|Dysfunction at the top: Eric Wedge, others point to trouble in Mariners’ front office ||Sat, Dec 7 10:06 PM |
|The Mariners’ front office is plagued by “total dysfunction and a lack of leadership,” according to former manager Eric Wedge. Wedge and other former and current team employees describe problems at the top of the organization. ||The Seattle Times: Mariners|
|Mariners look ahead to MLB winter meetings||Sat, Dec 7 09:56 PM |
|After agreeing to a deal with Robinson Cano, Seattle looks to add more to its roster.||The Seattle Times: Mariners|
|Eric Wedge and other former Mariners employees talk front office dysfunction in scathing Seattle Times article (Big League Stew)||Sat, Dec 7 08:54 PM |
|When Eric Wedge stepped down as the Seattle Mariners manager on Sept. 27 , it was noted that, for the lack of a better term, a wedge had been driven between himself and the Mariners front office that was too deep to repair.
What that entailed exactly was only speculation at the time, but with Seattle making noise this offseason by signing free agent Robinson Cano, Wedge and other former Mariners employees are ready to make a little noise of their own on Seattle’s current power structure.
Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has the whole story in a lengthy piece published on Saturday night. The article begins by focusing on a closed door meeting Wedge had with with then president Chuck Armstrong, CEO Howard Lincoln and general manager Jack Zduriencik two days after the 2012 season that seemingly pushed the relationship to the point of no return. Wedge says he felt blindsided and let down by Zduriencik, who assured him management had been pleased with their 75-87 season.||Yahoo Sports - MLB - Seattle Mariners News|
|Mariners poised to pull baseball coup with Robinson Cano deal ||Sat, Dec 7 08:20 PM |
|Sources say that Robinson Cano has agreed to a 10-year, $240 million offer from the Mariners that could be completed after a physical. ||The Seattle Times: Mariners|
|What Seattle Times sports readers are saying||Sat, Dec 7 05:47 PM |
|Huskies UW fans should be elated with Petersen Washington fans should be elated about Steve Sarkisian leaving for USC. His record after five years at UW was a little over 50 percent. With Chris Petersen, who is an excellent coach with a great family, the Huskies will be adding at least another win o||The Seattle Times: Mariners|
|Sizing up the next potential targets on the Mariners winter wishlist (Big League Stew)||Sat, Dec 7 05:33 PM |
|The Seattle Mariners made a big splash on Friday when they signed All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to the third-biggest contract in sports history — 10 years, $240 million.
It's an almost absurd commitment for a team that finished 71-91 in 2013, has multiple holes to fill and doesn't typically hand out mega-contracts. When viewed from that perspective, the signing has largely been tabbed a head-scratcher with disaster potential in its later years. However, as Yahoo's Jeff Passan noted on Friday , the Mariners have an opportunity to make it a meaningful signing in the immediate future, but to do so they must continue striking while the iron is hot and focus on short-term success.
That means they'll need to stay aggressive — and likely continue overpaying — on additional free agents and trade targets to supplement their roster for the next two or three seasons. As we've seen in recent seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins, this strategy is more often a recipe for disaster than success, but once you've put that first foot through the door it's difficult to go back.
With that in mind, here's a look at a few potential targets that have been linked to Seattle that would qualify as quick impact acquisitions.||Yahoo Sports - MLB - Seattle Mariners News|
|Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)||Sat, Dec 7 05:06 PM |
|Dec 7 (The Sports Xchange) - A court document filed Friday revealed that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig denied the Oakland A's request to move to San Jose, California. The team wants to move to San Jose but is in a territorial battle over the South Bay with the San Francisco Giants, who claim rights to the area. The city of San Jose filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball to stop it from preventing the move. The lawsuit is ongoing, but a U.S. District Court document revealed that MLB claims Selig formally denied the A's move to San Jose on June 17 and that the ruling is final.||Yahoo Sports - MLB - Seattle Mariners News|
|A few links and notes and Robinson Cano in a Mariners cap||Sat, Dec 7 05:01 PM |
|Late start this morning since Pearl Jam decided to play till past midnight. Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay were there taking in the show. There is nothing new on the Robinson Cano front. I’m guessing we won’t have an official announcement till sometime next week. Cano still has to take a full||The Seattle Times: Mariners|
|MLB roundup: Selig denied A's move (The SportsXchange)||Sat, Dec 7 04:20 PM |
|A court document filed Friday revealed that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig denied the Oakland A's request to move to San Jose. The team wants to move to San Jose but is in a territorial battle over the South Bay with the San Francisco Giants, who claim rights to the area. The city of San Jose filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball to stop it from preventing the move. The lawsuit is ongoing, but a U.S. District Court document revealed that MLB claims Selig formally denied the A's move to San Jose on June 17 and that the ruling is final.||Yahoo Sports - MLB - Seattle Mariners News|
|Plenty of business left for A's at Winter Meetings (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)||Sat, Dec 7 04:14 PM |
|With all their wheeling and dealing of late, it seems the Oakland A’s stole the thunder from their upcoming trip to the winter meetings. When it comes to offseason activity, no team strikes when the iron is hot quite like the A’s. So as the four-day winter meetings kick off Monday at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla., expect to hear the A’s pop up often in the rumor mill. They still hold a valuable trade chip in starting pitcher Brett Anderson. “This is a time period where the industry is active, and you want to make sure you’re a part of it,” A’s general manager Billy Beane said.||Yahoo Sports - MLB - Seattle Mariners News|
|Mariners and Robinson Cano: The kid who foresaw it weighs in||Sat, Dec 7 02:43 PM |
|By Sam Thomsen Sam Thomsen is a sophomore at Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop whose passions are baseball, the Mariners and writing. He has been following the Mariners since he could walk and in October contributed a Take 2 urging the Mariners to sign Robinson Cano. On Friday, Cano reached agree||The Seattle Times: Mariners|
|Robinson Cano dons Mariners cap and sports a beard in Dominican Republic (Big League Stew)||Sat, Dec 7 09:41 AM |
|The Seattle Mariners gave Robinson Cano 240 million good reasons, in writing, to leave the New York Yankees on Friday. But there may have been a couple more factors that flew under the radar during the negotiation process aside from his reported desire to get away from manager Joe Girardi .
