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Mariners Place OF Franklin Gutierrez & C Adam Moore on 15-Day DL

MARINERS PLACE OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ & C ADAM MOORE ON 15-DAY DL
Both roster moves are retroactive to March 24.

TOKYO, Japan. – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the following roster moves:

  • OF Franklin Gutierrez placed on 15-day disabled list (retro to March 24)
  • C Adam Moore placed on 15-day disabled list (retro to March 24).

These moves set the Mariners Opening Day 28-man roster.

Gutierrez, 29, was diagnosed with a partial tear of his right pectoral muscle by Mariners Medical Director Dr. Edward Khalfayan. Gutierrez suffered the injury on Tuesday, February 28, making a throw from the outfield during a fielding drill. Gutierrez is being treated non-surgically.

Moore, 27, blocked a ball in the game March 6 vs. the Cincinnati Reds. The ball struck Moore on the right wrist. Moore finished the game (and was 2-for-2 with a double and 2 RBI) and iced the wrist after the game. He arrived at the ballpark March 7 and determined pain remained in the wrist, and it inhibited his ability to swing.  An x-ray exam that day revealed a fracture in the third metacarpal in his right wrist.

Mariners Complete Final Workout Before Opening Day

It was a low-key workout day for the Mariners on the last day before the start of the regular season.

The team bus left the hotel at noon and arrived at the Tokyo Dome around 12:30 for a 1:30 pm workout and soon the Mariners sent out a news release announcing the provisional roster for Opening Day in Japan.

The biggest news item of that release was Munenori Kawasaki being on the roster and the media obviously wanted to hear his thoughts about the honor.

Munenori Kawasaki talks to the media about being included on the Mariners 28-man Opening Day roster.

Some writers had assumed that he made the team yesterday after seeing an emotional Kawasaki in the clubhouse but it was made “official” this afternoon.

Robby Thompson, who filled in for Eric Wedge in the pre-workout news conference, said “he has done a lot of good things for us, he’s full of energy and has passion for the game. He’s a great teammate, all of us love the guy and he’s brought a lot of life to this club.”

Another guy who got good news was right-hander Erasmo Ramirez. After seeing him walk out of the Manager’s office last night with a big smile on his face, it was clear that he had received some good news.

Some members of the Mariners including Eric Wedge, Alex Liddi, Hector Noesi and Hisashi Iwakuma missed the workout and instead went to Ishinomaki Stadium where they held a baseball clinic. Check back later for a slide show from this appearance.

Mariners Manager Eric Wedge works with a young child at Ishinomaki Stadium.

Mariners Announce Provisional 28-Man Opening Day Roster

MARINERS ANNOUNCE PROVISIONAL 28-MAN OPENING DAY ROSTER
Final Roster not due to MLB until Wednesday, March 28.

TOKYO, Japan – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced today the Mariners planned 28-man roster for the season opener in Japan.

FINAL ROSTERS ARE NOT DUE TO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL UNTIL 1 PM ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28. The Mariners Opening Day roster will NOT be official until that time.

To move from 30 players (the travel roster to Japan) to 28 eligible players, the Mariners made the following roster moves:

  • OF Carlos Peguero, RHP Chance Ruffin were optioned to AAA Tacoma.
  • C Guillermo Quiroz was re-assigned to minor league camp.

To set the Opening Day roster, the Mariners made the following roster moves:

  • INF Munenori Kawasaki, RHP Kevin Millwood (still in Arizona) and RHP Erasmo Ramirez selected from Tacoma.

The Major League 40-man roster is now at 40 players.

To move from 28 players (the Opening Day Roster) to 25 eligible players, the Mariners made the following moves:

  • RHP Kevin Millwood, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma and RHP Hector Noesi designated as ineligible for the Japan Opening Series vs. the A’s.

