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Mariners add Hart, Morrison

Welcome to Seattle, Corey & Logan.

It has been a busy few days around Safeco Field. Less than 24 hours after introducing All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced that the club has signed infielder/outfielder Corey Hart and acquired infielder/outfielder Logan Morrison from the Miami Marlins in exchange for relief pitcher Carter Capps.

Hart, 31, is a two-time All-Star (2008 & 2010) hitting .276 with 154 HR and 508 RBI in 945 games with the Brewers (2004-12). His 87 home runs between 2010-2012 ranked 6th-best in the National League and his .514 slugging percentage ranked 11th during that span.

Morrison, 26, hit .242 (71×293) with 32 runs, 13 doubles, 4 triples, 6 home runs and 36 RBI in 85 games last season after returning from the disabled list in June (right knee surgery). He appeared almost exclusively at first base, playing 79 games at first, starting 78. In parts of four Major League seasons, he has batted .249 (322×1295) with 159 runs scored, 73 runs, 16 triples, 42 home runs and 162 RBI in 363 games. He has appeared in 240 games in left field (238 starts) and 101 games at first base (95 starts).

Both players will be introduced in a news conference at 1 p.m. today, live on

#HelloCano: Mariners sign All-Star second baseman

Welcome to Seattle Robinson Cano

Welcome to Seattle Robinson Cano

It’s official: Robinson Cano is a Seattle Mariner. The five-time All-Star (to go along with five Silver Sluggers and two Gold Gloves) will be introduced in a press conference at 3 p.m. this afternoon. You can follow live on ROOT SPORTS, 710 ESPN Seattle or

Be sure to check the blog throughout the day as we update with photos, quotes and other highlights from Cano’s first official day as a Seattle Mariner.

Check out the full press release below:


Cano is a five-time All-Star with five Silver Sluggers and two Gold Gloves.

SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to a multi-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We have made a major commitment to a player who is one of the most dynamic in Major League Baseball,” Zduriencik said. “And Robinson has made a commitment to the Seattle Mariners organization and to the City of Seattle. We have stayed true to our plan of building our organization from the ground up through the amateur draft and player development, and now have had the opportunity to add an All-Star player through free agency.”

Cano, 31, has established himself as one of the best overall players in baseball over the last few years. He is a five-time All-Star, including the American League starter at second base each of the last four seasons. He has also won five Silver Slugger Awards (2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and two Gold Gloves (2010, 2012). In nine Major League seasons with the New York Yankees (2005-2013), Cano has combined to bat .309 (1649×5336) with 375 doubles, 28 triples, 204 home runs and 822 RBI in 1,374 games. His team record in games played is 797-577 (.580), the second-highest winning percentage (min. 1,000 G) by an active player (Derek Jeter – .598: 1,556-1,044-2).

“I am really happy to be here in Seattle and look forward to helping the Mariners organization win a championship and bring a World Series trophy to the Pacific Northwest,” Cano said.

Last season, Cano batted .314 (190×605) with 41 doubles, 27 home runs and 107 RBI in 160 games with the Yankees. It was his fifth consecutive season with 40 or more doubles and 25 or more home runs, the only player in baseball history to record those statistics in five straight seasons. Only Albert Pujols (7 seasons), Lou Gehrig (6 seasons), Miguel Cabrera (5 seasons), Stan Musial (5 seasons), Hank Greenberg (5 seasons) and Cano have recorded 5 or more seasons in a career with 40 or more doubles and 25 or more home runs.

Over the last five seasons (2009-2013), Cano has combined to bat .314 (978×3118) with 496 runs scored, 224 doubles, 13 triples, 142 home runs, 513 RBI and a .899 OPS (.530 SLG, .369 OBP). His 379 extra base hits over this span are second-most in baseball behind Miguel Cabrera (385), while his 224 doubles are by far the most in baseball (Billy Butler has 2nd-most with 199). His 290 multi-hit games over this stretch are also the most in baseball. He has finished in the top 6 in the voting for AL MVP in each of the last four seasons, including 3rd in 2010, 6th in 2011, 4th in 2012 and 5th in 2013.

