Mariners Notes: Offense, Hernandez, Maurer

Here's the latest from Seattle…

  • The Mariners are again looking to add offense this winter, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). He says free agent hitters are showing a greater willingness to sign with the team now that the Safeco Field fences are moving in.
  • "Think I'll carry around a recording: 'I am not trading Felix Hernandez'," joked GM Jack Zduriencik to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe (Twitter link). This doesn't figure to be the last time we hear that this offseason.
  • Rosenthal says the Mariners view right-hander Brandon Maurer in the same light as top prospects Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, and James Paxton (Twitter links). The 22-year-old pitched to a 3.20 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 137 2/3 innings in Double-A this year.


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14 Comments on "Mariners Notes: Offense, Hernandez, Maurer"


jwsox
2 years 9 months ago

they supposedly have money to spend why not make a run at hamilton and trade for els with some o that crazy pitching depth they have…

2 years 9 months ago

So, Hernandez is available?

CrisE
2 years 9 months ago

Dude, listen to the man. No trade!

But I wonder what they could get for him…

2 years 9 months ago

Are you aware of the concept of sarcasm?

2 years 9 months ago

Tacoma rotation will be Hultzen, Paxton, Maurer, Carraway and probably Noesi, unless of course someone gets traded

2 years 9 months ago

Smoak & Treyvon Robinson to Tampa Bay for pitching. Deal pitching to Washington for Michael Morse, our new 1B and clean up hitter.

Trade Paxton, Vargas & PTBNL to Kansas City for Gordon (our new 3 hole hitter).

Sign Grienke 7 years & Napoli 3 years (1B, C & D.H).

Carp & Wells will be our left/right platoon when Gutierrez gets unjured.

2 years 9 months ago

Can people please stop posting what they do in their video games?

2 years 9 months ago

Just sharing my 2 cents Mario.

2 years 9 months ago

It’s actually Luigi.

WLS
2 years 9 months ago

Guess i don’t play enough video games.

LukeNalooshe
2 years 9 months ago

Morse isn’t going anywhere until WAS figures out where LaRoche is going. What pitcher would you expect in exchange for two below-league average position players (Smoak and Trayvon)? Baseball people see Paxton as a future reliever, Vargas is a FA after 2013 and cannot suppress HR’s, and Alex Gordon is a cornerstone of the Royals franchise. If the Mariners sign Greinke to a 7-year deal (how they would convince a pitcher to pitch for such an anemic offense, with two other more attractive teams within the division is beyond me) after a catastrophic year in terms of attendance, that could severely hamstring Zduriencik’s ability to make moves with 45+ million tied up between Felix/Greinke.

Now Napoli, while it might complicate the well-functioning platoon of Jaso/Montero, a 3-year contract seems reasonable.

Taylor Hope
2 years 9 months ago

I absolutely believe the Mariners are willing to spend, it’s more a case of who they will spend that on (hopefully not more Chone Figgins’ and Ichiro-esque extensions.)

jwsox
2 years 9 months ago

What exactly was wrong with Ichiro extension?

2 years 9 months ago

Maybe the fact that he got a significant raise while his WAR dropped each year from 2007 (5.6) to 2011 (0.3) before he was ultimately traded to New York.