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Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Ready for spring training
Haniger will be fully healthy for spring training, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
General manager Jerry Dipoto called Haniger a "full go." It's possible there's some optimism there, but it's generally believable given that it's been quite some time since the outfielder's latest injury. Groin and back injuries cut his 2019 campaign short after just 63 games, while back surgery in February of 2020 kept him out for all of last season. Haniger could be quite a useful player if he's fully back to normal, as he's a career .267/.348/.480 hitter, but it's hard to have confidence in him staying healthy and productive all season given his long list of injury woes.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Comes to terms with Seattle
Murphy signed a one-year, $875,000 contract with the Mariners on Friday to avoid arbitration.
The 29-year-old was expected to start behind the plate for Seattle in 2020, but he missed the entirety of the season after fracturing his foot in July. Murphy is expected to work in a timeshare at catcher with Luis Torrens in 2021.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Rafael Montero: Avoids arbitration with new club
Montero and the Mariners avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.25 million deal, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Montero will nearly triple his $785,000 salary from last season. His 4.08 ERA wasn't anything special, but he picked up his first eight career saves and looks set to pick up several more as the top ninth-inning option for the Mariners this season.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' J.P. Crawford: No need for arbiter
Crawford and the Mariners agreed to a one-year, $2,050,000 deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
Crawford hasn't developed into the star he was projected to be several years ago, when he was in the running to be considered the best prospect in baseball, but he's still a useful enough player. His .255/.336/.338 slash line last season was good for a nearly average 94 wRC+, a fine mark when paired with above-average defense at shortstop and a decent amount of speed (six steals).... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Luis Bolivar: Speedster lands with Seattle
Bolivar signed with the Mariners on Friday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
Bolivar may not hit enough to reach the majors, but he has some of the most impressive tools in this class. He is at least a 70-grade runner and has a very quick bat that could translate to double-digit homer power.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Dillon Thomas: Invited to spring training
Thomas signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners as a non-roster invitee Wednesday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
Thomas was invited to the Athletics' major-league camp in 2020 but failed to reach the big leagues during the abbreviated season. He'll get the chance to work with the major-league coaching staff once again in 2021 and should compete for a roster spot with the Mariners at some point during the regular season. The 28-year-old slashed a combined .251/.325/.404 with 19 home runs and 108 RBI over multiple stints at the Double-A level over the last few seasons, but he'll need to work on improving his strikeout rate going forward.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Jantzen Witte: Latches on with Mariners
Witte has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners.
Witte was never able to crack Boston's major-league roster despite being a member of the organization since 2013. The 31-year-old has succeeded at times in the minors, including a 2019 season in which he slashed 277/.339/.394 while playing multiple positions at Triple-A Pawtucket. He likely faces an uphill battle towards cracking the Mariners' Opening Day roster, however.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Paul Sewald: Pens MiLB deal with Mariners
Sewald has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners.
Sewald was non-tendered by the Mets in early December after stumbling to a 13.50 ERA across six innings in 2020. The right-hander has bounced back and forth between the majors and minors while pitching in the New York organization the last four seasons. He will now turn his attention toward trying to make the Mariners' roster at some point.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Roenis Elias: Inks minor-league deal with Seattle
Elias (forearm) has signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners.
A nagging left flexor strain ultimately prevented Elias from pitching for the Nationals in 2020. With that said, the southpaw is just two years removed from posting a 3.96 ERA while logging 50 relief innings with the Nats and Mariners. He will return to a familiar spot with Seattle, where he will look to compete for a roster spot come spring training.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Jimmy Yacabonis: Back with Mariners on minors deal
Yacabonis returned to the Mariners on a minor-league contract Tuesday.
