December 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM
Here’s the opening statement from general manager Jack Zduriencik and Robinson Cano from today’s press conference
December 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Join Seattle Times enterprise and investigate reporter Geoff Baker as the Mariners introduce Robinson Cano to the media on Thursday at 3 p.m.
Cano spent the first nine years of his career with the Yankees before agreeing to a 10-year contract with the Mariners worth $240 million – tied for the third most expensive contract in MLB history.
December 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Ryan’s in the air returning from Orlando, so I’m making a cameo return appearance. Boy, Divish has really spruced up the place. House plants and macrame were a nice touch, Div.
The Mariners made it official, announcing Robinson Cano’s signing to a 10-year contract, with an introductory press conference today at 3 p.m. The deal is for $240 million, and we’ve learned that he’ll get paid $24 million each season, through 2023. Pretty simple math. Cano also has a full no-trade clause and can earn award bonuses. He becomes the fifth player to sign a contract for $200 million or more, joining Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, and Prince Fielder. A-Rod is the only player to ever sign a contract worth more in guaranteed salary.
December 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM
The Mariners continued to revamp and reshape their roster for the 2013 season. On Wednesday at the 2013 MLB winter meetings, they made a pair of moves that will add to their earlier acqusition of free agent Robinson Cano.
Multiple baseball sources confirmed free agent outfielder/first baseman Corey Hart has a greed to a one-year contract. Hart will take his physical on Friday in Seattle. The terms of the contract weren’t known, but a source with knowledge of the negotiations said that it compares “favorably” to Mike Napoli’s one-year, $5 million incentive laden contract he signed with the Red Sox before last season. The incentives placed the possible Napoli earnings up to $13 million.
He missed all of 2013 with knee issues. In 2012, he hit .270 with an .841 on-base plus slugging percentage, including 35 doubles, 30 homers and 83 RBI.
Hart was scouted and drafted in the 11th round of the 2000 draft by Jack Zduriencik, who was the amateur scouting director at the time for the Brewers.
Moments after the news of Hart’s signing came out, the Mariners were in the midst of finalizing a trade with the Miami Marlins, acquiring first baseman/outfielder Logan Morrison in exchange for hard-throwing reliever Carter Capps. Baseball sources said both players must take their physicals for it to be finalized.
Morrison, 25, was also bothered by knee issues in the past, cutting down his playing time and limiting him to first base. He was once considered one of the Marlins’ top prospects.
Capps struggled this season, going 3-3 with a 5.43 ERA. Most of the issues came against left-handed hitter, who hit. 346 against him with 1.039 OPS.
December 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM
The Mariners were very active on Wednesday, reportedly signing free agent Corey Hart and acquiring Logan Morrison from the Marlins.
Get the latest from Ryan Divish with his daily chat from the Winter Meetings in Florida at 4 p.m. on Wednesday
December 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM
This past weekend, Geoff Baker’s story on the dysfunction within the Mariners’ front office shook the baseball world. On Wednesday afternoon, he answered questions about the report in a live chat.
Here is a link to Geoff’s story from the Sunday edition of the Times: http://seati.ms/19qPXWW
December 11, 2013 at 8:01 AM
And that is all for today ….
Wow, there’s no way he’s going to get that from any team. Just move on from that little discussion
TR Sullivan of MLB.com writes that the Rangers have a 7-year deal for Shin Soo-Choo. The dollar figure isn’t as much Jacoby Ellsbury’s $153 million contract. An opposing agent thought Choo would get 6 years, $120-130 million, so it looks like it’s escalating.
Logan Morrison wrote down a few thoughts for FoxSports.com about the Marlins and being trade. It’s pretty good.
From the post …
If you’re reading this, I have already been traded …
Doesn’t have the same effect when it’s not Morgan Freeman reading it in your head and it’s not life and death. Either way, this is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write, but I owe it to myself and the fans to try.
This is supposed to be about perspective. How am I feeling at this interesting time in my life? But, the thing about feelings is, I don’t know much about expressing them. My family would definitely back me up on this. Now I have to put it in writing for the world.
One side of me — the side I know I’m supposed to listen to — is telling me, “Do your job. Don’t listen to the rumors!”
Every baseball player has an offseason job – to come back to spring training in the best shape possible and be ready to play Day 1.
The other side of me — the emotional side — is going crazy! I have been a Marlin since they signed me in 2006. I’ve been going to the same back fields in Jupiter, Fla., since I was 18 years old! The people who’ve helped me become a man, both on and off the field, are employed mostly by the Marlins. I hope those people know who they are because otherwise this thank you will fall on deaf ears. I am forever in your debt!
He’s also an entertaining Twitter follow.
December 10, 2013 at 2:32 PM
Q. Obviously, waiting for this opportunity for a few years. What’s it feel like to be coming back and back in the saddle? How has it been the last month?
LLOYD McCLENDON: Well, obviously we’ve had a few things going on the last two or three weeks. It was really good. I saw Andre Dawson, an old teammate of mine, who said, well, you’re back in the fire again. I said, yeah, I’m extremely happy.
Obviously this is an opportunity that I’ve waited on for quite some time. I didn’t think it was going to take quite this long to do it again, but I’m really excited.
Q. The team has been mentioned prominently in a lot of things. How important is it to get Cano or an impact player to really solidify that lineup?
McCLENDON: Well, the one thing when I went through the interview process, jack and I talked about the direction of this club and what were some of the things that we were going to try to do. Obviously, for the most part, the pitching is in place. We have some quality young arms and we have Felix and Iwakuma at the top of the rotation. But we’ve struggled from an offensive standpoint for quite some time. We wanted to be able to go out and make a‑‑ I don’t know if make a statement is the word, but obviously get better from an offensive standpoint.
When it opportunity came along, I would say we got better, and I got smarter really quick.
Q. How much of the team have you been able to talk to? I know that’s something you wanted to do was talk to certain players?
McCLENDON: I’ve talked to most of my players. Obviously trying to connect Latin American countries, it’s a little difficult to get in touch with those guys. But most of the guys in the States I’ve either visited with or talked with. Whenever I can get out of here, I plan on doing a little bit more.
Q. But what are you hearing from the guys about the thoughts coming into the season?
McCLENDON: They love their new Skipper, obviously (laughing). You know, I think our guys are excited. Obviously with the commitment that we’ve just made, I think it shows them that we’re serious about what we’re trying to accomplish. I think they understand that for the most part the maturation process is just about over with. Now it’s time to step up and start getting it done. I think we have some pieces in place that can hopefully get that done for us in the near future.
Q. Are you different as a manager this time than you were in Pittsburgh?
LLOYD McCLENDON: Yeah, you know, I was asked that earlier. I believe that your past prepared you for your future. I’d be foolish if I said no, I’m no different. I would hope that I’m better. I know I’m older, I’m a little more grayer, and hopefully a little smarter. I would say, yes. I’m going to be much different, yeah.
December 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Ryan Divish will host a live chat at 4 p.m. from Orlando.
December 10, 2013 at 8:07 AM
And that’s a wrap
10:56 – Here’s a link to Jack Zduriencik’s radio interview on SportsRadioKJR
9:21 — Radio podcast time!!!