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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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Mariners acquire outfielder Domingo Santana from Milwaukee

Seattle sends outfielder Ben Gamel and Minor League RHP Noah Zavolas to Brewers.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Friday that the Mariners have acquired outfielder Domingo Santana from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Ben Gamel and minor league right-hander Noah Zavolas.

The Mariners Major League, 40-man, roster remains at 38 players with today's transactions.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Friday that the Mariners have acquired outfielder Domingo Santana from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Ben Gamel and minor league right-hander Noah Zavolas.

The Mariners Major League, 40-man, roster remains at 38 players with today's transactions.

"Santana was one of the most productive outfielders in baseball in 2017," Dipoto said. "He did not have the same opportunities last year, but his age and power bat from the right side make him a very good fit for our club moving forward."

Santana, 26, 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.

Gamel, 26, hit .272 (70x257) with 14 doubles, 4 triples, 1 HR and 19 RBI in 101 games last season. He was acquired by Seattle from New York-AL in exchange for Jio Orozco (rhp) and Juan De Paula (rhp) on Aug. 31, 2016. In parts of three Major League seasons with the Yankees (2016) and Mariners (2016-2018), he is a career .269 (219x814) hitter with 13 home runs and 83 RBI in 268 career games.

Zavolas, 22, was selected by Seattle in the 18th round of the 2018 First Year Player Draft out of Harvard University. He pitched in 19 games, all in relief, for short-A Everett and high-A Modesto, posting a combined mark of 5-2, 3.03 (13 ER, 38.2 IP). He was 4-2, 3.38 (13 ER, 34.2 IP) in 16 games with Everett and was 1-0, 0.00 (0 ER, 4.0 IP) in 3 games with Modesto.

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Mariners sign free agent left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup

Seattle's 40-man roster is now at 38 players

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has signed free agent left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup.

With the addition of Rosscup, Seattle's 40-man roster is now at 38 players. Per club policy, the terms of the contract 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 left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup.

With the addition of Rosscup, Seattle's 40-man roster is now at 38 players. Per club policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"When healthy, Zac has swing-and-miss stuff, which has translated at all levels." Dipoto said. "We look forward to seeing what he can do with good health and real opportunity."

Rosscup, 30, struck out 20 and walked only 4 while allowing 6 earned runs over 11.1 innings pitched (4.76 ERA) in 17 relief appearances with the Dodgers in 2018. The Clackamas, OR, native held opposing batters to a .209 (9x43) average, including limiting left-handed batters to a slash line of .143/.280/.429. In 10 appearances from Aug. 17-Sept. 25, he struck out 14 in 7.1 scoreless innings while allowing only 3 hits and issuing 2 walks. He began the season in the Rockies organization before being claimed off waivers by the Dodgers on July 11. Rosscup was on the disabled list three times last season: March 29-July 11 (blister on left middle finger), July 25-Aug. 4 (left middle finger inflammation) and Aug. 20-Sept. 1 (left calf strain). He made rehab appearances with Triple-A Albuquerque (COL), High-A Rancho Cucamonga (LAD) and Triple-A Oklahoma City (LAD), combining for a 0.90 ERA (1 ER, 10.0 IP) with 11 strikeouts and 4 walks.

bRosscup was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 28th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Chemeketa Community College (Salem, OR). The 6-2, 220-pound left-handed reliever is 3-2 with a 5.21 ERA (38 ER, 65.2 IP) and 87 strikeouts in 88 career major league games over 5 seasons with Chicago-NL (2013-15, 2017), Colorado (2017) and Los Angeles-NL (2018). Over 180 career minor league games, he is 18-12 with a 2.56 ERA (89 ER, 312.2 IP) with 381 strikeouts.

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T-Mobile and Seattle Mariners team up to present T-Mobile Park

New 25-year hometown partnership to bring all-new Un-carrier experiences and perks to Seattle baseball fans

The Seattle Mariners and T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today announced that the home field of the Mariners will be known as T-Mobile Park for the next 25 years. This partnership, subject to approval by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD), allows the Un-carrier to provide Seattle Mariners fans with unprecedented benefits, backed by all-new energy to pump up the hometown for seasons to come. 
  
