Mariners Add Three to 40-Man Roster

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced tonight the following roster moves:

Added to 40-Man Roster:

  • RHP Mayckol Guaipe selected to Major League roster (Michael gwhy-pay)
  • C John Hicks selected to Major League roster
  • INF Ketel Marte selected to Major League roster (kuh-TELL MAR-tay)

With these transactions, the Mariners 40-man roster is at 39 players.

Guaipe, 24, spent the 2014 season with AA Jackson making 40 relief appearances for the Generals. The right-hander posted a 1-3 record with 12 saves and a 2.89 ERA (18 ER, 56.0 IP). He averaged 9.00 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (56 strikeouts) and posted the lowest WHIP (0.964) amongst Mariners full-season minor leaguers. The native of Barcelona, Venezuela was originally signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted international free agent on Oct. 11, 2006.

Hicks, 25, split the season between AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma batting .290 (84×290) with 12 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs and 47 RBI in 81 games. The catcher has thrown out nearly 50% of attempted base-stealers during his four minor league seasons (137 CS, 151 SB), including 38.2% (26 CCS, 42 SB) in 2014. Following the regular season Hicks appeared in 13 games with the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League and hit .304 (14×46) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 11 RBI. The native of Richmond, Va., was originally selected by the Mariners in the 4th round of the 2011 MLB June Draft out of the University of Virginia.

Marte, 21, hit .304 (159×523) with 79 runs scored, 32 doubles, 6 triples, 4 home runs and 55 RBI in 128 games with AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma. Amongst Mariners minor leaguers, the switch hitter ranked 3rd in batting average and hits, and 4th in stolen bases (29). He was named a Southern League All-Star batting .302 (134×443) in 109 games with Jackson before being promoted to Tacoma on Aug. 10. In 19 games as one of the youngest players in the Pacific Coast League, he batted .313 (25×80) with 5 doubles, 2 home runs and 9 RBI. The native of Nizao, Dominican Republic was originally signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted international free agent on Aug. 13, 2010.

Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence

Mariners President Kevin Mather and Chair Emeritus John Ellis accept the CAPE Award from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

Mariners President Kevin Mather and Chair Emeritus John Ellis accept the CAPE Award from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

Refuse To Abuse®, the Mariners long-standing domestic violence prevention program, was recognized today by Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig with the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence.

The award was created in 2010 to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB Clubs. In singling out the Mariners and Refuse To Abuse, the Commissioner said, “I am very proud of the Seattle Mariners and Mariners Care for taking a leading role in educating fans and other members of their community on the importance of respectful relationships. This is a vital societal issue that impacts the lives of individuals and families in harrowing ways. Having communicated with many experts, we continue to work diligently toward a comprehensive policy that reflects the gravity of domestic violence and how to best serve the interests of victims and their families. The efforts of the Mariners, who encourage fans to take a public stance against domestic violence, are exemplary. I thank the Mariners and all of our Clubs for their year-round efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”

Refuse To Abuse is a statewide educational program in partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It takes its name from the Refuse to Lose mantra of Mariners fans after the 1995 season. The program was launched in 1997 to promote healthy relationships and take a public stand against domestic violence.

Refuse To Abuse features Mariners players as role models, educating the community about available help and promoting respectful relationships to children and teenagers. Refuse To Abuse includes television, radio and print ads that deliver messages of respect and communicate that there is no excuse for domestic violence. The Mariners also sponsor a 5K run/walk at Safeco Field that raises money for WSCADV’s violence prevention efforts.

Mariners Claim LHP Edgar Olmos off Waivers

LHP Edgar Olmos made his Major League debut in 2013 with the Marlins.

LHP Edgar Olmos made his Major League debut in 2013 with the Marlins.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that the club has claimed left-hander Edgar Olmos off of waivers from the Miami Marlins.

The Mariners 40-man roster now stands at 36.

Olmos, 24, went 3-3 with 3 saves and a 4.06 ERA in a career-high 51 relief appearances combined between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans.  He limited opponents to a .248 (71×286) average, while walking 30 and striking out 60 on 77.2 innings.  Olmos recently wrapped up his winter league assignment, going 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA (9 ER, 11.0 IP) in 9 games with the Salt Rivers Rafters in the Arizona Fall League.

Olmos made his Major League debut with the Marlins on June 3, 2013 at Philadelphia, allowing only 1 hit in 1.1 scoreless innings in relief. Over 5 appearances with Miami that season, he went 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA (4 ER, 5.0 IP). He was originally selected by the Marlins in the 3rd round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Birmingham High School in Los Angeles, California.  He currently owns a 15-37 record with a 4.50 ERA (245 ER, 489.2 IP) in 179 games, 71 career starts over 7 seasons in the minor leagues.