Cano has appeared in the postseason in seven of his nine Major League seasons, recording 21 extra base hits (8 HR) in 51 playoff games. He has been selected to play in five All-Star games, including the last four starting for the AL at second base. In 2013, he received 5,369,141 votes, 6th-most among AL players. He has participated in the All-Star Home Run Derby each of the last three seasons, winning the title in 2011 (Chase Field) with 32 home runs.

Cano’s Career Highlights:

  • Elite Player – Since 2009, combined to bat .314 with 379 extra base hits and .899 OPS in 801 games.
  • Homers & Doubles – Recorded at least 25 home runs and 40 doubles in each of the last five seasons, the only player in MLB history to accomplish this in 5 straight seasons.
  • All-Star – Five-time All-Star, starting at second base for the American League the last four seasons (2010-2013).
  • Silver Slugger – Four-time Sliver Slugger Award winner, including each of last four seasons: 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012…5 Silver Slugger Awards at second base are 2nd-most in history behind Ryne Sandberg’s 7 awards.
  • Gold Glove – Won the AL Gold Glove at second base in 2010 and 2012…was a Gold Glove finalist in 2013.
  • World Baseball Classic – Named MVP of the 2013 WBC leading the Dominican Republic to the title…hit .469 (15×32) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 6 RBI in the tournament.
  • Postseason – Appeared in the post season in 7 of 9 seasons in the Majors (11 series)…in 51 postseason games combined to bat .222 (45×203) with 10 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs and 33 RBI…batted .343 (12×35) with 4 HR in 9 playoff games in 2010…part of the 2009 World Championship squad.
  • Iron Man – Over last 7 seasons (since 2007), appeared in 1,120 of 1,134 possible games…ranks 2nd in the Majors in games played since 2007 behind only Prince Fielder (1,126).
  • Safeco Field – .309 hitter (47×152) with 13 doubles, 4 home runs and 20 RBI in 40 games at Safeco Field (.350 OBP, .487 SLG).
  • Home Run Derby – Participated in the All-Star Home Run Derby each of last three seasons, winning in 2012.
  • Awards –AL Player of the Month in September 2006 & April 2010…six-time AL Player of the Week (last: June 25-July 1, 2012).

2014 Hall of Fame Ballot – #EdgarHOF

Edgar Martinez is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the fifth time.

Edgar Martinez is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the fifth time.

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) released the names for the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot today. More than 600  members will vote on the prestigious honor to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

We are of course biased, but this is also the time of year where we want to share the many honors and accolades of our own Edgar Martinez. One of baseball’s best hitters, Edgar is on the 2013-2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ballot for the fifth time. Martinez has earned 36.2 percent of the vote in 2010, 32.9 in 2011, 36.5 in 2012 and 35.9 last year.

Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne, first baseman-designated hitter Frank Thomas and second baseman Jeff Kent join 17 holdovers (including Edgar) from the 2013 ballot. Writers must return ballots by a Dec. 31 postmark. . The Class of 2014 will be announced Jan. 8. You can watch the announcement live at noon PT on an MLB Network simulcast on

Here is some fun material to browse through to support what we think was a Hall of Fame career for Edgar:

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Mariners Hire Trent Jewett as Bench Coach

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.

And beat writer Greg Johns caught up with Trent shortly after the announcement.

Here is the official news release that went out to the media this afternoon:

Mariners Spring Training Intro Video

Something new for 2013 at Peoria Stadium is an intro video that runs right before the Mariners take the field. The video shows highlights from Mariners history, including a lot of current players, and pays tribute to the 20th Anniversary of playing Cactus League games at Peoria Stadium. You can watch the video below:

Spring Training Update (early edition)

Monday, February 11, 2013 / 49 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 56 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

Setting the Scene:
We wanted to get a jump-start on the spring blog updates, well, because we are down here and we had a chance to snap a few photos (and set up our offices for the next 7 weeks). Tomorrow the Pitchers and Catchers are scheduled to report to camp for physicals, and the first day on the field will be bright and early Wednesday. There were still a lot of players milling around the clubhouse getting workouts in and setting up their lockers. Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager – who are all situated next to each other in the clubhouse — were among the position players going through workouts today. Several pitchers did some light tossing, with a few donning winter caps (see weather note below).

