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Mariners Acquire 1B Adam Lind From Milwaukee

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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto today announced from the Baseball Winter Meetings that the Mariners acquired first baseman Adam Lind from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki and Freddy Peralta.

“Adam lengthens our line-up as a first baseman who gives us on-base percentage and power,” Dipoto said. “First base was a spot we came here looking to fill, and we feel that Adam is a good fit for us.”

Lind, 32, had a .360 on-base percentage to go along with a .460 slugging average (.820 OPS) last season, collecting 32 doubles, 20 home runs and 87 RBI in 149 games. He played 138 games (including 134 starts) at first base. Adam’s 66 walks were 7 more than any Mariners player in 2015 (N. Cruz, 59), while his on-base percentage would have ranked second on the team behind Cruz (.369).

Lind led the Brewers in games, doubles, RBI and walks, and produced his fifth career season of 20 or more homers. All 20 of his homers came off right-handed pitching. Adam hit .336 (44-for-131) with runners in scoring position last season.

Lind, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound left-handed hitter, has an .880 OPS against right-handers since 2009, and his .912 OPS against right-handers since 2013 is 12th-best in the Majors over the past three years.

Since making his Major League debut in 2006, Lind is a career .274 hitter with 228 doubles, 12 triples, 166 home runs and 606 RBI in 1,102 games with the Blue Jays (2006-2014) and Milwaukee (2015). His career on-base percentage is .332 to go along with a .466 slugging mark (.797 career OPS).

Herrera, 19, began professional career with the DSL Mariners-1 in 2015, going 4-2 with a 3.26 ERA (29 ER, 80.0 IP) in 14 starts. He limited opponents to a .228 (68×298) average, while walking 13 and striking out 73. He was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 21, 2014.

Missaki, 19, was limited to only 6 starts due to an injury with Single-A Clinton in 2015. He was placed on the 7-day disabled list on May 7 and underwent surgery to repair UCL in right elbow (Tommy John). Missaki was originally signed by Seattle as a non-drafted free agent on May 6, 2013. Over three seasons in the minor leagues he is 7-6 with a 3.41 ERA (40 ER, 106.0 IP) in 24 games, 20 starts.

Peralta, 19, went 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA (26 ER, 57.0 IP) in 11 games, 9 starts with the Mariners in the Arizona League. He limited opponents to a .242 (52×215) average, while walking 8 and striking out 67 in 57.0 innings. Peralta was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on April 18, 2013. Over parts of 3 minor leagues season he is 6-12 with a 3.58 ERA (65 ER, 163.1 IP) in 36 games, 31 starts.

To make room on the Major League, 40-man roster, the Mariners have designated infielder Andy Wilkins for assignment. Seattle has 10 days to trade, release or outright Wilkens to the minors.

With today’s transactions the Mariners 40-man roster remains at 40 players.

Mariners Acquire RHP Evan Scribner from Oakland

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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto today announced from the Baseball Winter Meetings that the Mariners acquired right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill.

With today’s transaction the Mariners 40-man, Major League roster is now full at 40 players.

“Evan brings us another experienced Major League reliever who has exhibited strong control of the strike zone as well as the ability to miss bats,” Dipoto said. “He’ll compete for a spot in our Major League bullpen.”

Scribner, 30, was 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA in a career-high 54 appearances for Oakland in 2015. He struck out 64 hitters in 60.0 innings pitched while walking just 4 (out of 238 batters faced). His 16-to-1 strikeout ration last season led all Major League relievers, as did his 0.60 walks per 9.0 innings pitched.

Scribner missed the month of September with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle.

Scribner has pitched in the Majors for parts of five seasons with Oakland (2012-2015) and San Diego (2011). In his big league career, he is 5-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 125 relief appearances. He’s struck out 134 batters while walking only 27 in 147.2 innings pitched.