Here is a look at the 28-man Opening Day roster (players in italics are not eligible for the first two games):

Pitchers (11+3)
49 BEAVAN, Blake RHP
35 DELABAR, Steve RHP
34 HERNANDEZ, Felix RHP
18 IWAKUMA, Hisashi RHP
23 KELLEY, Shawn RHP
43 LEAGUE, Brandon RHP
25 MILLWOOD, Kevin RHP
45 NOESI, Hector RHP
50 RAMIREZ, Erasmo RHP
54 WILHELMSEN, Tom RHP
41 FURBUSH, Charlie LHP
44 LUETGE, Lucas LHP
52 SHERRILL, George LHP
38 VARGAS, Jason LHP
Catchers (3)
27 JASO, John C
63 MONTERO, Jesus C
30 OLIVO, Miguel C
Infielders (7)
13 ACKLEY, Dustin INF
9 FIGGINS, Chone INF
61 KAWASAKI, Munenori INF
16 LIDDI, Alex INF
26 RYAN, Brendan INF
15 SEAGER, Kyle INF
17 SMOAK, Justin INF
Outfielders (4)
20 CARP, Mike OF
55 SAUNDERS, Michael OF
51 SUZUKI, Ichiro OF
33 WELLS, Casper OF

ITAL – Not eligible for first two games.

Carlos Guillen Announces Retirement

Carlos Guillen, a three-time All Star and veteran of 14 Major League seasons, just announced his retirement from baseball. Guillen was in the Mariners Major League camp as a non-roster invitee, and has been battling a calf injury.

Carlos played 14 seasons in the Majors with Seattle (1998-2003) and Detroit (2004-2011). He finishes his career with a .285 (1331×4673) average with 733 runs, 266 doubles, 51 triples, 124 home runs, 660 RBI in 1,305 Major League games. He has appeared in games at first base (71, 39 starts), second base (84, 82 starts), third base (189, 183 starts), shortstop (856, 817 starts) and left field (48, 48 starts). In a five-season stretch from 2004-2008, Guillen was selected to three All-Star Games (2004, 2007, 2008) and combined to bat .308 (734×2383) with 157 doubles, 30 triples, 75 home runs and 361 RBI.

Guillen made his Major League debut with the Mariners in 1998, and played in 488 total games with Seattle from 1998-2003. He hit .264 (439×1665) with 80 doubles, 16 triples, 29 home runs and 211 RBI in his time with the Mariners. He is possibly best known for his walk-off bunt single in Game #3 of the 2000 American League Division Series vs. the Chicago White Sox. A Mariners moment that will forever go down as one of the best in club history.

We wish the best to Carlos in his future endeavors, and a tip of the cap to a great career.

Carlos Guillen's walk-off bunt single vs. the White Sox in Game #3 of the 2000 ALDS.

Mariners Add Veteran Relievers

The Mariners made a couple of roster moves today, signing free agent relief pitchers Shawn Camp and Hong-Chih Kuo to Major League deals.

You can get all the details and players career statistics via the official news release and in Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns’ article.

What the Mariners essentially did today was bolster their bullpen with a pair of veteran relievers. Here are a couple of fun statistics on both players…

Shawn Camp:
Much has been made of Camp’s groundball rate as one of the best in baseball and that he is a workhorse, appearing in 196 games over the last 3 seasons (3rd-most among AL relievers). We also offer up this little known nugget about Camp and his dominance against the American League West.

  • Overall last 3 seasons, Camp has gone 1-1 with 1 save and a 2.18 ERA (10 ER, 41.1 IP) in 39 appearances vs. the AL West.
  • Since 2009, has not allowed an earned run against the A’s (10.1 IP) and Angels (13.1 IP).

Mariners RHP Shawn Camp. (Getty Images)

Hong-Chih Kuo:
In 2010 with the Dodgers, Kuo led all Major League relief pitchers in ERA (1.20), opponent batting average (.139) and opponent slugging percentage (.192).

  • Kuo is one of only two pitchers in MLB history to record a season with at least 50.0 innings, and hold opponents to a batting average under .150, a slugging percentage under .200, and maintain an ERA under 1.50.
  • The other pitcher was Eric Gagne in 2003 with the Dodgers (55-for-55 in save opportunities, 1.20 ERA, .133 opp avg, .176 opp SLG).

LHP Hong-Chih Kuo signed with Seattle today. (Getty Images)

- JE

Carlos Guillen Returns to Mariners

The Mariners announced today the signing of Carlos Guillen to a minor league contact with an invite to Major League Spring Training. Mariners fans are very familiar with Guillen, as he made his Major League debut with the club in 1998 and played six seasons in the Emerald City (1998-2003).

