Veteran reliever Steve Cishek, who pitched for the Mariners and Rays last season and has 121 career saves, reached a two-year deal with the Cubs, a source told ESPN.
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Mariners reportedly reached agreement on a deal with reliever Juan Nicasio. The Mariners used 40 pitchers last season, tying an MLB record. Nicasio was durable. He tied for the NL lead with 76 appearances and pitched to a 2.61 ERA.
- Source: Veteran RP Cishek, Cubs agree to deal
- Report: Mariners reach deal with RHP Nicasio
- Mariners land pitchers for international money
- Cubs agree to 2-year deal with lefty Smyly
Right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio and the Mariners have agreed to a two-year deal, according to a report.
The Seattle Mariners have landed two pitchers in a pair of trades in exchange for some of the international slot money the club had acquired in the hopes of landing Shohei Ohtani.
The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent left-hander Drew Smyly, the team announced Tuesday night.
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.
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.
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.
Dealing Dee Gordon might be the start of a new exodus of Marlins stars as Miami acquired a trio of prospects to shore up a weak farm system.
Getting Dee Gordon from the cash-strapped Marlins might solve Seattle's center-field problem. But will the additional bargaining power it gives the Mariners for Shohei Ohtani be the key consideration?
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.
Whatever they do with Giancarlo Stanton, Derek Jeter and the Marlins will have budgetary handicaps in 2018. Where do the Fish rank among teams with major financial handicaps this winter?
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.