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Mariners sent RHP Logan Bawcom outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

Bawcom was designated for assignment by the M's last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for new outfielder Justin Ruggiano. Bawcom, 26, posted a 4.93 ERA in 40 relief appearances this past year at Triple-A.
Dec 22 - 3:10 PM

Mariners re-signed 3B Carlos Rivero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Rivero was non-tendered by the M's earlier this month, but he's now back with the organization on a non-guaranteed minor league deal. The 26-year-old infielder spent most of the 2014 season between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .264/.324/.379 in 105 games.
Dec 18 - 2:57 PM

Mariners signed RHP Mark Lowe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lowe made just seven appearances in 2014, allowing 10 hits and six walks in seven innings for the Indians. The 31-year-old right-hander seems doubtful to crack Seattle's Opening Day bullpen.
Dec 18 - 2:54 PM

Mariners designated RHP Logan Bawcom for assignment.

With the Mariners trading for the Cubs' Justin Ruggiano, Bawcom was the corresponding casualty. He struck out 64 batters in 65 innings while posting a 2.91 ERA in 2013.
Dec 17 - 12:40 PM

Mariners acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from Cubs for RHP Matt Brazis.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reported that the deal was done. Ruggiano hit .281/.337/.429 over 81 games in 2014. Health will be the primary concern with Ruggiano, though, as he underwent ankle surgery near the end of the 2014 campaign. He will compete for a starting job and, if nothing else, should be a serviceable backup bat for the M's.
Dec 17 - 12:35 PM

Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reports that the Cubs and Mariners had discussed a possible trade involving OF Justin Ruggiano.

Ruggiano hit .281/.337/.429 in 81 games during the 2014 season, though he was hampered by an ankle injury that required surgery in late August. When healthy, he provides a serviceable depth bat. The Mariners have also been connected to Marlon Byrd, though the team is on Byrd's no-trade list.
Dec 17 - 11:41 AM

A Mariners official told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune that the club isn't looking to trade Brad Miller.

"Understand this: We’re not looking to trade him," the official said. "I’m not saying it won’t happen, but it’s a lot less likely than some people seem to think." Miller's name has been linked to a number of shortstop-needy clubs after he struggled this past season, but the Mariners aren't exactly set at the position, either. Assuming no deal is made, Miller will likely battle Chris Taylor for the job in spring.
Dec 13 - 9:44 PM

Mariners selected LHP David Rollins from the Astros in the Rule 5 draft.

Rollins, 24, has been a swingman the last couple of years, posting a 3.98 ERA in high-A in 2013 and a 3.81 ERA in Double-A last season. He wouldn't seem to fit as a traditional lefty specialist, and the Mariners really shouldn't have room for him as a middle reliever given their quality bullpen depth. He'll probably end up getting returned to the Astros.
Dec 11 - 1:17 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are interested in Chris Denorfia.

The O's were unable to re-sign Nick Markakis and could not secure Michael Saunders via trade, so they're digging deeper into the outfield market. They've also been linked recently to free agents Colby Rasmus and Norichika Aoki, and a run at Michael Morse is a possibility. Denorfia, 34, batted just .230/.284/.318 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 121 games this past season between the Padres and Mariners.
Dec 9 - 12:22 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have had discussions with the Mariners about Chris Taylor and Brad Miller.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Sunday that Wilmer Flores is the favorite to be the starting shortstop right now, but he's exploring the market for other options. The Mets and Mariners have been linked in the past, so it only makes sense that they would keep in touch. Taylor, 24, batted .287/.347/.346 over 47 games as a rookie in 2014. Big things were expected from Miller going into the spring, but he ended up batting just .221 with a .653 OPS while losing his grip on the starting shortstop job.
Dec 8 - 10:16 AM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in an interview on MLB Network Radio on Sunday that he isn't motivated to trade any of his starting pitching.

Of course that doesn't sound like anything more than posturing heading into the winter meetings, as he's not going to admit that he's desperate to unload from a position of strength to land the big bat he's seeking. There's still a strong chance that Taijuan Walker or another M's starter is indeed dealt before spring training.
Dec 7 - 6:06 PM

Mariners signed RHP Justin Germano to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training

Germano appeared in two games with the Rangers this past season, but spent the majority of the year in the minors. The 32-year-old has a lot of experience and is a worthwhile arm to have around, even though he's likely to begin the year in Triple-A.
Dec 5 - 4:35 PM

Mariners signed OF Nelson Cruz to a four-year, $57 million contract.

As first reported Monday by Jancen Pujols of Dominican newspaper El Caribe. The Mariners fell short of a postseason berth in 2014 because of lackluster offensive performance, so they've bucked up here in the hope that Cruz can provide a significant upgrade. The 34-year-old was terrific this past season in Baltimore, batting .271/.333/.525 with 40 home runs and 108 RBI in 159 games. The power will likely drop off in Seattle, but he should maintain good fantasy value hitting behind Robinson Cano.
Dec 4 - 12:17 PM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said trading Hisashi Iwakuma "wouldn't make any sense."

"We're not trading Iwakuma," Zduriencik told Larry Stone of the Seattle Times. "Honestly, I have no idea where that came from. It wouldn't make any sense." A few weeks back it was reported the M's were fielding inquiries on Iwakuma, but he's very good and will be very inexpensive in 2015. While you can never say never -- the A's shot down Josh Donaldson trade rumors before eventually dealing him last week -- the Mariners would need to be blown away to deal the 33-year-old.
Dec 3 - 10:07 PM

Mariners acquired LHP J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays for OF Michael Saunders.

Happ went 11-11 with a 4.22 ERA this past season, and he's got a reasonable contract for 2015. He should slot into a M's rotation that was already pretty good heading into next year. A trade of some of that depth for an outfielder is likely already in the works.
Dec 3 - 7:03 PM


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