"The Un-carrier is always shaking things up for the better, and this time we're going BIG with the Seattle Mariners for all their fans," said John Legere, T-Mobile CEO. "T-Mobile Park isn't just some corporate-branded sponsorship to us…this is about supporting the community and our hometown Mariners in building a World Series-caliber team!"

"T-Mobile has a deep commitment to this community, a passion for customer service and a well-earned reputation as a leader in innovation. These are the qualities that make T-Mobile the right partner to name this iconic ballpark," said John Stanton, Seattle Mariners Chairman and Managing Partner. 

The Seattle Mariners and T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today announced that the home field of the Mariners will be known as T-Mobile Park for the next 25 years. This partnership, subject to approval by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD), allows the Un-carrier to provide Seattle Mariners fans with unprecedented benefits, backed by all-new energy to pump up the hometown for seasons to come. 
  
"The Un-carrier is always shaking things up for the better, and this time we're going BIG with the Seattle Mariners for all their fans," said John Legere, T-Mobile CEO. "T-Mobile Park isn't just some corporate-branded sponsorship to us…this is about supporting the community and our hometown Mariners in building a World Series-caliber team!"

"T-Mobile has a deep commitment to this community, a passion for customer service and a well-earned reputation as a leader in innovation. These are the qualities that make T-Mobile the right partner to name this iconic ballpark," said John Stanton, Seattle Mariners Chairman and Managing Partner. 

T-Mobile takes pride in being a company that puts customer experience at the forefront of all it does. And now in partnership with the Seattle Mariners, the Un-carrier is going all-in for not only its customers, but for every dedicated fan of the hometown team! 

All fans can get early access to the ballpark on game days via the T-Mobile 'Pen. This popular gathering place for fans spans from the bullpens behind Left Field to Center Field. Opening 30 minutes before all other gates, the T-Mobile 'Pen gives fans the chance to watch Mariners batting practice and pitcher warm ups. And with this partnership, T-Mobile 'Pen will now feature a variety of new perks including surprise giveaways and a live DJ on select game days, to go with the destination food and beverage offerings.

The Un-carrier will also hook up Mariners fans with surprise seat upgrades, and free stuff at Tuesday games as it brings T-Mobile Tuesdays to the ballpark! And, in addition to already enjoying the fastest wireless network in Seattle, T-Mobile customers will get some extra perks including fast-track entry, discounted tickets and exclusive offers on merch.

The Mariners recently finalized a new 25-year lease with the PFD, the public development authority that owns the ballpark. The agreement obligates the Mariners to pay a minimum of $600 million for ballpark maintenance, operations, capital upgrades and fan improvements over the next 25 years. 

Mariners President and CEO Kevin Mather said, "Fans have come to expect a great experience at this ballpark and we have made a commitment to invest substantial Club revenues over the next 25-years to make sure that continues. This partnership with T-Mobile will help us meet that obligation so that fans will have a first-class experience at T-Mobile Park for decades to come."

At the end of the new lease agreement, the total investment of Mariners revenues into the publicly owned ballpark since 1999 will add up to over $1 billion.

The process of incorporating the T-Mobile branding assets throughout the ballpark will take place over the coming months. Much of it is expected to be completed by Opening Day on March 28, 2019, when the Mariners meet the Boston Red Sox.

You can see renderings of T-Mobile Park on the T-Mobile Newsroom.

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United Way of King County, King County Bar Association and Seattle Mariners announce $3 million partnership to stem the tide of homelessness

New partnership to stop one of the leading causes of homelessness -- evictions of tenants who owe one month's rent or less.

The United Way of King County, King County Bar Association and Seattle Mariners today announced the launch of a community partnership to help tackle King County's homelessness crisis by reducing the number of people who lose their homes due to eviction, which is a leading cause of homelessness.

Home Base works to keep thousands of people facing eviction in their homes by:
•   Providing legal representation through scaling King County Bar Association's volunteer attorney program, the Housing Justice Project, which helps low-income clients facing eviction.
•   Making flexible funds (provided by the Mariners and administered by United Way) available to clients to pay the back rent causing the eviction.
•   Offering the guidance of a caseworker to prevent the person or family from facing eviction again.

