Mariners Insider Blog

It's December - and the hot stove is warming up

Welcome to December, a month when the Seattle Mariners figure to begin adjusting their roster.

New coaches could be announced as early as today, and there's one other piece of business on the table - Raul Ibanez.

Today is the last day teams can offer salary arbitration to their own free agents, and the Mariners almost certainly will offer it to Ibanez.

Once that's done, Raul will have one week to accept or decline, and if he declines and signs elsewhere, the team would get compensation through the draft.

And a week from today, the baseball winter meetings begin in Las Vegas, and the Mariners will be in pursuit of trades and, perhaps, a free agent or two.

So bid adieu to November. We're one month closer to spring training - and the off-season is about to heat up.