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Seattle Mariners acquiring utility player Adam Frazier in trade with San Diego Padres

The Seattle Mariners have got second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier in a trade with the San Diego Padres. Going to San Diego will be hard-throwing left-handed reliever Raymond Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier.

Frazier, who turns 30 in December, was an All-Star last season for Pittsburgh, which dealt him to the Padres. He’s in line to play in a super-utility role, especially if Seattle signs a big-name free-agent infielder.

“We thought we were at the goal line to acquire Adam at trade deadline last year,” Mariners president Jerry Dipoto stated.

“Obviously we missed out and we stayed in touch with the Padres as we headed into the offseason knowing that they had a pretty robust roster. And we just liked the player so we stuck with it.”

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The Mariners revealed the move on Twitter with a nod to the TV show “Frasier.”

Frazier is under contract for $7.5 million this season and can enter free agency after the 2022 season. He finished fifth in the National League last season in hits (176) and batting average (.305) and added five home runs and 43 RBIs.

“Adam, to me, is one of the better strike-zone managers in baseball,” Dipoto said. “He’s got great contact skills. In an era where strikeouts are prevalent, he doesn’t strike out. His strikeout rates would be good in any era, really.”

“That’s how I feel I can impact the team; play good defense and try to hit the baseball. Get on base any way I can,” Frazier said.

Dipoto stated the club is having conversations with multiple free agents and made contract offers to a couple of them, one of whom he called “notable.”

“We felt like adding Adam made us a deeper team without stopping us from doing anything else we would have wanted to do,” Dipoto said. “That’s double the fun. We can continue to add to our team because Adam is so versatile.”

In six MLB seasons, Frazier has a career .281 average with 313 runs scored and 215 RBIs.

Kerr, 27, is a power lefty who can hit 100 mph. Rosier, 22, had an excellent debut in 2021.

Kerr was added to the Mariners’ 40-man roster just last week. He split time between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma last season. Rosier was a 12th-round pick in the 2021 amateur draft out of UNC Greensboro. He spent last season at Single-A Modesto.

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Milwaukee Brewers hire Ozzie Timmons, Connor Dawson as hitting coaches

The Milwaukee Brewers will go with multiple hitting coaches next campaign after hiring Ozzie Timmons and Connor Dawson to replace the fired Andy Haines.

Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns announced Thursday that the National League Central champions had selected Timmons and Dawson to split up responsibilities as part of their “hitting coach team at the major league level.”

Stearns stated the Brewers also plan to hire an assistant hitting coach to join that duo.

“What we are doing is really a recognition that this has transformed into a very big job,” Stearns said. “Over the last three to five years, as information continues to proliferate our game, we’re asking more and more of our coaches in general and that’s certainly true of our hitting coaches. “… I think we’re going to see other teams in the industry follow similar structures in the not-too-distant future, so we think this is the right way to go.”

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The Brewers announced Oct. 20 that they wouldn’t be renewing the contract of Haines, who had been Milwaukee’s hitting coach for three seasons.

Milwaukee scored a total of six runs in a four-game NL Division Series loss to the eventual World Series champion Atlanta Braves after ranking 12th out of 30 major league teams in scoring, 20th in OPS and 27th in batting average during the regular season.

Stearns stated he didn’t interview the two hitting coaches together but was seeking individuals who were open-minded and willing to collaborate. Stearns said he thinks he found two coaches whose divergent backgrounds will make them an ideal duo.

“Connor’s coming from the new school,” Timmons said. “I’m a little bit of old school. We can combine that together. We can make the Brewers roll. That’s the plan.”

Timmons, 51, was the Tampa Bay Rays’ first base coach and assistant hitting coach from 2017 to 2021. He also assisted players with baserunning and outfield instruction during that time. He played with four different MLB teams from 1995 to 2000.

Dawson, 28, had worked in the Seattle Mariners organization since 2019 and was their minor league hitting coordinator this season. “I’m relatively new to professional baseball,” Dawson said.

“Having a guy like Ozzie, and his experience as a player, as a coach, it’s invaluable. His wisdom complemented with what I have to bring to the table, I think it makes a great pairing, and I think it can make us really good teammates in this endeavor as well.”

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New York Yankees place Gleyber Torres on injured list, expect star shortstop to miss 10-20 days

New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was placed on the injured list Monday after an MRI revealed a left thumb sprain, the team revealed.

New York manager Aaron Boone, speaking before the Yankees opened a road series vs. the Kansas City Royals, said he understood the club received some “good news” in that he only expected Torres to be out 10-20 days.

The timing is not great for Torres, who had been heating up alongside his surging teammates. He went 3-for-4 in Sunday’s series finale vs. the Seattle Mariners, and has three home runs and 13 RBIs since the club returned from the All-Star break.

The Yankees lost Sunday to Seattle, 2-0, but took three of four in that series and had won eight of the last 10 headed into Monday’s game.

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“I think we were concerned that it was going to be more serious,” Boone said. “Realistically, we’ll have a better idea in the next couple of days. I think we were kind of expecting the worst.”

Boone also told reporters that Torres, who did not make the trip with the club to Kansas City, would soon see a specialist.

In the fourth inning on Sunday, Torres slid into second back on a steal attempt, injuring the finger. Boone said after the game that Torres’ condition worsened as the day went on.

New York is already without another mainstay on the left side of the infield, in third baseman Gio Urshela. He has a strained left hamstring, but took defensive drills and ran the bases on Sunday before the road trip. He could be activated on Wednesday.

It has been a puzzling year for Torres, like many Yankees, who have scuffled through most of the campaign. The two-time All-Star, who hit 38 home runs in 2019, has only six this season and didn’t hit his first until May 9.

