Spring Training Report Dates Announced

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(ISN) – Spring Training Report Dates Announced:

The Mariners will officially report for 2015 Spring Training at the complex in Peoria, Arizona on the following dates:

Pitchers/Catchers: Physicals (2/20), First Practice (2/21)

Position Players: Physicals (2/24), First Full Squad Workout (2/25)

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7 Mariners Become Free Agents:

Most of you already received this via the MLBPA, but here is the list of 7 Mariners players that automatically became free agents following the conclusion of the World Series (article XX B of the Basic Agreement). These players are eligible to negotiate and sign with any Club beginning 12:01AM EST Tuesday, November 4, with the Mariners holding an exclusive negotiating window until that time.

There were 121 players that automatically became free agents, and another 32 players that may be eligible for free agency pending the option provisions in their Uniform Players Contract (UPC).

  •          Joe Beimel, LHP, becomes article XX B free agent.
  •          Endy Chavez, OF, becomes article XX B free agent.
  •          Chris Denorfia, OF, becomes article XX B free agent.
  •          Franklin Gutierrez, OF, becomes article XX B free agent. (on restricted list entire 2014 season)
  •          Kendrys Morales, DH, becomes article XX B free agent.
  •          Humberto Quintero, C, becomes article XX B free agent.
  •          Chris Young, RHP, becomes article XX B free agent.

Iwakuma Officially Under Contract for 2015 Season:

The 2015 option on RHP Hisashi Iwakuma has been vested based on his performance on the field. Iwakuma went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts in 2014 and is 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA during his Mariners career (91 games/77 starts).

LHP Brian Moran Returned to Mariners (Rule 5 from Angels):

LHP Brian Moran is back in the Mariners organization after being returned as a Rule 5 selection. Moran, 26, was originally selected by the Mariners in the 7th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of North Carolina. He spent five seasons in the Mariners organization prior to being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the Rule 5 draft and traded to the Los Angeles Angels on December 12, 2013. Moran missed the entire 2014 after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on March 21 with inflammation in his left elbow. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on April 13 and underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on April 15. He is 16-12 with a 2.96 ERA (74 ER, 225.1 IP) in 151 relief appearances in his career. Moran will be assigned to a minor league roster (not 40-man roster).

Awards Schedule:

Several postseason awards will be announced in the coming weeks. Here is a comprehensive schedule of the awards and how to follow along:

Thursday, Oct. 30

Fielding Bible Awards

Monday, Nov. 3

MLBPA Players Choice Awards

MLB Network

Tuesday, Nov. 4

BBWAA Award Finalists

MLB Network

 

Rawlings® Gold Glove Awards

ESPN2 (4 pm PT)

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards

MLB Network

Thursday, Nov. 6

Silver Slugger Awards presented by Louisville Slugger

MLB Network

Monday, Nov. 10

AL & NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year

MLB Network

Tuesday, Nov. 11

AL & NL Manager of the Year

MLB Network

Wednesday, Nov. 12

AL & NL Cy Young Award

MLB Network

Thursday, Nov. 13

AL & NL Most Valuable Player

MLB Network

Former Mariners Skipper Maury Wills Named To Golden Era Ballot for Baseball Hall of Fame Election:

Former Mariners manager Maury Wills is one of nine former players and one executive named to the Golden Era ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Wills, Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce and Luis Tiant are up for election. Wills played 14 seasons from 1959-1972, 12 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a .281 lifetime average and 586 career stolen bases. The 1962 N.L. MVP was a seven-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner. He was the Mariners second full-time manager holding the post from August 4, 1980-May 5, 1981 (26-56 record). More information on the Golden Era ballot and process can be found viawww.baseballhall.org.

Fall League Stars Game:

The annual Arizona Fall League Stars Game will be played Saturday (Nov. 1) at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona at 5 pm PT. Mariners infielder DJ Peterson will be the Mariners representative in the game. The game will be nationally  televised by MLB Network and online via MLB.com with Paul Severino (play-by-play), Joe Magrane (game analyst) and John Manuel (game analyst) calling the action. The MLB Radio Network also will carry the game on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

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