Mariners

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, right, talks with manager Scott Servais before the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Mariners keep Dipoto, Servais in fold with new deals

Seattle announces multiyear contract extensions for its general manager and manager on Wednesday.

 

Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford (3) jokes with third baseman Kyle Seager (15) during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. Seattle won 9-8 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Despite repeatedly being written off, M’s not going anywhere

Seattle showed over this past road trip that it will be a playoff contender until the end.

 

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Diego Castillo delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Mariners acquire closer Diego Castillo from Rays

Seattle ships reliever JT Chargois and minor-leaguer Austin Shenton to Tampa for the 27-year-old.

 

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Kendall Graveman works against the Colorado Rockies during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Denver. The Mariners won 6-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Mariners trade top reliever Graveman to rival Astros

Seattle receives infielder Abraham Toro and pitcher Joe Smith in return; Dipoto says more to come.

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Kendall Graveman works against the Colorado Rockies during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Denver. The Mariners won 6-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Kendall Graveman walks to the bullpen before the baseball game against the Texas Rangers Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)

Mariners place 4 pitchers on COVID-19 list

The team reported a single positive test ahead of the series in San Diego, but did not identify the player.

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Kendall Graveman walks to the bullpen before the baseball game against the Texas Rangers Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)
Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager, right, reacts after striking out swinging with two men on base as Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase, left holds the ball during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Hard to see path to improvement for M’s offense

Seattle is the worst-hitting team in baseball and there’s not much help currently on the way.

Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager, right, reacts after striking out swinging with two men on base as Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase, left holds the ball during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Mariners' Jarred Kelenic watches his foul ball in his first major league at-bat, in the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Seattle. Kelenic flied out on the at-bat. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Kelenic, Gilbert debut, Mariners fall to Indians

The anticipated debuts are overshadowed as Cleveland’s Zach Plesac takes a no-hitter into the eighth.

Seattle Mariners' Jarred Kelenic watches his foul ball in his first major league at-bat, in the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Seattle. Kelenic flied out on the at-bat. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means, right, hugs catcher Pedro Severino after Means threw a no-hitter in the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Seattle. The Orioles won 6-0. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Mariners no-hit by Orioles’ Means

Seattle’s offensive woes catch up to it in a big way in a 6-0 loss to Baltimore to end its homestand.

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means, right, hugs catcher Pedro Severino after Means threw a no-hitter in the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Seattle. The Orioles won 6-0. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Mariners' Jake Fraley (28) is mobbed by teammates, including J.P. Crawford (3) after he was walked with the bases loaded during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Seattle. The Mariners won 8-7. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Mariners rally late, stun Giants in 10 innings in opener

Seattle overcomes a 5-run deficit and wins the game 8-7 in extras on a walk-off walk by Jake Fraley.

Seattle Mariners' Jake Fraley (28) is mobbed by teammates, including J.P. Crawford (3) after he was walked with the bases loaded during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Seattle. The Mariners won 8-7. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Mariners' Dylan Moore, right, is congratulated by teammate Kyle Lewis after hitting a solo home run off of Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kolby Allard during the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Servais on Dylan Moore: ‘He’s a ball player’

Mariners’ super-utility player looks to build on a breakout season.

Seattle Mariners' Dylan Moore, right, is congratulated by teammate Kyle Lewis after hitting a solo home run off of Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kolby Allard during the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez waits to bat during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Mariners prospect learning from Seattle icon

Julio Rodriguez, just barely 20 years old, is relishing an opportunity to work with Ichiro Suzuki.

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez waits to bat during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto talks about the suspension of second baseman Robinson Cano, before the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Seattle. Cano was suspended 80 games for violating baseball's joint drug agreement. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Mariners doing damage control with players after Mather’s video

GM Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais say the players involved have every right to be upset.

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto talks about the suspension of second baseman Robinson Cano, before the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Seattle. Cano was suspended 80 games for violating baseball's joint drug agreement. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
FILE - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ken Giles throws to a Boston Red Sox batter during the 10th inning of a baseball game in Toronto, in this Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, file photo. The Seattle Mariners finalized a $7 million, two-year contract with reliever Ken Giles on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, that includes a club option for the 2023 season. Seattle signed Giles knowing he won’t pitch for the Mariners this season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Mariners sign reliever Giles with eye on future

He has been one of the top arms in the AL, but will miss the coming season after Tommy John surgery.

FILE - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ken Giles throws to a Boston Red Sox batter during the 10th inning of a baseball game in Toronto, in this Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, file photo. The Seattle Mariners finalized a $7 million, two-year contract with reliever Ken Giles on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, that includes a club option for the 2023 season. Seattle signed Giles knowing he won’t pitch for the Mariners this season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2020, file photo, New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York. Paxton is returning to the Seattle Mariners after an injury-filled second season with the Yankees. The 32-year-old left-hander and the Mariners agreed Saturday, Feb. 13, to an $8.5 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical.( AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Source: Paxton back with Mariners on 1-year deal

The big left-hander was traded from Seattle to the New York Yankees in 2018.

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2020, file photo, New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York. Paxton is returning to the Seattle Mariners after an injury-filled second season with the Yankees. The 32-year-old left-hander and the Mariners agreed Saturday, Feb. 13, to an $8.5 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical.( AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) dons a helmet sticker as a Walter Payton Man of The Year nominee and says "Breonna Taylor" before an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)

Is Wilson next superstar to leave Seattle on bad terms?

Griffey, Johnson, Payton, Kemp, Sherman, Thomas. Things often end poorly for star athletes in Seattle.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) dons a helmet sticker as a Walter Payton Man of The Year nominee and says "Breonna Taylor" before an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)
Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez bats during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Mariners’ farm system has seen a rapid rise

Ranked last in baseball heading into 2018, Seattle now boasts the No. 2 system via Baseball America.

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez bats during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager smiles as he runs off the field during a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics during the Mariners home opener Friday, July 31, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

‘Out of my control’

When the Mariners’ ‘step back’ plan hits its peak, will veteran Kyle Seager be around to see it?

Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager smiles as he runs off the field during a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics during the Mariners home opener Friday, July 31, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Kendall Graveman, left, throws to Houston Astros' Alex Bregman during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 27, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mariners spent offseason building a better bullpen

Seattle added experienced arms to a group that has struggled mightily the past two seasons.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Kendall Graveman, left, throws to Houston Astros' Alex Bregman during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 27, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford sprawls on the dirt and reacts after sliding safely home during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Seattle. Crawford scored on a double hit by Kyle Seager. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Results matter to M’s pitcher Gonzales, shortstop Crawford

The two clubhouse leaders aren’t buying the talk that this will be another building year for Seattle.

Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford sprawls on the dirt and reacts after sliding safely home during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Seattle. Crawford scored on a double hit by Kyle Seager. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Mariners J.P. Crawford, left, and Kyle Lewis run together off the field against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game during the Mariners home opener Friday, July 31, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Mariners ready to take ‘step forward’ in 2021

The ‘step back’ rebuild that began in 2019 is starting to see results at the big-league level.

Seattle Mariners J.P. Crawford, left, and Kyle Lewis run together off the field against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game during the Mariners home opener Friday, July 31, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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