Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:09:55 -0700
Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed that Justin Smoak is the team's starting first baseman, despite the acquisitions of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison. Smoak said he was frustrated when hitting from the right side last year and this year is "just trying not to pull the ball."
Fantasy Tip: The CI-OF-DH logjam is typically part of Seattle's plan, but they'll probably find room for all three in the lineup more often than not.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:04:19 -0800
Seattle Mariners DH Corey Hart is grouped with the outfielders in hitting groups so far this spring, while OF Logan Morrison is grouped with the infielders. Hart is recovering from surgeries to both of his knees, and Morrison also has a history of knee issues.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:22:13 -0800
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak said first base is still his job to lose this year, but he'll be competing with 1Bs Logan Morrison and Corey Hart for the job. Smoak's $3.65 million option for the 2015 season will be guaranteed if he has 525 plate appearances this season. Manager Lloyd McClendon wants Smoak to focus on being a complete hitter this year, not a home run hitter. "He's going to play first base and DH a little bit," McClendon said. "One thing I know is the manager doesn't make out the lineup."
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:19:32 -0800
Seattle Mariners SS Willie Bloomquist, 1B Corey Hart, SS Brad Miller, OF Logan Morrison, INF Stefen Romero and OF Michael Saunders have already arrived at the team's spring training facility in Arizona.
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:59:43 -0800
Updating a previous item, the financial incentives on top of the $1.75 million salary for Seattle Mariners 1B Logan Morrison include $75,000 for 450 plate appearances, $100,000 apiece for 500 and 550 appearances, and another $75,000 for 600 appearances.
Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:54:08 -0800
The Seattle Mariners avoided arbitration with 1B Logan Morrison, agreeing to a contract worth $1.75 million with $350,000 in incentives.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:24:46 -0800
Seattle Mariners OF Corey Hart (knees) has ramped up his activities to running the bases, and he's feeling much better about his surgically repaired knees. "I haven't gotten on the field yet to do fly balls, but I've been doing simulated ground balls to work on my footwork and agility. It's been progressing. I've been able to do everything. It's been nice."
The M's are hoping to put Hart in the outfield for a significant amount of time this year, and they're willing to wait to see if he can handle the workload. General manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon have talked of a three-man rotation between Hart and 1Bs Logan Morrison and Justin Smoak between first base and designated hitter. Hart isn't worried about regaining his timing at the plate, just how his knees will hold up.
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:18:53 -0800
The Seattle Mariners are comfortable going with a rotation of OF Corey Hart, 1B Justin Smoak and 1B Logan Morrison at first base and designated hitter. Hart may even drop out of the rotation as his knees get better and he sees more outfield duty.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:26:53 -0800
Seattle Mariners 1B Logan Morrison is asking for $2.5 million in arbitration, while the team is offering $1.1 million.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:13:10 -0800
The Miami Marlins traded 1B Logan Morrison to the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, Dec. 11, in exchange for RP Carter Capps.
Fantasy Tip: Capps has the skills to pitch in the ninth but will fall into a setup role to Steve Cishek. Garrett Jones will take over full time at first base for Morrison. Moving to a pitcher-friendly environment lowers Jones' power impact, which has been his main contributing factor to fantasy owners.