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Larry Stone: Is Mike Zunino trade a tweak or start of a rebuild for Mariners?

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 6:59 p.m.

Jerry Dipoto's offseason machinations were set in motion by the trade of Mike Zunino for Ray outfielder Mallex Smith. Whether this is just part of a small plan or the beginning of a rebuild that could resemble a teardown is one of many questions in what figures to be an intriguing winter.

Mariners decline $12M option on outfielder Denard Span

The Seattle Mariners have declined their part of outfielder Denard Span’s $12 million mutual option for next year in favor of a $4 million buyout, making the 34-year-old a free agent. Span was acquired by Seattle last May in a trade with Tampa Bay and became one of the Mariners most consistent hitters. Span hit .272 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 94 games with the Mariners, often batting in the middle of Seattle’s order. He played 87 of those games in the outfield.

Edgar Martinez moves into hitting adviser role with Mariners

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 4:07 p.m.

Edgar Martinez is stepping down as the hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners and moving into a new role as a hitting adviser for the entire organization. The move announced Tuesday means Martinez will have more freedom to work with all levels of the organization. Martinez says he’s looking forward to working with both the major leaguers and younger hitters.

Mariners closer Edwin Diaz named American League Reliever of the Year

After a brilliant season where he led all of baseball with 57 saves, most of them protecting the slimmest of leads, Mariners closer Edwin Diaz has earned the top relief pitching honor. Before Saturday’s Game 4 of the World Series in Los Angeles, Major League Baseball announced that Diaz was named the 2018 Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year, which is given to the season’s top reliever in the American League.

M’s GM Jerry Dipoto says Ichiro will get chance to play in 2019

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said Ichiro Suzuki will be in spring training with the Mariners in 2019 and hinted the veteran outfielder could be on the roster when the club opens the season next March with a pair of games in Tokyo against the Oakland Athletics.

Mariners part ways with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 9:06 p.m.

The Mariners made one significant change to their coaching staff following the 2018 season. At a small news conference at Safeco Field on Monday afternoon, manager Scott Servais announced pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre will not be retained for the 2019 season.

Out of Right Field: Looking ahead to the Mariners’ 2019 season

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

Since Mitch Haniger has shown he can play center field for the Mariners, how about Bryce Harper in right next season? To afford Harper and his record-setting free-agent deal likely in the neighborhood of $400 million, the Mariners would have to jettison the following contracts: pitcher Felix Hernandez ($27.86 million), second baseman Robinson Cano ($24 million) and third baseman Kyle Seager ($19.5 million). No problem, right?

Mariners top Rangers 3-1 to finish off 2018

Adrian Beltre and the Texas Rangers were shut down by Seattle starter Roenis Elias in the Mariners’ 3-1 win on Sunday that closed out the 2018 season. The day was overshadowed with what-ifs mostly about whether Beltre will retire after 21 seasons, but also if Nelson Cruz will be back in Seattle in 2019 with his contract up after the season.

Edwin Diaz gets save No. 57 in Mariners’ win over Rangers

With a crowd of 31,780 packed into Safeco Field, the Mariners got a solid start from their best starting pitcher, a fair amount off offense in support and shutout work from the back of their bullpen, including save No. 57 for Edwin Diaz in a 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.