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Royals sign outfielder Jarrod Dyson

Photo by Ed Zurga/ That’s what speed do. The Royals have signed free agent outfielder Jarrod Dyson to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. Jon Heyman reports he will earn $1.5 million. The 36-year old Dyson spent the first seven years of his career with the Royals, hitting .260/.325/.353 from 2010 to 2016. He was a prolific base-stealer, swiping 176 bases with an 85 percent success rate in his days with the Royals. He was also a fantastic defender, worth 6.1 dWAR, according to Baseball-Reference. Dyson was traded to the Mariners in 2017 for pitcher Nate...

Lookout Landing

Baseball America 2021-2022 International rankings are out; Mariners favored to sign two, including no. 5 overall

Well then... this was a surprise.. On Tuesday, Baseball America released their annual international big board, this edition for the 2021-2022 signing class. The Mariners are listed as the favorites to sign two of the top 30 prospects on the board. While we were aware of Dominican shortstop Martin Gonzales, ranked no. 18 overall on the board, the big surprise came with Seattle listed as the favorite to sign no. 5 overall prospect Lazaro Montes, a 1B/OF out of Cuba. Seattle spending big money on a single international free agent is a bit of a departure from what the...

Over the Monster

Daily Red Sox Links: Matt Barnes, Jake Odorizzi, Dustin Pedroia

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Matt Barnes is at the center of one of the few “battles” in spring training, fighting for the ninth inning with Adam Ottavino. He spoke with the media Saturday and indicated his desire to close out games. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) In addition to potentially closing out games, Barnes has been the team’s players union representative. So it’s no surprise he has thoughts on the Kevin Mather/Mariners fiasco. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston) Most of the free agents have by now found a new team and are getting ready for the...

Jays Journal

Toronto Blue Jays: Who should be the closer this season?

With Ken Giles no longer with the Toronto Blue Jays (he signed with the Seattle Mariners this off-season), the organization enters 2021 without a closer for the first time in roughly three years. Acquired in the Roberto Osuna trade midway through the 2018 season, Giles did an alright job since joining the Blue Jays, authoring […] Toronto Blue Jays: Who should be the closer this season? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

The Seattle Times

With Jarred Kelenic’s ire toward Mariners raised, scrutiny over his opening-day status is further elevated

Jarred Kelenic and his agent already felt the Mariners were punishing him for refusing to sign a long-term contract before last season. Now they can point to Kevin Mather’s words as proof of the service-time manipulation they’ve suspected all along.

Lookout Landing

Mariners’ Jarred Kelenic, agents express dissatisfaction after candid remarks regarding service time manipulation

Photo by Abbie Parr/ Great, you’ve pissed off Jarred Kelenic. On Wednesday morning, Bob Nightengale of USA Today published a story detailing the frustrations Jarred Kelenic and his camp have had with the Mariners over the past year and change. A little over a year ago, Kelenic and his agents, Brodie Scoffield and Chris Amezquita, engaged in contract extension talks with the Mariners. Those talks didn’t lead to a deal, Kelenic instead electing to bet on himself and his future. Suffice to say had he signed the deal, the Mariners would have had him playing in...

The Seattle Times

‘It got old’: Jarred Kelenic, agent open up on frustrations with Mariners holding back his MLB debut

It's no secret that Jarred Kelenic believes he's ready to make his MLB debut. It's also no secret that he's frustrated it hasn't happened yet. When Kevin Mather's comments went viral, it opened the door for Kelenic and his agent to air their grievances.

The Seattle Times

Agent Scott Boras hopes ex-Mariners CEO Kevin Mather’s comments bring changes to service-time issue

High-profile baseball agent Scott Boras said Kevin Mather’s seeming admissions about manipulating player service time undoubtedly sent tremors throughout MLB front offices ahead of upcoming CBA talks.

Newsday

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole upset at how MLB executives manipulate service time

Mariners president Kevin Mather, who was forced to resign because of derogatory comments about players, admitted how he kept top prospects in minors to get an extra year out of them before free agency kicks in .

