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ROOT SPORTS and 710 ESPN to provide complete coverage of Mariners 2019 Spring Training

ROOT SPORTS set to televise 14 games, 710 ESPN will air 20 games

ROOT SPORTS Northwest and 710 ESPN Seattle will combine to provide complete coverage of the Seattle Mariners 2019 Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona, including Cactus League games as well as other special programming. 

On the radio, 710 ESPN will air 20 spring games beginning with the first Cactus League game on Thursday, February 21, against the Oakland Athletics at Mesa-Hohokam Park (12:10 p.m. PST). Audio from all radio games, even those that will be aired on a delayed basis, will be available live, at no charge, on Mariners.com (game feed is free, but MLB.com registration is required).

In addition to carrying games, 710 ESPN will air the "Cactus League Report" live on Tuesdays beginning February 26.

ROOT SPORTS will air 14 Cactus League games beginning with the Friday, February 22 game when the Mariners meet the Oakland A's at the Peoria Sports Complex (12:10 p.m. PST).

Mariners Mondays is airing on ROOT SPORTS every Monday through the month of March. Upcoming programs feature interviews with new Mariners players Mallex Smith, J.P. Crawford and Justus Sheffield, as well as returning All-Star outfielder Mitch Haniger and pitcher Marco Gonzales.

Mariners pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 11, position players report on February 15, and the first full-squad workout is scheduled for February 16. The early reporting dates are due to the Mariners March 14 departure for Tokyo to meet the Oakland A's to open the Major League Baseball season at the Tokyo Dome on March 20.

While the team is in Japan, a squad of players in Mariners Major League camp who are not part of the Japan travelling party, including top prospects, will remain in Arizona for three games (March 19 at Chicago Cubs, March 21 vs. Cincinnati Reds, and March 22, vs. Los Angeles Angels).

Spring Training Tickets
Single-game tickets for all Mariners games at the Peoria Sports Complex are now on sale. Tickets may be purchased via phone at 800-677-1227 or online at Mariners.com/Tickets. The Peoria Sports Complex box office opens daily at 10:00 a.m. (MST), located at 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382.

Mariners 2019 Single-Game Tickets
Single-game tickets for the Mariners 2019 season at T-Mobile Park are now on sale. Because the Mariners use dynamic pricing, fans can lock in the best prices by buying tickets for all games before the season starts. Single-game tickets are now available at Mariners Team Stores in downtown Seattle, Bellevue Square, Alderwood Mall and Southcenter, as well as at Mariners.com/Tickets and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HIT.

Season Ticket Plans
The very best prices and locations are available to Season Ticket Holders, who save as much as 40% off the cost of single-game tickets. For information about Mariners Season Ticket plans (including Full Season and 20-Game Plans) and benefits call 206-346-4001 or log onto Mariners.com/19.

ROOT SPORTS Northwest and 710 ESPN Seattle will combine to provide complete coverage of the Seattle Mariners 2019 Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona, including Cactus League games as well as other special programming. 

On the radio, 710 ESPN will air 20 spring games beginning with the first Cactus League game on Thursday, February 21, against the Oakland Athletics at Mesa-Hohokam Park (12:10 p.m. PST). Audio from all radio games, even those that will be aired on a delayed basis, will be available live, at no charge, on Mariners.com (game feed is free, but MLB.com registration is required).

In addition to carrying games, 710 ESPN will air the "Cactus League Report" live on Tuesdays beginning February 26.

ROOT SPORTS will air 14 Cactus League games beginning with the Friday, February 22 game when the Mariners meet the Oakland A's at the Peoria Sports Complex (12:10 p.m. PST).

Mariners Mondays is airing on ROOT SPORTS every Monday through the month of March. Upcoming programs feature interviews with new Mariners players Mallex Smith, J.P. Crawford and Justus Sheffield, as well as returning All-Star outfielder Mitch Haniger and pitcher Marco Gonzales.

Mariners pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 11, position players report on February 15, and the first full-squad workout is scheduled for February 16. The early reporting dates are due to the Mariners March 14 departure for Tokyo to meet the Oakland A's to open the Major League Baseball season at the Tokyo Dome on March 20.

While the team is in Japan, a squad of players in Mariners Major League camp who are not part of the Japan travelling party, including top prospects, will remain in Arizona for three games (March 19 at Chicago Cubs, March 21 vs. Cincinnati Reds, and March 22, vs. Los Angeles Angels).

Spring Training Tickets
Single-game tickets for all Mariners games at the Peoria Sports Complex are now on sale. Tickets may be purchased via phone at 800-677-1227 or online at Mariners.com/Tickets. The Peoria Sports Complex box office opens daily at 10:00 a.m. (MST), located at 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382.

Mariners 2019 Single-Game Tickets
Single-game tickets for the Mariners 2019 season at T-Mobile Park are now on sale. Because the Mariners use dynamic pricing, fans can lock in the best prices by buying tickets for all games before the season starts. Single-game tickets are now available at Mariners Team Stores in downtown Seattle, Bellevue Square, Alderwood Mall and Southcenter, as well as at Mariners.com/Tickets and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HIT.

Season Ticket Plans
The very best prices and locations are available to Season Ticket Holders, who save as much as 40% off the cost of single-game tickets. For information about Mariners Season Ticket plans (including Full Season and 20-Game Plans) and benefits call 206-346-4001 or log onto Mariners.com/19.

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Right-handed pitcher Max Povse outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that right-handed pitcher Max Povse has been outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. Povse will receive an invite to Seattle's Major League Spring Training.

The Mariners have invited 27 players to Major League Spring Training.

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that right-handed pitcher Max Povse has been outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. Povse will receive an invite to Seattle's Major League Spring Training.

The Mariners have invited 27 players to Major League Spring Training.

Povse, 25 (turns 26 on Aug. 23), was designated for assignment on Jan. 27. He went 5-9 with a 5.46 ERA (59 ER, 97.1 IP) with 105 strikeouts and 47 walks in 18 starts between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma in 2018. Over 8 starts with the Rainiers, he averaged 11.05 strikeouts-per-9.0-innings (45 SO, 36.2 IP). In 10 starts with the Travelers, the 6-foot-8, 239-pound right-hander was 4-3 with a 3.41 ERA (23 ER, 60.2 IP) with 60 strikeouts and 19 walks. He was on the minor league DL, July 15-end of the season, with a right shoulder strain.

Povse was acquired by the Mariners from Atlanta along with Rob Whalen (rhp) for Alex Jackson (of) and a player to be named later on Nov. 28, 2016; Seattle sent Tyler Pike (lhp) to the Braves on Dec. 9, 2016 to complete the trade. Povse made his Major League debut with the Mariners in 2017, making 3 relief appearances and allowing 5 runs (3 earned runs) in 3.2 innings of work (7.36 ERA). The native of Raleigh, NC, was originally selected by Atlanta in the 3rd round of the 2014 MLB Draft and has spent 5 minor league seasons in the Braves (2014-16) and Mariners (2016-18) organizations.

