Jerry Dipoto was thrilled by the results from his first year in charge of the Seattle Mariners, when they won 86 games and were in contention for a playoff berth until the final weekend of the season. The Mariners didn't play the way Dipoto expected or wanted.
His exhilarating World Baseball Classic experience over, Edwin Diaz got back to work Sunday in preparation to start the 2017 season as the Seattle Mariners' closer. After his two innings of clutch relief in the 11-inning semifinal win over the Netherlands, a fired-up Diaz leaped off the mound in
Chris Heston's bid to make the Mariners' Opening Day rotation came up short. The former Giants pitcher was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday morning, Seattle announced. Traded by San Francisco to Seattle in December, Heston struggled in his first spring with the Mariners.