Archive: January, 2019
Where are they now?
Since Jerry Dipoto took over as General Manager of your Seattle Mariners after the 2015 season, the M's have been involved in 75—75!—trades with other Major League clubs. Add in free agent arrivals an departures and you've got a truly stunning amount of roster churn over just a few years. Favorite players you may have enjoyed watching at the former Safeco Field will only show up as visitors now (or have departed the league altogether), and as we approach the new season it might be useful to have a reference for where formerly familiar Mariners ended up.
Mariners sign different infielder Beckham than last year's infielder Beckham
The Mariners signed two free agents yesterday to Major League contracts, infielder Tim Beckham (not to be confused with veteran Gordon Beckham, who spent the last two years bouncing back and forth between the M's and their Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma) and relief pitcher Cory Gearrin.Beckham, who will be 29 later this month, came up with the Tampa Bay Rays and spent the last season and a half with Baltimore. Primarily a shortstop, he's also logged plenty of innings at both third base and second base.
An odd reunion
In a weird but no-risk move today, the Mariners signed Dustin Ackley to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.
Yusei Kikuchi signing official
The Mariners have officially signed Japanese free-agent pitcher Yusei Kikuchi to a multi-year contract. The former Saitama Seibu Lions star was posted for Major League teams' consideration at his request by the Nippon Professional Baseball club last month and chose Seattle after meeting with representatives of several MLB teams in December.