deadline | sellers . . .

Yesterday . . . 

Goodbye, good luck, Dustin!

Today . . .

So long, JA!

See ya later (hopefully!) Mark!

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from the grief of the grid iron to the dream of the diamond . . .

Being SO close to feeling, for a second time, the euphoria still simmering from the first championship only to have it abruptly snatched away in the final seconds was pretty brutal (to put it mildly). It’s going to take some time.

Luckily, there’s a cure . . .

the delicious distraction that is BASEBALL 🙂 – some catchin’ up to do . . .

The CY Award that wasn’t

Felix Facts | From the Corner of Edgar and Dave

Why Felix Hernandez (unexpectedly) lost the Cy Young Award | Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times

Mariners Ace Felix Hernandez not winning Cy Young Award is a Stunner | Larry Stone, The Seattle Times

 “Yeah, I did,” he said. “It was a great year. I think I pitched way better than 2010.”

Goodbye to some old friends, hello to the new

  • 1B Justin Smoak claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays
  • RF Michael Sauders traded to the Blue Jays for LHP J.A. Happ
  • Signed free agent LF Nelson Cruz
  • RHP Matt Brazis traded to the Cubs for RF Justin Ruggiano
  • RHP Brandon Maurer traded to the Padres for LF Seth Smith
  • Signed Guti and Endy to minor league deals with invites to Spring Training
  • Signed free agaFA 2B Rickie Weeks

A message from Michael Saunders to Mariners fams | Ryan Divish, Mariners Blog

Mariners sign Nelson Cruz to 4-year deal | ESPN.com

nelson

Gar continues to garner high profile support

Randy Johnson endorses Edgar for HoF | ESPN.com

tweets of the off-season

PLAY BALL!!!!

bye-bye, Brendan

Yes, my mantra has always been . . . .

” Chicks dig the long ball but, REAL women love leather “

And, you certainly fit that bill. Granted, I’m sure your among those who would agree ‘t would have been nice if your bat was a bit more productive but, your DEE has been an absolute thing of beauty to watch these past couple of years.

It’s pretty much against my religion to wish any sort of luck to the Yanks but, I hope that YOU do really well in what ever capacity you are able to play in pinstripes. Say “hi” to Ichiro  🙂

Truly, best wishes in the Bronx and beyond.

Thanks for the glove, Brendan!

BrendanRyanSMI

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Congrats to Kuma and The King ~ 2013 All-Stars

CONGRATULATIONS to the M’s collective 1-2 punch!!!

Felix named to his 4th ASG | Marinerds, etc. blog

Felix named to his 4th ASG | Marinerds, etc. blog

Kuma gets first ASG selection | NewsTribune

Kuma gets first ASG selection | NewsTribune

Felix earned his fourth All Star selection and Hisashi his first. If the rotation stays as is – Kuma would be scheduled to pitch the Sunday before the ASG which, in recent years, would deem him ineligible to actually pitch in the game. But, some changes in the CBA have changed that . . . Larry’s run down of the new rules

Iwakuma, however, is scheduled to start for the Mariners next Sunday, the last day before the All-Star break. If that happens, MLB rules dictate he may opt to be replaced on the American League roster, or be limited to one inning.  Iwakuma would still attend the game at New York’s Citi Field and go through all the festivities and be introduced with the team.

Iwakuma has the lowest ERA in the American League (2.60), followed by Hernandez at No. 2 (2.69). Iwakuma also has the lowest WHIP in the AL (0.88) to go with a 7-4 record. Hernandez is 8-4 and ranks fourth in the AL with 130 strikeouts. Iwakuma’s chances seemed to have dimmed with a stretch of four starts in which he went 0-3 with a 5.54 ERA to raise his ERA from 1.79, but his body of work over 18 starts prevailed.

Unfortunately, no Rauuuuuuul . . .

 

Alex Liddi traded to the O’s and International Draft picks swapped . . .

The Mariners have traded third baseman/first baseman Alex Liddi and their international signing slot No. 3 for the Orioles’ international signing slot No. 2.

Liddi is reportedly headed for the Orioles’ Triple A affiliate in Norfolk.

