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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

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Giants and the Mariners are among the finalists for Shohei Ohtani.

The Yankees are officially out as Ohtani has started to inform clubs who didn't make the first cut. The two-way superstar will hold meetings with each of the finalists next week before making his final decision. He has informed clubs that he would prefer going to the west coast or to a smaller market.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 06:16:00 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan says the "sweepstakes" for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani is "kicking into overdrive."

Passan notes specifically that the Mariners have stepped up their game, asking multiple players to keep their schedules open in case they're called upon to attempt to woo Ohtani. Passan also notes the Yankees are widely feared for their team, market and relationship with CAA, Ohtani's agency. With a December 22 deadline, teams have incentive to move quickly if they're interested in the 23-year-old. There will surely be more developments in this saga before the sweepstakes end.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 06:26:00 PM

In a new team podcast, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said the club will make a "full-court press" for Shohei Ohtani.

Dipoto mentioned on that same topic that the team would be willing to play slugger Nelson Cruz a few days in the outfield to accommodate Ohtani being able to DH on the days he's not pitching. The Mariners have long been considered a candidate for Ohtani because of their history with Japanese players (Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kazuhiro Sasaki, just to name a few), but also because they have an obvious need for starting pitching. The fact that the M's would also be willing to let Ohtani hit, at least according to the podcast, is something that could serve them well in their bid for the 23-year-old two-way talent. It wouldn't be a major upset at all if Ohtani ends up playing for the Mariners, though it's too early to list them (or any other team) as a frontrunner.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 10:02:00 PM
Jon Jay - OF - Cubs

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, there is "momentum" toward an agreement between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay has never shown much power, but he can play all three outfield spots and he batted .294 with an excellent .374 on-base percentage in 141 games this past season for the Cubs. The 32-year-old former second-round pick of the Cardinals signed a one-year, $8 million deal with Chicago last winter and figures to land something similar this offseason. Seattle has an opening in center field with Jarrod Dyson no longer under contract. This could come together quickly.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 03:48:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Red Sox, Angels, and Mariners have checked in on free agent first baseman Lucas Duda.

Duda struggled down the stretch with the Rays, but he still tied his career-high with 30 homers while putting up an .818 OPS. He's better off sitting against lefties, but he can still be a valuable bat to have around. He likely won't break the bank wherever he lands.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 04:41:00 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are interested in Carlos Santana.

Morosi cautions that "there have not yet been substantial talks between the parties" to this point. The Red Sox are also showing early interest in Santana, and the Indians wouldn't mind re-signing the slugger. Santana batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 homers in his walk year and was extended a qualifying offer by the Indians last week.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 02:03:00 PM

Cubs acquired outfielder Leonys Martin from the Mariners for a player to be named or cash.

The Cubs or anyone else could have acquired Martin off waivers a week ago, though that would have meant taking on just under $1 million in salary. The Cubs weren't willing to do it then, but they thought it was a good idea to trade for him now for outfield depth down the stretch. He probably won't get many starts, but he offers better defense than Jon Jay in center field and probably more offense against right-handers than Albert Almora.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 12:28:00 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have acquired Mike Leake from the Cardinals.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale was first to report that a deal was in motion, and now we know the destination. Leake got a full no-trade clause in his five-year, $80 million free agent agreement with the Cardinals, so he had to OK this move. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the 29-year-old right-hander wanted to be a little closer to his West Coast roots. He's owed around $55 million through 2020.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 11:25:00 AM

Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have tried to trade for Ervin Santana "multiple times."

However, Divish notes that any talks between the Mariners and Twins are "on hold" with Minnesota passing Seattle in the American League Wild Card standings. The Mariners are desperate for rotation help given all of their injuries, but it doesn't sound like Santana is a real possibility, at least not at this point. The Twins' righty holds a 3.28 ERA over 24 starts this season and is set to make $13.5 million in 2018, with a club option for 2019 and vesting option for 2020.
Mon, Aug 14, 2017 05:11:00 PM


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