There has been a rumble of Seattle Mariners rumors spread around the internet recently, although not much has really happened yet.
The M’s have been clearing out space on the 40-man roster, getting ready for what will surely be a busy offseason.
Rumors from the national baseball writers (via Twitter) say that Jerry Dipoto has made it known that almost everybody on the team is available for trade – if it makes sense for the Mariners. Nothing new here; this is how Dipoto operates.
The major league General Managers Meetings are going on this week, so early trades start to develop during this time. We’ll see if Jerry has anything up his sleeve.
About a week’s worth of recent Mariners moves and other moves involving former Rainiers players are in the links below.
Baseball America published its annual list of minor league free agents, sorted by the organization they finished the season with. The entire list of over 500 players is right here. Below are the Mariners:
Seattle Mariners (23)
RHP: Jheyson Caraballo (R), Jordan Desguin (Hi A), Bryan Evans (AAA), Trevor Frank (AA), Ashton Goudeau (AA), Tyler Higgins (AAA), Hisashi Iwakuma (AAA), Johendi Jiminian (AA), Jeffeson Medina (Hi A), Williams Perez (AA)
LHP: David Rollins (AAA), Marc Rzepczynski (AAA), Daniel Schlereth (AAA)
C: Alexander Capriata (AAA), Cameron Rupp (AAA), Ryan Scott (AA)
2B: Danny Muno (AAA)
3B: Seth Mejias-Brean (AAA)
SS: Yonathan Mendoza (AA)
OF: Beau Amaral (AA), Andrew Aplin (AAA), Cameron Perkins (AAA), Dario Pizzano (AA)
Fifteen of these guys played for Tacoma in 2018. In a new twist, one of them has signed on with the Rainiers as a front office employee: Danny Muno joined the Rainiers sales team. More on this later.
Keep in mind that the Mariners could re-sign any of these players to a minor league contract, so don’t be alarmed if one of your favorite players is on the list. There are several I’d like to see back in 2019.
- Here’s Ryan Divish’s story on the Mariners offseason: who has trade value, and who doesn’t. In the story, Divish reports that another M’s – Tampa trade has been discussed, this time involving Mike Zunino.
- The M’s made another of their non-traditional hires, naming Paul Davis major league pitching coach (replacing Mel Stottlemyre Jr.). Read about him here.
- Erasmo Ramirez and Nick Vincent declared free agency, and Chris Herrmann was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros. The Seattle Times has the story.
- At USS Mariner, marc w riffed on the latest Mariners news. He makes an interesting point about going the other way, and diving into the great free agent class.
- Fangraphs has a story on the Mariners possible – but not likely – tear down.
- The Mariners announced some shuffling and promotions in the Baseball Operations department.
- Seattle reportedly inked Marco Gonzales to a two-year deal in exchange for him dropping an ongoing service time grievance he had filed against the St. Louis Cardinals prior to being traded to the Mariners.
- Chris Woodward – shortstop of the 2010 PCL Champion Tacoma Rainiers – was named manager of the Texas Rangers. Congratulations, Chris!
- Former Rainiers outfielder Jeremy Reed was hired as the Los Angeles Angels major league hitting coach. Reed played all or parts of three seasons for Tacoma (2004, 2007-2008) and had a career .309 batting average here.
- In the PCL, progress continues on the new ballpark in Wichita, Kansas. They are in line for a 2020 opening, with the New Orleans franchise expected to move there.