Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic sidelined by knee strain
Seattle Mariners Jarred Kelenic fields an RBI double by Cleveland Indians' Josh Naylor during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)PEORIA, Ariz. – Seattle Mariners top prospect Jarred Kelenic will be sidelined due to a strained adductor muscle in his left knee. “While disappointed that Jarred will be sidelined, we are relieved that the long-term outlook is positive,” Dipoto said. The 21-year-old Kelenic, who hit Seattle’s first home run of spring training earlier this week against the Cubs, has been the center of attention during spring training. AdKelenic and his agent lashed out at the Mariners in comments made to USA Today following Mather’s resignation last month. After homering earlier this week Kelenic said he’s using those words as motivation.
Seattle doing damage control with players after exec's video
FILE - Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, second from left, manager Scott Servais, right, and team president and CEO Kevin Mather, second from right, watch from the stands during baseball practice in Seattle, in this July 8, 2020, file photo. Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais are doing damage control with players who were directly mentioned or referenced by former team CEO Kevin Mather in an online video that led to his resignation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais are doing damage control with players who were directly mentioned or referenced by former team CEO Kevin Mather in an online video that led to his resignation. “We are very open with our players and urge them to be the same. He also admitted the team may be manipulating service time for some of its young players.
Mariners President Kevin Mather apologizes for comments
FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2018, file photo, Seattle Mariners president Kevin Mather stands on the field before the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)Seattle Mariners CEO and team President Kevin Mather has apologized for comments made during a recent online event where he expressed opinions about organizational strategy, personnel moves and club finances. “I want to apologize to every member of the Seattle Mariners organization, especially our players and to our fans. “I am committed to make amends for the things I said that were personally hurtful and I will do whatever it takes to repair the damage I have caused to the Seattle Mariners organization,” Mather said. And Mather made disparaging comments about former pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, who recently rejoined the team as a special assignment coach.
Mariners bolster bullpen, get Montero in trade with Rangers
File-This Sept. 9, 2020, file photo shows Texas Rangers relief pitcher Rafael Montero throwing to the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. The Seattle Mariners bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday by acquiring right-handed reliever Montero from the Rangers. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday by acquiring right-handed reliever Rafael Montero from the Texas Rangers. “Rafael is a solid addition to our ongoing efforts to fortify the bullpen,” Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. Prior to his time in Texas, Montero spent parts of four seasons with the New York Mets as a starter and reliever.
Angels fire GM Billy Eppler after 5 straight losing seasons
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Los Angeles Angels fired general manager Billy Eppler on Sunday after the team finished its fifth consecutive losing season under his watch. The Angels finished 26-34 in the pandemic-shortened season with a star-studded roster including three-time AL MVP Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani. Eppler rebuilt a farm system that was left barren by former GM Jerry Dipoto, and he both signed Trout to a massive contract extension and persuaded Ohtani to bring his two-way talents to the Angels. Yet Eppler never managed to sign enough quality pitchers to prevent Trout's Angels from being a perennial also-ran. Eppler repeatedly guessed wrong in his signings from Matt Harvey to Julio Teheran, leaving the Angels with one of the majors' worst starting rotations for much of his tenure.
Mariners send C Nola to San Diego as part of 7-player trade
SEATTLE Seattle and San Diego completed a seven-player trade Sunday night, with catcher Austin Nola joining the contending Padres and prized outfield prospect Taylor Trammel going to the Mariners as centerpieces of the deal. Seattle sent Nola and right-handed relievers Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla to the Padres, while Trammell led a list of youngsters headed back to the Mariners. This season, Nola has started 23 games behind the plate and two at first base. Altavilla has been part of Seattles bullpen since 2016 but has appeared in more than 22 games only once. Muoz appeared in 22 games last season for the Padres and was regularly clocked above 100 mph with his fastball.
Teams not able to disclose who goes on IL due to virus
Cashman noted the situation continues to evolve as Major League Baseball and the players' union continue discussions. Last week, Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies became the first Major League Baseball player known to have tested positive. Numerous other teams have said they have players who have tested positive for the virus without identifying any of them. Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said a few players have tested positive but declined to specify how many. Baltimore general manager Mike Elias said the Orioles have had no reported cases and that no one on the team has decided against playing in the shortened season.