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Pirates Acquire J.A. Happ, Michael Morse

Aug 1, 2015 6:41 PM

The Pirates didn't enter the final day before the trade deadline looking for a starting pitcher, but the state of A.J. Burnett's elbow quickly made them change their mind.

The Pirates acquired left-hander J.A. Happ the Mariners on Friday after Burnett complained of elbow pain and was placed on the 15-day DL with inflammation following his third straight rough outing.

Pittsburgh also picked up Michael Morse from the Dodgers, hoping Morse's proven right-handed bat will give the Pirates a platoon option at first base to complement left-handed Pedro Alvarez.

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Blue Jays Add Mark Lowe From Mariners

Jul 31, 2015 1:29 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays will acquire Mark Lowe from the Seattle Mariners, according to a report.

Seattle will get three Minor League players from Toronto in the deal.

Lowe has a 1.00 ERA, 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings and a 36.5 ground ball rate for Seattle this season.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cubs, Mariners Discussing Unknown Players

Jul 30, 2015 9:50 PM

The Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners have held trade discussions recently, but the nature of those talks are unknown.

The conversations reportedly didn't involve Starlin Castro and there are a wide range of targets at play.

Chicago has been connected to pitching upgrades in the starting rotation and bullpen.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Yankees Get Dustin Ackley From Mariners

Jul 30, 2015 6:42 PM

The New York Yankees have acquired infielder Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfield prospect Ramon Flores and right-hander Jose Ramirez.

Ackley, 27, was the No. 2 overall pick back in 2009 -- one spot after Stephen Strasburg.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Mariners Think Fernando Rodney Is Tipping Pitches

Jul 28, 2015 6:49 AM

The Seattle Mariners believe Fernando Rodney is tipping his pitches, part of what has led to his struggles on the mound.

Lloyd McClendon said before Monday's series opener with the Arizona Diamondbacks that his staff has been watching tape and there are some "dramatic" things that stand out and might have helped batters know what pitch is coming.

"Fernando was tipping some pitches. We've got to get that straightened out," McClendon said. "We've got to get him to the point where he's not tipping anymore, and I think you'll see him getting back to being productive again. When hitters know what is coming, it's a lot easier."

Rodney was pulled from the closer role in early June, but his struggles have continued. He has given up at least one earned run in six of his past eight appearances.

Associated Press

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor

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Biggio, Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz Join Hall Of Fame

Jul 26, 2015 5:01 PM

Craig Biggio has been added to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The multitalented native of Smithtown, New York, on Long Island, was enshrined on Sunday, becoming the first Astro to make the Hall of Fame.

He is being honored along with Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz as the Hall of Fame's 2015 class.

Tags: Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Angels, Mariners, Royals Interested In Justin Upton

Jul 16, 2015 6:53 AM

Justin Upton is believed to be the best hitter available on the trade market and he has drawn interest from the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals.

The San Diego Padres could sell off some of the pieces they added this past winter amid a disappointing season. Upton could fetch a nice haul to help rebuild a farm system that has been depleted.

"A Sean Newcomb for Justin Upton deal could make sense for both the Angels and Padres. The Angels would get another big bat to put behind Mike Trout and Albert Pujols and have the means to re-sign Upton to a long-term deal, while the Padres would get a controllable No. 2 or 3 starter once Newcomb fully develops his breaking ball," writes Jim Bowden.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mariners, Red Sox Interested In Jason Frasor

Jul 15, 2015 11:23 AM

The Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox are interested in Jason Frasor, who was designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals and opted for free agency.

Seattle is reportedly "taking a hard look" at Frasor.

Boston is sorting out their bullpen issues and Frasor is being considered as an option.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Robinson Cano Has Been Battling Stomach Issue Since Last Summer

Jul 6, 2015 5:49 PM

Robinson Cano, who has been stuck in a slump for much of the season, says he's been battling a stomach ailment since last August.

In an interview with USA Today, Cano said he was diagnosed with a parasite and treated it with antibiotics, but he is still bothered by acid reflux.

"It still affects me," the Seattle Mariners infielder said. "Sometimes you drink water and it makes you feel like vomiting. I can't eat the same way I did. It's hard to deal with, especially being the first time this has happened to me. Sometimes I eat only once a day before playing, because I feel full. And you just don't have the same energy."

The 32-year-old said he's no longer eating red meat in an effort to combat the issue, but "sometimes I play without any strength or energy, but you have to play, give the best of yourself."


Tags: Seattle Mariners, Injury, Misc Rumor

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All-Star Game Starters Announced

Jul 5, 2015 9:24 PM


Leading Vote-Getter Josh Donaldson Sets All-Time Single-Season Voting Record, Edges Out AL Teammate Mike Trout for Top Overall Spot;

Bryce Harper Finishes as Top NL Vote-Getter, Sets All-Time NL
Single-Season Voting Mark;

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, MLB’s leading vote-getter, and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  The 2015 AL and NL All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show” on ESPN.  

