Even Robinson Cano couldn’t break the Mariners’ drought of Silver Slugger winners.
Cano’s four-year run as the American League’s recipient at second base, achieved while playing for the New York Yankees, ended Thursday when he lost out to Houston’s Jose Altuve.
The Mariners have not had a Silver Slugger recipient since outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in 2009. Cano was a five-time winner with the Yankees: 2006 in addition to 2010-13.
The Silver Slugger award, which is sponsored by Louisville Slugger, seeks to recognize the top offensive player at each position in both leagues.
2014 Silver Slugger recipients
Catcher: Yan Gomes, Cleveland
First base: Jose Abreu, Chicago
Second base: Jose Altuve, Houston
Shortstop: Alexei Ramirez, Chicago
Third base: Adrian Beltre, Texas
Outfield: Jose Bautista, Toronto.
Outfield: Michael Brantley Cleveland
Outfield: Mike Trout, Los Angeles
Designated hitter: Victor Martinez, Detroit
Catcher: Buster Posey, San Francisco
First base: Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles
Second base: Neil Walker, Pittsburgh
Shortstop: Ian Desmond, Washington
Third base: Anthony Rendon, Washington
Outfield: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh
Outfield: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami
Outfield: Justin Upton, Atlanta
Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco
Former Mariner closer J.J. Putz, who spent the last four seasons at Arizona, retired in order to accept a position with the Diamondbacks as a special assistant to president and chief operating officer Derrick Hall.
The D-Backs said Putz will attend community events, meet with corporate partners and interact with season ticket-holders. He will also work with pitchers in spring training and visit minor-league affiliates during the season.
Putz, 37, spent the first six seasons of his 12-year career with the Mariners from 2003-08. He went 22-15 with a 3.07 in 308 games with 101 saves, including 40 in 2007 when he was picked to the All-Star Game.
TAMPA BAY FINALISTS
The preliminary list of eight finalists at Tampa Bay to replace manager Joe Maddon includes formers Mariners player Raul Ibanez and former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu.
Maddon recently exercised a "out" clause in his contract and subsequently agreed to a five-year deal to manage the Chicago Cubs.
In addition to Ibanez and Wakamatsu, the Rays cited Dave Martinez, Charlie Montoyo, Manny Acta, Ron Wotus, Kevin Cash and Craig Counsell as finalists to replace Maddon.
Ibanez and Wakamatsu each closed last season at Kansas City — Ibanez as a player, and Wakamatsu as bench coach. Ibanez, 42, had three tours with the Mariners in a 19-year career (1996-2000, 2004-08 and 2013). Wakamatsu, 51, guided the Mariners to a 127-147 record in 2009-10.