1. He got a shiny new Mariners cap.
And really, who doesn't love a brand new baseball cap?
2. He can finally grow and sustain a beard.
Para los que la querian en Twitter #Seattle #Cano pic.twitter.com/TdZTAJ2NEo
— Sussy Jimenez (@sussydeportes) December 7, 2013
That didn't take long. That's a shot of Cano attending a winter ball game down in the Dominican Republic just hours after his historic 10-year contract with the Seattle Mariners was finalized on Friday.
Dejame echar un chin de vaina! @RobinsonCano pic.twitter.com/qA9jzaER5M
— Raem Cambero (@Raemcito) December 7, 2013
He looks happy, doesn't he?
Obviously, it will take a good while to get used to seeing him in something other than a Yankees hat and especially their pinstriped jersey once the season begins. As for the beard, we hope this is just a humble start. He has another 10 weeks or so until spring training to create a look that will truly announce his new found freedom from the Yankees' restrictive facial hair policy. Hopefully he doesn't let us down.
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|Ortiz: Cano deal 'great news for us' (The SportsXchange)||Sat, Dec 7 09:40 AM |
|Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz told radio station WEEI on Friday that the New York Yankees' loss of second baseman Robinson Cano to free agency is "great news for us." Ortiz said the Yankees lost "the face" of their franchise when Cano reportedly agreed to terms on a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners on Friday. Ortiz said he was not surprised that Cano commanded such a large contract, but was surprised that the Yankees did not re-sign him. "I couldn't believe the Yankees let that walk away," he said.||Yahoo Sports - MLB - Seattle Mariners News|
|Mariners were primed to go hard after Cano||Sat, Dec 7 08:24 AM |
|With few other big-money commitments and a great need in the middle of their lineup, the Mariners were in a prime position to offer Robinson Cano a 10-year deal.||SEA Homepage News|
|How Mariners could afford monster Robinson Cano offer ||Sat, Dec 7 12:01 AM |
|Reported $240 million offer to Robinson Cano follows five years of keeping payroll relatively low. That strategy, along with buying a regional sports TV network, gave the Mariners money to land a high-priced free agent.||The Seattle Times: Mariners|
|Sources: Cano agrees to deal with Mariners||Fri, Dec 6 03:50 PM |
|Looking for an impact player to help bolster their offense, the Mariners landed a whopper on Friday when five-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano agreed to a 10-year, $240 million deal, according to multiple sources. The Mariners said they were not able to confirm any news regarding Cano.||SEA Homepage News|
|Mariners have experience dealing in big numbers||Fri, Dec 6 02:30 PM |
|Once Robinson Cano's 10-year, $240 million deal becomes official, the mid-market Mariners will have two of the top 11 highest-paid players in Major League history on their current roster. But the club isn't totally new to big deals.||SEA Homepage News|
|Cano bucks odds again with Mariners' megadeal||Fri, Dec 6 01:22 PM |
|Sure, the Robinson Cano negotiations turned out a lot different than most of us thought they would. The Yankees lost their No. 3 hitter to the Mariners for a compensation Draft pick -- essentially unimaginable in any era -- but it's hardly the first time Cano has written an unexpected script.||SEA Homepage News|
|Mariners need to add more than Cano to compete||Fri, Dec 6 01:22 PM |
|To really cash in on Robinson Cano, the Mariners need to put at least one more experienced, impact bat -- and probably two -- around him. Because the only way Cano's signing makes sense in the long run is if it contributes to winning.||SEA Homepage News|
|Club seeks upgrades throughout roster at Meetings||Fri, Dec 6 12:55 PM |
|As officials from all 30 Major League teams gather at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., next week, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik figures to be in the midst of a lot of discussions. "You want to make your club better any way you can," said Zduriencik.||SEA Homepage News|
|Mariners players pumped about Cano deal||Fri, Dec 6 12:32 PM |
|Robinson Cano's new Mariners teammates were delighted to learn the former Yankees star had agreed to a reported 10-year, $240 million deal.||SEA Homepage News|