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Friday, January 29, 2016

Mariners farm director Andy McKay believes improvement between the lines has to start between the ears | The Seattle Times

“While Andy’s history as a mental-skills expert, of sorts, is a great advantage, it won’t define who he is,’’ Dipoto said. “He’s a farm director and a baseball man first.”

McKay doesn’t actually mind being typecast as a mental coach, because he firmly believes the basis of all baseball success is between the ears. In fact, his conviction that baseball is “100 percent mental” is at the core of his entire team-building philosophy

“You can’t separate the two, the mental and the physical,’’ he said. “It’s a misunderstanding. To say someone’s a mental coach, you’re already contradicting the basic concept, which is that your physical breakdowns are always preceded by mental breakdowns.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Monday, January 18, 2016

Japan Times: Aoki eyes big impact on return to American League

It’s always good to have goals.

Outfielder Norichika Aoki said Sunday he wants to return to the American League with a bang this year.

“I want to win an individual title this year, either a batting or stolen base crown,” the 34-year-old Aoki said after training in Tokyo.

 

vortex of dissipation Posted: January 18, 2016 at 10:58 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: boundless optimism, japan, mariners

Monday, December 28, 2015

Why Mariners need to boost payroll to keep up with baseball’s runaway spending | The Seattle Times

Geoff Baker wants the Mariners to break open the piggy bank.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2015 at 07:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mariners re-sign Hisashi Iwakuma to one-year deal with vesting options - CBSSports.com

It’s time for Plan D for the Dodgers.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hisashi iwakuma, mariners

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Mariners reach agreement on two-year deal with veteran reliever Steve Cishek | The News Tribune

Sources say the club reached two-year agreement with veteran reliever Steve Cishek for $10 million, pending completion of a physical examination, An official announcement could come as early as Monday.

The deal was first reported by ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. It includes $3.5 million in performance bonuses each year based on games finished.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2015 at 11:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, steve cishek

Thursday, December 10, 2015

PrintMore MLB Seattle Mariners hire MLB’s first female full-time scout in 60 years

The Seattle Mariners have hired Amanda Hopkins as a full-time amateur scout, making her the first female to hold that position in Major League Baseball in almost 60 years.

Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news on Monday.

Hopkins is following in the footsteps of her father, Ron Hopkins, who spent eight seasons as a national cross checker for the Oakland Athletics before becoming the Texas Rangers‘ scouting director from 2003–09. He was also the special assistant to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels in 2010.

Hopkins’ brother, Ross Hopkins, was selected in the 40th round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds. He has since spent several seasons in the minor leagues.

Hopkins played softball at Central Washington University before joining the Mariners in the front office last season.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2015 at 01:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: females in baseball, mariners, scouting, women in baseball

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Mariners to acquire Adam Lind from the Brewers

Mariners camp will include “Hi, my name is….” nametags.

There is no word yet who the Mariners are sending to the Brewers, but they will need to create one space on the 40-man roster which is full to add Lind.

Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft Lind hit .272/.360/.460/.820 with 20 HR and 87 RBI last year for the Brewers with a 19 wRC+ and 2.2 WAR. The downside with Lind is he has not hit lefties well, just .212/.277/.298/.575 in 112 plate appearances in 2015. While the Mariners may not go with a straight platoon at first if Lind is acquired, he most likely would sit against tougher lefties.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 11:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, brewers, mariners

Monday, December 07, 2015


Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Mariners reach agreement with free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki

Aoki-dokey.

Even before the Mariners complete one deal, they’re on to another one.

The latest addition is free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki, who fits the club’s new preferred profile as an athletic player with on-base skills.

Aoki, 33, has a .287 average and a .353 on-base percentage in four seasons since coming to the big leagues after eight seasons in Japan. He matched those numbers last season in 93 games for the San Francisco Giants.

The deal was first reported on twitter by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Terms of the deal were not immediately known, but it is believed to be a one-year agreement that includes at least one club option.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, nori aoki

Should the Seattle Mariners’ next move be trading Nelson Cruz? | The Seattle Times

If the Mariners were rebuilding, dealing Cruz would be the obvious move, but Dipoto has made clear that he thinks this team can contend. It’s a valid thought — the Houston Astros went from 70 wins in 2014 to 86 in 2015.

So far, Seattle’s transactions have been about complementing its current core, not blowing that core to smithereens. And while Cruz’s contract makes him far easier to deal than, say, Robinson Cano, it also makes him a tremendous value to the Mariners.

If the M’s are as close as Dipoto thinks they are, Cruz could very well be the difference between the team reaching game No. 163 and extending its postseason drought. It’s awfully tough to toss away an All-Star after the best season of his life.

