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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Brewers trade with Seattle for left-handed-hitting catcher Omar Narváez

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting Thursday morning that the Brewers are trading with Seattle for catcher Omar Narváez, a left-handed hitter with some pop, and three more years of contractual control.

Rosenthal did not say what the Brewers were sending the Mariners in return but Mariners beat writer Greg Johns of mlb.com is reporting that it is minor-league pitching prospect Adam Hill as well as a draft pick, presumably the Competitive Round B selection after the second round in 2020 (currently No. 70 overall) that the Brewers were assigned this week. Hill was acquired from the Mets last year in the Keon Broxton trade and went 7-9 with a 3.92 ERA in 26 games for Class A Wisconsin.

Narváez, 27, was reported to be on the trade market this winter as Seattle continues retooling its roster. He played in 132 games last season, batting .278 with a .353 on-base percentage, 22 home runs, 55 RBI and .813 OPS.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mariners, omar narvaez

Monday, December 02, 2019


Friday, November 22, 2019

Mariners finalizing a six-year contract with first base prospect Evan White | The Seattle Times

The Mariners belief in Evan White as a player, and also a person, is taking them down a financial path that no team has ventured with a player.

MLB sources confirm a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan that the Mariners and White have agreed to a six-year, $24 million contract with three club options. If the Mariners exercises the club options, the total amount of money in the deal could reach over $55 million.

Whilte the financial terms agreed upon, White must still take and pass an extensive physical before the deal is finalized. Sources indicate that it won’t be announced this weekend, but likely Monday at the earliest..

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2019 at 11:50 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: evan white, mariners

Friday, November 01, 2019

The Nationals won their first title. Who’s next?

When I was a kid there were two immutable truths about baseball: the Boston Red Sox were cursed and the Chicago Cubs were losers, however lovable they might be.

Four World Series titles in the bag make that Red Sox curse seem rather quaint. The Cubs’ 2016 title — and four or five straight years with them considered rich and powerful contenders — put that lovable loser thing to rest. Time marches on and the stuff you believed about the world when you were a kid becomes inoperative as you grow older.

Young baseball fans today carry with them a different set of assumptions about who are baseball’s haves and who are baseball’s have-nots. To them the Sox and Cubs are and always have been alpha teams. Those powerful Braves and Indians teams from the 90s are only vague memories. The Dodgers have replaced the Braves as that great regular season club that can’t seem to get over the hump. And, of course, there are a handful of losers, some lovable, some not-so-lovable, that seem destined to never win it all.

Last night’s win took the Nationals out of that category. Their October surge — complete with five wins in elimination games in which they trailed at some point — forever vanquished the narrative about how they had never won a postseason series and kicked the memory of those 90-100-loss Nats teams from the first several years of their existence into a deep, deep hole.

A consideration of the chances that the six teams that have never won the World Series have of getting out of that club.

QLE Posted: November 01, 2019 at 12:41 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mariners, padres, rangers, rays, rockies, world series

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Woeful Mariners now only team never to reach World Series

SEATTLE (AP) — And then there was one.

The Washington Nationals are off to the World Series for the first time in franchise history after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, becoming the final National League team to reach the Fall Classic and leaving a single team with the distinction of never playing for a title.

Congratulations, Seattle Mariners. Not only do you have the longest playoff drought in professional sports, but you are now the only team that hasn’t been to a World Series.

Since the Mariners came into existence in 1977, there has been a void. Despite lineups that included the likes of Ken Griffey Jr., Ichiro Suzuki, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez and Alex Rodriguez, they have just four playoff appearances in their history, all coming between 1995 and 2001.

So, how does have only one team never make the World Series compare with the other major sports leagues and their championships?

QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:34 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, world series

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Mariners Unveil Nearly $30 Million In Ballpark Improvements For T-Mobile Park

The infrastructure improvements for 2020 will include the continued replacement of roof wheels, painting, plumbing, and other basic infrastructure work; replacement of the ballpark’s original, now 20-year-old sound system; replacing their old, outdated and functionally unsound point-of-sale system to improve the fan experience at concession stands, and; ADA fan improvements.

