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Luke Mounger

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/9/18: Kyler Murray, Mike Napoli, and Braden Bishop

News and notes!

Even on a Sunday morning in the middle of December we have plenty of news and notes to sort through. Pass the time with the links posted below.

In Mariners News... The Mariners just signed former National Tommy Milone.

Ex-Nats alert (two-time edition): LHP Tommy Milone has signed a minor league contract with the Mariners.

— Pete Kerzel (@masnPete) December 8, 2018 Here’s an updated list of players the Mariners have signed to minor league contracts this...

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Luke Mounger

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/8/18: Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo, Angie Mentink, and Edgar Martinez

The links don’t get an offseason.

I just decided to re-binge watch the office. I am proud of this decision. Name a show that you can continually rewatch and enjoy every time. Think about this while you read these links.

In Mariners News... David Ortiz thinks Edgar Martinez should be in the Hall of Fame.

Edgar Martinez has the respect and admiration of his peers, including David Ortiz. #EdgarHOF

More: https://t.co/TiHbqMsSC9 pic.twitter.com/xhGjTCPpLy

— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) December...

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Zach Gottschalk

Thank you, Robbie

We’ll miss you. A lot.

Some people say that the hot stove season is their favorite time of year for following baseball. There’s obviously no actual baseball, but there’s no denying that there’s always been a rush associated with each new transaction. Each trade or free agency signing carries with it the shifting of a team’s complexion, and it’s fun to dig into how each one might shift a team’s window for contention, or their place in the playoff picture.

The hot stove season...

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Luke Mounger

Sporcle Friday: Most Steals in a Season

Sporcle Friday!

Over the course of Mariners History, 32 players have stolen 30 bases or more in a season. Can you name those players?

LINK!

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Mariners GM says team won't release Felix Hernandez

While fans, pundits and other teams all try to parse the Mariners’ flurry of offseason moves, Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto chatted with Fancred’s Jon Heyman and made a few definitive statements. Dipoto went on the record to indicate that the Mariners won’t be adding star right fielder Mitch Haniger to any trades as a means of persuading another team to take on a bad contract, nor will Seattle give any consideration to the thought of releasing Felix Hernandez this offseason, as some have...

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Hisashi Iwakuma signs with Yomiuri Giants

Veteran hurler Hisashi Iwakuma will continue his playing career in Japan, with the Yomiuri Giants announcing that he has signed on with the club. Japan’s Kyodo News has the story on the deal. Iwakuma had previously announced at the tail end of the 2018 campaign that he’d return to his native country to keep pitching. The 37-year-old had made one last effort to return to the majors last year, but ended up making only a pair of minor-league appearances with the Mariners — the only MLB...

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Ben Thoen

Finding a Fit for Carlos Santana

The Mariners’ new first baseman is easily the best the Mariners have had in years. They should probably trade him.

As the dust settles following the flurry of moves that jettisoned a trio of Mariners All-Stars, Jerry Dipoto claims that we can expect the team to be relatively quiet moving forward, at least until the Winter Meetings. Well, the Winter Meetings start Sunday, and while we’ve heard glowing, optimistic perspectives from many of the newest Mariners, a quote from veteran 1B/DH...

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Matthew Roberson

How to make the 2019 Mariners watchable

Alternative idea: close your eyes for two years

Note: The Mariners are currently under investigation by MLB regarding Dr. Lorena Martin’s charges of racism and sexism in the organization. For background on this situation, our site statement, the most up-to-date news, and to offer comments and discussion on this subject, click here.

Friends, enemies, whoever you are, I have some news. Most of you probably already knew this, while others of you may be in denial. With things like this,...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/6/18: Yusei Kikuchi, Paul Goldschmidt, and The XFL

Some links to get your Wednesday going.

Hello everyone! Starting today, I’ll be heading out of town for a little over a week. This will be my last links post until the end of the Winter Meetings, which I will be personally attending. Until then, our talented and entertaining staff will be taking over for me to provide you with daily news coverage. For today, here’s what you need to know as you get going with your day.

In Mainers news... The Mariners have checked in on the latest pitcher...

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Jay Bruce: Mariners GM told me I won't be traded

While Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has effectively shown that nothing can be ruled out this winter, newly acquired Jay Bruce told reporters on a conference call following this week’s Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz blockbuster that he’s been told he’ll be a Mariner in 2019, via Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.  Certainly, Dipoto could find an unexpected trade partner, but it seems that Bruce, 32 in April, will line up in the outfield alongside center fielder Mallex Smith and...