Cochran-Gill, 22 (turns 23 on Dec. 10), went 6-5 with 6 saves and 4.18 ERA in a 45 games, 1 start combined between Single-A Bakersfield, Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma in his first full season as a professional in 2015. He limited opponents to a .255 (70×275) average, while walking 37 and striking out 51 in 75.1 innings in relief. Cochran-Gill was originally selected by Seattle in the 17th round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Auburn University. Over 2014 and 2015 he has combined to go 11-5 with 18 saves and a 2.91 ERA (36 ER, 111.2 IP) in 70 games, 1 start.

Baseball Winter Meetings – Day 2

GM Jerry Dipoto checks in with the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune and Mariners.com.

GM Jerry Dipoto checks in with the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune and Mariners.com.

Nashville might be a center of the music industry, earning the name “Music City,” but this week it has turned into “Baseball City.”

The baseball world descended on Nashville this past weekend and will remain there until after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning.

The Mariners contingent, which includes General Manager Jerry Dipoto and his crew, is working diligently in trying to elevate the floor of the roster and fill in the gaps where needed.

As I’m sure you’ve read, the Mariners acquired left-hander Wade Miley and right-hander Jonathan Aro from the Red Sox yesterday.

“Wade provides stability to our rotation,” Dipoto said. “He takes his starts. We’re raising the floor. One way of the other, you’re going to have to throw 1,450 innings in a season and, hey, they have to come from somewhere.”

Dipoto continues to work to improve the club and checked in with MLB Network, MLB Network Radio and of course our local beat crew from the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune and Mariners.com.

Each day, Dipoto meets with Greg Johns, Ryan Divish and Bob Dutton to give them an idea of what the club is looking to accomplish. Here are a few of the nuggets that came out of those talks.

One thing we’ve learned about Jerry in the short time he’s been the Mariners GM, you never know when the next roster move is coming. Keep watching MLB Network, reading reports from your favorite media members and checking back on this blog for the latest news about the Mariners roster.

A pre-Winter Meetings primer on the Mariners busy offseason

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For those of you scoring along at home, here’s a guide to the moves that Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto has made so far this offseason.

He’s made six trades, including a six-player swap with the Tampa Bay Rays, signed four free agents, including Thursday’s announcement of the Nori Aoki signing, and claimed two players off waivers. No Major League GM has been more active.

Dipoto admits that these moves are all a case of the sum being greater than the parts. “We’re taking the 10,000 foot view of putting this roster together. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that viewing each trade as a stand-alone is probably not the way to view our offseason,” said Dipoto.

So what exactly is Dipoto’s plan?

Dipoto is focused on strengthening the bullpen, adding speed and defense in the outfield and contact hitters to the lineup. He’s building a roster that is deeper and more versatile, populated with athletic players whose game is built for Safeco Field.

The Trades

The first major move of the offseason was November 5, when Dipoto announced that he’d completed a six-player trade with the Rays. First baseman Logan Morrison, infielder/outfielder Brad Miller and right-handed pitcher Danny Farquhar were swapped for right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league outfielder Boog Powell.

Here’s what Dipoto said about the deal at the time:

“As I said when I was hired, we need to get more flexible, more athletic and build pitching depth. This trade allows us to do all three. Powell brings speed, defense and on-base percentage to the table and could be ready to help us as soon as 2016, while Karns and Riefenhauser give us young, but experienced, pitching options.”

Six days later, he acquired veteran reliever Juaquin Benoit from the Padres for minor leaguers Enyel De Los Santos and Nelson Ward.

A few days after that, Dipoto made a deal with the Texas Rangers for outfielder Leonys Martin and right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass in exchange for reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, outfielder James Jones and a player to be named later (Patrick Kivlehan).

The next week, Milwaukee Brewers infielder Luis Sardiñas came to Seattle in exchange for outfielder Ramon Flores.

Wednesday, it was announced that Mark Trumbo and pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser (from the Tampa trade) were going to Baltimore in exchange for veteran catcher Steve Clevenger. This signing, along with the Chris Iannetta signing, give the Mariners sudden strength at a position that had been a weakness the last few years.

Friday, Dipoto announced that he’d traded right-handed pitcher Jose Ramirez, who was acquired from the Yankees in the Dustin Ackley trade, to the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named later and cash. This deal, although small, frees up a roster spot and gives Dipoto the flexibility to continue his wheeling and dealing.

