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Carlos Silva looks like he’s set to receive a big payday from the Seattle Mariners. Click on over to the Seattle Mariners Rumors category of YourSportsFix.com to find out just how much the pitcher stands to make.
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Several sources, including the Seattle Times and the Los Angeles Times, are reporting that Mariners star CF Ichiro Suzuki will sign a five year contract extension, which would keep him in Seattle through 2012. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but it is believed to be in the neighborhood of 5 years and $100 million. Ichiro, in the final year of a 2 year deal paying him $11 million this season, had indicated in Spring Training that he was looking forward to his impending free agency and the chance to test the market. Ichiro told reporters on Monday that the Mariners strong play in the first half of the season played a big part in his decision.
The Mariners had virtually no choice but to go the extra mile to keep their star centerfielder, for a variety of reasons. At 33 years old, Ichiro is still a great player (currently hitting .359 with 61 runs and 23 steals) and is the face of the franchise, not to mention the fact that the Asian population of Seattle is so great that management would have risked alienating a large portion of their fan base if they had let Ichiro get away.
It will be very interesting to see how Ichiro’s signing affects the other future free agent centerfielders, like Tori Hunter and Andruw Jones. It should only increase the demand and drive their price tags even higher, which means that teams with payroll restrictions like the Twins and Braves will have little to no chance to re-sign their star outfielders.
ESPN.com is reporting that Seattle Mariner’s skipper, Mike Hargrove will retire following today’s game. The move comes in the midst of Seattle’s best season in years with the team performing better than anyone expected. I don’t recall a manager stepping away from a team that was performing as well as the M’s are right now and I suspect there’s a bit more to the story than the reasoning Hargrove gave:
"Over the past several weeks, I have come to the realizationthat to be fair to myself and the team, I cannot continue to do
this job if my passion has begun to fade"
Either way, it will certainly be a story to keep your eye on and will be interesting to see how the team responds.
Ahh you’ve got to love a good trade rumor don’t you? Over the weekend the Toronto Sun reported that Blue Jays’ GM, J.P. Ricciardi, reportedly called around to several clubs last week letting them know pitchers Josh Towers and Tomo Ohka aren’t exactly untouchable. In fact, the Jays might be willing to foot the bill for the pitchers to pitch elsewhere. And, since there is pretty much always a demand for pitching (even mediocre pitching), several teams including the Mariners, Cardinals, Pirates and most of the rest of the NL were rumored to be interested.
However, today, the Toronto Star is quoting Ricciardi as saying "
Just for grins, here are Towers and Ohka’s numbers so far this year:
Towers – 1-3 with a 5.63 ERA and 26Ks in 32 innings pitched over 8 games.
Ohka – 2-4 with a 5.52 ERA and 16Ks in 45.2 innings pitched also over 8 games.
The Seattle Mariners have acquired Jason Davis from the Cleveland Indians for the proverbial player to be named later. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, M’s manager Mike Hargrove is pleased with the pick up.
"I saw him pitch in the big leagues and at Buffalo when I was there in2004," Hargrove said. "He’s a big, tall guy who throws hard. And you
can’t get too many power arms in your bullpen. He’s got a fastball, a split and a little slider. He can get it up there at 97-98 (mph). And he can pitch
comfortably at 92-95."
The article also mentions that there is currently no plan to use Davis as a starter, however, Davis certainly gives the Mariners a bit more insurance for their starting rotation.
Well, I have to give credit, where credit is due. MLBTradeRumors.com scooped me on this one. Apparently the Seattle Times is reporting that the Mariners will sign veteran pitcher Miguel Batista to a three year deal worth about $24 million.
Last week it was rumored that Batista had narrowed his choices down to either the Kansas City Royals or St. Louis Cardinals, however the Mariners’ offer appealed more to Batista. The deal is contingent on the pitcher passing a physical which should not be a problem, however, we’ve already seen deals fall through further into the process this winter so I’ll try to update you when everything is finalized.
The Atlanta Braves had been in trade negotiations for two different relievers yesterday. The Seattle Mariners apparently pulled the trigger first. The Braves and Mariners agreed to a trade that will send starter Horacio Ramirez to the Mariners in exchange for reliever Rafael Soriano.
Ramirez went 5-5 last year, starting only 14 games and racking up a 4.48 ERA. In his 4 year career, the 27 year old Ramirez has a 30-22 record with an ERA of 4.13.
