Posted on: January 6, 2010 11:22 am
Edited on: January 6, 2010 11:25 am
Seattle Mariners' tidbits:
The agent for Franklin Gutierrez told MLB.com the Mariners are on the verge of a four-year contract extension for $20.5 million with a team option for a fifth year with the center fielder. "We are really close. We want to get it done this week," the agent said. "Maybe today or tomorrow or in a few hours. We are just waiting on Seattle. It's 90 percent done."
Also, an MLB.com source has confirmed that Casey Kotchman is "close" to being traded to the Mariners. With Adrian Beltre soon to become an official member of the Red Sox, Kotchman was expendable.
A source told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Kotcman is "pretty excited" about playing with Seattle.
Posted on: January 5, 2010 11:29 am
Posted on: December 10, 2009 11:47 am
John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports mulitple sources have indicated that the Red Sox have “significant” interest in Adrian Beltre on the free agent market.
With the Mike Lowell deal just about final, the Red Sox believe Beltre would drastically improve their defense while also deepening their lineup.
It is believed that Beltre is seeking a deal in the five-year, $65 million range, and it’s unclear if the Red Sox would commit that much money to a 12-year veteran with a career on-base percentage of .325 and a career OPS of .779.
Posted on: December 9, 2009 12:15 pm
Despite the fact that the Mariners' deal with Chone Figgins is complete, Larry Stone of the Seattle Times suggests there's still reason to believe Adrian Beltre could stay with Seattle.
GM Jack Zduriencik hinted they weren't closing any doors to Beltre even though he turned down their arbitration offer. Zduriencik also met with Scott Boras, Beltre's agent.
Stone suspects that if the market for Beltre hasn't developed as robustly as he, or Boras, thought it would, the Mariners might be able to land a Gold Glove third baseman at their price. And, they already have Figgins as an option.
Posted on: December 7, 2009 3:37 pm
Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports on the latest on the Mariners from the winter meetings:
The Mariners remain interested in Jason Bay -- as a left fielder, or maybe even a part-time DH -- but need to know how much money they have to spend first, meaning they need to know if Adrian Beltre will or will not accept the offer for arbitration. Apparently they've offered Bay four years, $60 million.
GM Jack Zduriencik had preliminary talks with the agents for Felix Hernandez and Russell Branyan and plan to go into more depth later on at the meetings.
Posted on: December 3, 2009 11:55 am
Edited on: December 3, 2009 11:55 am
Multiple sources told MLB.com that the Phillies are close to signing Placido Polanco to a three-year, $18 million contract. The contract will include a fourth-year mutual option. A physical exam will be required before the deal is formalized.
The plan is to have Polanco move back to third base to replace Pedro Feliz. The Phillies also had targeted Mark DeRosa and Adrian Beltre, but Polanco clearly separated himself from the pack.
Posted on: August 14, 2009 12:24 pm
Adrian Beltre's injury could have him out for the season.
Manager Don Wakamatsu told the Seattle Times that the Gold Glove third baseman is out indefinitely, and might need surgery because of bleeding in a testicle. If Beltre needs surgery, he could be out for an extended time. If there's no surgery, he would need 10 days to two weeks to recover.Infielder Josh Wilson was brought up from AAA Tacoma to take Beltre's place on the roster.
Posted on: June 29, 2009 1:01 pm
However, he never came through and Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times speculates as Beltre prepares for surgery on his nagging left shoulder, the Mariners must weigh the impact of Beltre, who becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
The GM Jack Zduriencik will have to decide if signing a healthy Beltre to a three- or four-year deal at a reasonable price is doable.