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January 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

A few quick notes … expect John Buck signing to be announced next week, Saunders agrees to 2014 contract, finished 2014 schedule

For those curious, the signing of John Buck probably won’t be announced till sometime next week. Buck still likely has to take a physical and the paperwork has to go through. The reports of the Mariners signing him to a one-year, $1 million contract are legit.  It’s not a huge amount of money. In fact, it’s a small enough of a commitment that they can part ways if they feel like Buck doesn’t fit into their plans.

I really haven’t given much deep thought to the signing. Buck is an established big league catcher, who has a little pop and is a serviceable behind the plate. He is decent insurance in case Mike Zunino struggles, which isn’t out of the realm of possibilities. The Mariners needed some depth at the position, signing Buck to a one year deal and Quintero to a minor league deal gives them some bodies with big league experience.

According to statcorner (h/t Dave Cameron), Buck was the worst framer in baseball last season. In 2012, Buck was about middle of the pack with framing

The Mariners will have to make a 40-man roster move to make room for Buck. Could it be Carlos Peguero’s time to go? Peguero has been working out in Tacoma with the Rainiers.

Jeff Sullivan of USS Mariner/Fangraphs/Portland  offers his thoughts on Buck and the potential of Zunino

Lookout Landing has two posts on Buck. This one and  this one. 

Of the three arbitration eligible players, a baseball source confirmed that Michael Saunders and the Mariners have agreed on a salary for next season and will avoid arbitration.  Saunders will receive $2.3 million plus incentives for the 2014 per a source. The organization just made the move official.

Here’s the updated schedule with all the times for the road games. Here’s a PDF link … 2014 schedule with spring

2014 schedule with spring

The Mariners are announcing their minor league coaching staffs today. So I will have that blog up later.

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