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Mariners Trying Figgins At Second

The Mariners tried infielder Chone Figgins at second base during workouts on Tuesday as Jose Lopez worked at third.

"We're going to look at it and see," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "There's nothing etched in stone right now. We're just looking to see what our different options are."

Via Seattle Times

Ichiro Excited Over Seattle's Moves

Ichiro Suzuki had fun last season, but he's especially excited to begin the 2010 campaign.

"Last year was very special to me," he said. "My first year [2001] was very fun as well, but that's because we won. Last year was very natural and we had fun from the bottom of our hearts."

He set a Major League record with a ninth consecutive 200-hit season and the team restored respectability with 85 wins in 2009.

In the offseason, the Mariners upgraded at a number of positions and many are excited about their chances of making the postseason this year.

"Being back in Japan for most of the offseason, I had a lot of guys around me who gave me good information about who we acquired and who we lost," Ichiro said. "I followed that very well."

Via MLB.com

Mariners Still Waiting On Petit To Arrive From Venezuela

Yusmeiro Petit is dealing with personal matters in his native Venezuela and is not expected to join the team until next week.

A team spokesman declined to discuss the issues Saturday, although he said they are not related to Petit obtaining a visa to work in the United States.

Petit is the only pitcher not present at Mariners spring training, where pitchers and catchers have arrived ahead of the rest of the team.

Via SI.com

Rockies, Mariners Wanted McGwire To Coach

The Cardinals weren't the only team willing to give Mark McGwire a chance to return to baseball.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rockies and Mariners have offered McGwire the position of hitting coach since he retired in 2001.

Seattle apparently extended the offer in 2003 and the Rockies supposedly did it just a few years ago.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Cliff Lee Scheduled To Throw Feb. 24

The Mariners have set Feb. 24 as a target date for Cliff Lee's first bullpen session of spring training.

Lee's workouts have been limited as he is coming off foot surgery.

"Cliff Lee will play catch, but other than that we're going to try to keep him off his feet for a couple of days," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said Thursday.


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