Seattle Mariners Wiretap

M's Suspend Steve Clevenger Over Remarks

Sep 24, 2016 2:32 AM

The Mariners have suspended Steve Clevenger without pay for the remainder of the 2016 season after the backup catcher posted a pair of inflammatory tweets Thursday.

"As soon as we became aware of the tweets posted by Steve yesterday we began to examine all of our options in regard to his standing on the team," GM Jerry Dipoto said in a statement Friday. "Today we have informed him that he is suspended for the remainder of the season without pay."

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Steve Clevenger Apologizes For Inflammatory Tweets

Sep 23, 2016 7:03 AM

Seattle Mariners reserve catcher Steve Clevenger has apologized for a pair of inflammatory tweets Thursday.

"First and foremost I would like to apologize to the Seattle Mariners, my teammates, my family and the fans of our great game for the distraction my tweets on my personal twitter page caused when they went public earlier today," Clevenger said in a statement.

The Mariners are reviewing "all internal options" regarding the matter.

Jerry Dipoto said the team was "very disappointed" in light of Clevenger's tweets, which referenced the recent unrest following the fatal shooting of a man by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of which said in part that "Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!"

"While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners," Dipoto said in a statement. "We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments."


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Hisashi Iwakuma's 2017 Option Likely To Vest

Aug 30, 2016 7:44 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma surpassed 162 innings last week, meaning he crossed the minimum innings threshold for his 2017 club option to vest at $14 million.

However, Iwakuma's contract also stipulates that he must finish the season without incurring a specific injury. While it seems likely the option will vest, his 2017 salary isn't yet guaranteed.

Iwakuma signed a one-year, $12 million deal with the Seattle Mariners (including a pair of vesting options) after a three-year, $45 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers broke down over health concerns.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor

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Owners Approve Sale Of Mariners To Group Lead By John Stanton

Aug 19, 2016 10:20 AM

Major League Baseball owners have voted to approve the recent sale of the Seattle Mariners from Nintendo to a group led by new chairman and CEO John Stanton.

The deal, which valued the franchise at $1.4 billion, also includes the team-owned Root Sports network.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Ichiro Suzuki Donates 3,000-Hit Souvenirs To Hall Of Fame

Aug 9, 2016 7:33 AM

Ichiro Suzuki has donated the jersey, cleats, arm guard and batting gloves he wore while becoming the 30th player in the history of Major League Baseball to reach 3,000 hits to the Hall of Fame.

The president of the Baseball Hall of Fame was the grateful recipient of Suzuki's gear.

"There is no current player I've encountered who has as deep an appreciation of baseball history as Ichiro," Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said. "This is a guy who understands his place in history. Because of that, as a sport and as a country, we're all the richer."

Associated Press

Tags: Miami Marlins, Seattle Mariners, Stats

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Ichiro Suzuki Joins 3,000-Hit Club

Aug 8, 2016 12:50 AM

Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has become the 30th player in Major League Baseball history -- and the first from Japan -- to join the 3,000-hit club.

The 42-year-old reached the milestone Sunday with a triple off the wall against reliever Chris Rusin in the seventh inning at Colorado.

Suzuki joined Paul Molitor as the only players to get their 3,000th hits with triples.

Tags: Miami Marlins, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Mariners Retire Ken Griffey Jr.'s No. 24

Aug 7, 2016 12:23 AM

Ken Griffey Jr.'s No. 24 was retired by the Mariners on Saturday night with an emotional outpouring from fans that had the new Hall of Famer fighting back tears.

The Mariners retired the number throughout the organization, and the final time it was worn came during batting practice when every member of the roster and coaching staff took the field with No. 24 on their jersey.

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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M's Acquire Bullpen Help In Trades With Pirates, Jays

Aug 6, 2016 6:54 PM

The Seattle Mariners bolstered their bullpen by acquiring right-hander Arquimedes Caminero from Pittsburgh and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte from Toronto in a pair of trades Saturday.

Both deals Seattle made were for players to be named later. Seattle will be sending two players to Pittsburgh for Caminero and one to Toronto for Venditte. The Mariners announced Venditte would report to Triple-A Tacoma, while Caminero will report to Seattle.