Donaldson, who collected 14,090,188 total votes, set a new all-time single-season voting record, surpassing Josh Hamilton’s 2012 total of 11,073,744 tallies.  

Harper receives his third Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and his second fan-elected start (2013), becoming the first player in Nationals-era history to claim multiple fan-elected starting assignments.  

Third baseman Todd Frazier of the host Reds received 9,233,686 votes, surpassing Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals (7,133,753) in the final week to earn his first fan election after being named an All-Star reserve in 2014.  

In the AL, reigning league batting champion Jose Altuve of the Astros reclaimed the top spot at second base in the final week, finishing with 9,634,464 votes to beat out Kansas City’s Omar Infante (8,999,117).  

Angels outfielder Mike Trout received 14,013,021 total votes, which was the second-highest total in the Majors behind Donaldson.  Trout will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive fan-elected start.

Joining Trout in the AL outfield will be Royals teammates Lorenzo Cain (12,399,127) and Alex Gordon (10,609,006).  

Rounding out the fan elections in the NL outfield alongside Harper is Giancarlo Stanton (7,036,537) of the Miami Marlins and Matt Holliday (6,362,653) of the Cardinals.  

Two-time AL Most Valuable Player (2012-13) Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers garnered 13,834,271 votes en route to his 10th career All-Star selection (also 2004-07, 2010-14) and third consecutive fan election.  

Cabrera’s NL counterpart will be Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, who received 9,119,375 votes to attain his second consecutive fan-elected start.  

Giants catcher Buster Posey will make the start behind the plate in the NL, marking his third career Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and second career fan-elected start (2012).  

For the AL, Royals backstop Salvador Perez tallied 13,747,294 votes to receive his first career starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic after making the AL squad as a reserve in each of the last two seasons.  

In the AL’s tightest race, Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (10,632,184) claimed his fourth All-Star selection (2009, 2013-14) as he held off Kendrys Morales (10,320,500) of the Royals.  

Up the middle of the NL infield will be Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (7,574,750) and Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta (8,478,474).  Joining Altuve up the middle of the AL infield is Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who tallied 11,960,907 votes to receive his first career All-Star selection. 

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Robinson Cano Hit In Head By Stray Ball
Robinson Cano has no signs of a concussion after being hit in the head by an errant Angels' throw on Saturday.

Mariners Release Rickie Weeks
Weeks, 32, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mariners in the offseason to serve as Robinson Cano's backup and a utility man.

Mark Polishuk/FanGraphs

M's Hire Edgar Martinez As New Hitting Coach
The Mariners have reassigned Howard Johnson to the minor league system.

Mariners Interested In Revere, But Phillies Asking Too Much
Talks between the two squads broke down when the Phillies reportedly asked for too much in return for the outfielder.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Mariners Win Despite Setting Mark For Scoring Futility
The Mariners failed to score more than three runs on Tuesday night for a club-record 13th game in a row.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Cubs Close To Deal With Rafael Soriano
The agreement would be a Minor League deal.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Robinson Cano Struggling To Hit Breaking Balls
Robinson Cano has struggled this season with just two home runs in 218 at-bats and a .326 slugging percentage.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Mariners Acquire Mark Trumbo From Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks will receive catcher Welington Castillo, right-handed reliever Dominic Leone and minor leaguers Gabby Guerrero and Jack Reinheimer while also sending left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno to


Hitting Coach: Cano Is Pressing At The Plate
Robinson Cano has just two home runs and is hitting .246 this season.


Mark Teixeira Has Enjoyed Success Against Felix Hernandez
Over his career, Mark Teixeira is 20-for-66 (.303) with four doubles, six home runs and 13 RBIs against Felix Hernandez.

Adam Lewis/ESPN

Mariners Using Just Six Relievers Amid Crowded Roster
The Mariners have been operating with just six relievers this week, something Lloyd McClendon acknowledges can't continue much longer.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Welington Castillo Was 'Shocked' By Trade
Welington Castillo was surprised when the Cubs traded him to the Mariners earlier this week.

Ryan Divish/Seattle Times

Mariners Acquire Welington Castillo From Cubs
The Cubs have traded Welington Castillo to the Mariners in exchange for reliever Yoervis Medina.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Ichiro Ties Babe Ruth On All-Time Hits List
Ichiro Suzuki hit a bloop single in the fifth inning on Monday night, allowing him to tie Babe Ruth for 38th place on the all-time Major League hits list since 1900 with 2,873.

Steve Wilaj/MLB

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