The United Way of King County, King County Bar Association and Seattle Mariners today announced the launch of a community partnership to help tackle King County's homelessness crisis by reducing the number of people who lose their homes due to eviction, which is a leading cause of homelessness.

Home Base works to keep thousands of people facing eviction in their homes by:
•   Providing legal representation through scaling King County Bar Association's volunteer attorney program, the Housing Justice Project, which helps low-income clients facing eviction.
•   Making flexible funds (provided by the Mariners and administered by United Way) available to clients to pay the back rent causing the eviction.
•   Offering the guidance of a caseworker to prevent the person or family from facing eviction again.

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty reports that evictions are the leading cause of homelessness. A September 2018 study by the King County Bar Association and Seattle Women's Commission found that 87% of eviction filings were because of nonpayment of rent with roughly three quarters of those cases involving an average of $1,237 or less owed to the landlord. 

"United Way knows that our community won't begin to see a difference in the crisis until we can stop more people from becoming homeless in the first place," said Jon Fine, President and CEO of United Way of King County. "Through Home Base, we are working upstream by providing eviction prevention. This is a game changer and we're so pleased the Seattle Mariners and King County Bar Association have stepped up in a big way."

So who is becoming homeless in our community? Data reveals people of color and women face eviction disproportionately. The study by King Co. Bar Assoc. and Seattle Women's Commission found:
•   51.7 % of eviction fillings in the City of Seattle in 2017 were people of color
•   African Americans in Seattle received 4.5 times the amount of eviction notices than what would be expected based on their demographics in Seattle.
•   A separate study found that in 2013, women in King County were more likely to be evicted than men.

For many low-income renters in our community, the combination of scarce resources and high rent means no flexibility when facing an emergency like a serious illness, a death in the family or temporary job loss. There's often little time for renters to come up with rent as Washington law allows landlords to file evictions against tenants in as little as three days after rent is due.

"In a community as vibrant and successful as ours, it's heartbreaking that so many people don't have the most basic necessity of a warm, dry, safe place to live. Home Base can make an important and lasting difference in the lives of thousands of people and the Seattle Mariners are proud to be a part of this innovative, collaborative solution," said John Stanton, Seattle Mariners Chairman and Managing Partner.

The Seattle Mariners are providing almost $3.0 million to create the eviction intervention fund that will be administered through United Way of King County and provide individualized resources and services to help people obtain or stay in housing. The fund, which is based on successful emergency rent support models in other communities, can be used to pay a landlord in the tenant's name, to cover outstanding debts and resolve a pending eviction.

"One of the biggest challenges facing volunteer attorneys in their negotiations with landlords is the lack of tenant funds to pay the full amount or a portion of the rent that is due. For a fairly small amount of money for each person, we estimate the program could help more than 4,000 people from becoming homeless each year," said Andy Prazuch, Executive Director of the King County Bar Association.

In addition, King County this week announced a total of $1,071,000 for legal aid, alternative dispute resolution, and housing counseling service to help keep veterans, service members, seniors and their caregivers in their homes. The funding is provided by the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy passed by voters in 2017.

"The best way to fight homelessness is to prevent it in the first place," said King County Executive Dow Constantine. "That's why King County supports efforts to help people stay in their homes, but we need partners - business, nonprofit, and philanthropy - to truly succeed. Home Base is a great example of what we can accomplish when we each bring our unique resources to reach common goals."

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Mariners acquire Encarnación, compensatory pick from Cleveland

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the Mariners have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnación and a compensatory Round B draft pick from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for first baseman Carlos Santana.

"We're excited to add a proven offensive performer in Edwin Encarnación," Dipoto said. "In addition, by adding another draft pick for 2019, we have another opportunity to add to the talent in our minor league system."

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the Mariners have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnación and a compensatory Round B draft pick from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for first baseman Carlos Santana.