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Mariners sign free agent right-handed pitcher Hunter Strickland

Mariners designate for assignment RHP Max Povse.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Sunday that the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher Hunter Strickland. In order to make room on Seattle's Major League, 40-man roster, the club has designated for assignment right-handed pitcher Max Povse. 

Seattle's 40-man roster remains at 40 players. Per club policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed. 

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Sunday that the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher Hunter Strickland. In order to make room on Seattle's Major League, 40-man roster, the club has designated for assignment right-handed pitcher Max Povse. 

Seattle's 40-man roster remains at 40 players. Per club policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed. 

Seattle has 7 days to trade, release or outright the contract of Povse to the minor leagues. 

"Hunter Strickland has the ability and the track record to be an impact reliever in high-leverage situations for the Mariners in 2019," Dipoto said.

Strickland, 30 (turns 31 on Sept. 24), went 3-5 with a 3.97 ERA (20 ER, 45.1 IP) while converting 14-of-18 save opportunities in 49 relief appearances with San Francisco in 2018. He recorded 37 strikeouts and 21 walks while holding opponents to a .247 (43x174) average against last season. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-hander limited left-handed batters to a .186 (16x86) average against and struck out 21 of 98 lefties faced. He combined for 6 appearances on rehab assignments with the AZL Giants (1 G), High-A San Jose (1 G) and Triple-A Sacramento (4 G). He was on the 10-day disabled list, June 19-Aug. 18 (transferred to the 60-day DL on July 7), with a fractured right hand.

In 2017, Strickland ranked T9th in the National League with 21 holds, while his 2.64 ERA (18 ER, 61.1 IP) was 15th-best among NL relievers. Overall, he was 4-3 with 1 save and a 2.64 ERA while striking out 58 and walking 29 in 68 outings with the Giants in 2017. 

Strickland has appeared in 5 Major League seasons with the Giants (2014-18), compiling a career record of 14-14 with a 2.91 ERA (73 ER, 226.0 IP), while striking out 211 and walking 79 in 253 relief appearances. The native of Thomaston, GA, was originally selected by the Red Sox in the 18th round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Pike County (GA) High School. He was acquired by Pittsburgh from Boston in a 3-player deal that sent Adam LaRoche (inf) to the Red Sox on July 22, 2009. He was claimed off waivers by the Giants from the Pirates on April 2, 2013, and went on to make his Major League debut with San Francisco on Sept. 1, 2014 at Colorado.

Povse, 25 (turns 26 on Aug. 23), went 5-9 with a 5.46 ERA (59 ER, 97.1 IP) with 105 strikeouts and 47 walks in 18 starts between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma in 2018. Over 8 starts with the Rainiers, he averaged 11.05 strikeouts-per-9.0-innings (45 SO, 36.2 IP). In 10 starts with the Travelers, the 6-foot-8, 239-pound right-hander was 4-3 with a 3.41 ERA (23 ER, 60.2 IP) with 60 strikeouts and 19 walks. He was on the minor league DL, July 15-end of the season, with a right shoulder strain.

Povse was acquired by the Mariners from Atlanta along with Rob Whalen (rhp) for Alex Jackson (of) and a player to be named later on Nov. 28, 2016; Seattle sent Tyler Pike (lhp) to the Braves on Dec. 9, 2016 to complete the trade. Povse made his Major League debut with the Mariners in 2017, making 3 relief appearances and allowing 5 runs (3 earned runs) in 3.2 innings of work (7.36 ERA). The native of Raleigh, NC, was originally selected by Atlanta in the 3rd round of the 2014 MLB Draft and has spent 5 minor league seasons in the Braves (2014-16) and Mariners (2016-18) organizations.

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Mariners to sport new jersey and cap for 2019 Spring Training

Powder blue top harkens back to team's early era; New cap will be worn during Spring games and batting practice during the season

The Seattle Mariners unveiled a new look for Spring Training 2019 on Thursday with a new jersey and cap. The jersey will be worn only during Spring Training games. The cap will be worn during Spring games and batting practice during the regular season.

The jersey is a vibrant shade of powder blue. It harkens back to the color scheme during the early years of the franchise (1977-1984) when road uniforms were light blue with gold and navy accents. With the current Mariners lettering in dark navy, outlined with silver and Northwest green, the new jersey is a blend of old and new.

The all-navy cap features a silver stylized letter "M" superimposed over elements from the Mariners nautical compass rose symbol.

This is the first new Mariners cap design since the gold "S" was introduced in 2015 with the cream, royal blue and gold alternate uniform worn on Sunday home games. The last time the letter "M" was featured on a Mariners cap was the throwback trident logo.

Both the Spring Training jersey and cap will be available at all Seattle Mariners Team Stores (T-Mobile Park, downtown Seattle at 4th & Stewart, Bellevue Square, Southcenter and Alderwood Malls).

The Seattle Mariners unveiled a new look for Spring Training 2019 on Thursday with a new jersey and cap. The jersey will be worn only during Spring Training games. The cap will be worn during Spring games and batting practice during the regular season.

The jersey is a vibrant shade of powder blue. It harkens back to the color scheme during the early years of the franchise (1977-1984) when road uniforms were light blue with gold and navy accents. With the current Mariners lettering in dark navy, outlined with silver and Northwest green, the new jersey is a blend of old and new.

The all-navy cap features a silver stylized letter "M" superimposed over elements from the Mariners nautical compass rose symbol.

This is the first new Mariners cap design since the gold "S" was introduced in 2015 with the cream, royal blue and gold alternate uniform worn on Sunday home games. The last time the letter "M" was featured on a Mariners cap was the throwback trident logo.

Both the Spring Training jersey and cap will be available at all Seattle Mariners Team Stores (T-Mobile Park, downtown Seattle at 4th & Stewart, Bellevue Square, Southcenter and Alderwood Malls).

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Mariners INF/RHP Kaleb Cowart claimed by Detroit

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Thursday that Mariners infielder/right-handed pitcher Kaleb Cowart has been claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers. 

Seattle had designated Cowart for assignment on Monday (Jan. 21) to create a 40-man roster spot for infielder Shed Long. Seattle's 40-man roster remains at 40. 

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Thursday that Mariners infielder/right-handed pitcher Kaleb Cowart has been claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers. 

Seattle had designated Cowart for assignment on Monday (Jan. 21) to create a 40-man roster spot for infielder Shed Long. Seattle's 40-man roster remains at 40. 

Cowart, 26, was claimed off waivers by Seattle from Los Angeles-AL on Dec. 10, 2018. He appeared in 47 games over 4 stints (6/2-5, 6/8-19, 6/30-7/4, 7/31-end of the season) with the Los Angeles Angels in 2018. Overall the 6-foot-3, 225-pound switch-hitter, hit .134 (15x112) with 7 runs scored, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 10 RBI, 10 walks and 1 stolen base. Cowart also appeared in 64 games with Triple-A Salt Lake, batting .287 (74x258) with 36 runs scored, 20 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs, 45 RBI, 18 walks and 8 stolen bases. 

