Seattle Mariners

Stadium: Safeco Field | Manager: Lloyd McClendon
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Mariners planning on batting Smith, Ruggiano in second spot in lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said he is tentatively planning to bat the right-field tandem of Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano second in the lineup, per The New Tribune.

The Mariners ranked last in the majors last season in on-base percentage (.260) from their No. 2 hitters. No other team was lower than .279.

Smith had a .367 OBP last season for San Diego, while Ruggiano had a .337 OBP in 81 games for the Cubs.

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Mariners' Austin Jackson looking to bounce back in 2015
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

After being acquired by the Mariners at the trade deadline last season, outfielder Austin Jackson struggled to produce for the Mariners. In 54 games, Jackson hit .229 and Jackson said the trade affected his playing ability, reports The News Tribune.

"Not making excuses, but I think getting traded and trying to get used to the travel and the sleep - those things affect your play on the field," Jackson said.

By starting the season in Seattle, Jackson said he hopes to avoid the distractions from last season and he's looking to return to his old form.

"Hopefully, getting started here and staying here, those distractions won't be there," Jackson said.

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Mariners sign Endy Chavez to minor-league deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Mariners have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor-league deal, according to the Tacoma News Tribune

The 36-year-old has been linked to the club recently, and finally decided to return. He spent the first month of last season in the minors, but joined Seattle in late May. Chavez hit .276/.317/.371  over 232 at-bats. The deal includes an invite to spring training. 

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Stiff competition for fifth spot in Mariners' rotation
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Taijuan Walker, Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez are the leading candidates for the fifth spot in the Mariners' starting rotation, reports the Tacoma News Tribune. "The more competition, the better," Walker told the paper.

"It brings out the best of everyone who is fighting for the spot."

Walker posted a 1.96 ERA in six outings last September after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

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Mariners GM: We've had some discussions with Franklin Gutierrez
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Mariners assistant general manager Jeff Kingston indicated that free agent outfielder Franklin Gutierrez is still on the team's radar, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Gutierrez spent the 2014 season on the restricted list due to ongoing gastrointestinal issues.

"He wants to give it a shot," Kingston said. "Full disclosure, there are some veteran non-roster players we're still talking to, and we probably will add a few more here before the start of camp.

"He is somebody we've had some discussions with. So it is a possibility."

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGRobinson Cano , 2B.314
HRKyle Seager , 3B25
RBIKyle Seager , 3B96
OBPRobinson Cano , 2B.382
SLGKyle Seager , 3B.454
RRobinson Cano , 2B77
SBJames Jones , CF27
WHisashi Iwakuma , SP15
ERAFelix Hernandez , SP2.14
WHIPFelix Hernandez , SP0.92
KFelix Hernandez , SP248
SVFernando Rodney , RP48
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