"We're excited to add a proven offensive performer in Edwin Encarnación," Dipoto said. "In addition, by adding another draft pick for 2019, we have another opportunity to add to the talent in our minor league system."

Encarnación, 35 (turns 36 on Jan. 7), hit .246 (123x500) with 74 runs, 16 doubles, 32 home runs, 107 RBI, 63 walks, a .336 on-base percentage and a .474 slugging percentage (.810 OPS) in 137 games with Cleveland in 2018. Among American League leaders last season, he ranked 3rd in RBI and T9th in home runs. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound right-handed hitter eclipsed the 30-home run plateau for the 7th season consecutive season. He is the only player in the Major Leagues with 7 seasons of at least 30 home runs since 2012, followed by Nelson Cruz (5) and Mike Trout (5). Encarnación also surpassed 100 RBI for the 4th consecutive season, joining Nolan Arenado and Anthony Rizzo as the only Major Leaguers with at least 100 RBI in every season since 2015.

Since 2012, Encarnación leads the Majors in both home runs and RBI. Over the span of the last 7 seasons, he has totaled 263 home runs, ranking ahead of Cruz (254), Giancarlo Stanton (249), Chris Davis (239) and Trout (235). Since 2012, his 764 RBI rank ahead of Cruz (688), Paul Goldschmidt (684), Albert Pujols (653) and Miguel Cabrera (651). Encarnación is a 3-time All-Star, most recently in 2016 with Toronto when his 127 RBI tied with David Ortiz for the American League lead.

The native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, was originally selected by Texas in the 9th round of the 2000 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Manuela Toro High School (Caguas, Puerto Rico). In 14 Major League seasons with the Reds (2005-09), Blue Jays (2009-16) and Indians (2017-18), he is a career .264 (1705x6463) with 380 home runs, 1,156 RBI, 829 walks, a .353 on-base percentage and a .497 slugging percentage (.850 OPS) in 1,807 career games.

Santana, 32, was acquired by Seattle along with J.P. Crawford (inf) from Philadelphia in exchange for Jean Segura (inf), Juan Nicasio (rhp) and James Pazos (lhp) on Dec. 3. Santana hit .229 (128x560) with 82 runs, 28 doubles, 24 home runs, 86 RBI and 110 walks in 161 games with the Phillies in 2018.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Santana was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in August of 2004 before being traded to the Indians in July of 2008. In 1,277 Major League games with the Indians (2010-17) and Phillies (2018), Santana has batted .247 (1123x4554) with 264 doubles, 198 home runs, 673 RBI and 836 walks.

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Mariners Acquire 1B/DH Edwin Encarnación from Cleveland

Seattle sends Carlos Santana to the Indians.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the Mariners have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnación and a compensatory Round B draft pick from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for first baseman Carlos Santana.

 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the Mariners have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnación and a compensatory Round B draft pick from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for first baseman Carlos Santana.

 

"We're excited to add a proven offensive performer in Edwin Encarnación," Dipoto said. "In addition, by adding another draft pick for 2019, we have another opportunity to add to the talent in our minor league system."

 

Encarnación, 35 (turns 36 on Jan. 7), hit .246 (123x500) with 74 runs, 16 doubles, 32 home runs, 107 RBI, 63 walks, a .336 on-base percentage and a .474 slugging percentage (.810 OPS) in 137 games with Cleveland in 2018. Among American League leaders last season, he ranked 3rd in RBI and T9th in home runs. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound right-handed hitter eclipsed the 30-home run plateau for the 7th season consecutive season. He is the only player in the Major Leagues with 7 seasons of at least 30 home runs since 2012, followed by Nelson Cruz (5) and Mike Trout (5). Encarnación also surpassed 100 RBI for the 4th consecutive season, joining Nolan Arenado and Anthony Rizzo as the only Major Leaguers with at least 100 RBI in every season since 2015.

 

Since 2012, Encarnación leads the Majors in both home runs and RBI. Over the span of the last 7 seasons, he has totaled 263 home runs, ranking ahead of Cruz (254), Giancarlo Stanton (249), Chris Davis (239) and Trout (235). Since 2012, his 764 RBI rank ahead of Cruz (688), Paul Goldschmidt (684), Albert Pujols (653) and Miguel Cabrera (651). Encarnación is a 3-time All-Star, most recently in 2016 with Toronto when his 127 RBI tied with David Ortiz for the American League lead.

