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Mariners Sign Korean Slugger Dae-Ho Lee

Feb 3, 2016 4:21 PM

The Seattle Mariners have signed Dae-Ho Lee to a one-year Minor League contract.

The Korean slugger could earn up to $4 million with incentives if he makes the Major League roster.

"Dae-Ho gives us another potential right-handed power bat in the first-base competition," Jerry Dipoto said.

"He has performed at a very high level of production in both Korea and Japan, and we are excited to see how that translates to our team."

Lee, 33, put up a .282/.368/.524 line with 31 home runs and 98 RBIs in 141 games last year for SoftBank in Japan's Nippon Professional League.

Greg Johns/MLB

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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MLBPA Forbids Cabrera, Cano, Ortiz From Caribbean HR Derby

Feb 2, 2016 7:06 AM

The Major League Baseball Players Association has forbid Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano and David Ortiz from participating in the Caribbean Series' inaugural Home Run Derby after it was announced that they would compete.

The organizers of the 2016 Caribbean Series had the idea of including a Home Run Derby on the third day of the tournament as a way to enhance the event.

"Unfortunately, the people in charge of the event didn't follow the necessary protocol to ensure that any major leaguers participating in an event like that one is protected from a possible injury," said Tony Clark, MLBPA's executive director.

"As a result, in order to protect the rights and interests of the players invited to compete, we were forced to advise those players and their representatives that participating in the event was not in their best interests."

According to the organizing committee, the MLBPA said it would need a financial guarantee to allow Ortiz, Cano and Cabrera to participate, and the request for their participation had to be made no later than Jan. 1.

Jorge Morejon/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Mariners To Retire Griffey's No. 24

Jan 11, 2016 6:46 AM

The Seattle Mariners will welcome Ken Griffey, Jr. back and retire his No. 24 at Safeco Field.

Jackie Robinson's No. 42 is currently the only number the franchise has retired.

"Having my number next to him, I don't think I did half of what he did," Griffey said. "Baseball-wise, yeah, you're going to look at numbers and things like that, but the way he went about his life and the things he did off the field, nobody can compare to that. He is a trailblazer in more ways than one."

It was announced last week that Griffey was elected to the Hall of Fame.

Associated Press

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor

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Griffeys Lobby For Edgar Martinez's Election To HOF

Jan 8, 2016 7:28 AM

Ken Griffey, Jr. and his father, Ken Sr., offered strong endorsements for Edgar Martinez's inclusion in the Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday.

"Edgar deserves to be in," Griffey Jr. said. "Is it his fault that somebody put him in the DH role? No. He's part of a team, and he did his part. He should be in. Harold Baines should, too. There are a lot of guys with similar numbers who should be there, and Edgar's definitely one of them.

"He carried the team for a period of time. He was one of the most feared hitters in the game for 10-plus years. I root for him. Those decisions aren't up to me. They're up to [the writers]. But do I think he's a Hall of Famer? Yes."

Martinez, a seven-time All-Star, won two batting titles and had a .312 career batting average over parts of 18 seasons in Seattle. His .4178 career on-base percentage is 21st-best in Major League history.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor

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Griffey, Piazza Make Cooperstown Hat Choices

Jan 7, 2016 4:41 PM

Ken Griffey, Jr. will be enshrined in Cooperstown with a Seattle Mariners hat, and Mike Piazza will have a New York Mets cap.

Griffey spent more than eight seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Reds, and Piazza reached the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Griffey is the first Mariners player in the Hall.

Induction ceremonies will be held at the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24.

ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor

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Griffey, Piazza Elected To Hall Of Fame

Jan 6, 2016 8:23 PM

Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza have been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame and will be enshrined this summer.

Griffey was elected with the highest voting percentage ever. He was on 437 of 440 ballots in his first appearance. His 99.3 percentage topped the previous mark of 98.84, set when Tom Seaver appeared on 425 of 430 ballots in 1992.

"I can't be upset. It's just an honor to be elected and to have the highest percentage is definitely a shock," Griffey said.

After falling 28 votes shy last year, Piazza received 365 votes in his fourth time on the ballot and will be inducted along with Griffey on July 24.

"Incredibly special. Wow," Piazza said.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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2016 Hall Of Fame Class To Be Announced This Week

Jan 4, 2016 1:04 AM

The announcement of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 will be made by Hall president Jeff Idelson on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET in a simulcast on MLB Network and MLB.com.

MLB.com

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Former All-Star Dave Henderson Dies At Age 57

Dec 27, 2015 3:30 PM

Former All-Star outfielder Dave Henderson died Sunday morning, Major League Baseball confirmed. He was 57.

Known as "Hendu," he spent 14 seasons in the major leagues, playing for the A's, Mariners, Red Sox, Royals, and Giants.