Toys for Kids Annual Gala

A variety of Mariners memorabilia was up for bid at the Toys For Kids auction.

A variety of Mariners memorabilia was up for bid at the Toys For Kids auction.

A sold-out crowd of over 300 supporters gathered on Saturday Night, Nov. 15 at the Bellevue Hyatt in support of Toys for Kids at their annual dinner and auction.

Toys for Kids, founded by longtime Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and former Mariners player and broadcaster Dave Henderson in 1995, is a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to giving homeless, underserved, and ill children Hope and Joy in the holiday season by making sure each child has a toy to open.

“Thanks to our sponsors, including the Mariners, the RBI Club and the 180 Foundation, among others, and to our dedicated volunteers and auction chair Heather Jones, and all of our great supporters here tonight we will be able to assist over 22 agencies and over 8,000 homeless, underserved and hospital bound children this year with new toys,” Rizzs said following the auction.

“It is really a remarkable outpouring of compassion for kids at the holiday season.”

The spirited crowd included former Mariners players Dave Henderson, Dave Valle, Bill Krueger, Matt Sinatro and others, as well as the Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln, President Kevin Mather and General Manager Jack Zduriencik, and a large group of Mariners front office staff. In addition ROOT Sports Brad Adam, who assisted with the silent auction, and a table full of ROOT Sports staff generously participated.

Toys For Kids co-founders Dave Henderson and Rick Rizzs

Toys For Kids co-founders Dave Henderson and Rick Rizzs.

As a part of the dinner program, Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was presented with the 2014 Al “Moose” Clausen Community Service Award. The award is presented to a member of the Seattle Mariners organization (active or retired) who have made significant contributions to the community.

Since becoming a Mariner, Saunders has been involved with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Major League Baseball’s “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative. Saunders also spends time during the offseason on the Mariners Caravan talking with elementary school students about education and staying drug-free and visiting children at Boys & Girls Clubs. This year, Saunders joined Felix Hernandez and manager Lloyd McClendon as spokesmen for the Refuse To Abuse® anti-domestic violence public service campaign. The campaign is part of the 17-year partnership between the Mariners and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Toys For Kids co-founder Rick Rizzs with outfielder Michael Saunders and ROOT SPORTS Brad Adam.

Toys For Kids co-founder Rick Rizzs with outfielder Michael Saunders and ROOT SPORTS Brad Adam.

Saunders was joined at the event by teammate Charlie Furbush and the two pledged to take the winning bidders of the visit to Spring Training to dinner in Arizona, in addition to happily posing for pictures, signing autographs and generously bidding.

It was a great night, but it is not too late to help. If you are interested, there is more information at http://www.rickstoysforkids.org/

The Toys for Kids motto is as simple as it is powerful:  We make young people smile. We fill them with joy. We give them hope. We show them love.

Special thanks to Rick Takagi Photography for the great photographs.

Moose Clausen with Michael Saunders, winner of this year’s Moose Clausen Award for Community Service, with Bob Simeone and Dorothy Clausen.

Moose Clausen with Michael Saunders, winner of this year’s Moose Clausen Award for Community Service, with Bob Simeone and Dorothy Clausen.

Mariners Winter League Recap – November 11-17

 

Mariners Winter League Weekly Review

Here is the Mariners Winter League Report.

Mariners Sign Cuban Left-Hander Misael Siverio

Misael Siverio (left) signing his contract next to Mariners scout Noel Sevilla.

Misael Siverio (left) signing his contract next to Mariners scout Noel Sevilla.

The Seattle Mariners signed Cuban left-hander Misael Siverio who completed his physical in Seattle two weeks ago before the deal was finalized. The 25-year-old left-hander left Cuba in July of 2013 and played for the Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Pacific League last winter where he went 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA (8 ER, 29.1 IP) with 36 strikeouts in six starts.

“This is a proud moment for me, to be able to join the Seattle Mariners who have several Cubans in the organization that are my compatriots,” said Siverio. “I feel very happy because of the way that I have been treated here in Seattle and now the only thing left to do is to do my part, work hard and reach the Major Leagues.”

Siverio played six seasons for Villa Clara in the Cuban National Series from 2007 to 2012 where he posted a 3.24 ERA.

Misael Siverio toured Safeco Field on Wednesday.

Misael Siverio toured Safeco Field two weeks ago.

