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11/16/2022   Seattle PI Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) — Teoscar Hernández was tuned into the rumors on television and social media so he wasn't blindsided when the call came that he was moving on from Toronto.

“I kind of like was waiting for something to happen, but it’s always a surprise for a player, I think,” Hernández said.

The Seattle Mariners made one of the first big moves of the offseason Wednesday by acquiring Hernández from the Blue Jays in exchange for two pitchers.

Fresh off the team’s first playoff appearance in more than two decades, the Mariners added a slugging right-handed bat to their lineup with the move and addressed one of their offseason needs by finding a corner outfielder.

Seattle's playoff run included a two-game sweep of Hernández and the Blue Jays in the AL wild-card series.

“What I see that this team is capable of, it's pretty awesome,” Hernández said. “And now being a part of that it's pretty exciting for me.”

Hernández hit .267 with 25 home runs and 77 RBIs in 131 games last season for the Blue Jays and joined Mookie Betts as the only outfielders in baseball with at least 35 doubles and 25 homers. Hernández was an All-Star starter in 2021 and finished that season hitting .296 with 32 homers and 116 RBIs for Toronto.

He immediately will slot into the middle of Seattle’s batting order and could end up being a replacement in right field for Mitch Haniger, who is a free agent.

“We began our offseason with the intent to add impact and length to our lineup,” said Jerry Dipoto, the Mariners' president of baseball operations. “In adding Teoscar to an already solid foundation, we feel we’ve become a far more dangerous offensive club.”

Right-handed reliever Erik Swanson and minor league lefty Adam Macko are going back to Toronto. The Blue...

11/15/2022   Seattle PI Mariners

Terry Francona of the Cleveland Guardians and Buck Showalter of the New York Mets trace their beginnings as major league managers to a time when starting pitchers still threw complete games, defensive shifts were rare and stats like WAR, WHIP, OPS and FIP weren't part of baseball's everyday lingo.

Times have changed, but the veteran skippers keep winning games.

Francona and Showalter were voted Managers of the Year on Tuesday night, improving their already sparkling resumes.

Showalter — who narrowly won the National League award in a wide-open race — is just the third person to take the prize four times and the first to do it with four different franchises. He won in the AL with the New York Yankees in 1994, Texas Rangers in 2004 and Baltimore Orioles in 2014.

The other four-time winners are Hall of Famers Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.

“Sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same,” Showalter said. “You still have to do the same things to be successful in our game. We’ve just got a lot of different ways to verify some of the guts that you have. There’s a lot more stuff analytically that you can use to verify what your eyes and your experience may tell you. There’s a lot of different ways to skin a cat.”

Showalter received eight of 30 first-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 77 total points, edging Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts, who finished second. Roberts also earned eight-first-place votes but had just four second-place votes for 57 points.

Brian Snitker, who won in 2018, finished third with 55 points after his Atlanta Braves erased a big deficit and chased down the Mets to win the NL East. He received seven first-place votes in balloting by a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel.

Showalter guided New York to the second-best...

11/14/2022   Seattle PI Mariners

NEW YORK (AP) — Seattle's Julio Rodríguez and Atlanta's Michael Harris II had a lot in common — perhaps too much.

The 21-year-old center fielders were runaway winners in Rookie of the Year voting on Monday after seasons of power and speed that led to lucrative long-term contracts but ultimately concluded with early postseason eliminations.

They both made jumps from Double-A straight to the majors.

“I feel like the whole season was unrealistic,” Harris said. “I was just going day to day and I guess living the dream. But now that the season's over, I guess I can actually look back and think about how crazy of a year it was and how fast it went.”

Rodríguez hit .284 with 28 homers, 75 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in helping the Mariners reach the postseason for the first time since 2001. He won the American League honor by receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes and one second for 148 points from a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel.

“I went through some shaky times at the beginning of the year, but I was able to stick to myself, trust myself,” Rodríguez said.

Rodríguez made the Mariners' opening-day roster and hit .205 in April, then rebounded to earn a spot in the All-Star Home Run Derby, where he hit 81 long balls and lost to Juan Soto in the final.

“All the doubts I had throughout the year," Rodríguez said, “I know it's going to serve me well along my career.”

Harris batted .297 with 19 homers, 64 RBIs and 20 steals after making his debut on May 28. He was voted the National League award, getting 22 firsts and eight seconds for 134 points from a different BBWAA panel.

“He definitely had a great season. We definitely had similar numbers, too,” Rodríguez said. “He’s an exciting player, young talent. And he’s not...