We’re boring down on February, the free agent market for hitters has nearly dried up entirely and the Mariners continue to be tied to Nelson Cruz. Why? Maybe because the reporters are just connecting dots; the Mariners need offense and Cruz and Morales are two of the very best options available that could make some kind of difference. Maybe the Mariners have legitimate interest in Cruz. Why? I haven’t the foggiest.
The Seattle Mariners acquired two first basemen Wednesday. Why?
It’s not just big bats the Mariners are going after this offseason, the team wants to bulk up the bullpen. That need has turned the team’s attention to free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was named to the All-WBC (World Baseball Classic) team along with USA’s David Wright and the Dominican Republic’s Robinson Cano.
The Mariners were all even with the Rays after Justin Smoak’s sacrifice fly off of Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning, who came into the game with a 0.82 ERA and the AL lead in saves. Chone Figgins stood on third, and Eric Thames fell into an 0-2 hole. Thames took a pitch and then focused on low and away. He was able to flip Rodney’s next changeup into short right field to score Figgins and snap the two long streaks.