Player News - Mariners

Date: Team: Pos:

Mariners signed RHP Josh Judy to a minor league contract.

Judy, who turns 31 next month, has spent the last two seasons in independent ball and the Mexican Baseball League. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011 and is merely a depth addition.
Jan 16 - 8:10 PM

Mariners sent RHP Cody Martin outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

Martin had been designated for assignment, but he's cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. The righty made nine appearances with the Mariners in 2016.
Jan 13 - 5:19 PM

Mariners and RHP Nick Vincent avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.325 million contract.

It's his first year of arbitration eligibility. Vincent held a 3.73 ERA and superb 65/15 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 relief innings for the Mariners last season.
Jan 13 - 3:47 PM

Mariners and RHP Evan Scribner avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

Scribner missed most of last season with a lat injury but returned in September with 14 scoreless innings. He was arbitration-eligible for the second time.
Jan 13 - 3:43 PM

Mariners and LHP Drew Smyly avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

It's the third of four arbitration years for Smyly, a Super 2 qualifier. The left-hander was acquired from the Rays in a trade earlier this week.
Jan 13 - 3:38 PM

Mariners and OF Jarrod Dyson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.8 million contract.

Acquired from the Royals a week ago, Dyson was eligible for arbitration for the final time. The speedster will start in left field against righties for the Mariners this season.
Jan 13 - 3:35 PM

Mariners and LHP James Paxton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.35 million contract.

Paxton discovered added velocity in 2016 and parlayed it into a 3.79 ERA and 117/24 K/BB ratio over 121 innings for the Mariners. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time as a Super 2 qualifier.
Jan 13 - 3:00 PM

Mariners and OF Leonys Martin avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.85 million contract.

It's a nice salary bump for Martin in his second year of arbitration eligibility. He batted .247/.306/.378 with 15 homers and 24 steals last season and will function as the M's regular center fielder again in 2017.
Jan 13 - 2:17 PM

Mariners and INF Danny Valencia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

It's a nice raise in what was Valencia's final year of arbitration eligibility. Valencia is slated to see plenty of starts at first base for Seattle in 2017 after they acquired him this winter via trade.
Jan 13 - 1:59 PM

Mariners and INF Jean Segura avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.2 million contract.

It's a significant boost from the $2.6 million salary he made in his first year of arbitration in 2016. And deservedly so. Following a couple of very disappointing seasons, Segura bounced back in a big way with the Diamondbacks last year by batting .319 with 20 homers, 102 runs scored, and 33 stolen bases. He was traded to the Mariners in November and should be the regular shortstop in 2017. Look for him to be an early-round pick in fantasy drafts this spring.
Jan 12 - 11:40 PM

Mariners acquired LHP Drew Smyly from the Rays for OF Mallex Smith, INF Carlos Vargas, and LHP Ryan Yarbrough.

Smith's stay in Seattle was ultimately a brief one, as Jerry Dipoto only acquired him to use as a chip to secure Smyly. The 27-year-old left-hander is coming off a disappointing 4.88 ERA and 167/49 K/BB ratio over 175 innings and has had major issues with the home run ball over the past two seasons, but making the move to Seattle could be good for him. The Mariners project to enter 2017 with a rotation consisting of Smyly, Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, and Yovani Gallardo.
Jan 11 - 3:52 PM

Mariners designated RHP Cody Martin for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster after the additions of Mallex Smith and Shae Simmons. Martin, 27, made nine appearances with the Mariners in 2016 and posted a 3.62 ERA and 114/30 K/BB ratio over 114 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level. There's a chance he'll be claimed on waivers.
Jan 11 - 3:12 PM

Mariners acquired RHP Shae Simmons from the Braves in the Mallex Smith deal.

Simmons appeared in seven games with the Braves last season after making his return from Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old showed intriguing stuff as a rookie in 2014 before going down and could be an impact late-inning arm for Seattle.
Jan 11 - 2:47 PM

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Friday that he envisions Mitch Haniger opening the season as the club's starting right fielder.

He expects Jarrod Dyson will start in left while Leonys Martin starts in center field, leaving Ben Gamel and Guillermo Heredia to battle it out for the fourth outfielder role. Haniger put on a show in the minor leagues in 2016, slashing .321/.419/.581 with 25 homers, 94 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 129 games between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno. His fantasy value will be dependent on where he hits in the lineup, but it sounds as though he's in line for everyday at-bats.
Jan 6 - 11:34 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners have acquired Jarrod Dyson from the Royals in exchange for Nate Karns.

Dyson has been involved in trade rumors for most of the offseason, and the Royals finally found a return that they deemed acceptable. He will probably start in one of the corner outfield spots for Seattle with Leonys Martin already in center and gives the Mariners an excellent defensive outfield with Mitch Haniger added in. Dyson will probably bat at the bottom of the order but is still a great bet for stolen bases.
Jan 6 - 4:58 PM


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