Cowart was originally selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 1st round (18th overall) in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Cook High School in Adel, GA. Over parts of 4 Major League seasons with the Angels, he hit .177 (61x345) with 41 runs scored, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs, 33 RBI, 25 walks and 6 stolen bases. 

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Mariners extend 26 invitations to Major League Spring Training

11 of 26 non-roster invites were members of the Mariners organization last season

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Thursday that the club has invited 26 players to Major League Spring Training. 

Of the 26 players that have been added to the Spring Training roster (in addition to the 40-man roster), 11 were members of the Mariners organization last season and 9 are homegrown products having been originally drafted or signed by Seattle.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Thursday that the club has invited 26 players to Major League Spring Training. 

Of the 26 players that have been added to the Spring Training roster (in addition to the 40-man roster), 11 were members of the Mariners organization last season and 9 are homegrown products having been originally drafted or signed by Seattle.

Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is entering his 19th season with a Major League organization, including his 14th with Seattle, after 9 seasons in Japan's Pacific League. He has been invited to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee and is the only invitee to have appeared with the Mariners in 2018. 

12 invitees who signed minor league contracts this offseason include right-handed pitchers Jorgan Cavanerio, Nabil Crismatt, Tyler Danish, Robin Leyer and Tayler Scott, left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone, catchers José Lobatón and Austin Nola, infielders Dustin Ackley, Orlando Calixte and Tim Lopes, and outfielder Tito Polo. 

The list of invitees features several notable players from the Mariners player development system, including the 2018 Alvin Davis "Mr. Mariner" Award winner, infielder Evan White, the 2018 Edgar Martinez PTPA Award winner, catcher Dean Nevarez, and the 2018 60-foot, 6-inch Club award winner, right-handed pitcher Jack Anderson. Also, right-handed pitchers Ryan Garton and David McKay, left-handed pitcher Matt Tenuta, catchers Joe DeCarlo and Cal Raleigh, and outfielders Eric Filia and Kyle Lewis each had strong 2018 campaigns in the Mariners minor league system.  

In addition, right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn and outfielders Jake Fraley and Dom Thompson-Williams have also received Spring Training invites after being acquired in offseason trades. Dunn, who was acquired by the Mariners from New York-NL in a 7-player deal on Dec. 3, 2018, was ranked as the Mets 4th-best (MLB.com) and 5th-best prospect (Baseball America) after splitting the 2018 season with High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. Fraley joins the Mariners after being acquired in a 5-player trade with Tampa Bay on Nov. 8, 2018. He hit .347 (78x225) with a .962 OPS (.415 OBP/.547 SLG) in 66 games with High-A Charlotte last season. Thompson-Williams was one of three players acquired by the Mariners from New York-AL on Nov. 19, 2018. He spent most of the 2018 season with High-A Tampa, batting .290 (96x331) in 90 games.

Six invitees have previous Major League experience: Suzuki, Lobatón, Milone, Danish, Garton and Calixte. 

Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Peoria, AZ on Feb. 11 (physicals) and hold the first workout Feb. 12. Position players are scheduled to report for physicals Feb. 15 and the first full squad workout will be Feb. 16. 

The Mariners Spring Training roster is currently at 66 players (40 roster, 26 non-roster), including 33 pitchers (11 non-roster), 7 catchers (5 non-roster), 15 infielders (4 non-roster) and 11 outfielders (6 non-roster). 

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Edgar Martinez elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame; Martinez is the second Mariners player to be voted into the Hall

Martinez received 85.4% of the votes

SEATTLE, Wash. -- National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson announced this afternoon on the MLB Network that Mariners legend Edgar Martinez was among four players elected today into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019.

Martinez becomes the 2nd Mariner to be elected to the Hall of Fame - joining 2016 inductee Ken Griffey Jr. - and joins Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina in being elected today, as well as Harold Baines and Lee Smith, who were voted in by the Today's Game Era committee, in this year's class. In his 10th, and final, year on the ballot, Martinez received 85.4% (363x425) of the vote. Candidates need at least 75% of the vote for election. Hall of Fame voters consist of members of the Baseball Writers Association of America with at least 10 consecutive years covering baseball. This year's induction will take place on Sunday, July 21 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson announced this afternoon on the MLB Network that Mariners legend Edgar Martinez was among four players elected today into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019.

Martinez becomes the 2nd Mariner to be elected to the Hall of Fame - joining 2016 inductee Ken Griffey Jr. - and joins Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina in being elected today, as well as Harold Baines and Lee Smith, who were voted in by the Today's Game Era committee, in this year's class. In his 10th, and final, year on the ballot, Martinez received 85.4% (363x425) of the vote. Candidates need at least 75% of the vote for election. Hall of Fame voters consist of members of the Baseball Writers Association of America with at least 10 consecutive years covering baseball. This year's induction will take place on Sunday, July 21 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.

"Edgar Martinez was one of the best right-handed hitters of all-time and ranked among the most feared hitters of his era," Mariners President & Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mather said. "He is most deserving of induction into the Hall of Fame, and the Mariners are thrilled to see him receive the highest honor in the game of baseball. Since signing with the club in 1982, Edgar has epitomized what it means to be a Mariner, making great contributions on the field and in the community. We look forward to celebrating Edgar's induction in Cooperstown this July along with Mariners fans who have witnessed every step of his career."

Edgar was the best right-handed hitter of his era and ranks as one of the top all-around hitters in baseball history, combining power with the ability to reach base safely. Over 18 Major League seasons - all in a Mariners uniform - Martinez compiled a .312 career batting average with a lifetime .418 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage while amassing 1,219 runs, 2,247 hits, 514 doubles, 309 home runs, 1,261 RBI and 1,283 walks in 2,055 career games.

He is one of 14 players in the modern era to record a career batting average of at least .310, a career on-base percentage of at least .410 and a career slugging percentage of at least .510 (5,000 PA). Among players with at least 6,000 career plate appearances, only five have bested each leg of Edgar's .312/.418/.515 career triple slash line: Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Jimmie Foxx, Babe Ruth, and Ted Williams.

His .418 on-base percentage ranks 17th-best since 1901, including 4th-best by right-handed batters. From 1995-97, Edgar posted an on-base mark of at least .450 in 3 straight seasons, becoming 1 of 10 players all-time to accomplish this feat. In 1995, he posted a .479 on-base percentage, the 6th-highest single-season mark by a right-handed batter in the modern era.

Martinez made seven appearances in the All-Star Game, earned two batting titles, won five Silver Sluggers and garnered five Outstanding Designated Hitter Awards. Upon his retirement, Major League Baseball renamed the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award the Edgar Martinez Award. He is 1 of 10 right-handed batters to win multiple American League batting titles.

