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Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Wednesday that prospect D.J. Peterson will get a "fair shot" to crack the Opening Day roster next spring.

Peterson, the M's first-round pick in 2013, posted a .912 OPS with 31 home runs and 111 RBI in 123 games this season between High-A High Desert and Double-A Jackson. "His age and experience might be working against him," Zduriencik said, "but this is also a pretty good hitter. You don't shut the door on it. You leave it open and see what he does." Peterson will likely be auditioning at first base, as he's blocked at third in Seattle by Kyle Seager.
Oct 2 - 9:12 AM

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports the Mariners are likely to buy out the 2015 option for Justin Smoak.

Smoak has a $3.65 million club option for 2015, and it will cost the M's $150,000 to buy out that final year. Smoak, 27, never reached his full potential in Seattle, hitting .202/.275/.339 in 80 games this year. His pedigree may earn him another major league deal, but Smoak will be hard-pressed to find a starting gig on the free agent market this winter.
Oct 1 - 11:44 PM

Taijuan Walker will pitch 30 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

Walker missed some time this season with a shoulder injury, so the Mariners want to get him some more innings going into the offseason. The 22-year-old posted a 2.61 ERA and 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings across five starts and three relief appearances in the majors this year and should be a popular late-round flier in mixed leagues in 2015.
Oct 1 - 11:24 AM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that the club will considering re-signing Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

Gutierrez didn't play at all this season after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. He's averaged just 58 games played per season from 2011-13 due to a variety of health issues but isn't ready to call it a career. "He’s in Florida, working out. He has some interest in coming back next year. We’re going to talk to him and we’ll see what happens," Zduriencik said. "He left in a good frame of mind. We’ll have to see where it’s at, but he’s spoken to our guys more than once about his desire in coming back next year. It would be as a non-roster player."
Sep 30 - 9:38 PM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that pitching prospect Danny Hultzen (shoulder) "should be" 100 percent for spring training.

Making his way back from rotator cuff surgery, Hultzen threw well in his third and final instructional league outing Tuesday and will now be shut down until spring training. "They said it was really impressive," Zduriencik said. "He feels really good and is now shut down. He’s finished for the fall. He showed an average fastball, really good curve and changeup. He was confident and his delivery is sound. So he’ll go home and come back in January and be ready for Spring Training."
Sep 30 - 9:33 PM

Dustin Ackley will visit a specialist to have his left ankle examined.

Ackley dealt with bone spurs in the ankle down the stretch. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik doesn't think the outfielder will need surgery, but obviously more will be known after the exam. Ackley finished the season batting .245/.293/.398 with 14 homers and 65 RBI over 143 games.
Sep 30 - 6:32 PM

Mariners designated OF Corey Hart for assignment.

It's a paper move in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Jesus Montero, who was reinstated from suspension. Hart will be a free agent this winter.
Sep 29 - 6:56 PM

Mariners activated 1B/DH Jesus Montero from the suspended list.

Montero was suspended for the last couple weeks of the minor league season after getting involved in an altercation with one of the team's scouts. He's now back on the 40-man roster. The former top prospect spent almost all of this season at Triple-A Tacoma, batting .286/.350/.489 with 16 homers and 74 RBI.
Sep 29 - 6:55 PM

Felix Hernandez earned his 15th win and also secured the American League ERA title Sunday, allowing one hit over 5 1/3 innings in the Mariners' 4-1 victory over the Angels.

Felix gave up a single to Albert Pujols in the first inning, and he went the next 4 2/3 innings without a blemish. Once he got his ERA below Chris Sale's 2.17 mark in the sixth inning, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon pulled him to ensure Hernandez would earn the distinction. King Felix finishes 15-6 with a 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 248/46 K/BB ratio over 236 innings this year. He may also take home an AL Cy Young award for his strong work this year.
Sep 28 - 9:17 PM

Logan Morrison went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Angels.

Morrison singled and scored in the second and fourth innings. Injuries marred much of the early part of LoMo's season, but he rebounded to hit .321 with six home runs over his final two months. Morrison finishes the year batting .262/.315/.420 with 11 homers and 38 RBI in 99 games.
Sep 28 - 9:01 PM

Mike Zunino had a two-run single in Sunday's win over the Angels.

With the Mariners' playoff chances still alive, Zunino knocked in two with a single in the fourth inning. The Mariners were later eliminated despite winning their game, ending their season. In his sophomore campaign, Zunino batted .199/.254/.404 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI. The power is real, and if Zunino can improve his ability to hit for average he could be a real force in fantasy as soon as next season.
Sep 28 - 8:56 PM

Michael Saunders had a pair of RBI doubles Sunday, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Angels.

Saunders swatted an RBI double in the second inning before doubling in a run and scoring in the fourth. Injuries wrecked what could have been a big year for the 27-year-old, as Saunders finished with just 78 games played. He hit .273/.341/.450 with eight homers and 34 RBI on the year.
Sep 28 - 8:46 PM

Logan Morrison went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk as the Mariners topped the Angels 2-1 in 11 innings Saturday to stay alive for a wild card spot.

The Mariners won when Grant Green struggled to start a double play on a tailor-made grounder from Austin Jackson in the 11th, allowing Brad Miller to score from third. They'll now send Felix Hernandez to the mound on Thursday with a chance to advance to a one-game playoff on Monday. They'll need to beat the Angels and hope the A's lose to the Rangers.
Sep 28 - 1:25 AM

James Paxton yielded one run in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Angels.

Paxton shook off his horrible outing Monday (9 R, 8 ER in 2 2/3 IP versus Toronto) and came one out shy of his sixth quality start in his last seven outings. He ended up going 6-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts after missing most of the first four months with a strained lat. The Mariners likely will start him in the ALDS if they advance.
Sep 28 - 1:22 AM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 and hit his eighth homer as the Mariners edged the Angels 4-3 on Friday.

The Mariners lived to fight for at least one more day, thanks to homers from Kendrys Morales, Saunders and Dustin Ackley. The homer was Saunders' second in 32 at-bats since he came off the disabled list. He'll likely sit against lefty C.J. Wilson on Saturday, but he should be back in there on Sunday.
Sep 27 - 1:30 AM

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