In today's news and notes, Buster Olney looks at where the Seattle Mariners stand after their firing of GM Jack Zduriencik and offers some advice.
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Olney: Mariners in pretty bad shape
Buster Olney has a piece of advice as Seattle looks for a new GM: "If anyone walks in the door and speaks glowingly about the core in place and the opportunity for a quick and easy turnaround ... [be] suspicious. ... The baseball operations department needs a makeover, not one or two holes patched at the big league level." Far from contending (Insider)
Kyle Seager and Franklin Gutierrez both had three hits and a homer and Taijuan Walker allowed three hits before leaving with an injury in the seventh inning as the Seattle Mariners beat the Chica
Seattle Mariners starter Taijuan Walker left the game against the Chicago White Sox in the seventh inning Friday night with what the team called a cramp in his right hip.
Dzuriencik split an obvious choice?
The Mariners made baseball's biggest headline today with the firing of GM Jack Zduriencik, but was it a move everyone saw coming? MLB rumors roundup
Mariners demote Zunino, call up Hicks
The Seattle Mariners optioned struggling catcher Mike Zunino to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday and called up catcher John Hicks from their top affiliate. Zunino's struggles
The Seattle Mariners optioned struggling catcher Mike Zunino to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday and called up catcher John Hicks from their top affiliate.
Jack Zduriencik's tenure in Seattle just ended, but the Mariners are already hard at work searching for his replacement.
Jack Zduriencik's tenure as Mariners general manager is over as he hasn't shown the ability to draft or develop talent, and the farm system is a mess.
Zduriencik's poor draft legacy
Jack Zduriencik had 3 top-5 MLB draft picks during his tenure, but none has made a major impact. C Mike Zunino has a .174 BA and was reportedly demoted today. 2B Dustin Ackley, with a career OPS+ of 92, was traded to the Yankees last month, and P Danny Hultzen has yet to reach the majors.
Houston Astros @astrosbaseball
Dallas Keuchel vs. Felix Hernandez on Monday night at Minute Maid Park. Be there! Get your tickets for #KeuchelsKorner now at Astros.com/KeuchelsKorner. #GoBeardOrGoHome
The Seattle Mariners fired GM Jack Zduriencik, the team announced Friday. Assistant GM Jeff Kingston will handle GM responsibilities for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Mariners fire GM Jack Zduriencik
The Mariners are 59-69 this season, fourth in the AL West. Zduriencik had been the team's GM since 2008. Assistant GM Jeff Kingston will handle GM responsibilities for rest of the 2015 season. Story
Learning from a disappointing season
If baseball's four most disappointing teams -- Nationals, Padres, Mariners, Tigers -- were to take away one lesson from this season, what would it be? Dan Szymborski has the answers. Managers matter (Insider)
Carlos Rodon took a shutout into the seventh inning, Adam Eaton had three hits and scored three runs, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Thursday night.
Chicago White Sox @whitesox
Recap: #WhiteSox look sharp in victory over Mariners. #SoxTBT
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is not in the lineup for their game Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox.
The playoff-contending Chicago Cubs have acquired struggling reliever Fernando Rodney from the Seattle Mariners for cash or a player to be named later.
Houston Astros @astrosbaseball
The #Astros and #KeuchelsKorner are back at Minute Maid Park on Monday, August 31! Come out and cheer on our bearded All-Star in the #KeuchelsKorner fan section as the #Astros and Dallas Keuchel take on the Mariners. Tickets now on sale at Astros.com/KeuchelsKorner. #GoBeardOrGoHome
If baseball's four most disappointing teams -- Nationals, Padres, Mariners, Tigers -- were to take away one lesson from this season, what would it be? Dan Szymborski provides an answer for each.
Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockcroft wonder if Justin Verlander has finally turned the corner after his near no-no. Plus, projections for Nelson Cruz in 2016 and Simon Says with Mark Simon.
Mariners @ White Sox
U.S. Cellular Field - Sat 8/29