But the idea of dealing Cruz isn’t as ridiculous as you might think. It’s a tough trade to condone, but not impossible to consider.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, nelson cruz, trades

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Orioles trade for Mariners’ Mark Trumbo | MLB.com

Jeffry Dipoto continues the revamp in Seattle.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 11:02 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mark trumbo, orioles, trades

Mariners showing interest in free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki | The News Tribune

After a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Mariners are back to stoking the Hot Stove with free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki emerging as their latest possible target.

“At this point,” one industry source said, “there appears to be real interest (in Aoki) from the Mariners. Whether that leads to a deal is anybody’s guess.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mariners, nori aoki

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mariners GM Dipoto: Cano happy in Seattle | MLB.com

It’s a good thing he feels this way because he’s not going anywhere. Ever.

“He reached out to let me know that did not come from Robbie and that’s not at all reflective of how he felt,” said Dipoto, who replaced former GM Jack Zduriencik two months ago. “Shortly after the season ended, I sat down with Robinson in my office for two hours and we had a great talk and I think we left with a very clear understanding of who one another might be.

“Since the season ended, we’ve had a couple phone conversations and texted back and forth on a couple occasions. I don’t have any reason to believe he has a problem. He has not expressed that to me. As we’re moving forward, we believe he’s going to have a strong season as our second baseman.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 11:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano

Mariners sign free-agent catcher Chris Iannetta to one-year deal | The News Tribune

In signing free-agent catcher Chris Iannetta to a one-year deal Monday, the Mariners didn’t make the move in order to acquire a caddy for one-time franchise cornerstone Mike Zunino.

“Chris is being brought in to be our primary catcher,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “We’ll see where the chips falls once we get into spring and beyond. He’s an experienced player who I feel makes us better.”

So where does that leave Zunino, a former first-round pick who spent two-plus years as the club’s starting catcher before getting a late August demotion to the minors?

“Mike comes in with an opportunity to win playing time,” Dipoto said. “A primary catcher is different from what I would consider an everyday player. There is no catcher who is going to go out and catch 162 games.

“Whether it be a time-share or a backup catcher, Mike is going to be in position to win some of that playing time. He’s still a young guy, and we need to get him back on track.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chris iannetta, mariners

Monday, November 23, 2015

Robinson Cano reportedly unhappy in Seattle, would like to go back to New York

Last week Andy Van Slyke made the news for, among other things, ripping Robinson Cano in a radio interview, claiming that he was lazy, loafed and ended up getting coaches fired in Seattle. There has been a ton of criticism of Van Slyke for saying that, and today John Harper in the Daily News offers several quotes from the Mariners’ former third base coach, Rich Donnelly, defending Cano and his work ethic.

Buried deep in that story, however, is this bit:

So maybe Van Slyke is just so bitter about being fired that he needed someone to blame. But even if Cano has had the best intentions as a Mariner, one long-time friend who spoke to him recently says the second baseman is not happy in Seattle, especially with a new regime in charge there now, and that he’d love to somehow find his way back to New York.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 23, 2015 at 11:43 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano, yankees

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ex-Mariners coach slams Robinson Cano | The Seattle Times

Worst defensive second baseman ever. That’s a tough one to backtrack on.

Host: “So what happened there, so much promise for your club after you and Lloyd McClendon joined two years ago. What happened last year?”

Van Slyke: “Well our bullpen blew up. Fernando Rodney was horrible. He blew nine of the first 18 chances. Your highest paid, supposedly best player – I mean Robbie’s not a bad guy, let me say that before I say anything bad about how he played. But Robinson Cano was the single worst third-place, every-day player I’ve ever seen – I’ve ever seen for the first half of a baseball season. He couldn’t drive home Miss Daisy if he tried. He couldn’t get a hit when it mattered. He played the worst defense I’ve ever seen at second base. I mean I’m talking about the worst defensive second baseman ever – I’ve ever seen in 20 years in the big leagues. He couldn’t catch the ball. No, I take that back. Any ball that was hit to him was an out. Any ball that he had a chance to turn a double play, he’s still maybe the best in the game today. He’s got a great arm. But I’m telling you, Frank: Robinson Cano cost the GM his job. The hitting coach got fired because of Cano. And the manager and the coaches got fired because of Cano. That’s how much impact he has on the organization. He was the worst player and it cost people their jobs in the process.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2015 at 10:05 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: andy van slyke, interviews, mariners

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Newberg: The varying degree of cutting ties. - GammonsDaily.com

Tom Wilhelmsen is not a Jerry Dipoto trophy.  He was an asset for a new General Manager to evaluate, to decide whether his greatest value to the club was in the bullpen or in a trade.  Rumored for weeks to be hunting for a center fielder (such as Brett Gardner, Peter Bourjos, Jon Jay, or Martin, according to Fox Sports columnist Ken Rosenthal earlier this month), Dipoto clearly decided that adding Benoit (on Thursday) would facilitate flipping Wilhelmsen for that center field addition.