The Free Agents

Nori Aoki—The left-handed hitting outfielder will free up Nelson Cruz for more DH at-bats. Aoki’s 2015 season with the Giants was hampered by injuries, but he is known for discipline at the plate and ranks among the most consistent hitters in the game. Dipoto envisions Aoki as the leadoff hitter.

Franklin Gutierrez—Coming off a terrific come-back 2015 season, Gutierrez signed a one-year deal for 2016. Guti will primarily split time at the corners in the outfield. He brings speed, athleticism and power to the lineup.

Chris Iannetta – The veteran catcher signed a one-year deal with a 2017 option. Iannetta spent the last four seasons with the Angels. He will be the Mariners primary catcher for 2016. With Clevenger now on the roster, Dipoto says Mike Zunino could spend more time at Triple A. However, he admits that a good spring from Zunino could convince him to carry three catchers.

Justin De Fratus – The right-handed reliever spent the last five seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. De Fratus is coming off a down year (Dipoto commented that a lot of Phillies had down years in 2015). Dipoto thinks that has to do with too many innings and too many outings. He sees De Fratus’s role with the Mariners as short, middle innings to take advantage of his plus-fastball and plus-slider, which give him “swing-and-miss” capability.

The Waiver Claims

Andy Wilkins – The first baseman was claimed off waivers from the Orioles. He gives the team a young player (27) with club options. He’ll likely split time at first base with Jesus Montero, whom Dipoto said would be his starting first baseman if the season started today.

Dan Robertson – An outfielder who spent last season in the Angels organization, Robertson has two stints in the Majors (with the Angels and Rangers), where he hit a combined .274 with 33 runs, 11 doubles and 28 RBI in 107 games.

Winter Meetings

With the Winter Meetings about to start, Dipoto promises that he’s not done. Although he admits that there’s a lot less to do now than there was a few weeks ago.

“We need to work at first base, we need to continue to add in our bullpen, and add a new starting pitcher, at least one starting pitcher is a priority for us. Those are three areas of need. But honestly, I’m quite happy with what we’ve done and our ability to create roster depth and flexibility this early in the offseason,” said Dipoto.

Seattle Mariners 2015 Offseason Transactions

  • October 19        Released RHP Logan Kensing
  • November 5      Traded IF Brad Miller, 1B Logan Morrison and RHP Danny Farquhar to Tampa Bay for RHP Nathan Karns, OF Boog Powell and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser
  • November 6      Claimed OF Daniel Robertson (LA Angels) off waivers
  • November 6      Outrighted RHP J.C. Ramirez to minor leagues
  • November 12    Acquired RHP Joaquin Benoit from San Diego in trade for minor league RHP Enyel De Los Santos and minor league IF Nelson Ward
  • November 13    Signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to one-year contract
  • November 16    Traded RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, OF James Jones and a player to be named later (Patrick Kivlehan) to Texas for OF Leonys Martin and RHP Anthony Bass
  • November 20    Designated LHP Danny Hultzen for assignment; outrighted to minor leagues (Nov. 25)
  • November 20    Traded OF Ramon Flores to Milwaukee for IF Luis Sardiñas
  • November 23    Signed free agent C Chris Iannetta
  • November 23    Designated C John Hicks for assignment; claimed by Minnesota off waivers (Dec. 2)
  • December 2       Acquired 1B Andy Wilkins off waivers from Baltimore
  • December 2       Signed free agent RHP Justin De Fratus
  • December 2       Designated LHP Edgar Olmos for assignment; claimed by Chicago-NL off waivers (Dec. 4)
  • December 2       Traded OF Mark Trumbo and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser to Baltimore for C Steve Clevenger
  • December 3       Signed OF Nori Aoki to a one-year contract with mutual vesting option for 2017 season
  • December 4       Traded RHP Jose Ramirez to Atlanta for a player to be named later and cash considerations

Twitter Takeover with Jerry Dipoto

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It’s no secret to the baseball world that Jerry Dipoto has been busy since taking the reigns at Safeco Field. In his two months as Mariners GM, Dipoto has made five trades, signed three free agents and claimed two players off waivers in an effort to revamp the roster in his vision, all before heading into next week’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sandwiched between yesterday’s flurry of moves and today’s signing of Nori Aoki, he somehow found time to sit down and answer questions from fans on Twitter. Jerry weighed in on his team-building philosophies, his time in Seattle, his favorite Christmas movie and everything in between. At one point, #AskDipoto was even trending in Seattle.

