Over here in the Emerald City….

It’s hard to sit with a cup of coffee, maybe a cookie and find time to write a new entry when your life is chaotic. I won’t bore you with my latest antics but we’ll leave it at this; my life has been crazy.

Even that sounds like an understatement. seattle-rain.jpg

Over here in the rainy beautiful Emerald City, more specifically at 1st Ave and Edgar Martinez Dr, lots have been happening. The Mariners organization has been busy. Busy dealing with arbitrations, busy signing new and old players, busy inviting players to Spring Training, busy having photo shoots with new players, busy mourning the departure of Branyan and Johjima….

….ok the last one is just me.

Like I said on my Twitter, I have waited too long to update my blog that I have no idea where to start. I’m going to machine-gun my way through some Mariners updates but please note that they are in no particular order.

1. Felix Hernandez is staying! For FIVE more years! I expected 2 or 3, but 5? I’m beyond ecstatic and I’m sure a lot of other Mariners fans are too. The exact number for Felix’s raise is not disclosed, but I’m guessing it’ll be a chunky amount compared to his 3.8 million salary last season! When you’re a Cy Younger runner-up, you deserve it. 

Wow, I’m pretty confident when I say we have the most vicious 1-2 punch for our starting rotation in the entire Major LeaguesSorry Angels, we’ll be dethroning you this season.

felix_184_450.jpg2. Mariners closer David Aardsma and relief pitcher Derek Lowe signed a one-year extension and both a raise in their salaries. They certainly both deserved the raise after their outstanding (especially Aardsma) performances in the ’09 season. Aardsma was 38 for 42 save opportunities, and Lowe was one of the only consistently dependable RPs for us last season.
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3. Say hello to our new 1st baseman Casey Kotchman from the Red Sox. Please don’t ask me how I feel about this or I’ll start crying. I would like to ask our GM one question; why wasn’t Branyan a good candidate? Sure, he was injured but he did his job as the team slugger hitting 31 HRs and manned 1st base extremely well. Ok fine, I guess the M’s offered him a 1 year deal and he rejected it. Let me pout for a few seconds.

…….

Ok I’m done. As a faithful Mariners fan, I should welcome Casey Kotchman with a smiling face and open arms. Casey, I wish you success in our amazing team but please don’t do anything that’ll make me regret the smiling face and open arms. Mmmkay?

Russell, I will miss you dearly and I wish you the best. I highly doubt that anyone in our lineup (so far) is going to blast 31 homeruns like you did last season. What are we going to do without a slugger like you? Eeep!

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4. The Mariners welcome Brandon League as a result of a trade with Brandon Morrow. I don’t have much to say about this trade because it kind of feels like an even exchange. Both their ERA’s are kind of high, both had an unstable season. I do like his glasses though.

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There you go, a quick update of what the 2010 AL West Champions Mariners have been up to. :] I can’t believe Spring Training is right around the corner; it feels like it’s been ages since I’ve watched baseball. Now that I’m back in the Pacific Northwest, I plan on going to a ridiculous amount of Mariners game this season. Besides, I have my game shirt ready and everything:

shirt.jpg                                                  It was a gift from Santa! ♥

                                                           xoxoxoxoxoxo  

21 Comments

nice shirt! sos did you order it thru MLB?
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

The Mariners have been really active this off-season. I know you’ll miss Branyan but your team really got stronger. I mean, Cliff Lee? King Felix? Chone Figgins? I forget who else, but the Mariners will be in the hunt for the AL West crown this year for sure!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Awesome shirt! I need to get one of those personalized ones. That’s how you got it, right? You guys have such a fearsome 1-2 punch now, I am scared for any meetings between my Sox and your M’s, it’s gonna be good!

-Fenway Bleacher Creature
http://the3rs.mlblogs.com/

good to see you back! hope you are getting back into the swing of things. mariners are loaded this year!

http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

Yes I am jealous of your team’s offseason! lol Man you guys are stacked! Competition in the west for sure next season and i admit i’m kind of scared yet excited because we can finally declare that we aren’t a weak division! I look forward (well not really I mean King Felix was enough now we have to face Cliff lee!) to facing y’all this season :)

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

Welcome back! It’s good to see you here again!
How is your friend Kenji doing now? Can he fly already?
http://nao.mlblogs.com/

Hey girl, #68, you are ranked!!! Congratulations.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

I love love love your shirt!!! Very cool.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

The busiest team in baseball. It sounds like your just as busy.
http://clevelandbaseball.mlblogs.com/

I am very,very scared of the Mariners this season. I believe it will come down to Seattle and my Texas Rangers. Lookin forward to the race!

http://irvincastellanos.mlblogs.com

I freaking love your shirt. It’s amazing. Congrats on #68!
http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

Nice shirt! Bet you’re looking forward to wearing it this season!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

It is too bad Branyan is not back with you. I do think Kotchman will be a very good addition to the M’s, though. Congrats on signing Figgins and Lee, and extending King Felix! I am also glad Aardsma has been doing well for you, and is signed for another year with you–he’s a solid pitcher who seemed to need a change of scenery, but may now be hitting his stride. The Mariners should be formidable with the additions to your team!

I think that the Mariners are going to be a powerhouse this season. You can quote me.
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It’s getting close Diamond Girl. Almost.
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I think that you will like Brandon League. He throws very hard, and is almost unhittable at times. Some control problems though. At one point, League was the organization’s future closer. We were very high on his prospects. He was also a pitcher that did very well against the Yankees, so he was valuable that way. This trade seems like it is a good deal for both parties involved. Hope it works out that way!

I can’t wait for Spring Training!!! Almost time to get excited!
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Got to admit it,
The M’s have loaded for bear this year and could definitely be the team to beat out of the AL West.
Still get the chills with Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee as the top two hurlers that could make any series a difficult task this season. Plus the additions of a solid First Baseman like Seminole, Florida native Casey Kotchman could be a under the radar pick-up with massive up-sides.
Anxious for play to begin so I can see just how good this team flows together on the field.
And it doesn’t hurt that Safeco Field is my favorite stadium.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Anytime you can start blogging again!!!
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

I disagree with Jeremy. League wasn’t that good for the Jays – especially last year. Maybe the change of scenery will do him some good. Casey Kotchman will do just fine for you guys. If he can get his bat going, you’ll be smiling – no doubt! Good luck to the Mariners!!
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

You are definitely right to miss Branyan. It seems that both sides were a little too stubborn during those negotiations, and they seemed so perfectly suited for each other. The M’s have a good shot at winning the division this year, we all know they will pitch and defend well. But where will the runs come from? As you said it is hard to imagine any of these guys replacing Branyan’s production.

Matt, fislinl.mlblogs.com

Yup, I agree, Angels will be dethroned! Mariners have a FANTASTIC team!
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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