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Japanese pitcher-hitter Shohei Ohtani chooses Angels over Mariners

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 6:37 a.m.

Shohei Ohtani selected the Los Angeles Angels in his bid to become a two-way star in Major League Baseball. (Shizuo Kambayashi / AP)
Shohei Ohtani has decided he’s on the side of the Angels.The Japanese two-way star announced Friday he will sign with the Los Angeles Angels, ending the sweepstakes surrounding his move to the majors in a surprising destination.

Mariners acquire Dee Gordon from Marlins for 3 prospects

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, left, speaks to members of the media before the start of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, July 28, 2016, in Miami. (Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press)
Miami second baseman Dee Gordon has been traded to the Seattle Mariners for three prospects on Thursday in a deal that marks the start of the Marlins’ latest payroll purge, this time under new CEO Derek Jeter.

Mariners’ Nelson Cruz wins Edgar Martinez Award

Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 12:02 p.m.

Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz points skyward as he crosses home on his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Nelson Cruz has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award, as announced by Major League Baseball on Thursday. This marks Cruz’s first career Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.

Mariners make trade, raise available money for Japan’s Shohei Otani

Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 9:44 a.m.

In this Nov. 12, 2016 photo, Japan's designated hitter Shohei Otani reacts after hitting a solo home run off Netherlands starter Jair Jurrjens in the fifth inning of their international exhibition series baseball game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. (Koji Sasahara / Associated Press)
The Seattle Mariners have gained more flexibility if they want to try to sign Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani. They acquired an additional $500,000 for their international signing bonus pool from the Chicago White Sox in a trade for Brazilian right-hander Thyago Vieira. The trade increases the Mariners’ available money for a signing bonus to $1,557,500.

Mariners’ Nelson Cruz named Silver Slugger at DH

Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz has one his second Silver Slugger honor and his first for designated hitter. (John Froschauer / Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been selected to the 2017 American League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger team. The award is the second of Cruz’s career after he was selected as one of the American League’s top offensive outfielders in 2015.

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