Off the field, Edgar was honored by Major League Baseball with the Roberto Clemente Award in 2004. Upon Edgar's retirement in 2004, the Mariners established the Edgar Martinez Endowment for Muscular Dystrophy Research at Seattle Children's Hospital. The City of Seattle renamed a section of South Atlantic Street (which runs alongside the ballpark) Edgar Martinez Drive in 2004. In 2007, he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

One of two players to have their respective numbers retired by the club (also: Ken Griffey Jr.), Edgar is one of the pillars of the Mariners franchise. He is the club's career leader in games, runs, doubles, RBI, walks, total bases, extra-base hits and on-base percentage while also ranking in the top-5 in batting, at-bats, hits, home runs, slugging percentage and OPS. He is 1 of 9 players in Major League history to record at least 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs, 1,200 RBI and 1,200 walks with one club, joining Hank Aaron, Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Chipper Jones and Todd Helton.

After signing with the club as a non-drafted free agent on Dec. 19, 1982, Edgar made his Major League debut in 1987 at the age of 24 and played his first full Major League season in 1990. Two seasons later, Edgar won his first of two batting titles while also tying for the league-lead in doubles (46) and ranking 2nd in slugging (.544), 4th in on-base percentage (.404), 5th in extra-base hits (67), 7th in hits (181) and T8th in runs (100). During the seven-year span from 1995-2001, Edgar was a dominant offensive force, batting .329 with a .446 on-base percentage and a .574 slugging percentage. He also recorded 291 doubles in 1,020 games. He led the Majors in doubles, while ranking 2nd in on-base percentage, 5th in batting and 14th in slugging during this span.

Martinez was the author of several of the biggest hits in Mariners postseason history, including the iconic double that scored Ken Griffey Jr. with the winning run in Game 5 of the 1995 Division Series to defeat the New York Yankees. He became the first player in MLB history to drive in 7 runs in a single postseason game in Game 4 of the '95 series, hitting a 3-run home run and a grand slam home run as the Mariners erased a 5-0 deficit to stave off elimination. In Game 4 of the 2001 Division Series at Cleveland, he drilled a 2-out, 2-run homer in the 9th inning (another elimination game for Seattle) to break open a 4-2 game. Edgar's .781 career slugging percentage in League Division Series games is tops among players with at least 50 career plate appearances in League Division Series history.

Beginning in 2019, Edgar will work as the Mariners Organizational Hitting Advisor. The 2018 campaign was Martinez's fourth season as the Mariners Major League hitting coach after being hired on June 20, 2015.

Edgar resides in Bellevue, WA with his wife, Holli, son, Alexander and daughters, Tessa and Jacqueline.

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Mariners acquire infielder Shed Long from New York-AL

Mariners send minor league outfielder Josh Stowers to the Yankees

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Monday that the Mariners have acquired infielder Shed Long from the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league outfielder Josh Stowers. In order to make room on Seattle's Major League, 40-man roster, the club has designated for assignment infielder/right-handed pitcher Kaleb Cowart. 

Seattle's 40-man roster remains at 40. 

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Monday that the Mariners have acquired infielder Shed Long from the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league outfielder Josh Stowers. In order to make room on Seattle's Major League, 40-man roster, the club has designated for assignment infielder/right-handed pitcher Kaleb Cowart. 

Seattle's 40-man roster remains at 40. 

Seattle has 7 days to trade, release or outright the contract of Cowart to the minor leagues. 

Long, 23, spent the 2018 season with Double-A Pensacola, batting .261 (118x452) with 75 runs scored, 22 doubles, 5 triples, 12 home runs, 56 RBI, 57 walks and 19 stolen bases in 126 games. Among Southern League leaders Long ranked T4th in runs scored (75), T8th in games played (126), 9th in hits (118) and on-base percentage (.353), T9th in walks (57), T10th in triples (5), T11th in stolen bases (19), T13th in extra-base hits (39), 14th in OPS (.765), 15th in slugging percentage (.412) and 17th in doubles (22). He also led all Southern League second baseman with a .971 fielding percentage. Long represented Pensacola on the Southern Division Southern League All-Star team, going 2-for-4 with 1 run scored, 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBI and 1 walk as the starting second baseman. He also appeared in 19 games with the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League and participated in the AFL All-Star game. Long entered the 2018 season rated by Baseball America as the 8th-best prospect in Cincinnati's system and was currently ranked by MLB.com as the 7th-best prospect in the Reds organization.

Long was originally selected by the Reds in the 12th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Jacksonville High School. Over 6 minor league seasons, he is batting .272 (445x1635) with 231 runs scored, 86 doubles, 15 triples, 50 home runs, 211 RBI, 188 walks and 54 stolen bases in 457 career games. In 2017 Long was a Florida State League All-Star and Minor League Baseball's FSL Player of the Month for May. Also in 2017 he was rated by managers as the best defensive second baseman in the Florida State League. 

Stowers, 21 (turns 22 on Feb. 25), made his professional debut with Short-A Everett in 2018. He appeared in 58 games with the AquaSox, batting .260 (52x200) with 32 runs, 15 doubles, 5 home runs, 28 RBI, 37 walks and 20 stolen bases. Among Northwest League leaders, he ranked 2nd in walks and 8th in on-base percentage (.380). The native of Chicago represented Everett on the Northwest League All-Star team and went 1-for-5 as the starting centerfielder. Stowers was selected by the Mariners in the 2nd round (54th overall) in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Lousiville.

Cowart, 26, was claimed off waivers by Seattle from Los Angeles-AL on Dec. 10, 2018. He appeared in 47 games over 4 stints (6/2-5, 6/8-19, 6/30-7/4, 7/31-end of the season) with the Los Angeles Angels in 2018. Overall the 6-foot-3, 225-pound switch-hitter, hit .134 (15x112) with 7 runs scored, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 10 RBI, 10 walks and 1 stolen base. Cowart also appeared in 64 games with Triple-A Salt Lake, batting .287 (74x258) with 36 runs scored, 20 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs, 45 RBI, 18 walks and 8 stolen bases. 

Cowart was originally selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 1st round (18th overall) in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Cook High School in Adel, GA. Over parts of 4 Major League seasons with the Angels, he hit .177 (61x345) with 41 runs scored, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs, 33 RBI, 25 walks and 6 stolen bases. 

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Outfielder John Aandreoli claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers

Andreoli was designated for assignment on January 10

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster move: 

•    John Andreoli, OF, claimed off waivers by Texas. 

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster move: 

•    John Andreoli, OF, claimed off waivers by Texas. 

