Seattle Mariners Wiretap
Contrary to reports, Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton does not have the Mariners listed on his no-trade list.
Arizona is entering offers for Upton, but they aren't going to move him without getting anything significant in return.
Russell Branyan would like to return to the Mariners, but he isn't going to wait forever for a contract offer.
"I know they've spoken to my agent, I know they've expressed interest," Branyan said of Seattle. "I should know more in the next 7-10 days. I'm not as unsettled this year, having been through this process last year. I know signing can take time. But I'm not going to wait until February to sign a deal.
"The perception there, you might assume people didn't enjoy Seattle last year with all that went on. But it's a great town to play in, a great ballpark to hit in, and I think there are some good players there.
"There's been a lot of change with Eric Wedge and a new staff. I know that the new hitting coach, Chris Chambliss, coached in Cincinnati, and I talked to Adam Dunn. He said he loved Chambliss."
Mariners infield prospect Dustin Ackley, drafted second overall in 2009, has been named the 2010 Arizona Fall League MVP.
"That's an awesome feeling," Ackley said.
"In April, I didn't think I could hit any more. As far as I've come, with hitting and defense, it's really special. I watched Grant Desme win it last year, the MVP, and he had put up great numbers during the season and in the Fall League. It's really special to take it in after him."
He won the AFL batting title with a .424 average and also topped the league in on-base percentage (.581), slugging (.758), OPS (1.338) and runs scored (28), all while also going a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen-base attempts.
"I feel really good," said Ackley. "My body definitely has been feeling tired lately after a long season, but I feel really good where I'm at defensively and hitting wise. I feel I've come a long way with second base, with double plays and ground balls. I think it was a big help to come out here."
Seattle ace Felix Hernandez has been chosen the AL Cy Young Award winner, according to an Associated Press report on Thursday.
King Felix went just 13-12, but was a victim of poor run support all season. He led the majors with a 2.27 ERA, topped the AL in innings and was second in strikeouts.
Dave Niehaus, 75, who called the first pitch in Mariners history and described more than three decades of baseball, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at his suburban Bellevue home, according to his family, according to an ESPN.com report
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