But the aspects of most interest will be the $9.24 million in fan amenity upgrades for 2020 required by the lease agreement with the PFD…..

To start, the Left Field Gate will be expanded to add 15 additional points of entry for fans and replace the existing Left Field ticket office with a new concession area that will connect to The ‘Pen, the ballparks key standing room-only patio gathering area in centerfield. The addition has been done to improve ingress into the ballpark as things such metal detectors have been added since the ballpark opened two decades ago.

Up at the “Lookout Landing” area that wraps around the outside of the suites and 200 level, the club is creating a new bar and fan/group entertainment space that will be situated above the left field foul pole on the View Level. According to the Mariners, the style of the area is to “remind one of a casual backyard experience” with bench seating and picnic tables. As an additional revenue source, the location will be made available for sale to groups during games. When the space is not booked, it will be open to all fans when not in use for group events.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 02, 2019 at 08:08 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Thursday, September 26, 2019

King Felix set for what is likely final start with Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) — He arrived as a scraggly teenager with an ill-fitting uniform and curly hair billowing out from underneath his often crooked cap.

He’ll leave as one of the finest players to ever put on a Seattle Mariners uniform after a career worthy of the “King Felix” nickname that was bestowed upon him.

Felix Hernandez will make his final start of the season Thursday night when the Mariners host the Oakland Athletics. It’s an important game for the A’s in their quest to earn a wild-card berth in the American League. But what happens with the A’s will be secondary in Seattle to what happens on the mound, with No. 34 likely taking the ball for the Mariners for the final time.

A career that began in 2005 when he was a fresh-faced 19-year-old with all the promise in the world is expected to come to an end, at least as far as Seattle is concerned. Hernandez’s contract with the Mariners expires after the season and both sides seem ready to go their own way.

Some thought on a player in the twilight of his career.

QLE Posted: September 26, 2019 at 01:11 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ichiro wins Seattle’s heart again with moving speech ahead of walk-off win

The Seattle Mariners are spending their penultimate weekend at home this season honoring future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki’s career with “Ichiro Weekend,” which kicked off Friday night in Seattle.

The 45-year-old retired from playing after the Mariners’ season-opening series against the Oakland Athletics in his native Japan. Ichiro has been serving as a special adviser to the team since early in the 2018 season, but came back to take the field for a final time in Tokyo.

After playing the first of three games against the White Sox on Friday, the Mariners hosted Ichiro Fireworks Night. Then Saturday night, in addition to giving out Ichiro bobbleheads, the team staged a pregame ceremony in his honor — before the team walked off on an Omar Narvaez homer to win 2-1.

Ichiro, who throughout his career did most of his public speaking in Japanese through a translator, addressed the crowd for five minutes in perfect English. Current team members and fellow franchise legends Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez stood behind him.

QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 11:53 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: farewell, ichiro suzuki, mariners

Friday, September 13, 2019

Kyle Lewis homers in each of first three games | MLB.com

This is unexpected.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle lewis, mariners

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Rookie infielder Donnie Walton was the 65th player the Mariners used this season.

Rookie infielder Donnie Walton had a quiet, yet historic debut for the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Park.

The 25-year-old, who is the No. 28 prospect in Seattle’s organization, was promoted from Double-A Arkansas hours before Seattle’s homestand opener against the Reds, and didn’t enter the game until the ninth inning, when he came in as a defensive replacement at shortstop.

Walton didn’t see any action on his side of the diamond — the first two Reds batters of the inning flew out, and the third and final of the game grounded out to first as the Mariners wrapped up a 4-3 win — but his debut did have plenty of meaning.

And, with how the Mariners’ season has gone, “used” seems to be a good way to sum it up…..

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 11:35 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mariners lose on walk-off wild pitch

2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.

On the bright side, at least it wasn’t a walk-off balk.

 

QLE Posted: August 22, 2019 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, walk-off, wild pitch

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mariners manager: Hernández to rejoin rotation this weekend

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher Félix Hernández will rejoin the Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation this weekend.

Manager Scott Servais made the announcement Tuesday.

Hernandez has missed three months with right shoulder stiffness. He pitched 3-plus innings Monday night for Triple-A Tacoma in his fourth rehab appearance, giving up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five.

