Tonight a special Winter Meetings edition of the Mariners “Hot Stove League” show will air on 710 ESPN Seattle from 7:00-9:00 pm. Broadcasters Rick Rizzs and Mike Blowers will host the two-hour show with 710 ESPN Seattle’s Shannon Drayer and Matt Pitman. The show will originate live from the Mariners Team Store at Bellevue Square, with GM Jack Zduriencik and the Mariner Moose are also scheduled make appearances at Bellevue Square.
There is obviously a lot of Mariners and MLB news to talk about, from the Robinson Cano and Corey Hart signings, and the trade for Logan Morrison. Be sure to tune to listen to interviews with Morrison, Hart, Cano and much more.
The Hot Stove League will resume on Tuesday, January 7 on 710 ESPN, and continue every Tuesday until it morphs into the Cactus League Report on February 25.
Listen to tonight’s show live on 710 ESPN Seattle or online here: http://mlb.com/sea/fan_forum/hotstove.jsp
There was a little bit of baseball news today as new manager Lloyd McClendon began putting his coaching staff together by hiring Trent Jewett. Trent has spent the last three seasons on the Washington Nationals coaching staff. He was the Nationals third base coach in 2013 and prior to that spent one-and-a-half seasons as the first base coach.
Jewett and McClendon have history together, as the two were on the Pittsburgh Pirates coaching staff from 2001-2002 when Lloyd was the Pirates manager. In addition to serving as a Major League coach with the Pirates and Nationals, Trent managed 17 seasons in the minor leagues. He compiled a 1,178-1,165 record for a .503 winning percentage, spending 12 of his 17 seasons at the Triple-A level, and in 2007 was selected by Baseball America as the International League’s “Best Manager Prospect.”
A few baseball writers chimed in on the hiring of Jewett.
Here is the official news release that went out to the media this afternoon:
There was a lot of activity at Safeco Field today, which means the Hot Stove League is more than fired up. In addition to the great news that Hisashi Iwakuma has been named one of three finalists for the AL Cy Young Award, and Raul Ibanez winning the Hutch Award, we also named a new manager.
Lloyd McClendon will take over as skipper of the Mariners beginning in 2014. The former Pittsburgh Pirates manager and Detroit Tigers hitting coach, McClendon brings over 34 years of professional baseball experience to Seattle. We are looking forward to meeting Lloyd when he is introduced to the Seattle media on Thursday.
In the meantime, here is the news release that went out to the media today.
The Mariners have made a qualifying offer to Kendrys Morales.
So what exactly does that mean?
Here is a primer of what that qualifying offer means courtesy of ESPN.com and MLB.com:
For those who need to brush up on this concept, the qualifying offer was a new concept last offseason, and it works like this: Make a player an offer equal to that of the average of the top 125 player salaries and if he doesn’t accept, you get a supplemental first-round pick in next year’s amateur draft. Sign a player that received a qualifying offer, you lose a pick, either in the first round if you don’t have a protected pick (one of the top 10 selections in the draft) or your next available pick.
This year, a qualifying offer is $14.1 million, so any player who accepts a qualifying offer will be under contract for 2014 at that salary. The risk of a player accepting is balanced, however, by the value of that additional draft pick you might gain.
Morales – and the rest of the MLB players that were extended qualifying offers – have until next Monday (November 11) to decide whether to accept the offer and return on a one-year deal, or decline it, and become a free agent.
Morales, 30, batted .277 (167×602) while leading the team in batting average, hits (167), doubles (34), RBI (80), multi-hit games (46) and extra base hits (57) in his first season with the Mariners. His 23 home runs (2nd-most on the team) were the second-most in his career trailing 34 hit with the Angels in 2009.
Have you voted yet? Yes, King County election day is tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 5), but while you are thinking of voting be sure to fill out our online ballot for the 2013 Major League Baseball GIBBY Awards (Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards).
MLB’s A-listers will take home 2013 GIBBY trophies — the ultimate honors of the industry’s awards season — based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.
You can vote by clicking on the follow link: 2013 GIBBY Awards
These Mariners are listed in the following categories:
Top Starting Pitcher – Hisashi Iwakuma
Breakout Pitcher – Hisashi Iwakuma
Must C Play – Dustin Ackley sliding catch in center field August 30 at Houston
Must C Moment – Raul Ibañez put a cap on a strong 2013 season with Seattle when he tied Ted Williams’ record for the most home runs by a player age 40 or older September 21 at LAA. The veteran did so with his 29th long ball of the year — and the 300th of his career.
Mariners outfield prospect Stefen Romero wasn’t in the starting lineup for the West squad in the 2013 Arizona Fall League All-Star game, but that didn’t stop him from having a great performance. Romero entered the game in the 6th inning and went 2-for-2 with 2 home runs (both to the opposite field) with 3 RBI.