It was a very Seattle-like gray day here in Peoria, even with a few sprinkles which is rare for the Valley of the Sun. A lot of the locals were complaining how “cold” it was, complete with a few winter jackets that looked like they had to be dusted off. Temperatures hovered in the mid to high 40’s, with overnight lows expected in the mid 30’s. Kind of crazy for Arizona, but it is forecasted to reach the mid 60’s by Tuesday and Wednesday, and then the 70’s by midweek.

New BP Caps:
As players arrive, they are all issued new workout gear and the freshly designed BP cap. Players gave the new look a thumbs up. You can see a few pictures of the new cap in the photo gallery below. The new BP caps will be available for purchase on and at Spring Training sites starting next week, and at all major retailers beginning in March.

Tweet of the Day:

On Tap Tomorrow (Feb. 12):
Pitchers and catchers will report for physicals tomorrow, so it will be a long day for the medical staff. The exams are scheduled to begin at 10:30 am and finish well after 6 pm. The players will officially hit the field at 9:30 am (Arizona time) on Wednesday.

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Mariners Add Spring Training Game in Tucson

The Mariners have added a spring training game, returning to the old Cactus League stomping grounds of Tucson to play the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, March 16 at 1:05 p.m. at Kino Stadium (formerly known as Tucson Electric Park). You can visit for the complete Spring Training schedule.

The Mariners will play the Brewers March 16 at Tucson's Kino Stadium.

The game will be a split-squad contest, as the Mariners also play the A’s that evening at 7:05 p.m. at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

The Mariners used to make the trip South on I-10 to Tucson at least once each spring from 1977-2010 when the Cleveland Indians (until 1992 at Hi Corbett Field), Colorado Rockies (1993-2010 at Hi Corbett Field), Chicago White Sox (1998-2008 at Tucson Electric Park) and Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2010) all trained in The Old Pueblo.

– JE

Greetings from Peoria, Arizona

It feels like the 2011 season just ended, but here we are having landed in Phoenix, AZ, and arrived at the Mariners side of the Peoria Sports Complex today for the start of another great year of baseball. When the Mariners have their first official workout of the spring on Sunday, we’ll be the only Cactus League team, or Major League team for that matter, to be open for camp.

Seattle Mariners Administrative Offices in Peoria Arizona

A few players have already arrived including RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, LHP Jason Vargas, INF Alex Liddi and C Adam Moore and many more will be trickling in before their scheduled physicals on Saturday.

Carlos Guillen, Dustin Ackley, Brendan Ryan, Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak and Mike Carp have their lockers ready for camp.

The fields are not completely empty. The Doosan Bears, a professional baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea, have been working out at the complex and will continue to work out here until February 19 in preparation for their regular season.

The Doosan Bears, a professional baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea, will be practicing at the Peoria Sports Complex ahead of their regular season.

It should be an interesting first few days being the only team in the Cactus League. With RHP Hisashi Iwakuma and INF Munenori Kawasaki joining Ichiro on the Mariners and with RHP Yu Darvish joining the Texas Rangers just down the road, we expect to have a higher-than-normal influx of Japanese media.

Here’s a quick run-down of what the schedule looks like for the Mariners in the next few days.

Important Spring Training Dates


Feb 10

Major League Camp Coaches Meeting


Feb 11

Major League Staff Meeting / Pitchers/Catchers Physicals


Feb 12

First Workout – Pitchers/Catchers


Feb 15

Minor League Mini Camp players report (more on this next week)


Feb 16

Mini Camp Physicals


Feb 17

Physicals Position Players / First Mini Camp Workout


Feb 18

First Full Squad Workout

– FA


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