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Mariners Likely To Be Active On August Trade Market

Aug 3, 2016 3:44 PM

The Seattle Mariners weren't able to complete a deal prior to Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, but Jerry Dipoto expects to remain active in discussions.

"We're going to have something on the market in August," Dipoto said of the August waiver trade market. "I guarantee there will be more activity throughout the league, and we'll probably be at the center of that."

Dipoto says the Mariners had quite a few discussions with clubs over the month of July.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Trade Rumor

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O's Acquire Wade Miley From M's For Pitching Prospect

Jul 31, 2016 10:51 PM

The Baltimore Orioles acquired Wade Miley from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, giving manager Buck Showalter a veteran left-hander for his rotation.

"Wade Miley is a workhorse, veteran left-handed starter who likes to pitch and compete," said Dan Duquette, the executive vice president of baseball operations for the Orioles. "We think he will contribute to this year's club with some quality innings."

Seattle received left-handed prospect Ariel Miranda, 27, in the trade. The Cuban pitcher has spent most of the year with Triple-A Norfolk and was 4-7 with a 3.93 ERA in 19 starts.

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Mariners, Reds Have Discussed Jay Bruce Trade
The Mariners have inquired with the Reds about trading for Jay Bruce, who has been on the market for the past several months.

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Blue Jays Acquire Joaquin Benoit From Mariners For Drew Storen
Both Drew Storen and Joaquin Benoit entered the season as setup men, but struggled and lost their jobs.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Mariners Won't Act As Sellers At Deadline
The Mariners aren't interested in acting as sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline, Jerry Dipoto says.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza Enter Baseball Hall Of Fame
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza became a piece of baseball history on Sunday at Cooperstown.

Cubs Acquire Mike Montgomery From M's In Four-Player Deal
Mike Montgomery fills a bullpen need for the Cubs, who have been lacking a left-handed pitcher.

Taijuan Walker Leaves Start With Foot Injury
Taijuan Walker has been dealing with a right foot injury and left his previous start with a strained tendon.

Associated Press

David Ortiz Hits 521st Career Home Run
David Ortiz has tied Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, and Frank Thomas for 19th on the all-time home run list.

Felix Hernandez Told To Rest Calf Four-To-Six Weeks
The Mariners' medical staff wants Felix Hernandez to rest a strained right calf.

M's Select Trey Griffey On Day 3 Of Draft
Trey Griffey is the son of Hall of Fame outfielder and former Mariner' Ken Griffey Jr.

Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Mariners Place Ketel Marte On DL With Sprained Thumb
The Mariners have recalled infielder Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma.

Former MLB Pitcher Sammy Ellis Dies At 75
Pitcher Sammy Ellis was an All-Star with the Reds in 1965.

Felix Hernandez Becomes Seattle's All-Time Wins Leader
He improved to 8-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 11 starts against Tampa Bay at Safeco Field.

Associated Press

John Stanton Group Purchases Majority Ownership Of Mariners
John Stanton will become the chairman and CEO of the Mariners, the club announced in a release on Wednesday.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tanaka-Iwakuma Face Off In First Matchup Of Ex-Japanese Teammates
Sunday's game between the Yankees and Mariners featured the first Major League matchup between a pair of ex-Japanese teammates when Masahiro Tanaka and Hisashi Iwakuma took the mound.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Felix Hernandez Has 45 Winless Starts While Allowing One Run Or Fewer
Felix Hernandez allowed three hits over seven innings on Sunday, while striking out 10 and failing to surrender a single run.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Mariners Place Jesus Montero On Waivers
The Mariners will make an official announcement on Monday once the 48-hour waiver period has passed.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Mariners Discussing Right-Handed Relievers With Padres
The Mariners have discussed a trade for a right-handed reliever with the Padres, according to a report.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Scott Servais Wants Mariners To Run More In 2016
With a retooled roster, Scott Servais wants the Mariners to make life "uncomfortable" for their opponents this season.

Larry Stone/Seattle Times

Mariners Finalize One-Year Deal With Guillermo Heredia
The Mariners have finalized a one-year, $507,500 contract with Cuban outfielder Guillermo Heredia.

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