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Nick Groke of The Athletic reports that the Rockies had trade talks with the Phillies about Carlos Santana before Santana was traded to the Mariners.

The Mariners are rebuilding and open to flipping Santana to another team, so it's possible the Rockies could still be a fit for the first baseman. Obviously, it would be a boon to Santana's fantasy value should he land in Colorado. Ian Desmond currently is lined up to play first base for the Rockies, but it sounds like they want to add a first baseman and use Desmond in the outfield.
Dec 10 - 10:08 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have maintained a "running dialogue" with Nelson Cruz.

The Rays have discussed some contract parameters with Cruz and his agent, Bryce Dixon, says the slugger is interested in Tampa. However, Cruz is also receiving interest from an additional 3-4 teams and is weighing his options. The Astros, White Sox and Twins have also been connected to the 38-year-old.
Dec 10 - 9:40 PM

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports hears that the Twins are a new team in the mix for free agent slugger Nelson Cruz.

Heyman previously mentioned the Astros, Rays, and White Sox as possible fits. The Twins recently acquired C.J. Cron and also have Tyler Austin around, so it's not a perfect fit, but they could be a darkhorse depending on how his market fares. He's not signing in the National League, so there's only so many places he can go.
Dec 10 - 3:35 PM

Mariners claimed INF/RHP Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Angels.

Cowart was once a top-100 prospect, but he owns a disappointing .177/.241/.293 batting line over 380 plate appearances in the majors. Interestingly, the Mariners are saying that Cowart will be both a position player and a pitcher in the spring. The 26-year-old has never pitched in professional ball.
Dec 10 - 2:52 PM

Mariners signed C Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract.

Lobaton, 34, appeared in 22 games with the Mets this past season while posting a weak .143/.246/.224 batting line in 57 plate appearances. He's organizational depth at this point of his career.
Dec 10 - 1:47 PM

Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports that the Mariners aren't "especially motivated" to trade Kyle Seager.

Moving Seager makes plenty of sense on paper, but it's hard to believe there would be a ton of interest after he struggled with a career-worst .673 OPS (86 OPS+) this past season. The 31-year-old is also owed $56 million over the next three seasons, with a club option for 2022. Perhaps a deal would be more feasible if he enjoys a bounceback in 2019.
Dec 10 - 1:14 PM

Greg Johns of MLB.com reports the Mariners' primary goal over the next few weeks is to replenish their depleted bullpen.

Of the 10 relievers who pitched 20 or more innings for the Mariners this past season, only two of them remain on the roster -- Chasen Bradford and Dan Altavilla. Closer Edwin Diaz was traded to the Mets, set-up man (and former Rays' closer) Alex Colome was traded to the White Sox, and finally James Pazos and Juan Nicasio were traded to the Phillies. Nick Vincent was released. Zach Duke, Adam Warren and David Phelps left via free agency. The Mariners acquired reliever Anthony Swarzak in the deal with the Mets but he is not guaranteed to make the team considering he registered a 6.15 ERA in 29 appearances in 2018. Expect general manager Jerry Dipoto to continue his wheeling-and-dealing ways this winter as he tries to build a bullpen from scratch.
Source: MLB.com
Dec 8 - 1:33 PM

Mariners signed LHP Tommy Milone to a minor league contract.

The 31-year-old left-hander started four games and made one relief appearance for the Nationals in 2018, posting a 5.81 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings. He didn't pitch after August 21 this year due to discomfort in his left shoulder. He has been a fringe major leaguer for nearly a decade, shuffling back-and-forth between the majors and minors since 2011. He has a 46-37 career record with a 4.42 ERA in 130 starts and 21 relief appearances.
Dec 8 - 10:39 AM

According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, the Mariners have "already had conversations with multiple teams" about a Carlos Santana trade.

No real surprise. Santana's inclusion in the Jean Segura trade was all about money, and the Mariners have launched into an aggressive organizational rebuild this winter in which the goal is to shed cash commitments and stock young talent. The 32-year-old slugger is owed around $41.7 million on a contract that runs through 2020. He batted .229/.352/.414 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI over 161 games this past season with the Phillies.
Dec 5 - 4:06 PM

Mariners acquired SS J.P. Crawford and 1B Carlos Santana from the Phillies for SS Jean Segura, RHP Juan Nicasio and LHP James Pazos.

Crawford has hit just .214/.333/.358 over his first 225 plate appearances in the majors and has graded out poorly defensively at shortstop, as well. His bat was up-and-down in the minors, as well. However, Crawford will turn just 24 next month and is a former top-10 prospect, so the Mariners are hoping he can blossom. He should be their Opening Day shortstop.
Dec 3 - 5:42 PM

Mariners acquired 1B Carlos Santana and SS J.P. Crawford from the Phillies for SS Jean Segura, RHP Juan Nicasio and LHP James Pazos.

Santana was decent in his lone season in Philadelphia with a .229/.352/.414 batting line and 24 home runs, but the Phillies wanted to unload him due to their desire to move Rhys Hoskins back to first base. If he's still on Seattle's roster on Opening Day, Santana should play some first base and also serve as a designated hitter. They'll surely be shopping him, though.
Dec 3 - 5:37 PM

Jay Bruce said Monday that he was told he will remain with the Mariners entering spring training, if not all season.

The natural assumption is that Seattle would look to flip Bruce to another team as they continue their rebuild. That could still happen -- we're talking about Jerry Dipoto, after all -- but at least for the moment it looks like he could be staying put. Bruce is owed $26 million over the next two seasons.
Dec 3 - 4:32 PM

Mariners acquired OF Jarred Kelenic in Monday’s announced trade with the Mets.

Here's the centerpiece of the deal for Cano and Diaz. Kelenic, a 19-year-old outfielder, was selected sixth overall this past June and batted .286/.371/.468 with six home runs, 42 RBI, 15 stolen bases, and 42 runs scored over his first 56 pro games. He's still a few years away, but most prospect evaluators are very high on his long-term potential. The Mariners set their sights high in parting with Edwin Diaz and they would appear to have done a fine job netting Kelenic.
Dec 3 - 3:59 PM

Mariners acquired RHP Gerson Bautista from the Mets in a multi-player trade.

Bautista was hit hard in five appearances with the Mets this season and posted a 5.14 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 18 walks in 49 innings between Double- and Triple-A. The 23-year-old has a big arm and the Mariners will try to unlock his potential.
Dec 3 - 3:55 PM

Mariners acquired RHP Justin Dunn from the Mets as part of the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz trade.

Dunn, a first-round pick from 2016, made some nice strides this past season with a 3.59 ERA and 156/52 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings between High-A and Double-A. While it's still not a sure thing that the 23-year-old will end up a starter in the long-term, he'll immediately become one of the team's top pitching prospects.
Dec 3 - 3:52 PM


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