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Mariners have signed sign RHP Justin Germano, RHP Mark Lowe and INF Carlos Rivero to minor-league deals with spring training invites.

Maybe Germano gets a crack at the bullpen as a long reliever, but an aging Mark Lowe is a long shot and Rivero needs some more minor league seasoning.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

18 Dec, 02:32 PMSource

Mariners acquire OF Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs for Minor League reliever Matt Brazis.

Ruggiano put up decent numbers in 2014 for the Cubs with a slash line of .281/.337/.429 over 81 games. You do have to worry as an owner anytime a player moves onto Safeco Field losing some offensive production. Health is the major concern with Ruggiano, though, as he underwent ankle surgery near the end of the 2014 campaign.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

17 Dec, 12:27 PMSource

Mariners re-sign IF Carlos Rivero per Baseball America.

Rivero currently leads the Venezuelan Winter League with 14 home runs and 42 RBI. He's a natural second baseman so he's not going anywhere in the majors with Robinson Cano in place, but could work his way into a potential utility job with a real strong spring.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

16 Dec, 03:23 PMSource

Manager Lloyd McClendon says Logan Morrison is in line for full-time duty at first base.

Morrison appeared in 99 games for the Mariners last season with 79 of those coming at first base as he found himself in a timeshare with Justin Smoak, Corey Hart and at times Kendrys Morales. Morrison hit .262 with 41 runs, 11 home runs and 38 RBI last year.
Analyst: Jonathan Impemba  View Profile

10 Dec, 09:22 PMSource

Robinson Cano's broken toe is fine and he's at full speed.

Cano hit .314 with 77 runs, 14 home runs and 82 RBI in his first season in Seattle and should be pleased though the production drop was expected given his move from hitter friendly Yankee Stadium to Safeco Field he still hit for a solid average and ranked among the best second basemen in fantasy.
Analyst: Jonathan Impemba  View Profile

9 Dec, 07:43 PMSource

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Monday veteran utility player Willie Bloomquist, who underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee in August, is on track to be ready for spring training.

Willie Bloomquist is now 36 years old and will be entering the final year of his two-year deal with the Mariners in 2015. He batted .278 in 47 games in 2014 and will add depth to Seattle's infield.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

9 Dec, 12:05 PMSource

Mets have had trade discussions with the Mariners about shortstops Brad Miller and Chris Taylor.

Miller hit .221 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in 2014. The Mets are looking for an upgrade at shortstop, but Miller will need to step it up offensively if he is going to be a serviceable fantasy option regardless of what uniform he is wearing in 2015.
Analyst: Colby Conway  View Profile

8 Dec, 09:41 PMSource

Mariners confirm signing of right-hander Justin Germano to a minor-league contract.

The well-traveled journeyman reliever/spot-starter has a career 5.40 ERA over a total of 330 innings. He's a long shot to crack the 25-man roster but we've seen stranger things in this world.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

5 Dec, 04:26 PMSource

The Seattle Mariners will not trade SP Hisashi Iwakuma despite interest from multiple teams.

Seattle has a legitimate chance to be contenders once again and having Iwakuma in the rotation is an important cog in the machine. He's only costing $7 million this year, so while there was a drop-off in his performance during the second half, it's not much of a risk to see if he can recapture his old form.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

5 Dec, 09:26 AMSource

The Mariners confirmed their four-year deal with Nelson Cruz, prior to a Thursday morning news conference at Safeco Field. The $58 million package became official after he passed a routine physical examination he took prior to signing.

So it's official, huh? OK, Seattle, you got it. Cruz has spent his entire career calling a very hitter-friendly ballpark his home. Both Arlington and Camden Yards have always catered to the hitters, but now playing half his games at Safeco could affect his power numbers in an adverse fashion. Over the last three years, Cruz slashed just .194/.284/.361 with just two home runs and four RBI over 72 at-bats. Sure, the sample size is a little on the small side, but considering the power drop-off that Robinson Cano saw in his first season with the Mariners, you can't help but think that Cruz would struggle to reach the 40-homer plateau again.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

4 Dec, 12:56 PMSource

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