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.

14 Responses to Mariners Notes: Offense, Hernandez, Maurer Leave a Reply

  1. jwsox 3 years 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. So, Hernandez is available?

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

  4. 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.

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

    • Just sharing my 2 cents Mario.

    • LukeNalooshe 3 years 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.

  5. Taylor Hope 3 years 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.)

  6. jwsox 3 years ago

    What exactly was wrong with Ichiro extension?

  7. 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.

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