Player News - Mariners

Date: Team: Pos:

Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto expects Dae-ho Lee to compete for a platoon role at first base.

He's a right-handed hitter, so presumably Lee would start against left-handers with Adam Lind getting most of the work versus right-handers. Jesus Montero started 25 games at first base last season, so he could be in the mix as well. Lee might be a liability defensively, though he's lost 45 pounds since last year, which should improve his range. The 34-year-old hit 31 HR in Japan last season.
Feb 3 - 10:07 PM

Mariners signed C Steven Lerud to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal has been in the works for the past few days and it's now official. Lerud, 31, spent last season with the Nationals' Triple-A affiliate while batting .238/.320/.301 with two homers and 23 RBI in 60 games.
Feb 3 - 1:30 PM

Mariners signed 1B/DH Dae-ho Lee to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

He can reportedly make $4 million if he makes the major league roster and maxes out on incentives. The 33-year-old Lee has posted big power numbers from the right side between the KBO and Japan and will give the Mariners another option between first base and DH. There's obviously some question about how his numbers will translate, but it's a worthwhile gamble.
Feb 3 - 1:22 PM

According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, it's believed that the Mariners reached a minor league deal with Korean slugger Dae-ho Lee.

It was reported that the Mariners have reached a one-year, $4 million deal with Lee, but he'd apparently have to make the major league club and max out on incentives in order to reach that number. The 33-year-old played for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League last season and batted .282/.368/.524 with 31 home runs. He's a potential fit between first base and DH.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Feb 3 - 11:56 AM

The Mariners have agreed to a deal with Korean slugger Dae-ho Lee, according to baseball commentator Min Hoon-ki.

Nothing is official yet, but it's expected to be a one-year, $4 million deal and a physical is scheduled for Thursday. A former MVP in the Korea Baseball Organization, the 33-year-old has played in Japan for the past four seasons and batted .282/.368/.524 with 31 home runs for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in 2015. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 286 pounds, he's limited to first base and DH. He was a free agent, so he didn't have to go through the posting process.
Source: Yonhap News
Feb 3 - 8:40 AM

Mariners signed INF Dayner Moreira to a minor league contract.

The 32-year-old can play shortstop and third base as well as the outfield. He's known for being an excellent defender and having plus speed, which could make him an attractive utility option for the M's.
Jan 31 - 4:15 PM

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said Chris Iannetta will be the team's starting catcher if he's healthy.

Mike Zunino drew 101 starts behind the plate last season but struggled offensively with a .174 average over 350 at-bats. With Jesus Sucre (broken fibula) out indefinitely, it looks like the starting job is Iannetta's to lose. The veteran signed a one-year deal with Seattle this offseason after spending his previous four years in Anaheim.
Jan 30 - 5:49 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are closing in on a minor league deal with free agent catcher Steven Lerud.

The deal would also include an invitation to major league spring training. The 31-year-old backstop spent the 2015 season in the Nationals organization where he slashed .238/.320/.301 with two homers and 23 RBI in 60 games at Triple-A Syracuse.
Jan 30 - 2:33 PM

Mariners trainer Rick Griffin said James Paxton lost 20 pounds this offseason.

Griffin also said Paxton hasn't shown any lingering effects from the finger injury that caused him to miss the last few weeks of the regular season. Paxton regressed last season following a breakout year in 2014. The left-hander is a good bet for a bounceback season.
Jan 28 - 2:16 PM

According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, Charlie Furbush is doing well in his recovery from a torn rotator cuff.

The Mariners plan to "go slow" with him in spring training. Furbush should be fine for Opening Day as long as he can avoid setbacks. The 29-year-old left-hander delivered a stellar 2.08 ERA in 33 outings last season.
Jan 28 - 2:07 PM

Jesus Sucre will miss six months after undergoing surgery to repair a broken fibula.

He sustained the injury while playing in the Venezuelan Winter League. The Mariners were holding out hope that Sucre would only miss about six weeks but now his season is in jeopardy. With Sucre out indefinitely, Seattle will turn to Mike Zunino and Chris Iannetta behind the plate.
Jan 28 - 2:00 PM

Mariners signed LHP Kraig Sitton to a minor league contract.

Sitton had a promising 2.97 ERA in 57 2/3 innings last season for the Double-A affiliate of the Rockies, though his peripherals were less inspiring. He will function as organizational relief depth for the M's.
Jan 25 - 9:57 AM

Mariners signed 1B Gaby Sanchez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Sanchez spent last season with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles, hitting .226/.328/.392 with seven home runs and 18 RBI across 66 games. The 32-year-old batted an ugly .229/.293/.385 in 2014 with the Pirates, but he was much more productive in 2013 (.254/.361/.402) and is a career .291/.382/.481 hitter versus left-handed pitching. He might have a shot to win a bench role.
Jan 22 - 2:43 PM

Gaby Sanchez is planning to return to Major League Baseball in 2016, per SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.

Sanchez signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal last January with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles and went on to hit .226/.328/.392 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 66 games. The 32-year-old first baseman will have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract.
Jan 21 - 1:20 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Jesus Sucre sustained a broken fibula while playing in the Venezuelan Winter League.

A full exam is scheduled to confirm the diagnosis on Monday. The injury will obviously end his winter league season as he's expected to be sidelined for the next six weeks. While he'll be behind in spring training, there's a chance that he could still be ready for the start of the regular season.
Jan 17 - 10:43 PM


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