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Mariners Send Saunders to Jays for J.A. Happ

iStockphoto(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Mariners traded outfielder Michael Saunders to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for left-hander J.A. Happ, the Mariners announced Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Happ is owed $6.7 million next season, which is the final year of his contract.

Happ, who had an 11-11 record with a 4.22 ERA for the Jays last season, gives the Mariners some depth at pitcher, a position the team has a lot of question marks with after starters Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.

"I just felt we were in a position where we needed to add a starting pitcher," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "When you look at all the trade options and free-agent market, there was a big gap. Where we ended up with this trade is exactly what we're looking for.

"He's a very athletic kid and pitched very well in the second half. He's got a swing-and-miss type fastball and established his breaking ball more as the year went on. He's pitched in Philly and Toronto, two hitter-friendly ballparks. When you think of him pitching here, we're a pretty good defensive team with a pitcher's ballpark."

Meanwhile the Blue Jays get the 28-year-old Saunders.

Saunders played in only 78 games last season while battling with a variety of injuries. In the games he played, Saunders hit .273 with eight home runs, 34 RBIs, four stolen bases, and a .341 on-base percentage.

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Report: Nelson Cruz Agrees to Multi-Year Deal with the Mariners

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In desperate need of offense, ESPN's Enrique Rojas reports that the Seattle Mariners have signed free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz to a multi-year deal.

Rojas reports Cruz and the Mariners have agreed on a four-year deal worth $57 million.

After a suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2013, Cruz rebounded strong in 2014 after signing a one-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Last season, Cruz led Major League Baseball with 40 home runs with also batting .271 while also driving in 108 runs.

The Mariners could certainly use some more pop in their lineup. In 2013, the Mariners ranked 18th in runs, 23rd in batting average, 27th in on base percentage, and 21st in slugging percentage.

Despite their offensive struggles this past season, the Mariners managed to go 87-75, their best mark since 2007. They finished one game out of the final American League Wild Card spot.

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Report: Seager & Mariners Agree to $100 Million Contract

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Mariners and third baseman Kyle Seager have agreed to a seven-year contract worth $100 million, according to ESPN. The deal also contains an option for an eighth year.

In 2014, the 27-year-old Seager batted .268 with 25 home runs and 96 RBIs -- all career highs.  He also made his first All-Star team and won a Gold Glove Award.

Seattle originally selected Seager out of North Carolina in the third round of the 2009 amateur draft. In four big league seasons, he has batted .262 with 70 home runs and 264 RBIs.

Seager has hit 20 or more home runs in each of the last three seasons.

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Ichiro Not Ready to Retire

Rich Schulz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even at age 41, outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has no plans to retire and even hopes to play in 2015.

“I have every intention of playing in the Major Leagues next year,” Ichiro said during an MLB Network interview. “Where will that be? I cannot tell you because baseball is not an individual sport and so it’s not just up to my feeling that I want to play. Somebody has to feel that they want to give me the opportunity to play. But I have every intention of playing.”

Last season while primarily serving as a fourth outfielder, Ichiro hit .284 with 42 runs scored and 15 stolen basses.

While he may not be the dominant hitter he once was, Ichiro is still a solid outfielder who is just 156 hits away from 3,000 for his Major League career. In 14 Major League seasons, Ichiro has batted .317 while averaging 203 hits per season.

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Young, McGehee MLB Comeback Players

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seattle Mariners pitcher Chris Young was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year while Miami's Casey McGehee third baseman earned the award in the National League as announced on Friday.

Young was 12-9 in 2014 with a 3.65 earned run average in 30 appearances for the Mariners, including 29 starts. The 35-year-old pitcher missed almost all of 2013 with injuries and made just nine minor league starts. His 12 victories marked the first time since 2006 he posted double-digit wins. 

After a year playing in Japan, McGehee hit .287 with four home runs and 76 RBIs for the Marlins. The 32-year-old was fourth in the NL in hits with 177, a career high, while also hitting 29 doubles in his first year with the club.

Both awards were voted on by beat writers from all 30 Major League teams on, each of whom selected one candidate in each league.

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Blue Jays Claim 1B Justin Smoak off Waivers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- The Toronto Blue Jays claimed first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.

In 80 regular-season games this past season with the M's, the 27-year-old batted .202 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs. He also scored 28 runs and had an OBP of .275.

Smoak was originally selected out of the University of South Carolina by the Texas Rangers with the 11th overall pick in the 2008 MLB amateur draft. On 2010, the Rangers dealt him along with minor league second baseman Matt Lawson and right-handed pitchers Blake Beaven and Josh Leueke to the Seattle Mariners for Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee and right-handed pitcher Mark Lowe.