For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”

-John Greenleaf Whittier

 

 

QLE Posted: August 21, 2019 at 04:23 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Monday, August 05, 2019

Astros toss combined no-hitter against Mariners

Astros right-hander Aaron Sanchez and relievers Will Harris, Joe Biagini, and Chris Devenski no-hit the Mariners on Saturday, marking the 12th no-hitter (and second combined no-no) in franchise history.

Saturday’s 9-0 win also marked Sanchez’s first official outing with the Astros following his trade from the Blue Jays at Wednesday’s trade deadline. After taking 10 losses in his last 12 starts in Toronto, Sanchez looked unhittable against Seattle. He issued just two walks over six innings and struck out six of 21 batters, finishing his run with a pitch count of 92.

In the seventh, right-handed reliever Will Harris subbed in for Sanchez. He preserved the no-hitter for another inning, inducing a groundout from Daniel Vogelbach, walking Domingo Santana on five pitches, and getting J.P. Crawford to ground into an inning-ending double play.

This is the second combined no-hitter of the season, which last occurred in 1991.

QLE Posted: August 05, 2019 at 03:02 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, combined no-hitter, mariners

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Nationals acquire Hunter Strickland from Mariners

The Nationals have acquired yet ANOTHER reliever: Hunter Strickland is coming over from the Mariners in exchange for Aaron Fletcher.

Nats fans have a nice memory of Strickland. Back when he was with the Giants he set off the big brawl with Bryce Harper that (a) was really, really dumb; (b) led to a bunch of suspensions and stuff; and (c) ended one-time Nationals fan favorite Michael Morse’s career. So, uh, yeah, welcome to the team, Hunter.

Wait- punching out Bryce Harper is a bad thing?

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter strickland, mariners, nationals, punching inanimate objects

Friday, July 19, 2019

Let’s make a deal? Assessing the Mariners’ likely trade chips as deadline looms | The Seattle Times

So what does the ultra-active Dipoto think of the reduced trading time?

“I think it’s good and we’ve been probably as or more active than anybody in the second period (waiver trades) in the last few years,” he said. “But I think one trade deadline is good. I think in an ideal world it would be a little further back on the calendar. But hopefully having just one trade deadline gives teams around the league a chance to definitively get in or get out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, trade deadline

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Transformation of Alex Rodriguez (SI)

This January, Rodriguez spent two weeks as a guest speaker in lecturer Allison Kluger’s class on strategic pivoting and reputation management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. “From crisis comes a decisive moment,” says Kluger. “You can make the moment work for you, or you can crawl into a hole and wait for something else to come. Alex didn’t wait.”

Rodriguez did SoulCycle with the class’s 25 students, and ordered them all a Chipotle dinner (although, as a health nut, he didn’t himself eat a burrito). The highlight of the course, most agreed, was when he narrated his own crisis, though he didn’t get into exactly what substances he ingested or injected, or when or why; he’s never done that, publicly. Even so, all 25 course evaluations offered raves. “Alex’s superpower is his storytelling,” wrote one student. “He was able to engage and connect with every student.”

 


Thursday, June 27, 2019

J.P. Crawford is making this fun - Lookout Landing

A nice look at J.P. Crawford’s adjustments.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2019 at 06:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, mariners

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Felix being tested for further injury after setback

32? 33 going on 50.

Manager Scott Servais said the 32-year-old was getting an MRI exam on Tuesday after being evaluated on Monday by the Mariners’ doctors. He threw 31 pitches in 2 1/3 innings in his first rehab outing for Triple-A Tacoma on Friday in San Antonio, but he had hoped to build up to 50-60 pitches in that start.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 10:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Yanks acquire Encarnacion from M’s

While the Yankees hope to get sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton back from injury soon, it hasn’t stopped the team from adding another slugger to the mix. New York bolstered its lineup Saturday, as the Yanks announced they have acquired Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners.