He toured Safeco Field two weeks ago after completing his physical, getting to see the clubhouse, training room, video room and of course the field. He’s excited to join the Mariners and is looking forward to spring training in Peoria.

Siverio will take part in Mariners mini-camp in mid-to-late February.

Here’s a quick video (in Spanish) that the Aguilas de Mexicali put together when Siverio joined the team, answering questions about being in Mexicali, striving to reach the Majors and his repertoire.

Mariners Weekly Winter League Report (Nov. 4-10)

Mariners Winter League Report (11.11

Attached is this week’s Mariners Winter League Report.

Robinson Cano Goes 2-for-3 in Japan Series Preview

Robinson Cano collected two hits and scored a run in the MLB All-Stars 8-7 win over a collection of players from the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers last night.

You can read about the game in MLB.com’s Joey Nowak’s recap: MLB Takes Nail-Biter in Japan Series Preview

The game was televised live on MLB Network and will be re-aired at 6 pm Seattle time tonight.

Here’s a few video’s of Robinson Cano’s performance last night:

 

Robinson Cano Goes Photo Crazy During His Trip To Japan

You should go along for the ride with Robinson Cano’s Instagram account. From there you’ll see what he’s seeing and experiencing. Be sure to follow him, but in the meantime, MLB.com’s Cut4 has put together some of his best pictures here: Robinson Cano Goes Photo Crazy During His Trip To Japan.

Here’s a schedule of the upcoming Japan All-Star Series which will all be carried on MLB Network:

• Wednesday: Game No. 1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Thursday: Travel day
• Friday: Game No. 2 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Saturday: Game No. 3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Sunday: Game No. 4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 p.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Monday: Travel day
• Tuesday, Nov. 18: Game No. 5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo (2 a.m. PT/5 a.m. ET)
• Wednesday, Nov. 19: Travel day
• Thursday, Nov. 20: Exhibition game vs. Samurai Japan, Okinawa Cellular Stadium, Okinawa (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)

MLB All-Stars Arrive for Japan All-Star Series 2014

Major League Baseball’s All-Stars have arrived for the Japan All-Star Series 2014 and the players are already taking part in ceremonies before the games begin.

The Mariners are being represented by second baseman Robinson Cano, starter Hisashi Iwakuma and interpreter Antony Suzuki during the All-Star Series. The games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome).  Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).

Yasiel Puig, John Farrell, Robinson Cano & Hisashi Iwakuma took part in the All-Star series welcome party ceremony.

Yasiel Puig, John Farrell, Robinson Cano & Hisashi Iwakuma took part in the All-Star series welcome party ceremony.

Robinson Cano took part in the sake barrel ceremony which represents harmony and good fortune.

Robinson Cano took part in the sake barrel ceremony which represents harmony and good fortune.

MLB Network will exclusively televise every game of the Japan All-Star Series live in the United States, beginning with the exhibition game on Tuesday, November 11th at 4:00 a.m. (ET).  MLB.TV subscribers also will be able to watch every game live and on-demand across any of its supported devices, including via the MLB.com At Bat app.  The games will be called live by a rotating on-air team of MLB Network announcers that includes play-by-play by Paul Severino and analysis from Mark DeRosa and Darryl Hamilton.  Each game will re-air later the same day at 9:00 p.m. (ET).

The MLB All-Stars posed for a team picture in Japan.

The MLB All-Stars posed for a team picture in Japan.

MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo checked in with the team and posted his feature: Major Leaguers rest up after landing in Osaka.

If you’re looking for a players perspective of this trip (in pictures), be sure to follow Robinson Cano on instagram (RobinsonCano).

Here are a few of his updates since arriving.

Here are some photos from the welcome party as well as the team photo at Koshien Stadium.

Chris Young Sweeps Comeback Player of the Year Awards

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Mariners pitcher Chris Young was named MLB’s American League Comeback Player of the Year. The award is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and presented annually to one player in each League who has reemerged on the field during the season.

The 30 club beat reporters from MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, selected the winners from an original list of 30 candidates (one per MLB Club).

Young, 35, returned to the Majors for the first time since 2012 to go 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA (67 ER, 165.0 IP) in 30 games/29 starts with the Mariners. The 6-10 right-hander did not pitch in the Majors in 2013 after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. From 2009-2012, Young made just 42 Major League starts battling various shoulder injuries.

The right-hander was also named the Sporting News American League Comeback Player of the Year on Oct. 20 and the Players Choice American League Comeback Player of the Year on Nov. 3.

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