the Reds, Mariners, Brewers and Rangers as clubs still looking for starting pitching.
Mar 23 - 9:50 AM

Jeff Todd of MLBTradeRumors.com reports that the Mariners have agreed to a deal with right-hander Erik Goeddel.

Goeddel was granted his release from the Rangers on Monday so that he could explore other options and it looks as though he has already found a favorable destination. It's unclear if it's going to be on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, or if he'll simply begin in the minor leagues. Goeddel allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings of Cactus League play with the Rangers
Mar 20 - 9:27 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Mariners have agreed to a trade with the Royals to acquire Ashton Goudeau.

No word yet on what the Royals would receive in a potential return package. The 25-year-old right-hander posted a 5.10 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 46/18 K/BB ratio across 60 innings at Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2017.
Mar 19 - 10:01 PM

Ichiro Suzuki told Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz that he needs to take one more physical before his one-year contract with the Mariners becomes official.

He's in Seattle now undergoing the physical, so it sounds like the deal could become official soon. It's questionable how much Ichiro has left in the tank after batting just .255/.318/.332 with the Marlins last season, but it's undoubtedly a cool story with him headed back to Seattle. He turned 44 last October.
Mar 5 - 5:18 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners will sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the contract is worth $17 million, pending a physical. Nicasio led all National League relievers in appearances this past season and finished with 72 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings while registering a 2.61 ERA between the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals. He should get a chance for high-leverage innings behind closer Edwin Diaz in Seattle.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 05:26:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners and Cardinals are "vying" for free agent Juan Nicasio.

Jim Bowden tweeted earlier that the Mariners were "in the red zone" for a reliever and that Nicasio is a "strongly rumored possibility," but it seems the Cardinals are making a play to keep the 31-year-old right-hander, who served as their primary closer down the stretch this past season. Nicasio led all National League relievers in appearances in 2017 while putting up a 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings between Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 03:15:00 PM

According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, free agent reliever Juan Nicasio is a "strongly rumored possibility" for the Mariners.

Bowden says the Mariners are "in the red zone" to acquire a relief pitcher, though it's not entirely clear whether Nicasio is the guy. The 31-year-old right-hander led the National League in appearances in 2017, delivering a strong 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings between the Phillies, Pirates, and Cardinals. He served as the primary closer in St. Louis down the stretch.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 02:50:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets, Rockies, Blue Jays and Mariners "are among the teams eyeing" Jay Bruce.

It's been reported previously that the Mets were interested in a reunion with Bruce, and the Blue Jays have seemingly been eyeing the outfielder for a few years now. Bruce is reportedly looking for a five-year, $80-90 million contract this offseason, although he's surely going to have to come down from those demands. The 30-year-old batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI last season.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 08:55:00 PM

Marlins acquired RHP Nick Neidert, SS Christopher Torres and RHP Robert Dugger from the Mariners for 2B/OF Dee Gordon and international pool money.

Neidert was the Mariners' best pitching prospect, though that's not saying a whole lot. The 2015 second-round pick went 10-3 with a 2.76 ERA in high-A and 1-3 with a 6.56 ERA in six starts in Double-A last season. He's more about command than stuff, and he's probably going to be more of a bottom-of-the-rotation guy in the majors. He might debut before the end of next year.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 05:38:00 PM

Infielder Christopher Torres was sent from Seattle to Miami as part of the Dee Gordon trade.

Torres hit .238/.324/.435 as a 19-year-old in low-A ball last season. He has the glove to last at shortstop, but no one seems enamored with his offensive potential. He'll spend next year in high-A.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 05:37:00 PM

RHP Robert Dugger was traded from the Mariners to the Marlins in a five-player deal.

Dugger, a 2016 18th-round pick, had a 2.75 ERA in 18 starts and 13 relief appearances between low- and high-A last year. He's not a top prospect, but he's a possibility to surface in the Marlins' pen come 2019.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 05:36:00 PM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Dee Gordon has been traded from the Marlins to the Mariners.

Gordon figured to get moved as a result of the Marlins' cutbacks, but Seattle is a highly unexpected destination. Perhaps the Mariners believe he'll fit in center field. He can't possibly be displacing Robinson Cano.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 05:00:00 PM

Twins acquired C David Banuelos from the Mariners for international bonus pool money.

Seattle will get $1 million from the Twins in the deal. About a half an hour before the trade was announced, it was reported by several sources that a team was looking to acquire international funds to help in their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani. This fits that description. Banuelos was the Mariners' fifth-round pick in 2017 and was considered one of the most well-rounded collegiate catching prospects in the class. He registered a .725 OPS with four home runs and 26 RBI in 36 games for short-season Low-A Everett after signing. We just might be getting close to a resolution in the Ohtani sweepstakes.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 09:19:00 PM

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners met with Shohei Ohtani on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

Divish says "the exact traveling party to the meeting wasn’t known," but Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, director of scouting Tom Allison, Pacific Rim liaison assistant Antony Suzuki, and Japan-based scout Manny Noto all watched Ohtani play in person this past September in Japan. Ohtani and his representative have also met with front office members of the Dodgers, Giants, Rangers, and Cubs this week in Los Angeles, and there are sit-downs scheduled with the Padres and Angels.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 07:46:00 PM

Jim Bowden of Sirius XM reports that Shohei Ohtani is only considering the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Rangers, and Cubs.

We've been piecing this together one-by-one over the past 24 hours, but these are the only seven teams that Ohtani is considering. The great majority of the finalists are on the West Coast, with the exception of the Rangers and Cubs. Of course, the Rangers have a strong history with Japanese players. As for the Cubs, they might have pitched him on creative plans to use him as both a pitcher and hitter. They are also strongly-positioned to win right away. Each finalist should meet with Ohtani in the coming days, with a resolution to come later this month.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 08:57:00 AM


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