Player News - Mariners

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Mariners signed INF Rey Navarro to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Navarro has spent the last two seasons with the Angels, but hasn't played in the majors since 2015 when he was with the Orioles. He'll have a chance to win a utility job with Seattle if he performs well in spring training, although a ticket to Triple-A Tacoma as infield depth is more likely.
Jan 17 - 5:05 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Giants have Jarrod Dyson as their top non-Lorenzo Cain free agent option for center field.

Dyson is followed by Jon Jay and Cameron Maybin on the Giants' list. The club acquired Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates on Monday and haven't officially ruled him out for center field, but the speedy Dyson is obviously the superior defender. The 33-year-old batted .251/.324/.350 with five home runs, 30 RBI, and 28 steals over 11 games with the Mariners last season.

Mariners minor league outfielder Eric Filia will serve a 50 game suspension following a positive test for a drug of abuse.

Filia led the Arizona Fall League with a .408 batting average. This was Filia's second failed drug test. He slashed .326/.407/.434 with five home runs and 59 RBI in 567 plate appearances at Single-A Modesto last year.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 12 - 6:11 PM

Mariners and RHP Nick Vincent avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

Financials of the deal aren't known. Vincent was arbitration-eligible for the second time.
Jan 12 - 3:00 PM

Mariners and RHP Erasmo Ramirez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million contract.

Ramirez was eligible for arbitration for the second time. The 27-year-old hurler registered a 4.39 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 109/31 K/BB ratio across 131 1/3 innings with the Rays and Mariners in 2017.
Jan 12 - 2:59 PM

Mariners and LHP James Paxton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.9 million contract.

Paxton was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The southpaw posted a 2.98 ERA across 24 starts last season.
Jan 12 - 1:34 PM

Mariners and RHP David Phelps avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.55 million contract.

Phelps was in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander posted a 3.40 ERA over 54 relief appearances last season.
Jan 12 - 1:00 PM

Mariners and C Mike Zunino avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.975 million contract.

Zunino broke out with an .840 OPS and 25 home runs in 124 games last season with Seattle. This was the first time through salary arbitration for the 26-year-old backstop, who earned $570,000 in 2017. He'll carry a good amount of fantasy upside into 2018 given the lack of high-level power at the catcher position.
Jan 11 - 3:07 PM

Mariners re-signed RHP Christian Bergman to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bergman elected to become a free agent in October after being outrighted off the Mariners' 40-man roster, but he'll return to the organization for the 2018 season. The 29-year-old right-hander posted a 5.00 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 33/15 K/BB ratio over 54 innings (eight starts, five relief appearances) with Seattle in 2017.
Jan 11 - 10:47 AM

Cody Buckel will serve as the Mariners' organizational pitching coach in 2018.

Buckel was a second-round pick of the Rangers in 2010 but failed to advance above Double-A, as he was plagued by command issues and injuries during his time with Texas and later the Angels. The 25-year-old right-hander retires with a career 4.03 ERA, 9.7 K/9, and 5.4 BB/9 in 393 minor league innings.
Jan 10 - 7:24 PM

Nelson Cruz has hired agent Bryce Dixon of Primo Sports Group as his new player representation.

Cruz was previously represented by Andy Katz with the Wasserman Media Group. The 37-year-old slugger is scheduled to become a free agent next winter and will probably face an uncertain market as an aging designated hitter, even as a guy who has averaged a .908 OPS, 42 home runs, and 106 RBI per year over the last four years. He put up a .924 OPS, 39 home runs, and 119 RBI in 155 games with the Mariners last season.
Jan 9 - 6:23 PM

Max Povse will be stretched out as a starter leading into the 2018 season.

Povse was tried as a reliever in 2017, but the lanky 24-year-old right-hander yielded five runs -- three earned -- over his first 3 2/3 major league innings. "It was unfair to put him in some of the situations we did last year in the big leagues," Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto told MLB.com. "Our expectation was that like [Daniel] Altavilla and [Edwin] Diaz, we could dump him in the bullpen and instead of getting 92-95 [mph on the fastball], we might get upper 90s. That didn't really happen. We didn't see the uptick in the stuff that we thought we might."
Jan 2 - 6:14 PM

Mariners signed RHP Juan Nicasio to a two-year, $17 million contract.

The deal was agreed upon at last week's Winter Meetings and then finalized Wednesday after Nicasio passed his physical. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a strong 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings this past season between the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, leading all National League relievers in appearances. He should be a steady setup man for young Mariners closer Edwin Diaz.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 01:05:00 PM

Mariners selected 1B Mike Ford from the Yankees with the 11th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

This is really good for Ford, who probably wasn't ever going to get a shot with the Yankees. The 25-year-old finished with OPSs of .890 in 2016 and .875 last season, with most of his at-bats coming in Double-A. The Mariners aren't likely to pencil him in for a roster spot, but if he outhits Ryon Healy in spring training, he could make things interesting.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 10:25:00 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners will sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the contract is worth $17 million, pending a physical. Nicasio led all National League relievers in appearances this past season and finished with 72 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings while registering a 2.61 ERA between the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals. He should get a chance for high-leverage innings behind closer Edwin Diaz in Seattle.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 05:26:00 PM


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