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 Latest Seattle Mariners Player Notes:

Dec 20 2017 - Juan Nicasio
  RHP Juan Nicasio signed a two-year contract, the Seattle Mariners announced Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, but the Seattle Times reported the deal was for a total of $17 million. Nicasio, 31, pitched in a career-high 76 games in 2017 with three different teams -- Pittsburgh (65), Philadelphia (two) and St. Louis (nine) -- finishing with a combined 5-5 record, six saves and a 2.61 ERA.


Dec 7 2017 - Dee Gordon
  2B Dee Gordon was traded by the Marlins in a multi-player deal Thursday to the Mariners, who will convert him to the outfield. Gordon batted .308 and led the majors with 60 steals last season. He was the NL batting champion in 2015 when he batted .333 with 58 steals. "Dee provides us with a dynamic presence at the top of our lineup," Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. Gordon is slated to make $10.8 million this season as part of a five-year, $50 million deal.


Nov 27 2017 - Hisashi Iwakuma
  RHP Hisashi Iwakuma signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the Mariners announced Monday. Iwakuma posted an 0-2 mark with a 4.35 ERA in six starts with the Mariners last season. The 36-year-old Japanese pitcher was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on May 10 before being transferred to the 60-day DL on July 24. Iwakuma underwent arthroscopic right shoulder debridement surgery on Sept. 27. He led the Mariners in wins (16), starts (33), innings pitched (199) and strikeouts (147) during the 2016 season.


Oct 2 2017 - James Paxton
  LHP James Paxton threw six shutout innings in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. Los Angeles batters were 3-for-21 off Paxton, lowering their career batting average off Paxton to .169, the all-time lowest against the Angels with a minimum of 10 starts.


Oct 2 2017 - Mike Marjama
  C Mike Marjama hit his first major league home run in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. Marjama was drafted out of Long Beach State, about 15 miles from Angel Stadium.


Oct 2 2017 - Nelson Cruz
  DH Nelson Cruz finished with 119 RBIs, becoming the fourth Seattle player to win the AL RBI title. Ken Griffey Jr., (1997), Edgar Martinez (2000) and Bret Boone (2001) are the others.


Oct 2 2017 - Ben Gamel
  LF Ben Gamel went 1-for-4 in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. Gamel recorded his 140th hit of the season, which will place him fifth all-time in that category among Seattle rookies.


Oct 1 2017 - Andrew Moore
  RHP Andrew Moore was scheduled to start against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night, but was scratched with a stiff neck. Moore (1-5, 5.34 ERA) won his major league debut on June 22 against the Detroit Tigers, but will end the season winless in his past 10 appearances, including nine starts.


Oct 1 2017 - Andrew Albers
  LHP Andrew Albers made his sixth start of the season against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night, five days after recording his first career save. Albers was called upon on short notice against the Angels after the scheduled starter sustained an injury. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits with five strikeouts and walk.


Oct 1 2017 - Mitch Haniger
  RF Mitch Haniger went 5-for-5 and tied a club record with three doubles in a 6-4 win against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. He's the first major league rookie since 1977 to have five hits and three doubles in the same game. Haniger has 30 multi-hit games in 96 games with the Mariners this season.


Oct 1 2017 - Jacob Hannemann
  CF Jacob Hannemann hit his first career home run in a 6-4 win against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. The Mariners claimed Hannemann off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 4. He was making his second start for the Mariners.


Sep 30 2017 - Dee Gordon
  2B Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two steals. He reached 60 steals for the year Gordon also became just the third player in Marlins history to reach 200 hits in one season, joining Juan Pierre and Hanley Ramirez. Only Pierre and Gordon had 200 hits and 60-plus steals in a season. In addition, Gordon tied his career high with his 59th multi-hit game and his 16th bunt single. The only Marlins to have more bunt hits in one season were Emilio Bonifacio and Chuck Carr.


Sep 30 2017 - Marco Gonzales
  LHP Marco Gonzales went four innings and gave up two runs on four hits and two walks, getting a no-decision Friday against the Angels. Angels CF Mike Trout drove in the first run against Gonzales with a homer in the first inning. The other run Gonzales allowed came on a sacrifice fly by 3B Cliff Pennington in the fourth inning.


Sep 30 2017 - Andrew Moore
  RHP Andrew Moore will start Saturday against the Angels. It will be his final start in a rookie season that has been all about learning how to battle through adversity. Moore won his major league debut, holding the Detroit Tigers to three runs and six hits in seven innings on June 22. But he hasn't won since, and overall is 1-5 with a 5.34 ERA in 11 games (nine starts). He has faced the Angels once, giving up four runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings during a relief appearance on Aug. 11.


Sep 30 2017 - Nelson Cruz
  DH Nelson Cruz has hit six home runs in his past nine games to reach 39 for the season. If he can hit one more in the final two games of the season, it would mark his fourth consecutive season with at least 40 homers. Only eight players in major league history have had more than four consecutive 40-homer seasons -- Babe Ruth (seven), Alex Rodriguez (six), Sammy Sosa (six), Adam Dunn (five), Barry Bonds (five), Ken Griffey Jr. (five), Duke Snider (five) and Ralph Kiner (five). "He said to me, probably a week ago, 'I'm not worried about that (40 homers), I'm just going to have good at-bats,'" Mariners manager Scott Servais said of Cruz. "He's got the kind of swing and he's so strong that if he does have good at-bats and he squares it up, good things are going to happen."