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Here’s a recap of his answers:

All good things must eventually come to end. After a solid 30 minutes of answering questions, Jerry had to get back to work.

In fact, less than an hour after wrapping things up with fans on Twitter, it was officially announced that Nori Aoki had signed with the club for the 2016 season with an option for 2017.

Thanks again to everyone that participated in today’s chat.

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Mariners Sign Outfielder Nori Aoki

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Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has signed free agent outfielder Norichika Aoki [pronunciation noer-EECH-kuh AH-oh-kee]to a one-year contract with a vesting mutual option for the 2017 season.

Aoki, 33, a veteran of four Major League and eight (Japanese) Central League seasons, hit .287 (102×355) with 42 runs scored, 12 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs, 26 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 93 games with the San Francisco Giants in 2015. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound left-handed batter, finished 11th with a .353 on-base percentage among National League outfielders last season (min. 350 AB). Aoki’s .357 on-base percentage as a leadoff hitter also ranked as the 4th-highest in the NL (min. 300 AB), overall batting .291 (94×323) with 39 runs scored, 11 doubles, 2 triples,4 home runs, 23 RBI, 27 walks and 13 stolen bases batting in the leadoff position.  He hit .344 (22×77) with 2 doubles and 21 RBI with runners in scoring position, including a .472 (17×46) clip with 2 doubles and 18 RBI with runners in scoring position and 2 outs. Aoki was limited to only 93 games, including appearing in only 12 of the Giants final 42 games, after suffering a concussion that landed him on the disabled list from Aug. 13-20. He was also on the disabled list with a fractured right fibula from June 24-July 27.

Aoki has been the model of consistency since signing with the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the 2012 season after playing eight seasons with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows (2004-11).  The past four seasons Nori has hit .288 with a .355 OBP; .286 and .356 OBP; .285 with a 349 OBP; and .287 with a .353 OBP.

In 2012, he finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year voting, after hitting .288 with 10 home runs, 50 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 151 games with the Brewers.

Over 4 seasons in the Major Leagues with Milwaukee (2012-13), Kansas City (2014) and San Francisco (2015), Aoki is batting .287 (563×1963) with 266 runs scored, 91 doubles, 16 triples, 24 home runs, 156 RBI, 171 walks and 81 stolen bases in 531 career games. His 123 infield hits in his MLB career are the 3rd-most in the Majors since the start of 2012.

Aoki hit .329 with 84 home runs, 385 RBI and 164 stolen bases during his career in Japan. He won the Central League’s batting championship three times: 2005 (.344), 2007 (.346) and 2010 (.358), and hit over .300 in seven of his eight seasons in the league.

Nori was a seven-time Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star (Central League, 2005-11), a seven-time recipient of the Best Nine Award (Japanese equivalent of the Silver Slugger Award), a six-time Mitsui Gold Glover in center field (2006-11) and was the 2005 Central League Rookie of the Year. He is the only player in Nippon Professional Baseball history with two 200-hit seasons (2005 & 2010). Aoki was also a member of both of Japan’s World Baseball Classic championship teams in 2006 and 2009, including being named to the World Baseball Classic All-Tournament Team in 2009. He also played in all nine games in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as Japan’s starting center fielder, batting .294 (10×34) with 5 runs scored and 7 RBI.

Aoki will become the ninth Japanese-born player to wear a Mariners uniform, joining outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2001-12), infielder Munenori Kawasaki (2012), catcher Kenji Johjima (2006-09), and right-handed pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma (2012-current), Masao Kida (2004-05), Shigetoshi Hasegawa (2002-05), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000-03) and Mac Suzuki (1996-99).