Soriano, one year younger than Ramirez, appeared in a career high 53 games for the Mariners last year, earning an ERA of only 2.25 over the course of 60 innings pitched. Also of note, Soriano made only $450,000 last year as opposed to Ramirez’s $2.2 million.
Don’t worry Mariner fans, I don’t quite get it either…
Well sorry about the delay folks. For once the forecasters got it right. We got 10 inches of snow on top of 2 inches of ice (both setting a new record for the ENTIRE month of November). This town does NOT deal with snow well. The word snow comes out of the weatherman’s mouth and there are 10 accidents just on principle alone. Anyway, we’re still basically snowed in but I’m back in the saddle and ready to fire up The Rumor Mill again. What better way to do that than a quick roundup of everything going on to get you ready for the Winter Meetings which I’m sure will give me plenty to write about. Hold on, cause here we go.
- The Chicago White Sox signed a one year deal with Scott Podsednik for $2.9 million. The Sox are still said to be pursuing trades, namely for Chone Figgins, however, so this could just be a sign and trade.
- The New York Mets have reached an agreement with their free agent pitcher Tom Glavine. While Glavine had been considering a return to Atlanta, the Braves were apparently not able to find the funds to make that happen. The Mets on the other hand, apparently had an extra $10.5 million laying around.
- The Cleveland Indians have taken two big strides to bolster their bullpen. The Indians signed the left handed Aaron Fultz from the Phillies and the right handed Roberto Hernandez from the Mets. The Tribe’s ‘pen needed some experience and what better way to do that than sign a 42 year old pitcher?
- The San Francisco Giants have re-signed their second baseman, Ray Durham. Durham had been injury prone throughout his career with the Giants, however, in his contract year last year, Durham managed to stay healthy by focusing on strength and conditioning and it paid off. Durham hit a career best 26 home runs and was rewarded by the Giants with a two year, $14 million deal.
- The Seattle Mariners have signed Jose Guillen to a one year $5.5 million contract.
- The San Francisco Giants have reportedly reached a deal with free agent
outfielder, Dave Roberts. Roberts will apparently be following his
former skipper, Bruce Bochy, to the Giants and will be given a three
year $18 million contract.
- The Giants also re-signed Rich Aurilia to a two year deal.
and now… The Rumors:
- The St. Louis Cardinals are apparently taking another look at free agent pitcher Jason Schmidt. After signing second baseman Adam Kennedy and pitcher Kip Wells at what are, at least for this offseason, considered bargain prices, the defending champs apparently have some extra money to spend.
- The Dodgers and Red Sox apparently met last night to discuss a possible deal involving Manny Ramirez and Brad Penny.
- The Chicago Cubs are still courting Julio Lugo as well as Kenny Lofton and Jason Schmidt.
- Toronto Blue Jays center fielder, Vernon Wells, looks to be poised to cash in big in next year’s free agent market, a fact that could prompt the Jays to trade Wells while his value is high.
- The Seattle Mariners are reportedly shopping first base slugger, Richie Sexson.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates are still looking for a left handed bat and might end up having to trade for one rather than pull someone off the steadily shrinking scrap heap.
- Interest in pitcher Miguel Batista seems to be growing with the Phillies, Cubs, and Cardinals all linked to the pitcher.
- A deal involving the Cubs’ Jacque Jones and the Rockies’ Jason Jennings has reportedly been discussed.
- Oh, and shocking as it may be, interest in Barry Bonds is apparently quite low. I seem to remember saying something like that a while back…
Well, that should catch everyone up on the current events. The Winter Meetings are currently underway and as always I’ll keep you up-to-date on all the Rumors and Rumblings from across baseball.
I’m not 100% sure that this would qualify as a rumor but… here it is anyway.
Apparently the Seattle Mariners have stated that they WON’T be bidding on the highly touted, and sought after Japanese pitcher Matasuzaka. Despite finding a superstar in Ichiro Suziki the last time they wen’t shopping over seas, the Mariners will apparently target other free agents this winter.
However, the conspiracy theorists among you might suspect that this is simply a ploy by Seattle to lower expectations and affect the private bids placed by other teams for the right to negotiate with the pitcher. Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Seattle "change its mind" and end up winning the negotiation rights.
You can read the entire story in the Seattle Times.