Henderson suffered a massive heart attack and died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Mariners.

ESPN.com

Tags: Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Mariners Re-Sign Hisashi Iwakuma After Deal With Dodgers Falters

Dec 18, 2015 8:15 AM

The Seattle Mariners have re-signed Hisashi Iwakuma after an agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers broke down.

The deal includes a one-year contract for 2016 and options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, but financial terms weren't announced.

"We said from the start that Kuma was a priority for us," Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "Obviously, the developments from the last few days allowed us to get back in the game. It's a credit to our ownership -- to Howard Lincoln, to Kevin Mather, to our entire ownership group -- that we were able to get aggressive and find a way to bring Kuma back to the Mariners. We're all thrilled. This is a big move for us."

The Dodgers and Iwakuma struck a deal on Dec. 6, a pact reportedly for three years and roughly $45 million, but the contract was never completed as his physical was reportedly a problem.

 

ESPN

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Steve Cishek Agrees Upon Two-Year, $10M Deal With Mariners

Dec 12, 2015 1:55 PM

The Seattle Mariners have agreed upon a two-year, $10 million deal with Steve Cishek to become their new closer.

Cishek's agreement includes incentives for games finished that could increase his overall payout to $17 million.

Cishek, 29, is 17-20 with a 2.82 ERA in 311 career big-league appearances. He saved 34 and 39 games with the Miami Marlins in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Cishek joins the recently acquired Joaquin Benoit in a revamped back end of the bullpen for the Mariners.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Mariners Send Prospects To Brewers For Adam Lind
The Brewers will receive minor league right-handed pitchers Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki and Freddy Peralta.

ESPN

Mariners, Brewers Close To Adam Lind Deal
It is unknown what Milwaukee would receive in return at this point.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Mariners Acquire Wade Miley From Red Sox
The Mariners have acquired Wade Miley and right-hander Jonathan Aro from the Red Sox in exchange for pitchers Carson Smith and Roenis Elias.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Dodgers Add Hisashi Iwakuma To Starting Rotation
Hisashi Iwakuma finished 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts for the Mariners last season.

ESPN.com

Mariners To Sign Nori Aoki
Seattle had been linked to the outfielder prior to the agreement.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Orioles To Acquire Mark Trumbo From Mariners
Mark Trumbo gives Baltimore an option at first base if Chris Davis leaves in free agency.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Mariners Pushing Hard To Deal Mark Trumbo
Seattle has talked to the Rockies about Mark Trumbo.

Greg Johns/MLB

Nori Aoki Drawing Interest From Mariners
"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 anybodyís guess."

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Mariners Privately Acknowledge Cano Will Eventually Move To First Base
The Mariners could have an opening at first base as soon as 2016 if Mark Trumbo is traded or non-tendered, but Seattle is unlikely to make the change that soon.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

J.A. Happ Returns To Blue Jays
Free agent left-hander J.A. Happ agreed to a $36M, three-year deal with the Blue Jays on Friday.

ESPN.com

Marlins, Mariners Discussing Marcell Ozuna Trade
Marcell Ozuna has been a frequent subject of trade rumors this offseason.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Mariners Expected To Trade Mark Trumbo
Jerry Dipoto traded Trumbo to the Diamondbacks when he was the general manager of the Angels.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Dipoto Refutes Report That Cano Wants Out Of Seattle
After a report in The New York Daily News suggested that Robinson Cano is unhappy and wants out of Seattle, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto refuted the notion.

Greg Johns/MLB

Rangers Send Leonys Martin To Mariners In Five-Player Trade
The Rangers received right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, outfielder James Jones and a player to be named, while Seattle also obtained right-handed reliever Anthony Bass.

Associated Press

Cubs, Mariners, Royals Interested In Jackie Bradley
Amid reports that Dave Dombrowski could break up the young outfield of the Red Sox, the Cubs, Mariners and Royals have shown interest in Jackie Bradley, Jr.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Mariners Acquire Joaquin Benoit From Padres
San Diego received two minor league prospects -- right-handed pitcher Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward.

Associated Press

Chris Iannetta Drawing Interest From Mariners
Chris Iannetta, 32, is a free agent after spending the last four years with the Angels.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Tigers Interested In Signing Hisashi Iwakuma
The Tigers haven't revealed all their targets, but general manager Al Avila acknowledged on Tuesday that they have interest in Hisashi Iwakuma.

Jason Beck/MLB

Mariners To Offer Hisashi Iwakuma Two-Year Deal
Seattle already extended the one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer to the pitcher.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Mariners, Rays Agree To Six-Player Trade
The Mariners sent Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, and Danny Farquhar to the Rays in exchange for Nathan Karns, C.J. Riefenhauser and outfield prospect Boog Powell.

Associated Press

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