While Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz has made a name for himself hitting mammoth home runs, it’s his personality that really shined throughout the 2017 season.
One of the critical questions facing the Mariners this offseason isn’t new, but it does loom large. Can James Paxton stay healthy enough to anchor Seattle’s rotation going forward?
Ken Griffey Jr. dealt with numerous broken bats during his 22-year playing career, but the Mariners vowed the bronze statue of their Hall of Fame center fielder at the front gate of Safeco Field will be repaired and returned to its original state.
There may be four months between now and the start of Spring Training, but that hasn’t stopped Mariners manager Scott Servais from beginning to plot ways to improve one of his team’s major weaknesses last year: baserunning.
Mariners top prospect Kyle Lewis hasn’t played in the first six games of the Arizona Fall League as he works to strengthen his surgically repaired right knee, but the young outfielder is expected to begin seeing action for the Peoria Javelinas next week.
After a breakout season in 2017, Yonder Alonso isn’t sure where he’s headed as he hits free agency for the first time this offseason. But the 30-year-old first baseman certainly would welcome the chance to return to the Mariners after playing the final seven weeks of the season in Seattle.
John Stanton describes his first full season as the CEO of the Mariners as a “roller coaster.” But the man who heads the club’s ownership group remains fully behind the efforts of general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais despite a disappointing finish in 2017.
General manager Jerry Dipoto likely won’t make quite as many moves this winter as he did the past two offseasons, but that doesn’t mean the Mariners won’t find themselves in the middle of numerous Hot Stove scenarios as they look to improve a club that fell short of expectations in 2017.
Mariners outfielder Guillermo Heredia underwent surgery on his right shoulder in Miami on Monday and is expected to be ready for Spring Training in February.
While the nucleus of the Mariners’ roster figures to remain in place next year as general manager Jerry Dipoto continues building around a core of established players returning, one change appears inevitable.
Bench coach Tim Bogar and first-base coach Casey Candaele will not return to the Mariners’ coaching staff next season, the club announced Tuesday.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto noted Tuesday that the Major League game is changing for pitchers’ usage and more of a “wolf pack” mentality is needed when it comes to accumulating a larger group of quality starters as well as a bullpen capable of covering additional innings.