Mariners News Jan 24

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Chavez Agrees To Minor League Deal With Mariners
Outfielder Endy Chavez is remaining with the Seattle Mariners and will report to spring training next month with a minor league contract. The agreement was announced on Thursday, giving Seattle additional outfield depth. Chavez hit .267 for Seattle last year with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 266 at-bats over 97 games. He played all three outfield positions, with most of his time coming in right field. Chavez, who turns 36 on Feb. 7, has played for seven big league teams.

M's To Induct Piniella Into Team Hall Of Fame
The Seattle Mariners will induct former manager Lou Piniella into the team Hall of Fame on Aug. 9. Piniella will become the eighth member inducted. The team inducted former outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. last season. Piniella was Seattle's manger from 1993-2002. He led Seattle to its first division title in 1995 when the Mariners rallied late in the season to win the AL West. Piniella was also in charge in 2001 when Seattle matched the major league record with 116 wins in the regular season. For his career in Seattle, Piniella was 840-711. His .542 winning percentage with the Mariners was the highest of his managerial stops.

Seattle GM Hopes To Add Starter Before Spring
The Seattle Mariners would like to add another veteran to their rotation before the start of spring training to bridge the experience gap between staff aces Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma and a handful of promising prospects who lack experience. That was one of the messages from Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik on Thursday during the club's pre-spring training gathering. Seattle has a pair of stars at the top of its rotation in Hernandez and Iwaukuma, but a lot of questions after that. Manager Lloyd McClendon said he would be disappointed if top prospect Taijuan Walker didn't make the rotation out of spring training, but he's expected to contend with James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez and Brandon Maurer for one of those final spots.

January 24, 2014/Source: AP Sports