Thursday notebook: Mariners sign OF Leonys Martin, avoid arbitration

Jan 14, 2016, 3:53 PM | Updated: 4:08 pm
Outfielder Leonys Martin will reportedly make $4.15 million in his first season with the Mariners. ...
Outfielder Leonys Martin will reportedly make $4.15 million in his first season with the Mariners. (AP)

The Mariners can check one more item off their post-Holidays to-do list as the team has avoided arbitration with outfielder Leonys Martin, signing him to a one-year deal that Jon Heyman reports to be worth $4.15 million.

Martin, who was first-year arbitration eligible, earned $3.75 million as a member of the Texas Rangers in 2015. He receives a modest bump in salary after injury and a poor offensive showing last year. He is currently playing winter ball for Licey in the Dominican League, hitting .360/.441/.941 in 50 at-bats in 14 postseason games.

The Mariners have two arbitration-eligible players remaining: Charlie Furbush and Evan Scribner.

FanFest announced

Mariners FanFest will take place Jan. 30-31. The team has announced the following players, past, present and future and staff and broadcasters as scheduled to attend.

• Current: Steve Cishek, Charlie Furbush, Chris Iannetta, Leonys Martin, James Paxton, Kyle Seager, Taijuan Walker.

• Future: Braden Bishop, Drew Jackson, Tyler O’Neill, Boog Powell.

• Past: Jay Buhner, Dave Valle, Dan Wilson.

• Staff: Jerry Dipoto, Scott Servais.

• Broadcasters: Aaron Goldsmith, Rick Rizzs.

For more on FanFest including activities and ticket information visit the FanFest page at

We will have a special-edition Hot Stove show from FanFest on Saturday, Jan. 30 from noon to 1:30.

Seattle Mariners

Mariners Julio Rodríguez Carlos Correa...
Joe Fann

Fann: Thoughts on Mariners’ offseason thus far and the great spending debate

The Mariners haven't spent big on free agents this offseason, and it may remain that way. Joe Fann shares his view on how Seattle aims to improve.
1 day ago
Mariners Scott Servais Jerry Dipoto... Staff

Mariners’ Jerry Dipoto explains their offseason direction and expectations

On Thursday's Jerry Dipoto Show, the Mariners president of baseball operations delved into the team's payroll, approach this offseason and much more.
1 day ago
Mariners Kolten Wong...
Brent Stecker

MLB Network’s Morosi: Wong, Hernández bring something Mariners need

MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi shares his insight on new Mariners 2B Kolten Wong, including what both he and slugger Teoscar Hernández are adding to Seattle's lineup.
1 day ago
Mariners Casey Sadler...
Brent Stecker

Mariners Moves: Rule 5 Draft additions, losses; Casey Sadler returns

The Mariners added three players and lost three players in Wednesday's Rule 5 Draft. Details on that and the return of reliever Casey Sadler.
2 days ago
Mariners Mitch Haniger...
Brent Stecker

Mitch Haniger posts open letter to Mariners fans after joining Giants

For the second offseason in a row, Mitch Haniger has written something addressed to Mariners fans. The latest may be more of a tearjerker, though, because of the circumstances around it.
2 days ago
Bryan Reynolds Mariners offseason...
Brent Stecker

Hot Stove Hype: Can Mariners finally pull off a Bryan Reynolds trade?

Bryan Reynolds, an All-Star outfielder the Mariners have reportedly been interested in before, wants out of Pittsburgh, so Wyman and Bob talked to a Pirates reporter about him.
2 days ago
Thursday notebook: Mariners sign OF Leonys Martin, avoid arbitration