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October 30, 2014 at 1:18 PM

A few afternoon Mariners’ related notes – spring training start dates

Hisashi Iwakuma will be back for the 2015 season. The Mariners announced that his $7 million option for 2015 had been exercised. However, they didn’t decide on the option. Per a source, Iwakuma did enough in 2014 – 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts – and last season to have the option vest automatically. So there was no decision to be made.

Still, even if there were a decision it would have been a “no-brainer” as GM Jack Zduriencik said a month ago.

As expected, these players became article XX B free agents.

  • Joe Beimel, LHP
  • Endy Chavez, OF
  • Chris Denorfia, OF
  • Franklin Gutierrez, OF
  • Kendrys Morales, DH
  • Humberto Quintero, C
  • Chris Young, RHP

The Mariners announced their start dates for spring training.

  • Pitchers and catchers will report on Feb. 20. With their first workout on Feb. 21
  • Position players must report by Feb. 24. The first full squad workout will be on Feb. 25.

Here’s the graphic they sent out ….

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Left-handed reliever Brian Moran, who was selected by the the Angels in last year’s Rule 5 draft, was returned to the Mariners. Moran missed all of 2014 after having Tommy John surgery on April 15.

Moran was 16-12 with a 2.96 ERA (74 ER, 225.1 IP) in 151 relief appearances in his career. Moran will be assigned to a minor league roster (not 40-man roster). The Mariners took Moran in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. His college teammates at North Carolina – Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager – were also taken in that draft

 

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