Yacabonis elected free agency in October but will wind up back in the organization he was traded to in August. The 28-year-old righty made just two appearances at the big-league level last season, allowing one run in 2.1 innings, giving him a 5.71 ERA in 104 innings for his career.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Tim Lopes: Designated for assignment
Lopes was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Friday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
The Mariners officially signed right-hander Chris Flexen on Friday, and Lopes was removed from the 40-man roster in a corresponding move. Lopes' slash line dropped slightly in 2020, as he hit .238/.278/.364 with two home runs, 15 RBI and five stolen bases over 46 games. However, his removal from the 40-man roster still comes as a bit of a surprise, and he could certainly find a role with another team on waivers.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Shed Long: Job battle awaits
Mariners manager Scott Servais said Wednesday that Long (shin) and Dylan Moore (concussion) will battle for the starting second base job during spring training, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Long and Moore were both sidelined near the end of the 2020 season with their respective injuries, but the two should be back to full health by the time position players report to spring training. Prior to undergoing surgery in late September to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, Long had struggled while playing through the injury, slashing just .171/.242/.291. Moore would seem to have a leg up on the job battle after he provided a .854 OPS to go with 12 steals last season, but his ability to play all over the diamond along with every outfield spot would allow Servais to keep both players in the everyday lineup if Long proves deserving of a regular role this spring.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Dylan Moore: Job battle on tap
Mariners manager Scott Servais said Wednesday that Moore (concussion) and Shed Long (shin) will battle for the starting second base job during spring training, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Even if Long wins out as the team's primary option at the keystone, Moore should still have a path to a near-everyday role thanks to his ability to play all over the infield and outfield. Before a concussion sidelined him for the final week of the regular season, Moore was in the midst of a breakout campaign, slashing .255/.358/.496 with eight home runs and 12 stolen bases over 159 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Andres Munoz: Resumes mound work
Munoz (elbow) is throwing off a mound and could join the Mariners' bullpen by June, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Munoz underwent Tommy John surgery in March, but he appears to be progressing well in his recovery. While he won't be ready to debut with his new team by Opening Day, the Mariners hope that he'll be able to return by June as long as he doesn't face any setbacks.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Resumes full activities
Haniger (back) has resumed full baseball activities, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Haniger sat out the 2020 season due to various injuries, but he avoided arbitration with the Mariners in early December and is expected to serve as the team's starting right fielder on Opening Day. Since he's resumed full baseball activities, Haniger is expected to be ready when position players report to spring training.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Tom Murphy: Participating in full workouts
Murphy is fully healed from his foot injury and participating in full workouts, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Murphy missed the entire 2020 season due to a lingering foot injury, but he's fully recovered and will be ready to participate in spring training. The 29-year-old is expected to operate in a timeshare with Luis Torrens in 2021 since Torrens performed well after being acquired by the Mariners at the trade deadline last year.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Phillip Ervin: Loses roster spot
The Mariners designated Ervin for assignment Wednesday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
The transaction opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for reliever Keynan Middleton, whom the Mariners signed to a one-year deal in a corresponding move. After being scooped up off waivers from the Reds in September, Ervin struggled at the dish during his one-month stint in Seattle, slashing .205/.340/.282 with three doubles and no home runs.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Keynan Middleton: Lands major-league deal
Middleton signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Mariners on Wednesday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Middleton made 13 relief appearances for the Angels in 2020, posting a 5.25 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 12 innings. He spent the end of the season at the team's alternate training site after being optioned in late August, and he was later non-tendered by the club. While the right-hander hasn't seen excessive major-league work over the past several seasons, he should have a role for the Mariners in 2021.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Rafael Montero: Shipped to Seattle
Montero was traded from Texas to Seattle in exchange for Jose Corniell and a player to be named later Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Montero picked up the first eight saves of his career last season, though he didn't exactly production numbers worthy of a closer role for most teams, as his 4.08 ERA and 26.4 percent strikeout rate hardly popped off the page. He's now found himself on another team that's quite short on established bullpen arms, however, so he should have a good chance to add to his save total in the upcoming season.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Will Vest: Selected by Seattle
The Mariners selected Vest with the 10th pick of the Rule 5 draft.
A 25-year-old righty reliever, Vest has never made a start in pro ball since the Tigers drafted him in the 12th round of the 2017 draft. He logged a 3.27 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 55 innings across the top three levels of the minors in 2019, so he is relatively close to big-league ready, compared to other prospects selected in the Rule 5 draft. He should work in low-leverage situations for Seattle.... See More ... See Less
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