Raul Ibanez: Reviewing Seattle Mariners free agent signing

Raul Ibanez

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the MLB breaking news this week on the signing of Raul Ibanez. Returning for his third stint with the M’s, Ibanez brings much needed power to the lineup—just like the majority of Seattle’s signings this offseason. A big question is what does this mean for Justin Smoak?

Morales for Vargas: Reviewing Seattle Mariners trade

Morales will be a solid bat beyond Montero (Photo: Steven Bisig / USA Today)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the MLB breaking news this week on the trading of Jason Vargas for Kendrys Morales. It was inevitable that the M’s would cut ties with Vargas, and acquiring Morales is fantastic return. This is a win-win for both Seattle and Los Angeles.

Mariners land Andino from O’s

Robert Andino

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the MLB breaking news this week on the trading of Trayvon Robinson for Robert Andino. With a surplus of outfielders, and a lack of depth in the middle infield, this is a trade purely for depths sake. In his career, Andino has played second, third, shortstop, left and centerfield.

Seattle Mariners resign reliever Oliver Perez

Oliver Perez

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the MLB breaking news this week on the resigning of reliever Oliver Perez. The left-handed relieve returns on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, with an extra $600K in bonuses. It’s another lateral move by Jack-Z, designed to retain his solid pitching staff from 2012.