To be clear, it's Michael, not Mike Morse. That's one of the things that has changed since the last time Morse was a member of the Seattle Mariners more than three years ago. And there's more.
Dustin Ackley's plate appearances last season failed to meet anyone's expectations - not Seattle's front office, not the fans' and certainly not his own.
Morales' job will be to hit in the middle of the Mariners lineup. To help provide a boost to an offense that was last in the American League in runs scored, hits and team batting average in 2012.
Hernandez was as happy-go-lucky as ever, sitting with clubhouse attendants early in the morning and smiling and gesturing with teammates and coaches before a small crowd of fans at the Mariners complex once the day's workout began.
Felix Hernandez will make $27 million in the final year of his new $175 million, seven-year contract with the Seattle Mariners, which includes a conditional eighth-year option should he need elbow ligament surgery during the length of the deal.
Fighting back tears while his hands trembled, Felix Hernandez signed a seven-year contract with the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday that made him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
The Seattle Mariners could use an experienced No. 2 or 3 starter in the rotation that is headlined by Felix Hernandez, and left-hander Joe Saunders hopes to be that dependable arm.
The New York Yankees have added depth to their bullpen, acquiring right-hander Shawn Kelley from the Seattle Mariners for minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte.
Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners have reached agreement on a $175 million, seven-year contract that will make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
Mariners catcher Jesus Montero on Tuesday again denied any involvement with a Florida-based anti-aging clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that discussions on star pitcher Felix Hernandez's contract continue between the club and Hernandez's agents but the GM provided no update on finalization of the deal.
Third baseman Chone Figgins has signed a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins with an invitation to their major-league camp beginning next week.
Seattle Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez is set to become the highest paid pitcher in baseball history, according to a report in the USA Today.
Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero is named in records from a South Florida anti-aging clinic linked to performance-enhancing drugs, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
Finding a way to boost the worst offense in baseball was the offseason goal for the Seattle Mariners. Based on what management had to say Wednesday at the team's annual pre-spring training luncheon, the Mariners think that goal was accomplished.