This year, it appears some teams are down in Florida looking to finish off deals they started this past week, or before that when the general managers meetings took place last month. The Seattle Mariners are one those teams.
Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik announced Friday that options for the 2014 season on outfielder Franklin Gutierrez and pitcher Joe Saunders have been declined.
Justin Smoak hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to apply a crushing blow to the Royals’ postseason aspirations.
Mariners starter Brandon Maurer allowed five runs — all scoring with two outs — and seven hits in three innings as the Astros completed a three-game sweep with a 6-1 victory Wednesday night.
Erasmo Ramirez gave the Mariners a nearly spotless performance, but it was not enough as the Tampa Bay Rays came from behind for a 4-1 win over Seattle.
The Astros failed to get a hit against three Seattle relievers and lost 3-2 to the Mariners on Thursday night.
The Aaron Harang era in Seattle may finally be finally coming to a close — it all depends on the outcome of being designated for assignment Monday.
The Mariners have recalled Carter Capps from Triple-A Tacoma and made a few other moves.
Ortiz added the latest milestone to his career against Seattle on Wednesday night. Ortiz doubled in his first at-bat off Seattle starter Aaron Harang to become baseball’s all-time leader in hits as a designated hitter, then added a two-run homer an inning later in Boston’s 11-4 victory over the Mariners.
With Franklin Gutierrez heading back to the disabled list, The Bleacher Report’s J.J. Matthews makes the case that the front office has probably lost its patience with the outfielder’s constant injuries.