Seattle Mariners Wiretap

John Stanton Group Purchases Majority Ownership Of Mariners

Apr 28, 2016 8:36 AM

John Stanton will become the chairman and CEO of the Seattle Mariners, the club announced in a release on Wednesday.

Stanton's group purchased a majority ownership stake in the Mariners. He previously held a minority stake. The ownership change is subject to approval by Major League Baseball and may not become official until August.

The franchise was valued at $1.4 billion, meaning the new ownership group spent $1.26 billion to purchase a 90 percent stake.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Tanaka-Iwakuma Face Off In First Matchup Of Ex-Japanese Teammates

Apr 18, 2016 8:51 AM

Sunday's game between the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners featured the first Major League matchup between a pair of ex-Japanese teammates when Masahiro Tanaka and Hisashi Iwakuma took the mound.

Tanaka and Iwakuma were teammates with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

The Yankees beat the Mariners 4-3.

"I'm extremely satisfied being able to get that win," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "Obviously facing against a former teammate, that was one thing, but another thing was that I was able to help stop the four-game skid. In that sense, I think today was a good day."

Bryan Hoch/MLB

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Felix Hernandez Has 45 Winless Starts While Allowing One Run Or Fewer

Apr 12, 2016 6:30 AM

Felix Hernandez allowed three hits over seven innings on Sunday, while striking out 10 and failing to surrender a single run.

However, his relievers blew the game as the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 in 10 innings.

It was the 45th start in which Hernandez allowed zero runs or one run and didn't get credit for a win, according to ESPN's David Schoenfield. He is tied with Zack Greinke for the most such starts among active pitchers.

Those 45 winless games account for 13.4 percent of his career starts.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

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Mariners Place Jesus Montero On Waivers

Mar 28, 2016 7:13 AM

The Seattle Mariners have placed Jesus Montero on waivers, according to a report.

The Mariners will make an official announcement on Monday once the 48-hour waiver period has passed.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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Mariners Discussing Right-Handed Relievers With Padres

Mar 28, 2016 7:03 AM

The Seattle Mariners have discussed a trade for a right-handed reliever with the San Diego Padres, according to a report.

Nick Vincent, Kevin Quackenbush and Jon Edwards have all been mentioned in discussions.

The Mariners are looking for depth in a bullpen that has been thinned by injuries.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

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Scott Servais Wants Mariners To Run More In 2016

Mar 8, 2016 6:15 AM

With a retooled roster, Scott Servais wants the Seattle Mariners to make life "uncomfortable" for their opponents this season.

Specifically, Servais wants his team to steal bases, take the extra base and push the action.

The Mariners flashed some of that play on Sunday when they stole six bases against the Texas Rangers in an exhibition game.

"We talked all offseason about how this team is built," Servais said. "It's a different team, and we certainly want fans in Seattle to recognize that. Believe me, I love three-run homers. I love home runs; everybody does. But there are other ways to score runs, and we have to do things a little differently to be consistent, because you can't rely on the home run every night."

Larry Stone/Seattle Times

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Mariners Finalize One-Year Deal With Guillermo Heredia

Mar 2, 2016 9:00 AM

The Seattle Mariners have finalized a one-year, $507,500 contract with Cuban outfielder Guillermo Heredia.

The deal includes a $400,000 signing bonus. If Heredia is optioned to the Minor Leagues, his salary would be $82,700.

Associated Press

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Robinson Cano Responds To Criticism From Former Coach

Feb 26, 2016 7:15 AM

Robinson Cano addressed former assistant hitting coach Andy Van Slyke's offseason criticism of him before the first full-squad workout of spring training.

"Honestly it didn't hurt me. Coming from a guy like him, it doesn't bother me at all because I know how I play," Cano said. "If you hear the comments, first he threw me under the bus and then he was like [saying] what's so great about myself. So you didn't know what he was trying to say. But Andy, I don't know, it doesn't even matter to me."

Van Slyke, in an interview with a St. Louis radio station in November, labeled Cano the worst everyday No. 3 hitter he'd ever seen in the first half of a season. He said he played the worst defense at second base that the former big leaguer had seen in 20 years. He then backtracked and complimented Cano's throwing arm.

Van Slyke also said former Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon and hitting coach Howard Johnson were fired after the season because of Cano, who hit .238 with four home runs and 24 RBIs over the first 74 games.

The comments elicited an apology from the Mariners to Cano, he said, even though Van Slyke had since been let go along with the other coaches from the previous staff.

"I said I'm not going to waste my time and say anything back. I got a call from the Mariners that they were like apologizing because he said all that stuff," Cano said. "He was a guy that always talked to me. You guys saw that in the season. He says that. I don't know how come he said that everybody got fired because of me."

Associated Press

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Mariners Sign Joel Peralta To Minors Deal

Feb 16, 2016 3:53 PM

The Seattle Mariners have signed Joel Peralta to a Minor League contract.

If Peralta makes the Major League roster, he will earn $1.25 million with the ability to earn $2.5 million through incentives.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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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

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MLBPA Forbids Cabrera, Cano, Ortiz From Caribbean HR Derby
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

Jorge Morejon/ESPN

Mariners To Retire Griffey's No. 24
The Mariners will welcome Ken Griffey, Jr. back and retire his No. 24 at Safeco Field.

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

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Griffey, Piazza Make Cooperstown Hat Choices
Ken Griffey, Jr. will be enshrined in Cooperstown with a Mariners hat, and Mike Piazza will have a Mets cap.


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

RealGM Staff Report

2016 Hall Of Fame Class To Be Announced This Week
Ken Griffey Jr. may be the first player to be unanimously elected by the eligible voters.

Former All-Star Dave Henderson Dies At Age 57
Former outfielder Dave Henderson spent 14 seasons in the major leagues.

Mariners Re-Sign Hisashi Iwakuma After Deal With Dodgers Falters
The Mariners have re-signed Hisashi Iwakuma after an agreement with the Dodgers broke down.


Steve Cishek Agrees Upon Two-Year, $10M Deal With Mariners
Steve Cishek's agreement includes incentives for games finished that could increase his overall payout to $17 million.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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


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.

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 anybody’s 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.

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

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