The Crawfish Boxes

Evaluating the Astros’ primary competition

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Assessing the offseason acquisitions and losses of the Astros’ chief division rivals. A tedious offseason is now in the rear view with spring training underway. A winter filled with inactivity early on culminated in its final weeks when baseball’s top free agents signed their new contracts. Much has changed across MLB’s landscape, including the pecking order of one of its weakest divisions, the AL West. The Seattle Mariners are well into a rebuild, while the Texas Rangers are still in the beginning stages of theirs. Needless to say, both...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Seattle CEO's words stoke fire, frustration for players, PA

As far as Anthony Rizzo is concerned, Kevin Mather simply said the quiet part out loud. Mather, the CEO and president of the Seattle Mariners, resigned Monday after video surfaced of a speech he gave to a Rotary Club this month in which he made insensitive comments about several current and former players. He also spoke bluntly on a point of contention between teams and players when he said Seattle would likely keep top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert in the minors at the start of the season to delay their right to file for free agency. The players' association has long complained...

Pinstripe Alley

How the Yankees’ rotation compares to the rest of the American League contenders

Photo by Christian Petersen/ There is a very competent rotation in the Bronx right now. Is it the best in the junior circuit? The Yankees lost three-fifths of their rotation when free agency started, and they didn’t retain any of them: J.A. Happ went to the Minnesota Twins, Masahiro Tanaka flew back to Japan, and James Paxton ended up joining the Seattle Mariners. Yet, in a short period of time, general manager Brian Cashman managed to put together one of the most interesting rotations in the American League by adding Corey Kluber via free agency and Jameson Taillon...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: James Paxton was interested in playing for Toronto

The Toronto Blue Jays failed to shore up their rotation this offseason, however, there was one free agent hurler who was more than willing to explore the possibility. Canadian pitcher James Paxton agreed to a one-year $8.5 million dollar pact with the Seattle Mariners recently after it was rumoured the Blue Jays were interested in […] Blue Jays: James Paxton was interested in playing for Toronto - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/16/21: Jason Kipnis, Bartolo Colon, and Kevin Pillar

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Free agent signings and more free agent signings! In Mariners News... You can never have too many Dylan Moore hype videos. Straight out the gate #MLB2021 #SeaUsRise Cc: @Mariners pic.twitter.com/uuPuW21rHm— Dylan Moore (@d_moore22) February 15, 2021 Corey Brock at The Athletic explores the unlikely bond between Jared Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez and the impact they’ve made on the Mariners’ organization. ($) Jake Mailhot analyzes the Mariners’ acquisition of James Paxton, taking a look at how he fits in to the rotation and what...

AZ Snake Pit

Diamondbacks have signed Asdrubal Cabrera

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ Bench Bat, Utility infielder , or Starter ? Jon Heyman has tweeted out: Asdrubal Cabrera to the Diamondbacks. One year. $1.75M plus $1.05M in incentives.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 13, 2021 The 35 year old switch hitter from Venezuela has had 14 year major league career to date. Originally signed by the Mariners as an amateur free agent in 2002, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians and made his major league debut for that organization in 2007. The Diamondbacks will be his 7th organization, having also played with the Nationals,...

Jays Journal

Toronto Blue Jays have shown recent interest in Taijuan Walker

According to Robert Murray of FanSided, the Toronto Blue Jays have shown recent interest in Taijuan Walker while keeping in contact with the free agent all offseason. The Jays are in desperate need of another starting pitching and Walker would definitely improve the staff. The 28-year old was acquired by Toronto from the Mariners at […] Toronto Blue Jays have shown recent interest in Taijuan Walker - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

The Seattle Times

Mariners have reached agreement to sign Ken Giles, but don’t expect to see him pitch this season

The Mariners have reached an agreement to sign Ken Giles, a free agent who most recently pitched for the Blue Jays before having Tommy John surgery in October.

Lookout Landing

Mariners reportedly in agreement with RHP Ken Giles on multi-year deal

when another boy has a free agent signing | Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ A long-term fix for a short-term problem Seattle must truly be Hell, because it’s currently frozen over and the Mariners have spent some money this off-season. Not so fast! It’s not money that will actually make the team better this season, if that’s what you were thinking. Stand back, because we got a #ShannonScoop incoming: According to source, the @Mariners and reliever Ken Giles have reached agreement on a multi-year deal. Move aimed more at 2022 with Giles coming off a September Tommy John...

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/10/21: Jonathan Villar, Adam Duvall, and Jake McGee

Photo by Mark Brown/ Kicking off your Tuesday with some fresh links. Hello and good morning to all! Let’s get you the latest as the long offseason winds down. In Mariners news... Corey Brock at The Athletic tries to find a few last-minute free agent fits for the Mariners. ($) The M’s did add another arm to the pile. We have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with RHP JT Chargois and invited him to Major League Spring Training. pic.twitter.com/7SvXCD6jxI— Mariners Player Development (@MsPlayerDev) February 9, 2021 Around the league... Ken...

