In this week’s episode of The Hot Stove Report, Jason A. Churchill and Alex Carson discuss the expectations for centerfielder Austin Jackson, Franklin Gutierrez’s upside and the No. 5 starter competition between Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias.
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.
Jack Zduriencik does not see the Seattle Mariners making another splash signing before the start of spring training after an offseason of big moves highlighted by the signing of second baseman Robinson Cano.
While many thought the Franklin Gutierrez era in Seattle was over, it looks like the injury-prone outfielder will be back with the team in 2014.
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.