Here is the official news release and a story by Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns.

Guillen has played in parts of 14 Major League seasons with Seattle (1998-2003) and Detroit (2004-2011). He is a career .285 (1331×4673) hitter with 733 runs, 266 doubles, 51 triples, 124, 660 RBI in 1,305 Major League games. In a five-season stretch from 2004-2008, Guillen was selected to three All-Star Games (2004, 2007, 2008) and combined to bat .308 (734×2383) with 157 doubles, 30 triples, 75 home runs and 361 RBI.

General Manager Jack Zduriencik said this morning that there are a number of things to like about inviting Carlos to spring training and giving him every opportunity to make the club. He noted his versatility in the field, potential middle-of-the-lineup presence, clubhouse leadership and his playoff experience.

Carlos Guillen laid down a perfect squeeze bunt for a walk-off win in Game 3 of the 2000 ALDS in a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Oct. 6, 2000.

And here is an inside look into the Baseball Information side of things when we add a player to the roster with as much experience as Guillen. This stat line alone will take up two pages in the media guide!

- JE

Brian Sweeney Signs Minor League Deal

We were just informed that former Mariner (actually a two-time Mariner) Brian Sweeney has signed a minor league contract with the Mariners. He will not be one of the 25 non-roster invites to Major League Spring Training, and will participate in minor league camp when pitchers and catchers report to Peoria, AZ March 3 (the MLB and non-roster invite Pitchers & Catchers report Feb. 11).

As Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns reported earlier today, Sweeney went 5-5 with a 4.34 ERA in 32 appearances (8 starts) with AAA Buffalo in the New York Mets organization. He participated in Major League Spring Training with the Diamondbacks.

Sweeney came up through the Mariners organization after being signing as a minor league free agent in 1996, and made his Major League debut for Seattle in 2003. In 2010 with the Mariners, he posted a 3.16 ERA (13 ER, 37.0 IP) in 24 relief appearances. He has also played with the San Diego Padres (2004 & 2006) and played three seasons in Japan.

Brian is truly one of the really good guys that has ever worn a Mariners uniform, and we are happy to have him back in the organization.

Brian Sweeney has signed a minor league contract with the Mariners. (Getty)

- JE

Getting to Know Hector Noesi

Now that the dust has settled on the Jesus Montero & Hector Noesi deal, let’s take a moment to get to know Hector a bit, and pronounce his last name — no-eh-SEE.

Noesi made his Major League debut last year at the age of just 24 but he certainly had to wait for his time to come after he was called up. He began the season in the Triple-A before being brought up to New York on April 13. Unfortunately, he was sent back down to the minors on April 22 without ever making an appearance. After he was recalled on May 13, he still had to wait five days before making his MLB debut, but it was worth the wait. Noesi tossed 4.0 shutout innings in a 15-inning affair against the Baltimore Orioles, earning the win in his debut.

Hector Noesi went 2-2 in 30 games with the Yankees last season (Getty Images).

Here’s a fun fact about Noesi’s first game: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hector became the first Yankee to win his first big league appearance in relief while pitching at least 4.0 scoreless innings, and the first Major Leaguer since Jim Brower for Cleveland on 9/5/99 at Baltimore (4.1IP). He was also the first pitcher to do so in an extra-inning game since Kansas City’s Scott Bankhead on 5/25/86 vs. Chicago (AL)

The Esperanza, Dominican Republic native, will enter camp with a shot to be part of the Mariners starting rotation. As you probably already know, Hector split the 2011 season between the Yankees (mostly) bullpen and AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre where he was 1-1 with a 3.28 ERA (9 ER, 24.2 IP) in six games including five starts. Over the course of his minor league career, he is 25-15 with a 3.17 ERA (133 ER, 377.2 IP) with 365 strikeouts (8.7 K/9.0 IP) in 84 appearances including 64 starts.

Noesi might be new to the Mariners organization, but he’ll already be familiar with some of the players that will be joining him in Peoria.

He’ll of course have catcher Jesus Montero with him when he puts on a Mariners uniform for the first time, but he has also been teammates with a number of other Mariners who will join him in Arizona.

