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Chris Cotillo of reports that the market on Joe Beimel is "thawing."

He adds that three teams are currently interested in the lefty, "with more likely to jump in." The Mariners are known to be interest in bringing Beimel back, but it sounds like they could face some competition. Beimel held a 2.20 ERA in 45 innings for Seattle last season.
Jan 30 - 5:07 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears free agent Todd Coffey is drawing interest from 5-6 teams and could sign soon.

After missing the entire 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery, Coffey put up an impressive 1.93 ERA in 37 1/3 innings with the Mariners' Triple-A team last season. The 34-year-old may be hard-pressed to find a major league deal, but he could pitch his way into a team's bullpen this spring.
Jan 28 - 7:02 PM

Mariners signed C John Baker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Baker was non-tendered by the Cubs in December after batting just .192/.273/.231 over 68 games last season. Still, he has a decent chance to win the backup catcher job with Seattle in the spring.
Jan 28 - 11:33 AM

Mariners re-signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gutierrez missed the entire 2014 campaign after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and hasn't played 100 games in a season since 2010 due to a variety of injuries. He's healthy now, though, and the M's are willing to give him a shot in big league camp this spring. Gutierrez used to be an elite defender and wasn't a slouch with the bat, but he's nearly 32 now and obviously can't be counted on to stay healthy.
Jan 26 - 7:29 PM

Mariners re-signed OF Endy Chavez to a minor league contract.

The veteran outfielder will compete for a reserve role with the M's. He has the ability to handle all three outfield positions defensively and also adds an element of speed off the bench.
Jan 25 - 5:37 PM

Taijuan Walker will compete with Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez for the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation.

"The more competition, the better," Walker said. "It brings the best out of everyone who is fighting for a spot." The top prospect is obviously the big name here, but Elias could be the favorite for the No. 5 spot after posting a 3.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 29 starts last season. Walker did finish strong with a 1.96 ERA in September and also pitched well in two Arizona Fall League starts. Fantasy owners will be rooting for him during spring training.
Jan 25 - 10:36 AM

Mariners assistant general manager Jeff Kingston indicated that the club is still talking to free agent outfielder Franklin Gutierrez about a return to the team.

The oft-injured outfielder missed the entire 2014 season after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. Once considered one of the truly elite defenders in the league, Gutierrez would have to settle for a minor league deal and attempt to earn his spot on the M's roster.
Jan 24 - 9:14 AM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik reiterated Friday that Chris Taylor and Brad Miller will compete to be the team's starting shortstop this spring.

Manager Lloyd McClendon echoed that sentiment, indicating that while Miller is more gifted offensively, Taylor provides more in the field. The M's skipper also quelled any rumors about one of them shifting to the outfield, as he noted the team is already flush with good outfielders.
Jan 24 - 9:10 AM

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said Thursday that Joe Beimel is "possibly" still on the club's radar.

Beimel rejuvenated his career in 2014 with Seattle, posting a 2.20 ERA in 45 innings of relief after making zero appearances at the big level between 2011-2013. The 37-year-old left-hander may be seeking a multi-year contract in what could be his final shot at major league free agency, and the M's would probably rather do a one-year deal.
Jan 22 - 2:04 PM

Mariners trainer Rick Griffin said Thursday morning that Jesus Montero has already met his recommended spring training reporting weight of 235 lbs.

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune says Montero was playing at around 275 lbs. in 2014, so this is a big drop. A scout famously sent Montero ice cream last year at Triple-A -- a nod to the former top prospect's recent issues with weight and determination that resulted in that scout's firing. Montero threw the ice cream back at the scout and wound up on suspension for the final few weeks of the minor league season. Maybe he's gotten his act together at age 25, but Montero is not even worth a flier in standard fantasy leagues for the 2015 season.
Jan 22 - 1:40 PM

Mariners signed INF/OF Shawn O'Malley to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

O'Malley didn't do much last season as a September callup with the Angels, though he did post good numbers at Triple-A Salt Lake. The 27-year-old will function as organizational depth for the Mariners in 2015.
Jan 22 - 1:02 PM

Per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Mariners are interested in bringing back Endy Chavez.

Crasnick adds that Chavez would likely have to settle for a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He would have to compete for a spot in the Mariners' crowded outfield. The soon-to-be 37-year-old batted .276/.317/.371 in 258 plate appearances for the Mariners last season. Chavez would provide versatility, as he can play all three outfield positions.
Jan 21 - 9:18 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen requested $2.2 million and was offered $1.4 million from the Mariners when arbitration figures were exchanged.

The 31-year-old former bartender stands to earn a significant raise over the $528,800 that he brought home in 2014. It's certainly deserved after posting a 2.27 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 72/36 K/BB ratio over 79 1/3 frames for the M's this past season.
Jan 16 - 10:45 PM

Mariners sent LHP Anthony Fernandez outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

Fernandez was designated for assignment earlier in the week to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Mike Kickham. The 24-year-old southpaw is recovering from Tommy John surgery and won't be ready for the beginning of the season.
Jan 16 - 8:32 PM

Mariners and 1B/OF Logan Morrison avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.725 million contract.

He can earn $50,000 more if he reaches 600 plate appearances. LoMo batted .262/.315/.420 with 11 homers and 38 RBI in 99 games for Seattle last season but finished the year strong. He'll handle first base in 2015.
Jan 16 - 2:58 PM

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