Smoak owns a career batting average .224 across five big-league seasons. 

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Washington Nationals 4 (94-65) - Miami Marlins 0 (76-83) - Game 1

Miami Marlins 15 (77-83) - Washington Nationals 7 (94-66) - Game 2

Cleveland Indians 1 (84-76) - Tampa Bay Rays 0 (76-84)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (73-87) - Atlanta Braves 4 (77-83)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (82-78) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (95-65)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (88-72) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (74-86)

Houston Astros 3 (70-90) - New York Mets 1 (77-83)

Minnesota Twins 11 (69-91) - Detroit Tigers 4 (89-71)

New York Yankees 3 (83-77) - Boston Red Sox 2 (70-90)

Kansas City Royals 3 (88-72) - Chicago White Sox 1 (72-88) 

Oakland Athletics 6 (87-73) - Texas Rangers 2 (66-94)

Chicago Cubs 6 (72-88) - Milwaukee Brewers 4 (81-79) 

Seattle Mariners 4 (85-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (98-62)

San Diego Padres 4 (77-83) - San Francisco Giants 1 (86-74)

St. Louis Cardinals 7 (89-71) - Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (63-97)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (92-68) - Colorado Rockies 4 (66-94)


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Mariners Top Blue Jays, Keep Slim Playoff Hopes Alive

iStockphoto(TORONTO) -- Logan Morrison launched two home runs to help the Seattle Mariners top the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, keeping the M's slim playoff hopes alive.

The Mariners now trail the Oakland Athletics by two games with three games to play for the final American League Wild Card.

"A lot of teams wish they were in our position," Seattle Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon said. "As dire as it may look, there's teams that wish they were in the Seattle Mariners' shoes right now."

Morrison hit his first home run in the fourth inning, a 3-run shot off Todd Redmond, and his solo homer in the sixth inning put the Mariners on top for good. "Obviously, playing every day has helped my timing," Morrison said. "I know this is the type of player I can be."

Nine Mariners threw at least a pitch in the game, with Yoervis Medina earning the win and Fernando Rodney securing the save. The team (84-75) played their last three games at home against the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --NFL: Giants 45 (2-2) – Redskins 14 (1-3)

Top 25 College Football: (11) UCLA 62 (4-0) – (15) Arizona State 27 (3-1) 

(24) Oklahoma State 45 (3-1) – Texas Tech 35 (2-2)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 5 (74-85) – Milwaukee Brewers 3 (81-78)

New York Mets 7 (77-81) – Washington Nationals 4 (92-65) – Game One

Washington Nationals 3 (93-65) – New York Mets 0 (77-82) – Game Two

Seattle Mariners 7 (84-75) – Toronto Blue Jays 5 (81-78)

Miami Marlins 6 (76-82) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (72-87)

New York Yankees 6 (82-77) – Baltimore Orioles 5 (95-64)

Detroit Tigers 4 (89-70) – Minnesota Twins 2 (68-91)

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (87-72) – Atlanta Braves 1 (77-82)

Boston Red Sox 11 (70-89) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (76-83)

Texas Rangers 2 (66-93) – Oakland Athletics 1 (86-73)

Kansas City Royals 6 (87-62) – Chicago White Sox 3 (72-87)

San Francisco Giants 9 (86-73) – San Diego Padres 8 (76-83)

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Detroit Lions 35 (1-0) - New York Giants 14 (0-1)

Arizona Cardinals 18 (1-0) - San Diego Chargers 17 (0-1)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 8 (74-69) - Chicago Cubs 0 (64-80)

Detroit Tigers 8 (79-65) - Kansas City Royals 5 (79-63)

Los Angeles Angels 12 (88-55) - Cleveland Indians 3 (74-68)

Washington Nationals 2 (81-61) - Atlanta Braves 1 (74-70)

New York Mets 3 (69-75) - Colorado Rockies 2 (59-85)

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (75-68) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (66-77)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (80-64) - Cincinnati Reds 0 (67-77)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (84-59) - Boston Red Sox 0 (63-81)

Miami Marlins 6 (70-72) - Milwaukee Brewers 4 (74-70)

Chicago White Sox 5 (64-79) - Oakland Athletics 4 (80-63)

Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (82-62) - San Diego Chargers 4 (66-77)

Seattle Mariners 4 (79-64) - Houston Astros 1 (63-81) 

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