The Yankees also optioned right-handed pitcher Luis Gil to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while recalling right-handed pitcher Nick Nelson. To fill Torres’ roster spot, the club selected the contract of infielder Andrew Velasquez from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Mariners´ Mitch Haniger likely needs core-muscle surgery

This was already going to be a year where the Seattle Mariners would be relying heavily on young players and some of their top prospects right from the beginning of the campaign.

Now the Mariners expect to be without one of their few veterans – likely for the first month.

Outfielder Mitch Haniger is expected to miss the start of the regular season and likely needs to undergo core muscle surgery, general manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday.

Haniger suffered the injury during one of his offseason workouts earlier this week. Dipoto said the latest setback is tied to Haniger’s injury issues from last season.

“I was expecting him to show up for the first day of spring training ready to go but that does not appear to be the case,” Dipoto said.

Haniger missed the final 3 1/2 months of the season after suffering a ruptured testicle and then experiencing back and core issues during his recovery. Haniger was limited to 63 matches and batted .220 with 15 homers and 32 RBIs.

A year earlier, Haniger was an All-Star after hitting .285 with 26 homers and 93 RBIs and an OPS of .859.

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Dipoto said the expectation is that Haniger’s recovery will take about six to eight weeks following the surgery.

He could be ready to join the major league club sometime in late April.

The loss of Haniger is two-fold for the Mariners. Along with Dee Gordon and Kyle Seager, Haniger was expected to be one of the few experienced veterans the Mariners could lean on early in a season where the next phase of Seattle’s rebuild will starts.

The Mariners are likely to field one of the youngest teams in the American League, with a handful of rookies or second-year players expected to be in the everyday lineup. Seattle expects the likes of outfielder Kyle Lewis, first baseman Evan White, second baseman Shed Long and pitchers Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn to be key pieces of the upcoming campaign.

The injury to Haniger may also allow Jake Fraley or Braden Bishop to earn more playing time early on.

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Seattle Mariners vs Tampa Bay Rays

Seattle Mariners vs Tampa Bay Rays

Seattle Mariners (34-29) at Tampa Bay Rays (29-32)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
T Walker (3-6) (3.48) vs. J Odorizzi (3-3) (3.47)

 Taijuan Walker will try to build off of his strong start last week when he and the Seattle Mariners go up against Jake Odorizzi and the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. In their first series against each other this year, the Mariners were able to sweep the Rays in Seattle.

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The Seattle Mariners have fallen from first in the American League West with defeats in seven of ten so a quick turnaround is needed. The Mariners are coming off of a 6-4 loss to visiting Texas on Sunday where the pitching struggled and the offense couldn’t make up the difference. M’s starter Wade Miley fell to 6-3 with three runs plated on four hits and a trio of BB while Steve Johnson gave up three runs without recording an out. Seattle produced nine hits and walked three times with Leonys Maryin going solo while Robinson Cano went 2-5 with an RBI and run.The Mariners go with Taijuan Walker on the hill for the series opener at Tampa Bay. Walker comes off of his best outing in a 5-0 win versus the Indians in which he tossed eight scoreless innings.
 

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The Tampa Bay Rays have been playing some of their best baseball of the season and it has to continue with the team still under .500. The Rays have won seven of ten after knocking off Houston 5-0 Sunday behind great pitching and a five run 5th. TB starter Matt Moore tossed a two hit shutout over seven innings while whiffing ten to up his record to 3-4. The Rays offense totaled nine hits and walked three times with Mike Mahtook knocking in two while Desmond Jennings drove in a run and scored.Tampa Bay gives Tuesday’s start to Jake Odorizzi for his first meeting with the Mariners in 2016. Odorizzi defeated Arizona 6-3 last time out with all three runs plated on five hits and three BB in five frames. 

 

Notes

  • Tampa Bay has won 48% (12-13) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Seattle has won 61% (17-11) of its games when taking a late lead.
  • The Mariners managed to give up six walks in their last game. They’ll have to pick it up against the Rays who are heading in with a 4-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
  • When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 19-5. The Mariners have a 27-7 record when outhitting opponents.
  • Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 255 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five at fourth with 315.
  • Ranking 11th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.747). Seattle ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .772.
  • The Mariners are 22-23 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rays are 14-29 when they allow at least one homer.

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Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners

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The Kansas City look to reverse their fortunes at Safeco against the Seattle Mariners.

The Kansas City Royals suffered an uncharacteristic sweep at the Angels capped off by a 4-2 loss on Wednesday. The Royals began well enough with a 2-0 first inning lead but the offense was held in check after that and the pitching needed more help. KC starter Chris Young gave up three runs on three hits including a pair of long balls over 5.1 frames to fall to 1-4. Kansas City mustered ten hits and walked three times with Eric Hosmer blasting a two run bomb that scored Mike Moustakas. Kansas City sends Kris Medlen to the hill to face the Mariners for the first time in his career. Medlen is coming off of an 8-3 loss to the Orioles where he was charged with seven runs on 9 hits and three BB in 3.2 innings.

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The Seattle Mariners have been playing their best baseball of the season with both the arms and bats generally on the same page. The Mariners had won six of seven before falling to Houston by a 7-4 count on Wednesday. M’s starter Hisashi Iwakuma had a rare off night with five runs allowed on seven hits and two walks while whiffing seven through five innings to remain winless at 0-3. The Mariners totaled ten hits and walked three times with Robinson Cano going 2-5 with a homer and three RBI’s while Adam Lind was 2-4 with a solo blast. Felix Hernandez toes the rubber hoping for some support from the Mariners offense when he opposes the Royals on Friday. Hernandez took a 4-2 loss at the Angels last time out with three runs scored on five hits including two homers in seven frames.

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