Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma could be back as soon as May after surgery on his right shoulder. Iwakuma made only six starts last season, going 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA.
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Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer
Seattle Mariners Manager Scott Servais on the prospects of facing Shohei Ohtani during the regular season. "We will see him a lot. He's a really talented player and I am sure we'll have plenty of battles as the years go forward." The Mariners play the Angels for the first time May 4th.
- Iwakuma making progress after shoulder surgery
- Sources: Expect MLB probe after Ohtani choice
- Marlins trade Gordon to Mariners; will play CF
- Mariners, Angels add cash for pursuit of Ohtani
Which major free agents are most likely to sign first? Which team's GM will be the most active, and what will be the most surprising move? Our experts dig in to what could happen as teams start wheeling and dealing.
Despite repeated warnings by MLB prior to Shohei Ohtani's decision to play for the Angels, sources told ESPN they wouldn't be surprised if there was an investigation into the process.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Jerry Dipoto has said he wanted to acquire a center fielder for the Mariners ... so he acquired Dee Gordon from the Marlins. Seems strange except the Mariners apparently plan on moving Gordon to center field, which is a creative solution given Gordon's speed. He's signed for three more seasons plus an option so he could be a long-term solution there. They did give up Nick Neidert, their top pitching prospect. He's not a flamethrower, but immediately becomes one of the Marlins' top prospects as well and Derek Jeter has dealt away his first major chunk of salary.
Second baseman Dee Gordon has been traded from the Miami Marlins to the Seattle Mariners, where he's expected to play center field. Seattle also received international slot money from Miami, reported to be $1 million.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The Mariners traded catcher David Banuelos to the Twins for $1 million in international slot money -- just in case a little additional cash will help them to convince Shohei Ohtani to head to the Pacific Northwest. Of the seven finalists, the Rangers have the most bonus money to offer at $3.535 million while the Mariners can now offer $2.57 million. That probably won't be a deciding factor for Ohtani, but it certainly can't hurt. Banuelos was the team's fifth-round pick in 2017 out of Long Beach State and hit .236/.331/.394 at Class A Everett. He's regarded as a strong defensive catcher.
In separate deals, the Mariners and Angels each sent a prospect to the Twins in return for $1 million in international bonus allocations. The two teams are among seven teams still being considered by Japanese star Shohei Ohtani.
The Japanese star could be a great pitcher or a not-so great pitcher in MLB. As a hitter, he might have a similar range. We mix and match the projections to find the most entertaining Ohtani.
Shohei Ohtani, the 23-year-old Japanese right-hander with a 100 mph fastball and devastating left-handed swing, met with the Mariners and Cubs on Tuesday and was meeting with the Rangers on Tuesday evening, according to multiple reports.
Baseball's most coveted free agent has whittled down his list of likely landing spots. We make the case for each of the seven finalists to ink the two-way Japanese superstar.
Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani has narrowed his choice to seven teams -- the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Rangers and Cubs -- according to multiple reports.
MLB teams can begin bidding for star Shohei Ohtani after owners unanimously approved a deal for a new posting agreement with Nippon Professional Baseball.
The Mariners' Nelson Cruz was named the American League's top designated hitter Thursday, winning the honor that is named after Seattle's hitting coach, Edgar Martinez.
Former MLB veteran Bret Boone says he is sorry for comments to a reporter making light of sexual harassment and that "it will never happen again."
Nobody makes more trades than Seattle's GM. But to make Jerry Dipoto's never-ending overhaul work, he still needs to find the missing piece.
Hisashi Iwakuma re-signed with the Mariners on a minor league contract Monday and received an invitation to spring training.
There is reportedly "some momentum" toward an agreement between Seattle and the veteran outfielder.
The Mariners could vault into periphery contention with the right pitching upgrades. But the pickings on the free-agent market are slim.
Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma told reporters he is weighing an offer from the Mariners as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
William Weinbaum ESPN
Chipper Jones, Jim Thome & Omar Vizquel headline 19 first-timers on the writers' Hall of Fame ballot announced Mon. Among 14 holdovers from the ‘17 ballot are Trevor Hoffman, Vlad Guerrero, Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez & Sammy Sosa. Results are to be announced 1/24.