Jerry Dipoto on Busy Offseason So Far

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Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto has been the busiest GM in baseball, and the Winter Meetings are still to come.

Since he arrived, Dipoto has made five trades, signed three free agents and claimed two players off waivers.

Yesterday, it was announced the Mariners acquired catcher Steve Clevenger from Baltimore in exchange for 1B/OF Mark Trumbo and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, who was acquired in the six-player deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. He also signed free agent relief pitcher Justin De Fratus to a one-year deal and picked up infielder Andy Wilkins off waivers from Baltimore.

Dipoto held a conference call with media where he discussed the latest moves as well as his busy offseason so far. Here are some quotes from the session.

Trumbo for Clevenger deal gives us…

“The opportunity to bring in a left-hand hitting back-up catcher and create enough payroll and roster flexibility to do some other things as we head into the Hot Stove version of the offseason. I explained all this to Mark. He understood it. He’s going to a good environment.”

Jesus Montero

“If the season started today, he’ll be our first baseman. He’s done enough at the Triple A level to warrant a full-time look, now it’s up to us to figure out how to play someone with him to upgrade the position. There’s not much else he can do in the minor leagues. It’s his time to show what he can do at the Major League level, whether it’s here or elsewhere.”

Montero and Wilkins at First Base

“Picking up Andy Wilkins, he’s 27 for the 2016 season. He’s proven his abilities in Triple A. He gives us a nice two-options player who has upper levels experience and could pair with Jesus (Montero) if the season started today. And our goal between now, today, and Opening Day is going to be to add to that and create a situation where those guys become part of a solution instead of a singular solution.”

Steve Clevenger

“Part of the appeal with Steve is he can swing the bat. He has been an excellent offensive player. He can hit. During his minor league tenure, he was I think a .315 career minor league hitter. He’s always been an on-base guy. It’s more a singles, gaps type with double power over home runs. He can get on base. He’s always done that. And appears to have turned the corner at the Major Leagues. He gives us a catcher/first base/DH type. He’s actually played other positions throughout the course of his minor league career, but we don’t intend to expand his positions beyond those three. But we do intend to give him the opportunity to contribute at each of those three during the course of the season.”

Mike Zunino

“Along with Chris Iannetta and Steve Clevenger, this does allow us to send Mike back to Tacoma to start the season, if that’s what we choose to do. But he still has the opportunity to come in and win playing time. Because Steve Clevenger is versatile enough to play first base if need be, the possibility also exists to carry all three, Chris, Steve and Mike, provided that Mike warrants that type of situation. Our preference would be to give him the opportunity to start at Triple A, unless he forces the issue as a Major League roster player in the spring. Which is very possible. He’s a very talented guy and we still count him as a very large part of what we’re doing in the future.”

A whole lot of catchers

“Jesus Sucre is in a position now where he’s going to have to compete for a roster spot in Spring Training. He’s still an optionable player who we like what he brings defensively very much. With Iannetta and Clevenger, Zunino and even Steve Baron, I think we’ve created enough depth catching-wise that what looked to be a very significant weakness at the start of the offseason is turning into closer to a strength.”

Justin De Fratus

“In 2014, Justin De Fratus was an excellent Major League reliever. Obviously, he had a rough year last year. He’s got two ‘plus’ pitches. He’s got a plus fastball, plus slider. He’s been a performer. He’s performed down in his minor league career, he’s been a performer in periods of time at the Major League level and put it together for the full 2014 season.”

“We felt like there were some ‘usability’ issues last year that we might be able to find better ways to get the most out of him. We’re not looking for him to be a long or multi-inning reliever, but rather a short reliever and just let his stuff play. He’s a guy who will throw 91 to 95, with a slider he’s always had swing and miss capability. He’s coming off a down year, there’s no getting around that. But that’s what made him available at 28 years old.”

Putting the pieces together

“We’re taking the 10,000 foot view of putting this roster together. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that viewing each trade as a stand-alone is probably not the way to view our offseason.”