Sep 30 2017 - Hisashi Iwakuma
  RHP Hisashi Iwakuma had surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday after missing most of the season with shoulder inflammation. He is expected be able to start throwing against in five months, a couple of weeks after pitchers and catchers report to spring training. The Mariners have a club option for next season on Iwakuma, 36, who went 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA in six starts this year. They can re-sign him for $10 million or buy him out for $1 million.


Sep 28 2017 - Nelson Cruz
  DH Nelson Cruz hit his 38th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth inning of a 6-5 loss to Oakland on Wednesday afternoon. After 2B Robinson Cano singled, Cruz hit a two-run laser, with an exit velocity of 117 mph, into the left field seats off RHP Kendall Graveman. "For us that get to watch him every day, it doesn't really surprise us any more, how strong he is and when he does square a ball up how it jumps off the bat," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "When he hit the ball you think it's going to go foul, but it just didn't have time. It was hit that hard." Cruz, who went 2-for-4, has 37 home runs as a designated hitter this year, matching Edgar Martinez' club record set in 2000.


Sep 28 2017 - Robinson Cano
  2B Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with his 23rd home run of the season, a two-run shot in a 6-5 loss to Oakland on Wednesday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum. Cano homered off A's RHP Chris Hatcher in the top of the eighth inning, tying the game 5-5.


Sep 28 2017 - Erasmo Ramirez
  RHP Erasmo Ramirez gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits over five innings with two strikeouts and two walks for a no-decision in a 6-5 loss to Oakland on Wednesday afternoon. "I think I didn't execute pitches," Ramirez said. "The mix wasn't there at the right locations. I missed spots. I tried to go high and the ball stayed hip high. So they were able to get good contact." In his previous start, Ramirez allowed one run on three hits over eight innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks for a no-decision in Seattle's 3-1 victory against Cleveland at Safeco Field on Friday.


Sep 28 2017 - Mike Marjama
  C Mike Marjama had his first two major league hits in his first major league start Wednesday afternoon in a 6-5 loss to Oakland. Marjama singled in the fifth inning and doubled in the ninth. He also threw out Athletics 3B Matt Chapman trying to steal second in the fifth inning.


Sep 28 2017 - Guillermo Heredia
  OF Guillermo Heredia is expected to undergo surgery on his sore right shoulder after he gets a second opinion, Mariners manager Scott Servais said Wednesday. Heredia, who returned to Seattle from Oakland, hasn't played since Sunday against Cleveland. "He's going to have a surgery done that needs to happen," Servais said. "It's not his throwing shoulder. It's his right shoulder. He'll be in kind of a lengthy rehab there. We just thought the quicker we get on this the better for him." In his first full major league season this year, Heredia hit .249 with 16 doubles, six home runs and 24 RBIs in 123 games."Really, really happy with his development," Servais said. "A year ago we were concerned about the swing. He went to the (Arizona) Fall League. He really worked on cleaning up some things. We saw him come into spring training with the adjustments in hand. He had a really good spring."


Sep 27 2017 - James Paxton
  LHP James Paxton gave up three runs on six hits, including two home runs, over 5 1/3 innings and got a decision in Seattle's 6-3 victory against Oakland on Friday night. He struck out five and walked none in his third start after spending over a month on the disabled list with a strained left pectoral. Mariners manager Scott Servais said he hadn't yet decided whether Paxton will make one final start on Sunday against the Angels. "I'm ready to," Paxton said. "Whatever they want me to do. I'm ready to pitch another game. My arm feels good, body feels good."


Sep 27 2017 - Danny Valencia
  OF/INF Danny Valencia hit his 15th homer of the season, a three-run shot in the seventh inning of a 6-3 victory against Oakland. Valencia was traded by Oakland to the Mariners after last season for right-hander Paul Blackburn. Valencia homered off RHP Ryan Dull, a reliever who came on to face him in the seventh. Dull jumped ahead 0-2 in the count, but Valencia crushed his 91 mph fastball over the left-center-field fence. "He's a two-pitch guy," Valencia said of Dull. "He's had a lot of success. I've played behind him and he's always done well. I've seen him a lot. I know he's going to stay on the outside part of the plate. I was really looking for a breaking ball and he tried to throw a fastball by me and luckily I got it pretty good."


Sep 27 2017 - Gordon Beckham
  INF Gordon Beckham went 2-for-4 and scored a run Friday night in a 6-3 victory against Oakland at the Oakland Coliseum. Starting at third base, he also made a spectacular catch of C Josh Phegley's foul pop in the bottom of the seventh, diving over a top and reaching into the seats for the grab. Then he got up and threw out DH Renato Nunez, who tagged up and tried to advance to second.


Sep 27 2017 - Felix Hernandez
  RHP Felix Hernandez, who has battled right shoulder soreness for much of the season, will not make his final scheduled start on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels. "He's gone through a long year with the shoulder kind of barking the majority of the year," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "I don't know what the benefit is of running him out there right now." Servais said Hernandez would make that start if the Mariners were still in playoff contention. RHP Andrew Moore will start on Saturday. Hernandez finished the season 6-5 with a 4.36 ERA in 16 starts. In his final start on Monday night, he allowed one run on two hits over six innings in a 7-1 victory against Oakland. He struck out two and walked two. "It was nice to see him do well last night and have a good positive outing as he shuts it down," Servais said. "It makes him feel good about where he's at going into the offseason and how valuable he is to our team. If we can't run him out there every five days, it's a big gap." Hernandez, 31, plans to alter his offseason training program in order "to stay healthy, to have more left in the tank at the end of the year" next season. "I know Felix wants to come back, he wants to do some things differently than he's done in the offseason, and he needs to."