Sept. 30, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks base runner Justin Upton (10) slides into home in the first in the first inning against Chicago Cubs at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

At Bat Today: Seattle Mariners News for January 6, 2013

Not a lot has happened in Mariners-land, but around the Major League, there have been a few power plays. The Cubs signed a new player, as did the Dodgers. Three teams are rumored to be vying for Justin Upton.

  • Justin Upton is rumored to have garnered the interest of the Mariners; rumors also point to the Braves and the Rangers. Since the Mariners have been on Upton’s no-trade list, it will be interesting to see what happens with this player.
  • The Chicago Cubs signed player Dontrelle Willis. This former Detroit Tiger and 2003 Rookie of the Year will be playing on their minor league team.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers signed J.P. Howell; he’s a lefty pitcher signed to a one-year deal for $2.85 million plus incentives. He was a reliever with the Rays.
  • Mariners rumors are flying around for possible deals for Kyle Lohse and Joe Saunders; the rumor mill does not paint a good picture for the likelihood of the Seattle team picking one of these two guys up.
  • Reportedly, the Texas Rangers have reached a one-year, $10 millon verbal agreement with Lance Berkman, a former Houston Astros switch hitter. The deal is contingent upon him passing a physical.
  • Mariners spring training tickets are now on sale.
  • Mariners pitcher Blake Beavan  is shaping up to look like a pitcher to remember. He started 26 games last year and won 11 of them. The question is whether he’ll have the confidence to pull off some wins this year.
  • Right-handed pitcher D.J. Mitchell has been outrighted to the Mariners’ Triple A Tacoma team. He was in four games with the Yankees last season, and he 6-4 in 15 games starting for the Yankees Tripple-A Club.

That about covers it. What do you think? Do the Mariners have a viable option now that so many big names are being grabbed up?

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  • maqman

    There’s not much in the free agent aisle that I like, especially Boras clients. I’m hoping he is humbled a bit this year. I’d like to see the M’s get an innings eater at a bargain price for one year. I had liked Saunders but he is supposedly looking for a 3 year deal and is just not worth it. Something in the Millwood mold. Upton I don’t want, I think he is overrated myself and would cost too much in prospects and payroll. Not happy to see the Texicans sign Berkman, I think he’s still got something in the tank.

  • Andrew Prichard

    I have to think all significant remaining moves this offseason will be made via trade. The Ms have a glut of useful pieces, ranging from the extraordinary (Walker, Montero -yes, in the right package) to the useful but boring (see multiple bullpen arms) to the out of options and don’t have a place on this team but you don’t want to just dump (Carp, Triunfel, Wells). I have a feeling multiple moves will still happen. I will be shocked if a starting pitcher isn’t traded for, and will be mildly surprised if another bat isn’t acquired as well.
    Try and remember, the Montero trade didn’t happen until January, so things are still going to happen for this team this offseason.

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