December 6, 2013 at 8:08 AM
Updated 12:45 p.m. — Many people asked if Robinson Cano will have to change numbers once he signs with the Mariners. Cano wore No. 24 for the Yankees. But there was this guy named Griffey that wore 24 here and no player has worn it since.
Griffey, who was in Tucson, said his phone was blowing up with text messages asking if he would allow Cano to wear No. 24. But said he couldn’t answer that.
But it’s highly unlikely that would happen. Think about it this way, the Mariners signed certain hall of famer Rickey Henderson in 2000 as a free agent. Henderson wore No. 24 all his career. But when he came to Seattle he wore No. 25. Mariners management, particularly Chuck Armstrong, holds that number sacred.
As far as the reports of the Cano signing, Griffey was positive.
“I think he’s going to be good for the organization,” he said. “Anytime you get that type of player it’s going to be a good thing.”
December 6, 2013 at 11:17 AM
The MLB’s Winter Meetings start on Monday morning in Florida, and the Mariners have already been quite active in the free agent market. Reports say they are close to signing second baseman Robinson Cano, and they are interested in many top free agents.
Reporter Ryan Divish will be at the Winter Meetings next week, and he’ll go over the latest Cano news and what to expect from the Mariners next week today at 2:45 p.m.
December 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM
Update 7:41 … linkage!
Fox Sports baseball analyst Ken Rosenthal calls everyone “dumb” in this ongoing three-way dance between Cano, the Mariners and Yankees in this blog post.
Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News talked with Robinson Cano’s father and also has some comments from Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner.
Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York has a source saying Cano is gone if the Mariners make the $225 million offer.
December 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM
The Mariners announced the signing of backup infielder/utility player Willie Bloomquist on Thursday morning. While the organization doesn’t give out contract details, sources confirm that it is a 2-year contract for $5.8 million dollars.
“From my personal standpoint, this has been an exciting week for me and my family,” he said in a conference call. “To get an opportunity to go back and play where it all began as a professional, to sign back with organization that believed in me out of high school and out of college and now as a free agent, I couldn’t be more flattered to b e coming back to play there.”
December 4, 2013 at 9:08 PM
If you checked twitter earlier, you’ve seen the Mariners are one of several teams interested in trading for Rays lefty ace pitcher David Price. Jeff Passan of Yahoo first reported the growing interest.
There is definite possibility in this.
December 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM
General manager Jack Zduriencik had a conference call with local reporters early this afternoon to discuss the upcoming winter meetings.
“I wanted to give you an update as much as I can without saying anything,” Zduriencik joked.
But really there was one question looming over the call and on everyone’s mind: What’s going on with Robinson Cano?
December 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Dan Wilson is slowly becoming more of a presence within the Mariners organization. On Tuesday, the team announced that Wilson has been named the Mariners’ roving minor league catching coordinator.
“I am excited and thankful for this opportunity,” Wilson said in a press release. “We have been blessed by the game of baseball and by this incredibly generous community, and I am privileged to join the Mariner family again and help pass along what I’ve learned with a very talented group of young catchers.”
December 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Update 7:05 p.m.: In between discussing how the Mariners are willing to overpay for Cano, the Yankees were agreeing to overpay for Jacoby Ellsbury. As most of you know, multiple reports are out there that Ellsbury will sign a 7-year, $153 million dollar deal, pending a physical. This is more than the 7-year, $135 million contract Scott Boras floated to the Red Sox near the end of the season.
December 2, 2013 at 10:21 AM
I wanted to get this up earlier, but I was in mid-commute to Seattle when it broke.
A source within the Mariners confirmed the report from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman that infielder and Port Orchard native Willie Bloomquist will be returning to the organization that first drafted him out of Arizona State.
November 27, 2013 at 6:39 PM
Howard Lincoln knew there would be a day when he would have to replace Chuck Armstrong. Over the last few years, the two discussed Armstrong’s eventual retirement and its ramifications.
The announcement came on Monday, but Lincoln was notified of Armstrong’s decision last week.