More work to do…

“We felt good about the way the roster ended up, but we’re not quite there yet. We’ve committed to tendering contracts to the rest of the guys on the roster and we feel good about where we are. It’s starting to come together but there will be further change. We need to work at first base, we need to continue to add in our bullpen, and add a new starting pitcher, at least one starting pitcher is a priority for us. Those are three areas of need, but honestly, I’m quite happy with what we’ve done and our ability to create roster depth and flexibility this early in the offseason. Heading into the Winter Meetings, we have a lot less to do.”

 

Mariners Sign RHP Justin De Fratus

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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced the club has signed free agent reliever Justin De Fratus to a one-year contract.

“Justin gives us another young, Major League-ready arm in the mix for our bullpen,” Dipoto said.  “He brings us one step closer to the type of depth we believe is required to be truly competitive in this league.  Justin remains a young pitcher with good stuff who has been both durable and resilient as a Major Leaguer, while also being just one year removed from an excellent 2014 season.”

De Fratus, 28, has spent his entire career in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, drafted in the 11th round out of Ventura College (CA) in 2007. The 6-4, 225-pound right-hander was signed by then Phillies scout Tim Kissner, now the Mariners Director of International Operations.

Justin has been used exclusively as a relief pitcher the Major Leagues during the 2011-2015 seasons, making a total of 191 appearances, including 173 over the last three years.  He was 0-2 with a 5.51 ERA in 61 appearances in 2015. His best season was 2014 when he was 3-2 with a 2.39 ERA for the Phillies in 54 appearances (12 walks and 49 strikeouts) with a 1.082 WHIP.

 

Mariner Acquire Catcher Steve Clevenger from the Orioles

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The Mariners acquired catcher Steve Clevenger from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo and left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser.

Clevenger, 29, split the 2015 season between the Orioles and Triple-A Norfolk in the International League.  In two stints with the Orioles last season he hit .287 (29×101) with 11 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 15 RBI in 30 games (May 26-June 4 & Aug. 14-end of season). He also appeared in 75 games with Norfolk, and was named the International League All-Star team, batting .305 (80×262) with 28 runs scored, 11 doubles, 4 home runs and 32 RBI in 75 games.

Clevenger began his career as a middle infielder after being selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 7th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Chipola College (Marianna, FL). He was converted to catcher after his first professional season in 2007. He made his Major League debut with the Cubs on September 26, 2011 vs. the San at San Diego (0x3) and spent parts of three seasons with the Cubs before being traded to Baltimore along with RHP Scott Feldman in exchange for RHP Jake Arrieta, RHP Pedro Strop and international signing bonus slots 3 and 4 on July 2, 2013. Over parts of five seasons in the Majors with Chicago-NL (2011-13) and Baltimore (2013-15), he is batting .228 (95×416) with 30 runs scored, 26 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs and 41 RBI over 148 career games.  Clevenger has a career .310 (769×2477) average with 321 runs scored, 155 doubles, 11 triples, 34 home runs and 348 RBI in 733 games over 10 seasons in the minor leagues.

Trumbo was acquired by Seattle along with LHP Vidal Nuño as part of 6-player trade with Arizona in exchange for RHP Dominic Leone, C Welington Castillo, OF Gabby Guerrero & INF Jack Reinheimer on June 3. Combined between Arizona and Seattle, Trumbo hit .262 (133×508) with 62 runs scored, 23 doubles, 3 triples, 22 home runs and 64 RBI in 142 games.  Riefenhauser, 25, was acquired by the Mariners as part of a six-player trade along with RHP Nathan Karns and OF Boog Powell from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for 1B Logan Morrison, INF/OF Brad Miller and RHP Danny Farquhar on November 5. He made 17 appearances over four separate stints with the Rays in 2015, combining for a 1-0, 5.52 mark, all in relief. He appeared in 29 games (all in relief) with AAA Durham, posting a 4-2, 2.86 mark with 1 save (11 ER, 34.2 IP).

Mariners Winter League Update (Nov. 23-29)

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