Andreoli, 28, was claimed off waivers by Texas after being designated for assignment on Jan. 10. He began the 2018 season with Seattle and ended the season with Baltimore, but was claimed off waivers by the Mariners from the Orioles on Oct. 31. He appeared in 23 games with the Orioles in 2018 after being claimed off waivers from Seattle on Aug. 18, batting .232 (13x56) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 4 RBI, 4 walks and 2 stolen bases. Andreoli spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Tacoma and also had 3 stints with the Mariners: May 23-28, July 7-9 and July 20. Overall in 3 games with Seattle in 2018, he went 1-for-5 (.200) with 1 walk. He made his Major League debut with the Mariners on May 23 at Oakland. In 89 games with the Rainiers, he hit .287 (94x327) with 54 runs, 18 doubles, 5 triples, 3 home runs, 36 RBI, 55 walks, 19 stolen bases and a .397 on-base percentage. He was on the Rainiers disabled list from April 22 to May 2 with a sprained finger on his right hand. 

Andreoli was signed by Seattle as a minor league free agent on Dec. 8, 2017 and designated for assignment on August 17, 2018. The Worchester, MA, native was drafted by Chicago-NL in the 17th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Connecticut. In 8 minor league seasons (2011-current), he's appeared in 773 games, hitting a combined .270 (745x2763) with 127 doubles, 44 triples, 37 home runs and 256 RBI with 247 stolen bases.

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Seattle Mariners statement on the passing of Mel Stottlemyre Sr.

SEATTLE MARINERS STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF MEL STOTTLEMYRE SR.

The Seattle Mariners organization is saddened by the passing of former pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Sr.

SEATTLE MARINERS STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF MEL STOTTLEMYRE SR.

The Seattle Mariners organization is saddened by the passing of former pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Sr.

Stottlemyre, 77 (born Nov. 13, 1941), was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (a cancer of the blood plasma) on April 9, 2000. He underwent treatment, including a stem cell transplant in September, 2000, that led to a long remission prior to a return of the cancer in 2010.

"Mel was an outstanding pitcher, earning his place among the best Yankees pitchers ever, and won five World Titles as a pitching coach, as well as the thanks and respect of a legion of pitchers he coached from youth baseball to the Majors," said Mariners President & CEO Kevin Mather. "But more than that, he was truly one of the great gentlemen of our game. I was honored to get to know him when he was our pitching coach, and was always pleased to see him in Seattle or in the ballpark when his son, Mel Jr., coached for us. Our thoughts are with his wife Jean, sons Mel Jr. and Todd, and his grandchildren."

Stottlemyre was pre-deceased by his son Jason, who passed away from Leukemia as a child.

Mel Sr. was a roving minor league pitching instructor with the Mariners from their inception in 1977 through the 1981 season, and also did a handful of games as a color commentator on TV games with Dave Niehaus in 1977. He returned as Major League pitching coach for the 2008 season in Seattle.

Mel. Sr. was raised in Mabton, WA, and pitched for Mabton High School and Yakima Valley Community College prior to signing with the New York Yankees in 1961. He made his MLB debut with New York on August 12, 1964, and his 9-3 record down the stretch helped the Yankees to the American League pennant. In 11 big league seasons, all with the Yankees, Mel. Sr. compiled a 164-139 record with a 2.97 ERA in 360 appearances (356 starts) with 152 complete games. He ranks among the Yankees all-time leaders in games, innings, wins, strikeouts, shutouts and ERA, and was a three-time (1965, 1968 & 1969) 20-game winner. He was a five-time AL All-Star and notched 7 career home runs, including an inside the park grand slam.

Mel was a Major League pitching coach with New York-NL (1984-93), Houston (1994-95), New York-AL (1996-2005) and Seattle (2008). He helped lead the Yankees to five World Series and the Mets to one World Series berth.

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Mariners announce Minor League coaching staff for 2019 season

Max Weiner, Kyle Wilson, Rob Macello, Ari Ronick, Connor Dawson, Austin Knight and Andy Bissell in first season with the Mariners Player Development department in 2019.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto and Director of Player Development Andy McKay announced today the Mariners Minor League Coaching Staff for the 2019 season. 

Triple-A Tacoma -- Daren Brown returns to manage Triple-A Tacoma after spending the last spending the last 3 seasons with the Mariners Double-A affiliate. Brown led Arkansas to the postseason in 2018 and was named Southern League Manager of the Year in 2016 after leading the Jackson Generals to a Southern League title. Brown enters his 22nd season in the Mariners organization and has compiled a 1231-1108 record (.526) over 20 seasons as a manager in the minor leagues. He spent 7 seasons a manager for the Rainiers from 2007-13, ranking as the winningest manager in Tacoma franchise history with 433 wins. Roy Howell will serve as the Rainiers hitting coach after spending the last 5 seasons as part of the Double-A staff and pitching coach Lance Painter, who is entering his 14th season with the Mariners, will return to the Rainiers coaching staff.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto and Director of Player Development Andy McKay announced today the Mariners Minor League Coaching Staff for the 2019 season. 

Triple-A Tacoma -- Daren Brown returns to manage Triple-A Tacoma after spending the last spending the last 3 seasons with the Mariners Double-A affiliate. Brown led Arkansas to the postseason in 2018 and was named Southern League Manager of the Year in 2016 after leading the Jackson Generals to a Southern League title. Brown enters his 22nd season in the Mariners organization and has compiled a 1231-1108 record (.526) over 20 seasons as a manager in the minor leagues. He spent 7 seasons a manager for the Rainiers from 2007-13, ranking as the winningest manager in Tacoma franchise history with 433 wins. Roy Howell will serve as the Rainiers hitting coach after spending the last 5 seasons as part of the Double-A staff and pitching coach Lance Painter, who is entering his 14th season with the Mariners, will return to the Rainiers coaching staff.

Double-A Arkansas -- Mitch Canham enters his fourth season in the Mariners minor league organization, including his first as the manager of the Mariners Double-A affiliate, the Arkansas Travelers. Over two seasons with High-A Modesto, he led the Nuts to 136-144 record, including going a perfect 6-0 during the playoffs en route to a California League Championship in 2017. Canham helmed Seattle's affiliate in the Midwest League in 2016, leading the LumberKings to a league-best 86-56 record in first season as a manager. Canham, who was born in Richland, WA, and grew up in Lake Stevens, WA, attended Oregon State and was selected in the 1st round (57th overall) by San Diego in the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Over 8 seasons in the minor leagues with the Padres (2007-2010), A's (2011), Cardinals (2012), Royals (2013) and Nationals (2014) he hit .253 (473x1872) with 243 runs scored, 90 doubles, 19 triples, 23 home runs and 238 RBI in 542 career games. Pete Woodworth will serve as the team's pitching coach, while Kyle Wilson begins his first season as the club's hitting coach. 

High-A Modesto -- Denny Hocking enters his third season in the Mariners minor league organization, including his first as the manager of the Mariners High-A affiliate, the Modesto Nuts. He managed the Clinton LumberKings in 2018 after spending the 2017 season as the Rainiers hitting coach. The 13-year Major League veteran compiled a .251 (591x2358) career average with 25 home runs and 226 RBI in 954 games with Minnesota (1993-2003), Colorado (2004) and Kansas City (2005). Jose Umbria, who coached in Clinton last season, will serve as the hitting coach, while Rob Marcello enters his first season in the organization as the team's pitching coach. 

