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  • Paul Sewald, Andres Munoz May Get Late Start This Spring

    Seattle Mariners relief pitchers Paul Sewald (elbow, heel) and Andres Munoz (foot), who both had surgeries this offseason, might not see much action early in spring training. However, relievers don't usually need much work in the spring to get ready, and they should both be fine for Opening Day. Both pitchers are a big part of the back end of Seattle's bullpen heading into 2023, with Sewald currently slated to enter the year as the primary closer. Sewald was great in his second year with the M's, posting a career-best 2.67 ERA (3.88 FIP), career-high 20 saves, 0.77 WHIP and 72 strikeouts in 64 relief innings. Munoz was just as good with a 2.49 ERA (2.04 FIP), four saves, 0.89 WHIP and 96 K's in 65 innings out of the bullpen.

    Jan 25 · Source via Mariners Andres Munoz Paul Sewald closers
  • Mariners Sign Jason Vosler To Minor League Deal

    The Mariners have signed infielder/outfielder Jason Vosler to a minor league contract, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. Volser will presumably receive an invitation to major league Spring Training. Vosler, 29, has been an up-and-down player with the Giants for the past two years. In 2021, he got into 41 games and hit .178/.256/.356…

    Jan 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Jason Vosler
  • Mariners Hire Mike Freeman As Double-A Manager

    The Mariners announced last night that former infielder Mike Freeman has been hired as the manager of their Double-A affiliate, the Arkansas Travelers. The 35-year-old Freeman was playing in the big leagues as recently as 2021 but did not sign for the 2022 season. It now sounds as though his days as an active player have…

    Jan 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Mike Freeman
  • Mariners Outright Alberto Rodriguez

    The Mariners announced that minor league outfielder Alberto Rodriguez has gone unclaimed on waivers. He’ll stick in the organization at High-A Everett on outright assignment. Rodriguez entered the professional ranks as an amateur signee of the Blue Jays in 2017. He was dealt to Seattle three years later as part of the trade that sent Taijuan Walker…

    Jan 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Alberto Rodriguez
  • Mariners Sign Mike Ford To Minor League Deal

    Mike Ford is back with the Mariners on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to his MLB.com transactions log. Ford played in 16 major league games with Seattle in 2022 while ultimately bouncing around between four different organizations — the Giants, Braves, and Angels being the other three. He took…

    Jan 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Mike Ford
  • Justus Sheffield Designated For Assignment

    The Seattle Mariners designated left-hander Justus Sheffield for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for infielder Tommy La Stella, who was signed to a one-year deal Thursday. Sheffield has pitched in five major-league seasons (four with Seattle) and has gone 12-12 with a 5.47 ERA (4.77 FIP), 1.63 WHIP and 18.2 percent strikeout rate in 186 innings covering 48 appearances (33 starts). Last year in Seattle he had a 3.86 ERA (4.83 FIP), 1.29 WHIP, six walks and seven strikeouts in just 11 2/3 innings over six outings (one start). If Sheffield isn't claimed off waivers or traded to another team, he could return to the organization as both starting and relief depth.

    Jan 19 · Source via Mariners Justus Sheffield
  • Mariners Sign Tommy La Stella

    The Seattle Mariners signed free-agent infielder Tommy La Stella to an undisclosed one-year deal on Thursday. La Stella was released by the San Francisco Giants this offseason after slashing .245/.297/.380 with a .677 OPS, nine home runs, 41 RBI and 43 runs scored in 136 games over the last two seasons. The 33-year-old left-handed slugger had a tough time staying healthy as well, and that's probably going to continue to be an issue moving forward. He was able to play in only 60 games for the Gigantes in 2022 and will now head to Seattle, where he'll serve as infield bench depth for the M's. In his nine-year MLB career, La Stella has a .267/.337/.399 slash line, .736 OPS and 40 long balls in 667 games played.

    Jan 19 · Source via Mariners Tommy La Stella
  • Mariners Land Felnin Celesten For $4.7 Million

    The Seattle Mariners agreed to a $4.7 million deal on Sunday with shortstop prospect Felnin Celesten, according to a source. Celesten is considered the No. 2 international prospect, according to MLB.com. In addition to Celesten, the M's agreed to a $600,000 with right-hander Jeter Martinez, who ranks No. 42. Celesten may have the highest ceiling of any international shortstop prospect in a decent in a list that includes Marco Luciano, Wander Franco and Robert Puason. If he continues to develop at a normal pace, he'll have five-tool potential as a switch-hitter. Martinez is a 6-foot-4 16-year-old that possesses a smooth delivery on the mound and a solid repertoire of pitches at such a young age. He's also an above-average strike-thrower.

    Jan 17 · Source via Mariners prospects
  • Mariners Claim J.B. Bukauskas Off Waivers From D-Backs

    The Seattle Mariners claimed right-hander J.B. Bukauskas off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday and designated outfielder Alberto Rodriguez for assignment in a corresponding move. Bukauskas didn't make it through waivers after Arizona designated him for assignment last Wednesday. The 26-year-old was injured to begin last season and never made it to the big leagues. In three minor-league stops in 2022, Bukauskas had a nice 2.42 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 22 strikeouts and only four walks in 22 1/3 frames over 23 appearances (one start). In his lone major-league campaign with the D-backs in 2021, he had a rough 7.79 ERA (5.77 FIP), 1.79 WHIP and 17.3 percent strikeout rate in 17 1/3 relief innings. Bukauskas will provide relief depth for the M's in 2023.

    Jan 17 · Source via Mariners J.B. Bukauskas
  • Ty France Agrees To One-Year, $4.1 Million Deal

    The Seattle Mariners agreed to a one-year, $4.1 million deal on Friday to avoid salary arbitration with first baseman Ty France. The 28-year-old has found a home in Seattle and has had a really nice last couple of seasons. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career in 2022 and finished with a .274/.338/.436 slash line, .774 OPS, career-high 20 home runs, career-high 83 RBI and 65 runs scored in 613 plate appearances over 140 games played. France isn't elite by any means, but he's not a bad consolation prize at the first base position and resides in a Mariners lineup that is dangerous. He has produced a .283 average, .795 OPS, 38 home runs and 157 RBI in his last two seasons with the M's.

    Jan 14 · Source via Mariners Ty France
  • Paul Sewald Avoids Arbitration Friday

    The Seattle Mariners and relief pitcher Paul Sewald avoided salary arbitration on Friday be agreeing to a one-year, $4.1 million deal. Sewald had the best year of his career in his second season in Seattle in 2022, posting a career-low 2.67 ERA (3.88 FIP), career-low 0.77 WHIP, career-high 20 saves and 29.8 percent strikeout rate in 64 innings over 65 relief appearances. He did have surgery on both his elbow and heel in December, but he is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. The 32-year-old veteran should open the 2023 campaign as the favorite in Seattle for saves, but if he falters at all, the M's have some other pretty good ninth-inning options in Andres Munoz and Diego Castillo.

    Jan 13 · Source via Mariners Paul Sewald closers
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