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Cory Gearrin, Tim Beckham agree to deals with Mariners

Right-hander Cory Gearrin and infielder Tim Beckham have agreed to one-year contracts with the Seattle Mariners. The 32-year-old Gearrin was 2-1 with one save and a 3.77 ERA last year in 62 games for San Francisco, Texas and Oakland. He struck out 53 and walked 21 in 57 1/3 innings, holding batters to a .255 average. Beckham, who turns 29 this month, hit .230 with 17 doubles, 12 homers and 35 RBIs in 96 games for Baltimore last year.

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Matt Calkins: Are the Mariners in fact building for a brighter future as they dismantle 2018 roster?

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

So a mom, dad and their two kids hop into a self-driving Subaru, zip under some hoverboards on their way to the stadium, slip on their climate-controlled jackets when they get out, devour their drone-delivered hot dogs 10 rows behind the third-base dugout, and get set to watch the Mariners’ first playoff game since 2001. What? Not a possibility? It isn’t feasible that the longest postseason drought in American sports can double in unsightliness over the next decade or two?