Single-A West Virginia -- Dave Berg, who was the hitting coach for Triple-A Tacoma in 2018, will enter his first season at the helm of Seattle's affiliate in the South Atlantic League, the West Virginia Power. Berg will begin his third season since joining the Mariners organization in 2016 after spending 7 seasons as part of the Miami Marlins Player Development staff. He was selected by the Marlins in the 38th round of the 1993 MLB June Draft out of the University of Miami. Over parts of 7 seasons, Berg hit .269 (430x1600) in 582 career games with the Marlins (1998-2001) and Blue Jays (2002-04). His staff includes hitting coach Eric Farris, who coached in Everett in 2018 and pitching coach Alon Leichmon, who was on the DSL Mariners staff last season. 

Short A Everett -- Jose Moreno will manage the Everett AquaSox, Seattle's Northwest League affiliate for the third consecutive season. He enters his 19th season in the Mariners organization, including spending five seasons as the Mariners Latin America Field Coordinator prior to joining Everett. Moreno led the AquaSox to the 2010 Northwest League title and led the team to a First Half Division Title in 2018. Joe Thurston will serve as the AquaSox hitting coach, while Ari Ronick will enter his first season in the Mariners organization as the club's pitching coach. Ronick was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Portland State University. He played five minor league seasons in the Giants organization (2008-12) and also spent two seasons in the Independent Leagues (2013-14). Prior to joining the Mariners, he spent nine years running Ronick Baseball in Missoula, Montana.   

Rookie Peoria -- Zac Livingston returns for his fourth season as manager with the Mariners Rookie affiliate, the Arizona League Mariners. Livingston managed the AZL Mariners to back-to-back postseason appearances in 2015 and 2016, including winning the Arizona League Championship in 2016. Prior to joining the Seattle organization, he spent four seasons as a minor league catcher in the Angels organization (2012-15) after being selected by Los Angeles in the 34th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona Christian University. Yoel Monzon will serve as pitching coach, while Connor Dawson enters his first season with the organization as the team's hitting coach.   

Dominican Academy -- Manager Austin Knight enters his third season in the Mariners organization, but his first as manager for the Dominican Summer League Mariners. He began the 2018 season as a volunteer assistant coach for Dallas Baptist University and joined Modesto as a coach in late June. After a four-year collegiate career at DBU, Knight spent the 2011-12 seasons as the Patriots volunteer assistant coach, followed by two seasons a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M and two seasons as Northeast Texas Community College from 2015-16. His staff includes pitching coach Jose Amancio, hitting coach David Flores and coaches Luis Caballero and Andy Bissell. Martin Valerio begins his 9th season as the Director of the Dominican Republic Academy, while Luis Matias enters his second season as Assistant of Baseball Operations (DR). 

To support the minor league managers and coaches, the Mariners player development program has assembled an 8-person group of coordinators, led by Minor League Field Coordinator Carson Vitale who returns for his second season with Seattle. Alvin Davis (9th season), Pete Harnisch (4th season) and Dan Wilson (6th season) will each serve as a Special Assistant. Hugh Quattlebaum returns as Hitting Coordinator, Tony Arnerich will be the Assistant Hitting and Catching Coordinator and Cesar Nicolas will enter his new role as Coordinator of Latin America Development, while Max Weiner joins the organization as Pitching Coordinator. Craig Manning enters his 13th season as the Minor League Video Coordinator. 


The coaching assignments are listed below. * notes new hire for 2019 season:

Player Development Coordinators:
Field Coordinator................................................................. Carson Vitale
Special Assistant, Player Development................................. Alvin Davis
Special Assistant, Player Development................................. Dan Wilson
Special Assignment, Pitching Coach...................................... Pete Harnisch
Pitching Coordinator............................................................ Max Weiner*
Hitting Coordinator.............................................................. Hugh Quattlebaum
Assistant Hitting Coordinator/Catching Coordinator.............. Tony Arnerich
Coordinator, Latin America Development............................. Cesar Nicolas
Minor League Video Coordinator.......................................... Craig Manning

High Performance Coordinators:
Coordinator, Minor League Medical/Athletic Training............ John Walker
Coordinator, Minor League Rehabilitation............................. Michael Feliciano
Coordinator, Performance Specialist..................................... Rob Fumagali
Asst. Coordinator, Performance Specialist............................. Aaron Reis
Peak Performance Coach..................................................... Jimmy VanOstrand
Peak Performance Coach..................................................... David Franco
Peak Performance Coach..................................................... Adam Bernero*
Rehab Coach....................................................................... Moises Hernandez
Athlete Monitoring.............................................................. Dan Adams
Pitching Strategist................................................................ Trent Blank*
Pitching Strategist................................................................ Forrest Herrmann*
Hitting Strategist................................................................. Jarret DeHart


Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers:
www.TacomaRainiers.com
Manager:.......................................... Daren Brown
Pitching Coach:................................. Lance Painter
Hitting Coach:................................... Roy Howell
Athletic Trainer:................................ Tom Newberg
Assistant Athletic Trainer:.................. Josh DiLoreto
Performance Specialist:..................... Derek Mendoza

Double-A Arkansas Travelers:
www.Travs.com
Manager:.......................................... Mitch Canham
Pitching Coach:................................. Pete Woodworth
Hitting Coach:................................... Kyle Wilson*
Athletic Trainer:................................ B.J. Downie
Performance Specialist:..................... Michael Apodaca
  
High-A Modesto Nuts:
www.ModestoNuts.com
Manager:.......................................... Denny Hocking
Pitching Coach:................................. Rob Marcello*
Hitting Coach:................................... Jose Umbria
Athletic Trainer:................................ Taylor Bennett
Performance Specialist:..................... Michael Sadler

Single-A West Virginia Power:
www.WVPower.com
Manager:.......................................... Dave Berg
Pitching Coach:................................. Alon Leichman
Hitting Coach:................................... Eric Farris
Athletic Trainer:................................ Josh Gallagher
Performance Specialist:..................... Kevin Childs

Short Season-A Everett AquaSox:
www.AquaSox.com
Manager:....................................... Jose Moreno
Pitching Coach:.............................. Ari Ronick*
Hitting Coach:................................ Joe Thurston
Athletic Trainer:............................. Amanda Lee*
Performance Specialist:.................. Alexander Pons

Rookie Peoria Mariners:
Manager:....................................... Zac Livingston
Pitching Coach:.............................. Yoel Monzon
Hitting Coach:................................ Connor Dawson*
Athletic Trainer:............................. Randy Roetter
Performance Specialist:.................. Andy Lyon
Minor League Equipment Manager: Isaac Ruiz
Asst. MiL Equipment Manager:....... Martin Nelson

Dominican Academy:
Director of Dominican Admin........... Martin Valerio 
Asst. Baseball Operations (DR)......... Luis Matias
Academic Advisor............................ Walkyria Torres
Manager:........................................ Austin Knight
Pitching Coach:................................ Jose Amancio
Hitting Coach:.................................. David Flores
Coach:............................................. Andy Bissell*
Coach:............................................. Luis Caballero
Athletic Trainer:............................... Bladimir Frias
Athletic Trainer:............................... Jorge Rodriguez*
Performance Specialist:................... George Drullard
Performance Specialist:................... Jose Rosa

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Mariners agree to terms with arbitration eligible players: LHP Roenis Elias and OF Domingo Santana

The Mariners have no remaining arbitration eligible players.

