Amanda Hopkins, the daughter of special assistant to the general manager with the Pirates and former longtime scout, has been making a name for herself as a full-time scout for the Mariners.
Promising young outfielders Braden Bishop and Ian Miller and right-handed relievers Art Warren and Matt Festa are among the 22 non-roster players invited to the Mariners’ big league camp when Spring Training opens next month, the club announced Tuesday.
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Outfielder Eric Filia, one of the Mariners’ fast-rising prospects, was suspended for 50 games without pay on Friday following a second positive test for a drug of abuse, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The Mariners came to contract agreements with all five of their remaining arbitration-eligible players prior to Friday’s deadline to exchange contract figures, making this the fourth consecutive year the club avoided any arbitration hearings.
Jerry Dipoto has built a reputation as the most prolific trader in the Major Leagues in his 28 months as Mariners general manager, so it’s probably not surprising that some of his 62 deals have come under unusual circumstances.
Christian Bergman, who made eight fill-in starts for an injury-plagued Mariners rotation last year, has re-signed with Seattle on a Minor League deal that includes an invitation to Major League camp next month.
With the deadline for arbitration-eligible players to sign or exchange salary numbers with their clubs looming on Friday, Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has agreed to a $2.975 million deal for 2018, according to ESPN.com.
Daniel Vogelbach doesn’t have nearly as clear a path to making the Mariners’ Opening Day roster this spring, but the first-base prospect does appear to have a clearer mind as to how to make that happen as Spring Training nears.
While almost all of their Minor League coaching staffs will return intact next season, the Mariners on Wednesday announced the hiring of several new Minor League coordinators, including hitting coordinator Hugh Quattlebaum and organization pitching coach Cody Buckel.
While questions remain regarding their starting rotation, the Mariners appear to have one of their deepest and most-talented bullpens in years lined up for 2018.