Mariners Insider Blog

The hot stove is lit and burning in Dallas

The Florida Marlins have changed their outlook with a pair of free agent signings - closer Heath Bell and shortstop Jose Reyes - Manny Ramirez is out of retirement at 40 and the Angels are interested in Athletics closer Andrew Bailey.

Welcome to the week of winter meetings, where the hot stove is burning hot and the 2012 season can be won or lost depending upon whether you believe the headlines. Check in here every few hours to catch up with the latest rumors and happenings.

The Seattle Mariners? They figure to trade Chone Figgins, while eating most of the $18 million he's owed in the next two seasons. And they'll throw money at Prince Fielder, although other teams could throw more.

The best free agent third base upgrade, offensively, is Aramis Ramirez, and the Angels and Phillies are among the teams talking to him. The Brewers want late-inning relief help, but instead of talking to Seattle about Brandon League, they're talking to free agent Octavio Dotel. Milwaukee and St. Louis are also in the mix with free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins, along with Philadelphia.

And, lastly, a little coaching news: The Mariners will bring back Tacoma Rainiers manager Daren Brown and pitching coach Dwight Bernard, though the team still needs to replace departing hitting coach Alonzo Powell. Two former Mariners landed big-league gigs: John Mabry will be the assistant batting coach with the St. Louis Cardinals, and Chris Bosio will be the pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs in 2012.