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Will Mike Zunino step up in 2017?

Once again, Zunino figures to be an X factor for the Mariners next season. A fully evolved Zunino is a potential All-Star and the type of player who could make this team a contender, Tony Blengino writes. MLB players ready to improve (Insider)

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Mariners among MLB's best teams

The M's might have their best team since 2001, as GM Jerry Dipoto continues to upgrade the roster bit by bit. However, Felix Hernandez is a notable X factor in the rotation. Where does Seattle rank on Buster Olney's list? Top teams (Insider)

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M's among MLB's best defensive teams

Adding Jarrod Dyson and Mitch Haniger to the outfield mix figures to be a big plus for Seattle's defense. Where do the Mariners rank on Buster Olney's list? Top defenses (Insider)

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Wed.'s HoF election will likely expand list of expansion teams' players in Hall. Expos (Raines & Guerrero), M's (Martinez), Astros (Bagwell) & Padres (Hoffman) candidates could join their teams' Carter & Dawson, Griffey Jr. & Johnson, Biggio and Gwynn. Pudge Rodriguez would be first electee whose primary team was expansion Tex/Was.

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Martinez makes it on ESPN's ballot

ESPN's 17 Hall of Fame voters cast their ballots, and Edgar Martinez was one of seven players to make it in. Martinez received 15 votes, good for 88.2 percent. ESPN's HoF ballot

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M's should boast feared batting order

Few teams can match Seattle's power with Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano. Buster Olney also applauds the additions of speedy Jean Segura and Jarrod Dyson. Top 2017 lineups (Insider)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Battle of the Seager brothers: Using ESPN standard fantasy points, Kyle Seager (450) actually outscored Corey Seager (422) in 11 fewer plate appearances in 2016.

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Mariners avoid arbitration with Smyly, Dyson

The Mariners agreed to terms Friday on 2017 contracts with all of their arbitration-eligible players, including left-hander Drew Smyly and outfielder Jarrod Dyson after acquiring them in trades.

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M's rotation makes Olney's Top 10

The addition of Yovani Gallardo and Drew Smyly gives the Mariners the kind of rotation depth necessary to compete in the AL West. But a healthy Felix Hernandez is crucial for Seattle, writes Buster Olney. Top rotations (Insider)

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Despite a 4.88 ERA, new Mariners starter Drew Smyly ranked 4th in MLB in lowest hard-hit rate last season (10.6%), trailing only Rich Hill (8.1%), Clayton Kershaw (8.5%} and Kyle Hendricks (8.9%). Smyly and Madison Bulgarner were the only pitchers to have multiple starts of 7 IP and 1 H or fewer allowed last season.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

More on the players traded yesterday: Mariners get: Drew Smiley from the Rays, a middle of rotation starter who is an extreme fly ball pitcher who will benefit from pitching at Safeco with 3 above average defenders in the outfield. He throws strikes and misses bats. His velocity and stuff was down last year but is fully healthy. If he bounces back to 2015 form he could be a real difference maker for the Mariners. They also get Shae Simmons from Atlanta a power arm with 2 options remaining. He is 94-99 mph w wipe out slider and solid split that he struggles with command. His FB SL legit weapons. He is full strength after returning from TJ surgery. Profiles as back of a bullpen reliever.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Outside evaluators agree based on last year performances that Gohara has the most up-side, but they also think if Smyly bounces back Mariners will be big winners in these two connected trades. Three GMs asked me tonight why the Rays didn't learn their lesson fro the Turner, Ross, Myers three way deals....but the truth is only time will tell....but according to several Executives it looks like history is repeating itself in Tampa Bay.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Bottom line is the Braves got the best up-side player in the two trades in Luiz Gohara, the Mariners got the best middle rotation starting pitcher immediately if Drew Smyly is healthy and can bounce back from a down year and a decline in velocity and the Rays just didn't get enough for Drew Smyly If he's the pitcher we saw in 2015 rather than last year. Again just an opinion, augmented by multiple GMs.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

In the Rays - Mariners trade.....Tampa Bay gets Outfielder Mallex Smith as the center piece of the trade from their side. Mallex is solid but wasn't a fit in Atlanta after they extended Ender Inciarte, and he's a definite platoon guy -- check out his splits this past year. Put it to you this way -- he has a lot of tools not sure about his skills. Raw player who still needs time. Carlos Vargas a bigger bodied 18 year old SS w/ some potential RH He understands the game. Likely ends up on a corner as well as LHP Ryan Yarbrough who's is coming off a nice season in AA (SL pitcher of the year). Bigger bodied guy w/ avg type stuff. Works w/ 89-90mph FB, avg CH and SL. Throws strikes, more groundballs than K's. Profiles as 5th/6th starter or middle guy. Bottom-line is Tampa did not get enough in the return for Smiley.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

In the Braves - Mariners trade Seattle gets Shae Simmons a power arm w/ 2 years of MLS and 2 options remaining. He's 94-99 w/ a wicked SL and a solid SPL (that he struggles to command). The FB/SL are legit weapons, he's always been a high strikeouts guy and will be at full strength in '17 after returning from TJ last year. Looked very good in late season, is still just 26 years old and profiles as back of the pen type. In their follow-up trade with Tampa Bay, the Mariners get Drew Smyly who slides into the middle of their rotation and really fits their club well. Extreme fly ball pitcher who should benefit from Safeco Park, division and w/ their upgraded OF defense. Throws strikes, misses bats and has a track record of success in the AL. I also believe there's some upside left to him. A real steal from my vantage point.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

In the Mariners - Braves trade....Atlanta gets Luiz Gohara who sits 95 and has touched 99. Video game numbers. May have the best pure stuff of any lefty in the minors leagues with huge up-side.

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The Mariners have now made 11 trades this offseason, including four in the last six days. No other team has made more than five trades all offseason. The Mariners have made an MLB-high 36 trades under general manager Jerry Dipoto (since Sept. 2015), 10 more than any other team since then.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Jerry Dipoto continues to wheel and deal, making two more trades on Wednesday, pushing his offseason total to 11. Since Friday, he's now added Drew Smyly, Jarrod Dyson, Yovani Gallardo and Shae Simmons at the cost of Nate Karns, Seth Smith and two of the club's top pitching prospects. I think it's a net gain, as Dyson improves the outfield defense and team speed, both among the worst in the majors in 2016, while Smyly replaces the Taijuan Walker slot in the rotation.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Drew Smyly's 2016 was so statistically odd: a first half of good skills and awful luck, followed by a second half of better luck hiding weaker skills. If there's a plus to his being traded to Seattle, it's that it's probably the best sign we've gotten that he's healthy, which helps.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto makes his 10th and 11th trades of this off-season, with the last one his best one when he lands Drew Smyly from the Tampa Bay Rays with Mallex Smith the center piece he acquired from the Braves just 45 minutes earlier going to Tampa. The Braves did well acquiring top pitching prospect Luiz Gohara in their swap with Seattle, but one has to wonder why they didn't use Smith to get Smyly for themselves. The Rays seemed to have valued Smith much more than the industry in this deal. I rank the 2 deals this way overall: 1 Mariners 2 Braves 3 Rays.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Jerry DiPoto's deal for Drew Smyly is his 11th trade of this offseason. He's been personally responsible for 32 players changing teams!

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs7686th
Batting Average.25910th
On Base Percentage.3269th
Slugging Percentage.4308th
Earned Run Average4.008th
Quality Starts74Tied-14th
WHIP1.2810th
BAA.25310th

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