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Mariners Offseason Tracker: Keep up on moves, free agents, more

Nov 29, 2021, 12:28 PM | Updated: Dec 1, 2021, 11:03 am
Mariners Robbie Ray...
Robbie Ray #delivers a pitch against the Mariners at T-Mobile Park on Aug. 13. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

The biggest Seattle Mariners offseason in recent history is officially upon us.

After graduating from a rebuild to a 90-win season in 2021, will this be the winter the M’s break the bank to bring in a big name – or names – in free agency? Will general manager/president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto get right to work with trades before a potential work stoppage? Or how about both?

No matter what happens, we’ll keep you updated with every trade, signing, departure and remaining M’s free agent here in our Mariners offseason tracker, with links to relevant stories included.

Mariners additions

Robbie Ray, SP (five-year deal reportedly worth $115 million)
Adam Frazier, 2B/OF (via trade with Padres for prospects Ray Kerr and Corey Rosier)

Mariners free agents

• Tyler Anderson, SP
• Sean Doolittle, RP
• Héctor Santiago, RP
• Joe Smith, RP
Kyle Seager, 3B – Mariners declined club option
Yusei Kikuchi, SP – Mariners declined club option; Kikuchi declined player option

Notable non-40-man roster free agents

• Jake Bauers, 1B/OF
• Shed Long Jr., 2B/OF
• José Marmolejos, 1B/OF
• Keynan Middleton, RP
• Ryan Weber, SP/RP

Departures

• James Paxton, SP (reportedly signed by Red Sox)
• Ljay Newsome, SP (claimed by St. Louis)

Contract extensions

• Andrés Muñoz, RP (four-year deal with options, reported to be worth $7.5 million)

Mariners’ biggest needs

• Starting pitcher
• Third base and/or second base

See MLB.com’s list of free agents here.

Need to know

• Should the Mariners sign one of the 14 players that have received a qualifying offer (one-year, $18.4 million) from their 2021 club, Seattle would forfeit their third-highest 2022 draft pick (third-round pick), which is the lowest possible penalty a team can have when it comes to signing a player who’s received a qualifying offer. The Mariners are one of 13 teams who’d lose their third-highest pick as they received revenue sharing and didn’t exceed the competitive balance tax. Fifteen teams would forfeit their second-highest pick while the Dodgers and Padres would forfeit their second- and fifth-highest picks should they sign a player who received a qualifying offer.

Key dates

• Nov. 3: As of 9 a.m. Eastern, all eligible players are free agents
• Nov. 7: Player and team option deadlines (for most deals with options)
• Nov. 7: Deadline for teams to tender their eligible free agents with a qualifying offer. The qualifying offer is a one-year, $18.4 million deal.
• Nov. 7: Free agency officially begins
• Nov. 7: Gold Glove winners are announced (Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford is a finalist)
• Nov. 8: Finalists for major awards are announced
• Nov. 9-11: General manager meetings
• Nov. 11: Silver Sluggers are announced (Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger is a finalist)
• Nov. 16: Managers of the year are announced (Mariners skipper Scott Servais is believed to be in the running)
• Nov. 17: Deadline for players to accept or decline the qualifying offer
• Nov. 19: Deadline for teams to add eligible minor leaguers to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft
• Dec. 1: Non-tender deadline for teams to offer their pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players a contract for the 2022 season
• Dec. 1: The current collective bargaining agreement expires
• Dec. 6-9: The Winter Meetings
• Dec. 9: Rule 5 Draft
• Jan. 14: Deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to submit salary figures
• Jan. 15: The international signing period for 2022 begins
• Jan. 20: The MLB Hall of Fame class of 2022 is announced
• Jan. 31-Feb. 18: Arbitration hearings
• Mid-February: Spring training camps open across baseball
• March 31: Opening Day

Mariners offseason coverage from 710Sports.com

Mariners Breakdown: What to know about Cy Young winner Robbie Ray
Drayer: Where M’s offseason stands after adding Ray
A look at possible Mariners target Marcus Stroman
Mariners Breakdown: What you need to know about 2B Adam Frazier
Drayer: Mariners still have all options on table after Adam Frazier trade
The very intriguing possibility of a Mariners-Trevor Story pairing
Drayer: Too early to panic about lack of moves
Talking Mariners Podcast: Impending lockout, M’s targets and more
Underrated free-agent hitters who could boost Mariners’ lineup
Under-the-radar pitchers who could help raise Mariners’ floor
Jerry Dipoto says M’s making ‘real progress,’ answers key trade question
Which top prospects should Seattle be willing to trade?

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Mariners Offseason Tracker: Keep up on moves, free agents, more