In ESPN The Magazine's annual ranking of 122 pro sports teams, the Seattle Mariners might have missed the playoffs, but fans rewarded a strong season with a 26-spot jump.
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Manager Scott Servais and the rest of the Mariners' coaching staff will return for the 2017 season after falling just short of the playoffs this year.
Another day, another Tyler O'Neill homer
The Mariners prospect hit a two-run blast for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday. O'Neill has now homered in three of his last four games. Meanwhile, Luiz Gohara got the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Box score
Salary arbitration projections: Mariners
All estimates via Matt Swartz and MLB Trade Rumors' projection model:
- Charlie Furbush - $1.6 million
- Tom Wilhelmsen - $3.8 million
- Ryan Cook - $1.2 million
- Leonys Martin - $6.3 million
- Evan Scribner - $1.1 million
- Steve Clevenger - $800,000
- Nick Vincent - $1.5 million
- Vidal Nuno - $1.1 million
- James Paxton - $2.7 million
- Taijuan Walker - $2.8 million
- Jesus Sucre - $600,000 MLBTradeRumors.com
O'Neill shows more pop in AFL
Mariners prospect Tyler O'Neill hit his second home run in four games and added a double batting cleanup for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League on Monday. Box score
Taijuan Walker (ankle) is the latest Mariners pitcher to undergo surgery this offseason, joining Steve Cishek (hip) and Tony Zych (shoulder).
Seattle arms lighting up guns in Arizona
Luiz Gohara was sitting 96-98 mph in a short outing on Tuesday, while Thyago Vieira sat 97-102 with a delivery that "has to be hell on hitters," Keith Law writes. Only one of the two Brazilians looks like a potential starter, though. Law: Scouting the AFL (Insider)
Guillermo Heredia solid in AFL action
Heredia, who held his own in 45 games with the Mariners this season, had a double and a triple leading off for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League on Friday. Fellow M's farmhand Tyler O'Neill went 1-for-4, and top pitching prospect Luiz Gohara served up a solo homer and struck out two in one inning of work. Box score
Two Mariners among top FA power bats
The M's first-base platoon of Adam Lind and Dae-Ho Lee was successful this season, as the duo combined to hit 34 home runs. Buster Olney previews how they both stack up to other big bats. The well-stocked slugger market (Insider)
Mariners a fit for Brian McCann?
With a weak market for catchers this offseason, sources tell Buster Olney that the Yankees might take advantage and shop McCann. The M's, who could use a lefty-hitting backstop to platoon with Mike Zunino, are a possible match. The market for McCann (Insider)
O'Neill solid in AFL action
Mariners prospect Tyler O'Neill went 2-for-6 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League action on Wednesday. O'Neill was the designated hitter and batted third. Box score
The Mariners are reportedly open to keeping free-agent-to-be Drew Storen, but the former closer wouldn't fill that role in Seattle.
Mixed results for Mariners in AFL opener
Two of the M's top prospects -- Tyler O'Neill and Luiz Gohara -- posted eye-catching lines for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday. O'Neill went 1-for-6 with a double and four strikeouts while Gohara allowed two runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings. All five of his outs came on K's. Box score
The Seattle Mariners are reportedly leaning toward bringing Seth Smith back next season.
Hank Aaron Award finalists: AL West
The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Fans can vote for their selections on MLB.com or on Twitter. Here are the nominees for each AL West team:
- Houston Astros: Jose Altuve
- Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout
- Oakland Athletics: Khris Davis
- Seattle Mariners: Nelson Cruz
- Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre
The Mariners are looking to make a change at shortstop and could again talk with the Reds about Zack Cozart.
Mariners hurler Taijuan Walker had an MRI on Monday and is considering surgery to alleviate pain in his right foot.
Mariners' longest homers of 2016
All distances calculated by ESPN's Home Run Tracker:
- Nelson Cruz - 463 feet (9/23)
- Nelson Cruz - 458 feet (6/2)
- Nelson Cruz - 457 feet (7/2)
- Franklin Gutierrez - 455 feet (5/21)
- Nelson Cruz - 454 feet (9/24)
Mariners finish in top half of rankings
It came down to the wire, but Seattle didn't get the help it needed to snap its postseason drought. Now the attention turns to Felix Hernandez, who raised concerns with his decline this year. Week 26 Power Rankings
What's next for the Mariners?
With Seattle missing the postseason yet again, Jim Bowden lays out three objectives for the team this offseason. Among the priorities is adding another starter to a rotation that lost steam at the end of this year. To-do lists for eliminated teams (Insider)
Felix Hernandez insists his age is not the reason for a disappointing season. Hernandez blames a calf injury that caused him to miss two months.
Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer
Mariners manager Scott Servais on season-ending 3-2 loss and near home run by Kyle Seager that was caught at wall in bottom of ninth: "We didn't have a lot of wind in our sails. The loss last night took a lot out of everyone physically and emotionally ... (The near home run) was a microcosm of the season. So close."
Stephen Vogt hit his 14th home run in the first inning on the only pitch he saw on the last day of the season and the Oakland Athletics held on for a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer
Mariners season is over and playoff drought continues but it was much better than expected with record of 86-76 and standout seasons from Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager. Just 182 days until Opening Day!
The Mets clinched, but that is about all that will be finalized on Saturday, as an Orioles' loss opened the door for chaos in the AL wild-card race.