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.
November 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM
So this was supposed to be my first blog post. It was going to be simple introduction of who I am and what I covered and more importantly what I plan to do with the Mariners coverage.
But then this happened ….
So that was my first blog post.
But we – my bosses and I – felt like it would still be a good thing to write a brief introduction. I will also do a live chat today at 4 p.m. to answer any questions you have about me, my coverage, the Mariners, the greatness of the University of Montana, the grittiness of Willie Bloomquist, the friendliness of Chone Figgins and whatever else you could possibly want to know.
November 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM
November 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM
After two separate stints, which totaled 28 years of service, Chuck Armstrong stepped down as Seattle Mariners President and Chief Operating Officer in a somewhat surprising announcement on Monday afternoon.
The team issued a press release, stating that Armstrong, 71, would retire, effective January 31, 2014.
“Thirty years ago my family and I were given a wonderful opportunity to move to the Seattle area and become associated with the Seattle Mariners,” Armstrong said in a statement. “We quickly grew to love this community and this team. Through all the good times and the not-so-good times on the field since 1984, the goal always has been to win the World Series. My only regret is that the entire region wasn’t able to enjoy a parade through the City to celebrate a World Championship together.
“After much thought and reflection, it is now time for me to retire and enjoy as much time as possible with my wife Susan and our family. The recent deaths of several good friends have really had an impact on me and helped crystallize my decision. This was a very difficult, very personal decision, but I know in my heart that it’s time to turn the page and move to the next chapter of my life.
“Thanks to our outstanding ownership, the franchise is stable and will remain the Northwest’s team, playing in Safeco Field, a great ballpark and great example of a successful public-private partnership. The team is in good hands and positioned for future success. I am thankful for this important part in my life and I will always bleed Mariners Blue. Susan and I plan to continue to live here and remain involved in many community events and causes.”
November 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM
ADDITIONAL NOTE: 10:46 a.m.: Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik just said in a conference call that Dave Hansen could stay on as an assistant hitting coach under Howard Johnson if he doesn’t get a job elsewhere. Daren Brown has been offered a minor league deal if he doesn’t get an MLB job elsewhere, while Jeff Datz has accepted a pro scouting job with the team.
We’ve told you about the coaches the Mariners have let go the past few weeks, despite all of them having a year left on their contracts. Today, the Mariners completed the process, replacing hitting coach Dave Hansen and third base coach Daren Brown and bringing in an entirely new staff in lieu of the one that finished last season under manager Eric Wedge.
The new hitting coach is Howard Johnson, who replaces Hansen after handling hitting coach duties for Class AAA Tacoma. AAA manager John Stearns takes over as third base coach for Brown.
Former Pirates slugger Andy Van Slyke is the new first base coach, Rick Waits becomes the pitching coach, Mike Rojas the bullpen coach and Chris Woodward is the infield coach.