Oct 18, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Raul Ibanez (27) reacts after striking out during game four of the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

At Bat Today: Seattle Mariners News for December 28, 2012


I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday. Over the holiday, the Seattle Mariners made some moves – as have some of the other teams. The Mariners announced a signing; a big prospect signed with another team, and a minor league deal was reached. What does this mean for a team desperate for rebuilding?

  • The biggest news out of Safeco Field is the signing of Raul Ibanez for a one-year deal and the trade of  Jason Vargas for Kendrys Morales. Speculation as to whether signing Ibanez was the wisest move the Ms could make abounds.
  • Anthony Vasquez, who underwent emergency brain surgery last month, states that he hopes to make it to spring training with the Mariners’ minor league team.
  • The Mariners signed a minor league contract with Jeremy Bonderman, former Detroit Tigers starting pitcher.
  • The Kansas City Royals signed James Shields to their roster.
  • Free agent Hideki Matsui, former New York Yankee has announced his retirement from professional baseball.
  • A.J. Pierzynski signed a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers.
  • Since Ibanez was signed with the Mariners, the team needed to free up a spot. They designated D.J. Mitchell for assignment. He was one of the pitchers gained in the Ichiro Suzuki trade deal with the New York Yankees.
  • Former Braves player Andruw Jones was arrested on a battery charge following a call reporting a domestic dispute with his wife in Duluth.
  • Nick Swisher signed with the Cleveland Indians.

That about rounds up what happened over the past several days. What do you think the chances of the Mariners signing Michael Bourn will be?

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  • maqman

    Bourn’s agent is the Boras Corporation, so he won’t come cheap most likely – unless he just doesn’t find a market and will take a one season pillow contract. However as he will cost the M’s their 12th draft pick in the first round and they do good drafting so he wouldn’t be worth it. Plus Guti is having a good winter season down south and should not be written off as being finished.

    As the Yankees found out last season Ibanez is a handy guy to have available on the bench. That and his intangibles as a role model for the kids and a positive force in the club house make him worth while.

    As they are the team should win over .500 and Z is not finished tinkering yet.