Just a week ago an NL club executive explained to Joel Sherman (New York Post), in the context of this wave of GM changes around the league: “What happens is that when you have new people, they do not view the talent left behind like the old people did.  When you draft and develop a player, you tend to have a higher opinion and affinity for the player than someone outside the organization.  The new person doesn’t have the same ties and is more willing to trade them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2015 at 06:14 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jerry dipoto, mariners, rangers

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mariners get Leonys Martin for Tom Wilhelmsen | MLB.com

The rapid evolution of the Mariners’ roster under new general manager Jerry Dipoto continued Monday as the club acquired center fielder Leonys Martin and right-handed reliever Anthony Bass from the Rangers in exchange for part-time closer Tom Wilhelmsen, outfielder James Jones and a player to be named.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2015 at 07:26 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, rangers

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Joaquin Benoit traded from Padres to Mariners | MLB.com

A Mariners bullpen that sported the sixth-worst ERA in the Major Leagues last season received a major boost on Thursday, when veteran right-hander Joaquin Benoit was acquired from the Padres for a pair of low-level Minor Leaguers.

In exchange, new general manager Jerry Dipoto parted ways with starter Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 04:41 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, padres, trades

Jerry Dipoto on the Mariners’ New Direction | FanGraphs Baseball

Good stuff. It’s worth your time.

DiPoto on the organization’s change of philosophy: “The philosophy I’m bringing over here is pretty different. I respect Jack Zduriencik – he’s had a wonderful baseball career and I’m sure he’ll continue to have one – but we’ll do things differently than he did. We see things through a different lens. I’m not going to tell you exactly how, because then it’s no longer an advantage, but it is significantly different. Regarding (the Angels), it would be fair to say that this is a different environment for me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Yankees, Mariners have engaged in talks about Brett Gardner | New York Post

No trade discussions were characterized as far along or specifically targeted to just one team. Nevertheless, Gardner has long been a player whom new Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto has liked going back to his time as an executive with the Diamondbacks and Angels. The Mariners, in fact, as part of the six-player trade done last week with Tampa, obtained center field prospect Boog Powell, who is commonly compared to Gardner in projecting his future.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2015 at 07:08 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, trade rumors, yankees

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Will Dipoto continue his dealing this week at the GM Meetings? | The News Tribune

Having already pulled off the off-season’s first major trade, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is now in a setting that he believes facilitates deal-making.

The general managers are holding their annual meetings this week in Boca Raton, Fla.

“To me, the market is always moving,” Dipoto said. “The general managers’ meetings, years ago, used to be where everything got set up for the Winter Meetings.

“Now, quite frankly, the general managers’ meetings are where we generally culminate, or bring to fruition, a lot of the conversations that we’ve been having since the season ended.”

The Mariners completed a six-player deal last Thursday with Tampa Bay that netted right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, lefty reliever C.J. Riefenhauser and minor-league outfielder Boog Powell.

In return, the Mariners sent shortstop Brad Miller, first baseman Logan Morrison and righty reliever Danny Farquhar to the Rays.

One day later, the Mariners acquired outfielder Daniel Robertson, a defensive specialist, in a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Angels.

“When you get the opportunity to make trades that fit,” Dipoto said, “you make them.”

More opportunities figure to be available this week in Boca Raton.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings, jerry dipoto, mariners

Friday, November 06, 2015

Rays and Mariners Get Hot Stove Fired Up Early | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron talks about the deal. I bet Karns ends up in Seattle’s pen.

Edit: Baseball America’s breakdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brad miller, logan morrison, mariners, nate karns, rays, trades

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Mariners Make Six-Player Trade with Rays.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that Seattle has completed a six-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle has acquired right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league outfielder Boog Powell in exchange for first baseman Logan Morrison, infielder/outfielder Brad Miller and right-handed pitcher Danny Farquhar.

LoMo is a spare part and Farquhar is less than that, but I can’t help but feel like Miller has value. Can anybody shed light on the Rays players in this trade? I assume that this is not the 74-year-old Boog Powell.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 05, 2015 at 10:16 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, rays, transactions

Friday, October 23, 2015

Mariners promote Allison to oversee all scouting operations | The News Tribune

Changes in Seattle continue, including a new manager.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, scott servais

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