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2019 contracts with two arbitration eligible players on the club's Major League, 40-man roster: left-handed pitcher Roenis Elías and outfielder Domingo Santana. Per club policy, the terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

By agreeing to terms with the two players, the Mariners have no remaining arbitration eligible players.

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2019 contracts with two arbitration eligible players on the club's Major League, 40-man roster: left-handed pitcher Roenis Elías and outfielder Domingo Santana. Per club policy, the terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

By agreeing to terms with the two players, the Mariners have no remaining arbitration eligible players.

Elías, 30, went 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA (15 ER, 51.0 IP) with 34 strikeouts and 16 walks in 23 appearances (4 starts) with the Mariners last season. From Aug. 22 through the end of the regular season, he went 1-0 with a 0.78 ERA (2 ER, 23.0 IP) with 14 strikeouts and 6 walks in 9 games (2 starts). The 5-foot-11, 205-pound left-hander was on the 10-day disabled list with a left triceps strain from July 31 (retroactive to July 29)-Aug. 19, including 3 rehab appearances (1 start) with Triple-A Tacoma. He was acquired by the Mariners from the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations on April 23; Seattle sent cash considerations on June 15. He made 7 appearances (6 starts) with Triple-A Tacoma prior to being recalled by the Mariners on June 1. He began the season with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he appeared in 4 games.

The lefty was originally signed by Seattle as a minor league free agent on May 3, 2011 and made his Major League debut with the Mariners on April 3, 2014 at Oakland. Elías was acquired by the Red Sox from the Mariners on Dec. 7, 2015 along with RHP Carson Smith in exchange for LHP Wade Miley and RHP Jonathan Aro. In parts of 5 Major League seasons with the Mariners (2014-15, 2018-c) and Red Sox (2016-17), he is 18-22 with a 3.97 ERA (149 ER, 338.0 IP) with 278 strikeouts and 130 walks in 78 career games (54 starts).

Santana, 26, was acquired by the Mariners from the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Ben Gamel and minor league right-handed pitcher Noah Zavolas on Dec. 21, 2018. He hit .265 (56x211) with 21 runs, 14 doubles, 5 home runs and 20 RBI in 85 games with Milwaukee in 2018. He also appeared in 55 games with AAA Colorado Springs last season, hitting .283 (53x187) with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs, 35 RBI, a .401 on-base percentage and a .487 slugging mark (.888 OPS).

In 2017, Santana appeared in 151 games with the Brewers and hit .278 with a .371 on-base percentage and a .505 slugging percentage (.875 OPS) to go along with 29 doubles, 30 home runs and 85 RBI. He was one of the most productive right fielders in the National League, ranking among the NL right fielder leaders in steals (15 / T1st), HR (T2nd), walks (73 / T2nd), on-base percentage (2nd), extra-base hits (57 / T2nd), RBI (3rd), hits (3rd), runs (3rd), batting average (3rd), and OPS (.873 / 3rd).

Santana was originally signed by Philadelphia as an international free agent in 2009 out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was traded to Houston in 2011 and made his MLB debut with the Astros in 2014, prior to being traded to Milwaukee in 2015. In parts of five big league campaigns (2014-2018), he is a career .261 (303x1159) hitter with 64 doubles, 1 triple, 54 home runs and 163 RBI in a combined 371 games. Santana has a career on-base mark of .349 and a career slugging percentage of .458 (807 OPS). The 6-foot-5, right-handed hitter has appeared at all three outfield positions in his Major League career.

 

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Mariners sign free agents Cory Gearrin and Tim Beckham

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher Cory Gearrin and free agent infielder Tim Beckham. In order to make room on Seattle's Major League, 40-man roster, the club has designated for assignment outfielder John Andreoli.

Seattle's 40-man roster is now at 40 players. Per club policy, the terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher Cory Gearrin and free agent infielder Tim Beckham. In order to make room on Seattle's Major League, 40-man roster, the club has designated for assignment outfielder John Andreoli.

Seattle's 40-man roster is now at 40 players. Per club policy, the terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Seattle has 7 days to trade, release or outright the contract of Andreoli to the minor leagues.

"Cory Gearrin brings much needed veteran experience and stability to the back of our bullpen. He has been a solid under the radar performer, particularly over the past two seasons." Dipoto said. "Tim Beckham is a very talented player who is one year removed from being one of the more productive shortstops in the American League. He is a real offensive threat with multi-position defensive versatility that fits our team very well."

Gearrin, 32, combined to go 2-1 with 1 save and a 3.77 ERA (24 ER, 57.1 IP) in 62 games with San Francisco (3/29-7/7), Texas (7/8-8/30) and Oakland (8/31-end of season) in 2018. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound, right-handed reliever limited opponents to a .255 (56x220) average, while walking 21 and striking out 53. He began the season with the Giants, holding opponents scoreless in 26 of 35 appearances and posting a 1-1 record with 1 save and a 4.20 ERA (14 ER, 30.0 IP). Gearrin was acquired by the Rangers along with RHP Jason Bahr and OF Austin Jackson from the Giants in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations on July 8. He went 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA (6 ER, 21.1 IP) over 21 appearances with Texas before being traded to the Athletics in exchange for two minor league pitchers on August 31. Gearrin appeared in 6 games with Oakland in Sept., going 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA (4 ER, 6.0 IP).

Originally selected by Atlanta in the 4th round of the 2007 June draft, he has compiled a 12-9 record with a 3.54 ERA spanning 270 relief appearances over 7 Major League seasons with Atlanta (2011-13), San Francisco (2015-18), Texas (2018) and Oakland (2018). The Chattanooga, TN, native has held right-handed batters to a .228 average (135x593) with a .640 OPS in his career. He has averaged 62 appearances over the last 3 season (2016-18). In 2017, Gearrin went 4-3 with a 1.99 ERA (15 ER/68.0 IP) over a career-high 68 relief appearances with San Francisco, posting the 7th-lowest relief ERA in the National League.