Liddi, 24, has appeared in 8 games with the Mariners this season (.059/1×17), spending most of the season with AAA Tacoma. With the Rainiers he is batting .263 (63×240) with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. Liddi was originally signed by the Mariners as an international free agent on Sept. 9, 2005. The native of Sanremo, Italy is the first Italian-born and developed player to appear in a Major League game.

This basically gives the Mariners more money to spend on the international free agent market.

Liddi was designated for assignment when the Mariners called up Brad Miller. The team had 10 days to either release, trade or outright Liddi. With the Orioles likely to claim him off of waivers, the Mariners picked up some more money on the international market instead.

 

Good news on the bullpen front . . .

Ups, Downs, all-arounds . . .

Just catching up on some of the movement of late.

Brad Miller’s call up set off some dominoes . . .
Reporting to AAA Tacoma were IF Carlos Triufel (optioned to make room on the 25-man roster) and RP Josh Kinney (out-righted, to make room on the 40-man roster) and 3B Ty Kelly (received in a trade from Baltimore for OF Eric Thames) and 1B Alex Liddi was designated for assignment.

Minor League Recognition . . .

M*A*S*H
* Guti back to the 15-day DL (hamstring) after only playing 1.5 games back from his last stint
* Michael M (strained quad) is getting close to being sent to Tacoma for a rehab assignment
* Jesus Montero scheduled to DH tomorrow in AZ (will be limited to DH/1B for the remainder of the year)
* Danny Hultzen was scratched a couple of nights ago from only his second start in Tacoma since coming off the DL – tests revealed no structural damage but, he’ll have 10-14 days before throwing again.

International Free Agents . . .
M’s sign 16-yr old Venezuelan OF, Greifer Andrade
Top-30 and where they’ve signed

 

 

g11 | not a good couple days for RF’ers named Michael . . .

Mariners 3 | Rangers 4

I was among the sea of yellow in Safeco Field’s Supreme Court Night (though there were plenty left in the boxes – a couple thousand – as attendance was just under 23k) who shivered in the cold and weren’t warmed by a win. In a nutshell: Felix was far from his best, there was some really great DEE, some pretty crummy DEE, lots of hitting by the Rangers and not so much from the M’s (unless you’re talking “getting hit” which Michael Morse was and has a broken finger to show for it).

ON THE MOUND
Felix scattered TEN hits that netted a couple of runs in the 2nd and the 5th – he gave up all FOUR Rangers runs. He didn’t get his 100th win career win but, Felix DID record his 15ooth career strikeout in the 1st – congrats, King!

Adrian says, “congrats!” | Elaine Thompson, Seattle PI

The bullpen effort by Oliver and Stephen was admirable:
3.1 innings ~ ONE hit ~ ZERO runs ~ ZERO walks ~ THREE  strikeouts

Oh, and I can’t leave out the “first pitcher” ~ none other than Legion of BOOM member, RICHARD SHERMAN!

Sherm’s first pitch | courtesy Seahawks.com

AT THE PLATE
* Good to see a couple of the “strugglers” (Justin and Jesus) check in with a couple hits
* Franklin hit his FOURTH homer (his SECOND lead-off)
* Michael M had a couple of singles but he was also hit in the hand – ended up with a broken pinkie finger ~ no DL but, expected to miss up to a week (NOT what the M’s needed, especially after losing Saunders last night ~ DL stint for a strained right shoulder)

OUCH! | Elaine Thompson, Seattle PI

And then, then there was the suicide squeeze that, unfortunately lived up to its name ~ Brendan’s bunt didn’t go quite far enough or toward 1B base enough and Endy was thrown out at the plate as the Rangers batter made a great play on it.

IN THE FIELD
‘t was sort of a mixed bag . . .
* Raul badly mis-played a ball in LF that resulted in an unearned run for Texas (the first unearned run give up by the M’s so far this season – as the error originally charged to Guti last night was reversed – and rightly so)
* Raul made up for his boo-boo a little bit by making a nice relay to Brendan who threw to Seager to nail Berkmana 3B trying to stretch a double into a triple
* TWO (a  l  m  o  s  t   3) double plays, including a pretty nifty 3-6-1

Tweet of the game . . .

 

oh – and there was news prior to the game . . .
* Mariners acquired Aaron Harang from the Rockies for minor league RHP Steven Hensley
* And, homers will no longer be given up by Kameron Loe as he was DFA’d today