Scott Servais, the man who’ll be charged with meshing all the new pieces in the Mariners’ clubhouse next season, is taking all of the team’s offseason moves in stride.
The Mariners selected right-handed pitcher Isaac Sanchez from the Pirates in the Triple-A portion of Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft, but they didn’t add anyone in the Major League phase of the process as their 40-man roster was already full.
As the dust settled on the final full day of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto took a deep breath and pronounced himself satisfied that the bulk of his work this offseason is done.
Christmas came early for the Mariners in the eyes of Jerry Dipoto with the return of Hisashi Iwakuma. Now the new GM feels his rotation is deep and talented enough to be ready for the rigors of the upcoming season.
As promised, Jerry Dipoto didn’t do anything completely unexpected at the Winter Meetings, but the new Mariners general manager headed back to Seattle on Thursday feeling his team is now largely in place after completing three trades during the four-day gathering at the Opryland Hotel.
Left-hander Tyler Olson was traded from the Mariners to the Dodgers for a player to be named or cash on Friday, two days after being designated for assignment by Seattle.
Ryne Harper, a 26-year-old right-handed reliever who has spent the past three seasons in Double-A, was acquired by the Mariners from the Braves on Friday to complete an earlier deal that sent reliever Jose Ramirez to Atlanta.
In the end, Hisashi Iwakuma says he thinks things worked out for the best. And he got no argument from Mariners officials who were thrilled to re-sign the 34-year-old right-hander on a one-year guaranteed deal that automatically extends two more years if he pitches 162 innings each of the next two seasons.
First baseman Andy Wilkins, designated for assignment last week by the Mariners, was claimed off waivers by the Rangers on Monday.
Jerry Dipoto added a critical piece to his Mariners makeover on Monday as the club announced the signing of free-agent reliever Steve Cishek to a two-year contract.
Veteran infielder Ed Lucas, who spent last season in Triple-A with the Rangers, has agreed to a Minor League deal with the Mariners and will be invited to Major League camp, according to a source.