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Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/9/21: Taylor Guerrieri, Yadier Molina, and Shohei Ohtani

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports Tuesday links! In Mariners News... The Mariners have signed pitching prospect and former Rays first-round pick Taylor Guerrieri to a minor-league deal. SS prospect Noelvi Marte highlights MLB Pipeline’s list of prospects who just missed the 2021 Top 100 Prospects list. Around The League... Free agent catcher Yadier Molina has agreed to return to the Cardinals for his 18th season on a one-year/$9 million deal. The Angels have avoided arbitration with Shohei Ohtani as they reach a two-year/$8.5 million deal. The Twins have signed MLB...

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/8/21: Dee Strange-Gordon, Albert Almora Jr., and Chasen Shreve

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports Well now that the Super Bowl is over...it’s baseball time! In Mariners News... The staff at 710 Sports proposes ways that MLB could make the game more exciting, including highlighting young prospects, regulating the shift, and more accessibility. Around The League... Former Mariner Dee Strange-Gordon has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Reds that includes an invite to spring training. We’ll miss you Dee, but wish you all the best in Cincinnati. The Mets have reportedly agreed to a contract with free agent and former Cubs OF...

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Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/6/21: Trevor Bauer, Mike Foltynewicz, and Marcell Ozuna

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Two more big-name free agents are off the board! Hello everyone! Welcome to the weekend. Here are some links to get your day going. In Mariners news... Yesterday was Truck Day! Next stop: Peoria. pic.twitter.com/gEkVONP0KE— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 6, 2021 Around the league... This tracks with the level of talent in the National League right now compared to what’s in the American League. Looking at MLB payroll estimates for 2021, what stands out is how much the National League is out-spending the American League.NL...

The Seattle Times

Extra Innings podcast: Discussing the recent free agent activity in MLB, the Mariners’ relative inactivity and the Hall of Fame

The Extra Innings podcast returns for your weekend listening. Times beat writer Ryan Divish and venerable columnist Larry Stone discuss a variety of topics concerning Major League Baseball and the Mariners. This week’s topic list: Trevor Bauer signing with the DodgersThe recent free agent signings and the perceived marketThe Mariners ostensibly sitting out this portion […]

Blog Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds: Evaluating trade proposal for Mariners’ Dylan Moore

Our friends at FanSided’s Seattle Mariners’ news and opinion website, Sodo Mojo, threw a curveball into the Cincinnati Reds pursuit of a starting shortstop for the 2021 season. Would the Mariners’ Swiss Army knife, Dylan Moore fit the bill? Ryota Nishino, site co-expert at Sodo Mojo, suggested a potential trade package centered around the 28-year-old […] Cincinnati Reds: Evaluating trade proposal for Mariners’ Dylan Moore - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Seattle Times

Mariners sign 8 more international free agents

Venezuelan outfielder Gabriel González leads the group of signees, which features seven Venezuelan players.

Lookout Landing

40 in 40: Aaron Fletcher

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ I work very hard Last season, 24-year-old rookie Aaron Fletcher made his Major League debut for the Seattle Mariners. Fletcher, who came to the Mariners in the 2019 Roenis Elías trade, did not pitch very well. His ERA sky scraped to 12.46, though most of that is due to pitching just 4.1 total innings. In those 4.1 innings, Fletcher served up six earned runs and seven walks, even hitting two batters just for fun. I’ve always said that hitting a batter is more efficient and intimidating than walking them. With such a small amount of MLB...

Rising Apple

NY Mets: Three Edwin Diaz predictions for the 2021 season

Back in the 2018 offseason, the New York Mets completed a blockbuster trade with the Mariners acquiring Edwin Diaz. This trade is one Mets fans will remember for a very long time as they gave up top prospect Jarred Kelenic in this deal. Kelenic appears on track to be a superstar in the not too […] NY Mets: Three Edwin Diaz predictions for the 2021 season - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

MLB.com FastCast: Edwin dealt, Familia signs - 12/13/18

The Mariners, Indians and Rays make a three-team trade centered around Edwin Encarnacion, plus the Mets reportedly bring back Jeurys Familia About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the U

Indians acquire Jake Bauers in a three-team deal

The Indians traded for 23-year old first baseman Jake Bauers in a three-team trade with the Rays and Mariners during the Winter Meetings.

MLB.com FastCast: Mariners finalize 2 trades: 12/3/18

The Mariners officially send Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets, plus Jean Segura to the Phillies for a mix of vets and prospects About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United