The Yanks are sending 19-year-old right-hander Juan Then—their No. 27 prospect, per MLB Pipeline—and cash considerations to Seattle. A source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that the Mariners will pick up about half the money still owed to Encarnacion (he’s owed more than $15 million in salary and buyout).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, mariners, trade, yankees

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Edwin Encarnacion hits AL-leading 21st HR | Seattle Mariners

Where the best fit? What can the Mariners get in exchange?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:17 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, mariners

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bronx Banter: DeRosa: Leave the Gun. Take the Cannoli.

Oh, my good goodness gracious! Of all the dramatic things I’ve ever seen. Clemenza standing right in…the way of a Montero/Pineda thought!

So when I heard Jesus Montero was traded for Michael Pineda, I felt like we were trading a neck for a necktie. Sure, the tie is important, but without the neck, what’s the point?

Even without the catching, I’ll take Montero’s simple, solid bat over the complex musculature of Pineda’s throwing arm. You can watch Montero hit every game, all season long. There’s no better way to interface with a team than through a star hitter, especially for a young fan, because he’s always in the lineup.

I understand that having Pineda in the rotation probably makes the 2012 Yankees a better team than they would have been with Montero as the DH. But in 2013? And 2014?

Arod and Teixeira are already fractions of what they once were and they will be declining in the lineup for years to come. The Yankees have one big hitter in his prime, Cano, who is fierce but not flawless. You don’t have to squint too hard to see a Yankee team desperate for hitting.

The more I think about the trade, the more comfortable I am with Cashman’s logic and his vision. But I am firmly on the Montero side of the debate. It boils down to this: if they both become stars, I’d want Montero to be a Yankee.

Repoz Posted: January 19, 2012 at 01:01 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yankees

Monday, January 16, 2012

Oakland manager Melvin excited about Japan series

The Athletics and Seattle Mariners open the regular season with a two-game series at Tokyo Dome on March 28-29. Many hoped the series would feature a showdown between Matsui and countryman Ichiro Suzuki, but Melvin said the A’s likely wont be re-signing the 37-year-old free agent Matsui.

“Matsui was a great fit for us last year and we all loved having him on our team,’’ Melvin said at a press conference on Monday to promote the series. “But this year it doesn’t look like a fit for us based on the personnel we have going forward.’‘

...Suzuki also had a down season in 2011. For the first time in his career, He failed to reach 200 hits - finishing with 184 - and hit a career-worst .272. Other numbers were lower too, including on-base percentage, infield hits and home runs, while he struck out a career-high 69 times.

Former Seattle star Ken Griffey Jr., who now serves as a special consultant to the Mariners, said he expects Suzuki to bounce back this season.

“Ichiro is going to be fine, you can ask these two guys (Melvin, Wedge) if a guy had 184 hits they wouldn’t be complaining,’’ Griffey said. “But you are looking at a guy who is a special athlete. He had one hiccup in his career and come this time next year we won’t even be talking about this. He is going to come into this season determined and with a little fire.’‘

Hiccup?...That was a freakin’ Dave McNally tally if ever!

Repoz Posted: January 16, 2012 at 06:06 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, international, japan, mariners

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Goldman: The Montero-Pineda Trade: Rotation Upgrade at a Sustainable Cost

Or as Barnald points out…“But this is the part of the upgrade that scares me!”

Pineda’s fastball sits around 95 and goes higher, and he has a swing-and-miss slider to go with it. There is also a changeup, but it’s notional and—well, you know all of this stuff if you’ve been on line at all today. Here are the negatives you’re going to hear about:

• He dominated right-handed hitters, but the lack of a good change means that lefties hit, well, still not well, but better.
• His ERA was 2.92 in pitcher-friendly Safeco, 4.40 on the road.
• His first-half ERA was 3.03, his second-half ERA was 5.12.
• He has fly-ball tendencies, which is a problem in Yankee Stadium.
• Batters hit .261 on balls in play, and such things don’t last.
• They could have gotten Cliff Lee or Felix Hernandez for him.
• He could get hurt.
• He cost the Yankees Jesus Montero, a very fine young hitter.

Repoz Posted: January 14, 2012 at 08:24 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

Friday, January 13, 2012

Yankees trade Jesus Montero to Mariners for Michael Pineda

Jay Buhner was unavailable for comment.

Gamingboy Posted: January 13, 2012 at 08:26 PM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yankees

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