Back in 2010, Noesi was named to the World Team of the 2010 All-Star Futures Game where he teamed up with left-handed pitcher Philippe Valiquette (Canada), infielder Alex Liddi (Italy) and outfielder Carlos Peguero (Dominican Republic) to take on the U.S. Team. All four players will be reunited with the Mariners this spring.

Hector spent this offseason playing at home for the Tigres de Licey in the Dominican Winter League where he was 3-3, 2.70 ERA (14 ER, 46.2 IP) with 27 strikeouts in 10 games, all Hector. While there, he continued to get familiar with some future teammates. Joining him on the Licey team were infielder Carlos Triunfel, outfielder Mike Wilson and Peguero.

While Noesi certainly pitched well this winter, he also had other commitments to attend to. According to this report out of the Dominican, Hector used an off-day in the schedule to plan a wedding. You heard that right! With the help of a friend, he purchased a wedding ring, a wedding dress and shoes, all to surprise his future bride with a well-kept secret.

On November 4, 2011, Noesi tossed 5.0 innings while allowing just one unearned run. This might be the only time that he was happy to be lifted from a game and he quickly left the stadium. After his soon-to-be bride, Yeldi, was informed that they were on their way to an activity that they were both invited to, off they went. When they arrived, the surprise of a lifetime came together. Hector and Yeldi were married in front of family and friends.

At some point during the wedding, Noesi was informed that his Tigres had won the game and he was credited with the win.

Not every day that a pitcher gets two wins in one day.

- FA

Mariners Sign Veteran RHP Kevin Millwood

The Mariners have officially signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Millwood to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training. Here is the official news release with a quote from Jack Zduriencik:

SEATTLE, Wash. (Jan. 24, 2012) – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed veteran right-handed pitcher Kevin Millwood to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training.

Millwood, 37, is a veteran of 15 Major League seasons with the Atlanta Braves (1997-2002), Philadelphia Phillies (2003-04), Cleveland Indians (2005), Texas Rangers (2006-09), Baltimore Orioles (2010) and Colorado Rockies (2011). He has compiled a career record of 163-140 with a 4.10 ERA in 423 appearances (415 starts). Amongst active pitchers, Millwood ranks 5th in innings pitched (2,559.1), strikeouts (1,976) and games started (415), 9th in wins (163) and T12th in complete games (21). He also has a no-hitter to his credit on April 27, 2003 against San Francisco when he was with the Philadelphia.

“Kevin brings a great deal of experience as a veteran pitcher and will compete for a spot in our starting rotation,” said Zduriencik. “His leadership and experience will be a benefit for our young pitchers and we look forward to seeing him in spring training.”

Millwood spent one season with Mariners manager Eric Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis with Cleveland in 2005, and won the American League ERA title with a 2.86 mark (61 ER, 192.0 IP).

He split last season between the New York (AL), Boston and Colorado organizations. He made 9 starts with the Rockies from Aug. 10-end of the season, going 4-3 with a 3.98 ERA (24 ER, 54.1 IP). He also pitched for AA Trenton (1-0, 0.00) and AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre (1-1, 8.00) in the Yankees organization and AAA Pawtucket (5-1, 4.28) in the Red Sox organization.

The Mariners have now signed 16 players to minor league contracts with invites to Major League Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers will report to Peoria, AZ for physicals on Feb. 11 (first workout 2/12) and position players are scheduled to report on Feb. 17 (first full-squad workout 2/18).

Kevin Millwood won the 2005 AL ERA title with the Cleveland Indians (Getty Images).

- JE

Meet Jesus Montero

We just got done with the conference call with Jesus Montero and Jack Zduriencik, and we will post some quotes from that shortly here at the blog.

We just got a chance to meet Jesus, and he is a very impressive young man. He is very excited about being a Seattle Mariner and can’t wait to get to Spring Training.

And here is the first photo of Jesus Montero at Safeco Field.

Jesus Montero gets familiar with Safeco Field.

I also had a chance to catch up with Jesus and ask him a few questions:

5 Questions with Jesus Montero:

1. What is your favorite movie? The Terminator

2. Who is your baseball idol? Sammy Sosa

3. What is your favorite kind of music? Salsa

4. How would you like to be known as a player? The complete player who can catch and hit (and with a smile he said for power!)

5. What is your dream car? Lamborghini (he loves the sport of drag racing, but does not participate — too fast he says)

- JE

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