 

The native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, was originally selected by Texas in the 9th round of the 2000 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Manuela Toro High School (Caguas, Puerto Rico). In 14 Major League seasons with the Reds (2005-09), Blue Jays (2009-16) and Indians (2017-18), he is a career .264 (1705x6463) with 380 home runs, 1,156 RBI, 829 walks, a .353 on-base percentage and a .497 slugging percentage (.850 OPS) in 1,807 career games.

 

Santana, 32, was acquired by Seattle along with J.P. Crawford (inf) from Philadelphia in exchange for Jean Segura (inf), Juan Nicasio (rhp) and James Pazos (lhp) on Dec. 3. Santana hit .229 (128x560) with 82 runs, 28 doubles, 24 home runs, 86 RBI and 110 walks in 161 games with the Phillies in 2018.

 

A native of the Dominican Republic, Santana was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in August of 2004 before being traded to the Indians in July of 2008. In 1,277 Major League games with the Indians (2010-17) and Phillies (2018), Santana has batted .247 (1123x4554) with 264 doubles, 198 home runs, 673 RBI and 836 walks.

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Mariners Select RHP Brandon Brenan in the Rule 5 Draft

Seattle's 40-man roster is now at 37 players.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Seattle Mariners announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the club has selected right-handed pitcher Brandon Brennan from the Colorado organization in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Seattle Mariners announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the club has selected right-handed pitcher Brandon Brennan from the Colorado organization in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

 

A player selected in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft must be kept on the Major League 25-man roster of the drafting team for the entirety of next season, and the selected player must remain active (not on the disabled list) for a minimum of 90 days. If the player does not remain on the Major League roster, he is offered back to the team from which he was selected.

 

Seattle's Major League, 40-man, roster is now at 37 players.

 

Brennan, 27, who was selected from the Colorado organization, spent the majority of the 2018 season with Double-A Birmingham, but also appeared in 4 games with Triple-A Charlotte. He come combined to go 5-4 with 1 save and a 3.25 ERA (27 ER, 74.2 IP) in 44 games, 1 start in the White Sox minor league system last season. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound, right-handed pitcher, limited opponents to a .205 (57x278) average while walking 24 and striking out 79. In 40 appearances with Birmingham, he went 4-3 with a 3.10 (24 ER, 69.2 IP). Among Southern League relievers he ranked 3rd in lowest opponents batting average (.197/50x254), lowest walks per 9.0 innings (2.49) and fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings (9.31). Brennan was promoted to Charlotte on Aug. 25 and made his Triple-A debut that night vs. Gwinnett (L, 1.0,3,3,3,2,2). After allowing 3 runs in his first outing, tossed 4.0 scoreless 3 outings to close out the season, going 1-1 with a 5.40 (3 ER, 5.0 IP) in 4 games. Brennan also appeared in 12 games with Yaquis de Obregon in the Mexican Winter league, going 2-2 with 1 save and a 2.51 ERA (4 ER, 14.1 IP).

 

Brennan has spent his entire 7-year minor league career in Chicago-AL organization, going 25-34 with 16 saves and a 4.64 ERA (249 ER, 482.2 IP) in 172 games, 64 starts. He was selected by the White Sox in the 4th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Orange Coast College.

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Mariners claim INF/RHP Kaleb Cowart off waivers from Angels

Cowart will come to Spring Training as a two-way player

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the club has claimed infielder/right-handed pitcher Kaleb Cowart off waivers from Los Angeles-AL.

Seattle's Major League 40-man roster is now at 36 players.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the club has claimed infielder/right-handed pitcher Kaleb Cowart off waivers from Los Angeles-AL.

Seattle's Major League 40-man roster is now at 36 players.

Cowart, 26, 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 RBIs, 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 RBIs, 18 walks and 8 stolen bases.

Cowart was originally selected by the 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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