In a story by MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo, Romero talked about his big performance.
“I was just trying square the ball up,” said Romero, who helped the West beat the East, 9-2. “Coming in, I knew we were up early. I felt like they were going to try to get ahead of me early. Luckily, my first at-bat, I jumped on a fastball right away up in the zone. Luckily, it went out, a wall-scraper. Second at-bat, I just wanted to be a little more patient. Fortunately, he got a slider up and I did the same thing.”
Here is a video from MLB.com of Romero’s home runs:
The eighth annual Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game will take place tomorrow at 5 p.m. PT and can be viewed on MLB Network and MLB.com. The game formerly known as the Rising Stars Game, will be played at Surprise Stadium.
A pair of Mariners off the Peoria Javelinas roster were selected to play in the game, outfielder Stefen Romero and right-handed relief pitcher Carson Smith. Due to hitting his innings limit for the season, Smith will not participate in the game and will be shut down for the remainder of the winter.
Romero, 25, hit .277 (104×375) with 23 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs and 74 RBI in 93 games with the AAA Tacoma Rainiers last season. The former Oregon State Beaver was the Mariners 2012 Minor League Player of the Year.
Smith, 24, went 1-3 with 15 saves and a 1.80 ERA (10 ER, 50.0 IP) in 44 relief appearances with AA Jackson.
The annual exhibition game brings the best of an already talented league together on the field for one game — the AFL’s version of the Futures Game. And if history is any indication, a large number of the prospects on the field will see time in the big leagues in 2014. In 2011 Mariners infielder Nick Franklin was named the game MVP going 4-for-5 with a home run, 2 doubles and 4 RBI. Last fall catcher Mike Zunino, left-handed pitcher James Paxton and Franklin played in the Rising Stars Game.
Be sure to tune in to the MLB Network or MLB.com to watch the game!
First of all, congratulations to the Boston Red Sox on their World Series victory. The Sox and the Cardinals provided a great World Series for all to enjoy.
The Mariners made a few roster moves this morning, with five players automatically becoming free agents. Those players – Endy Chavez, Raul Ibañez, Kendrys Morales, Oliver Perez, Humberto Quintero – automatically became free agents due to Major League Baseball Rules. On the first day following the conclusion of the World Series , all players not under contract for the following season become free agents.
These transactions leave the current 40-man roster at 35 players (see below) with RHP Stephen Pryor still on the 60-day disabled list.
Baseball rules and transactions can be kind of confusing, so we will try to update you and clarify as best we can on this blog throughout the off-season.
So what happens next in the process? The five players listed above are officially considered free agents, and the Mariners have the next five days to exclusively negotiate with them if they so wish. On the 6th day following the World Series (Tuesday), the players may sign with any of the 30 MLB teams (including re-signing with the Mariners).
You’ll see from the rules via Major League Baseball, there is also the matter of a qualifying offer. The deadline for a club to make a qualifying offer to any of its free agents is 2 p.m. PT on the fifth day following the conclusion of the World Series (which in this case is Monday, Nov. 4). A player has until 2 p.m. PT on the seventh day after receiving the offer to accept (latest date would be Monday, Nov. 11). If he does so, it takes him off the free-agent market and keeps him with his 2013 team.
If you have any questions about these transactions, please leave us a comment and we’ll track down an answer for you.
This week on Mariners Mondays on ROOT Sports a look back at two of Felix Hernandez’s gems, including the remarkable Supreme Court Night, Felix’s first home start after the perfect game.
Felix was in King’s Court form at Yankee Stadium on August 4 for his third shutout of the season, a 1-0, two-hit win over the Yankees. It was Felix’s second shutout in five starts at the new Yankee Stadium and it pushed his career ERA there to 1.13, the lowest of any pitcher with at least two starts there.
And of course, we all know that two starts later, Felix threw a perfect game at Safeco Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. Felix’s next scheduled start at Safeco was to be just as memorable.
A sea of 39,000 yellow Supreme Court T-shirts greeted the King when he took the mound on August 21 against the Cleveland Indians. And although he wasn’t perfect, Felix was still dominant with only one run and five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. A four-run 7th inning helped the Mariners to a 5-1 win over the Indians, the Mariners 7th straight victory.
Mariners Mondays looks back at both these great pitching performances tonight on ROOT SPORTS.
Be sure to tune into the Mariners Cactus League Report tonight from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle or Mariners.com. Or, if you are in Arizona for Spring Training, come out and watch the show live and meet some of the players from 6-8 p.m. at the Salty Senorita near the Mariners Spring Training Complex in Peoria.
A star-studded lineup is schedule for the 2-hour show hosted by Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer, including: Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, Kyle Seager, Charlie Furbush, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, first base coach Mike Brumley and broadcaster Mike Blowers.