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Report: Mariners already discussed trading Carlos Santana

The Seattle Mariners may already be prepared to trade one of their new acquisitions. According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, the Mariners have already discussed first baseman Carlos Santana with other teams less than two days after acquiring him from the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mariners appear fully committed to slashing payroll and starting over, so keeping Santana around doesn’t make a lot of sense for them. He got a pretty hefty contract from the Phillies last offseason, and it...

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Connor Donovan

A look at Omar Narváez’s defense

The Mariners’ new catcher has a not-so-great defensive track record, but could he improve going forward?

Note: The Mariners are currently under investigation by MLB regarding Dr. Lorena Martin’s charges of racism and sexism in the organization. For background on this situation, our site statement, the most up-to-date news, and to offer comments and discussion on this subject, click here.

In a hectic offseason in which nearly every move has been hotly debated, Álex Colomé to the White...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/5/18: Casey Lawrence, Patrick Corbin, and Hockey in Seattle

Some links to get your Wednesday started.

Good morning everyone! Yesterday was a busy day in the sports world, both inside and outside of Seattle. Here is what you need to know today...

In Mariners news... Casey Lawrence has agreed to a one-year deal with the Hiroshima Carp. Baseball America talks about the Mariners top prospect list in their latest podcast. The M’s made a minor signing.

Mariners sign 24-year-old LHP Ian McKinney. Selected by the Cardinals in the 5th round of the 2013...

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Mariners unlikely to deal Kyle Seager due to unappealing contract

As the Mariners continue to explore further ways to get younger and shed payroll, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the team won’t be attaching Kyle Seager’s contract to Mitch Haniger in an effort to escape the remaining three years and $56M on Seager’s seven-year deal (subscription required). First and foremost, the Seattle organization considers Haniger to be among the five best corner outfielders in baseball, Rosenthal notes. Beyond that, however, Seager’s contract...

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Where the Mariners stand after so many offseason moves

It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about the James Paxton trade and the perpetual player-moving machine that is Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto. It was, in actuality, over a week ago, and as it turned out, that was simply a harbinger of things to come. In the days since, we’ve been accosted with a never-ending onslaught of trade rumors and, in just a few days’ time, have learned that the Mariners have gone full rebuild and are headed to the cellar for the immediate future. The...

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Grant Bronsdon

The Logic Behind the J.P. Crawford Trade

The math behind yesterday’s deal isn’t as bad as it might feel, but it depends squarely on J.P. Crawford’s future.

Indulge me for a minute, if you will. In my fantasy football league, one league member grew infatuated with trades this season. He made six swaps in three weeks, overhauling his whole team and inundating my phone with negotiations and trade proposals. To a certain degree, it worked — he managed to put together a really solid team with a bunch of great players. But there...

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Anders Jorstad

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/4/18: Mariners Trades, Nick Martinez, and Dave Roberts

Some stories to get your Tuesday morning started.

Good morning everyone! The M’s appear to be ready to slow down after a flurry of moves yesterday. We’ve got a lot to digest, but here’s what you need to know today.

In Mariners news... The Jean Segura return makes some sense when you consider there was nobody else who could conceivably want him other than the Phillies, writes Jeff Sullivan. I wonder how long they’ll last.

From when Jerry Dipoto took over as #Mariners GM on Sept....

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Fans hilariously react to Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto saying team will be quiet

Jerry Dipoto has lived up to his “Trader Jerry” nickname in recent weeks as he’s dealt away several of the Seattle Mariners’ best players. In addition to trading James Paxton, Mike Zunino and Alex Colome since the season ended, Dipoto completed two trades this week. The Mariners traded Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to the Mets. They also traded Jean Segura, Juan Nicasio and James Pazos to the Phillies. Dipoto spoke with the media on Monday about the moves and said something that was...

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Kate Preusser

Mariners make odd, seemingly indefensible trade, send Jean Segura, Juan Nicasio, and James Pazos to Phillies for... payroll flexibility?

I have lived many lifetimes this off-season alone

The Díaz/Canó to the Mets deal wasn’t even official yet before we started hearing rumblings of Segura to Philly in exchange for promising yet hasn’t-put-it-all-together yet SS J.P. Crawford. Then it was rumored 1B Carlos Santana would also be in the deal, which made sense, considering Segura is owed $14.25M for the next four seasons—not a crushing amount for an All-Star shortstop, but a healthy amount nonetheless. Still, Mariners fans...

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Mets announce acquisition of Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz

After several days of anticipation, the Mariners and Mets have made what will surely be one of the offseason’s biggest moves official: Seattle has traded second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz to the Mets in exchange for outfielder Jay Bruce, right-hander Anthony Swarzak, right-hander Gerson Bautista and prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn. Beyond the contractual values changing hands, the Mariners are sending a reported $20M to the Mets to help offset the remaining $120M...

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