Beckham, 28 (turns 29 on Jan. 27), appeared in 96 games with Baltimore in 2018, batting .230 (85x369) with 45 runs, 17 doubles, 12 home runs and 35 RBI. He was sidelined by a stint on the 60-day disabled list with a strained left groin. After being reinstated from the disabled list on June 25, he hit .246 (70x285) with 37 runs, 13 doubles, 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 73 games. The 6-foot, 210-pound infielder was non-tendered by the Orioles on Nov. 30.

In 2017, he combined to bat .278 (148x533) with 67 runs, 18 doubles, 5 triples, 22 home runs and 62 RBI in 137 games with the Rays and Orioles. Beckham split the 2017 season between the Orioles and the Rays, going to Baltimore in exchange for minor league right-hander Tobias Myers on July 31. His 3.3 WAR (Baseball-Reference) was 6th-best among American League shortstops in 2017.

Beckham was selected by Tampa Bay with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Griffin (GA) High School. He made his Major League debut with the Rays on Sept. 19, 2013 vs. Texas. Over parts of 5 Major League seasons with the Rays (2013, 2015-17) and Orioles (2017-18), he is a career .252 (330x1310) hitter with 162 runs, 54 doubles, 14 triples, 48 home runs and 151 RBI in 384 career games.

Andreoli, 28, was claimed off waivers by the Mariners from the Orioles on Oct. 31. He appeared in 23 games with the Orioles in 2018 after being claimed off waivers from Seattle on Aug. 18, batting .232 (13x56) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 4 RBI, 4 walks and 2 stolen bases. Andreoli spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Tacoma and also had 3 stints with the Mariners: May 23-28, July 7-9 and July 20. Overall in 3 games with Seattle in 2018, he went 1-for-5 (.200) with 1 walk. He made his Major League debut with the Mariners on May 23 at Oakland. In 89 games with the Rainiers, he hit .287 (94x327) with 54 runs, 18 doubles, 5 triples, 3 home runs, 36 RBI, 55 walks, 19 stolen bases and a .397 on-base percentage. He was on the Rainiers disabled list from April 22 to May 2 with a sprained finger on his right hand.

Andreoli was signed by Seattle as a minor league free agent on Dec. 8, 2017 and designated for assignment on August 17, 2018. The Worchester, MA, native was drafted by Chicago-NL in the 17th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Connecticut. In 8 minor league seasons (2011-current), he's appeared in 773 games, hitting a combined .270 (745x2763) with 127 doubles, 44 triples, 37 home runs and 256 RBI with 247 stolen bases.

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Mariners sign left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi to four-year contract

International free agent Kikuchi spent last eight years pitching for Seibu in Japan.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the Mariners have signed left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi to a four-year contract. Kikuchi was posted by the Seibu Lions of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) League following the 2018 season. He was eligible to negotiate and sign with any MLB team.

"Yusei's combination of character, talent, experience and relative age made him a primary target in our roster building plans," Dipoto said. "He is an exciting young pitcher with the ability to impact the Mariners, both in the present and future."

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the Mariners have signed left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi to a four-year contract. Kikuchi was posted by the Seibu Lions of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) League following the 2018 season. He was eligible to negotiate and sign with any MLB team.

"Yusei's combination of character, talent, experience and relative age made him a primary target in our roster building plans," Dipoto said. "He is an exciting young pitcher with the ability to impact the Mariners, both in the present and future."

Kikuchi, 27, posted a 69-45 mark with a 2.69 ERA (286 ER, 956.1 IP) over 7 seasons with the Saitama Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League. The 6-foot, 194-pound lefty struck out 879 while walking only 363 over his career with the Lions. 

Over the last three seasons (2016-18), he was 42-17, 2.51 (138 ER, 494.1 IP) in 71 starts while striking out 497 (9.04 SO per 9.0 IP) and walking 161.  

Kikuchi is a three-time (2013, 2017 & 2018) NPB All-Star and he led the Pacific League in ERA (1.97) and wins (16) in 2017. 

Last season, he posted a 14-4 mark with a 3.08 ERA in 23 starts with Seibu. That followed his 2017 campaign that saw him win a league-high 16 games (16-6) and post a league-best 1.97 ERA in 26 starts for the Lions. His 187.2 innings in 2017 were a career high.

Kikuchi is a native of Morioka, Japan (born: June 17, 1991) and pitched for Hanamaki Higashi High School in Japan. Kikuchi helped lead his high school to a runner-up finish at the national high school invitational in April and to the semifinals in the national championship in August before being the top pick in the 2009 NPB Draft. He made his professional debut for Seibu's minor league team in 2011 and also pitched with Melbourne in the Australian Winter League that year.

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2019 Mariners Caravan gets rolling Jan. 7

Three-week tour will visit 22 communities around Northwest

The 2019 Seattle Mariners Caravan hits the road on Monday, January 7, with stops along the I-5 corridor in Longview, Portland, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Washington, Blaine and Vancouver, B.C.

At various stops on the Caravan, current, former and future Seattle Mariners players, broadcasters and the Moose host assemblies for elementary school students, meet Boys & Girls Club members, visit hospitals and, in some communities, host free public autograph and photo sessions.

The 2019 Seattle Mariners Caravan hits the road on Monday, January 7, with stops along the I-5 corridor in Longview, Portland, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Washington, Blaine and Vancouver, B.C.

At various stops on the Caravan, current, former and future Seattle Mariners players, broadcasters and the Moose host assemblies for elementary school students, meet Boys & Girls Club members, visit hospitals and, in some communities, host free public autograph and photo sessions.

After brief visits to Mariners Radio Network affiliate stations KELA in Centralia and KLOG in Kelso, the Caravan holds the first public event of the tour with a free public autograph session at Lower Columbia College, Myklebust Gymnasium in Longview, featuring right-handed relief pitcher Chasen Bradford and broadcasters Aaron Goldsmith and Ryan Rowland-Smith.

Bradford began the 2018 season with the Tacoma Rainiers. He was called up on April 9 and appeared in 46 games for the Mariners posting a 5-0 record in 53.2 innings.

Aaron Goldsmith is entering his seventh season as a member of the Mariners broadcast team. In addition to his play-by-play duties, Aaron is host of the Hot Stove Show, Cactus League Report, Sunday Mariners Magazine pregame program and The Wheelhouse podcast with Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto. Aaron also broadcasts Major League Baseball, college football and basketball on Fox Network and FS1.

Former Mariners pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith makes occasional appearances as an analyst on Mariners radio and TV broadcasts and is a regular co-host of ROOT SPORTS Northwest Mariners pregame and postgame programs. The native Australian became a fan favorite during his four-year stint with the Mariners (2007-2010) due to his easy-going, engaging personality. Rowland-Smith was a member of the 2004 Australian National Baseball team that won a silver medal in the Olympics.
The three-week annual Mariners Caravan will make stops in 22 communities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. Week 2 stops include Yakima, Wenatchee, Spokane, Walla Walla, Tri-Cities and Post Falls, Idaho. A schedule of public appearances for the Caravan is available at Mariners.com/Caravan.

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