MLB playoff field is set! Why 2022 postseason could be best ever

AP Photo/Hakim Wright The regular season is officially in the books (OK, maybe there is still a game or two trickling slowly to its finish as you read this) and the 2022 MLB playoffs are set to start Friday — and this year’s postseason could be epic. In addition to a new format that features … Read more

How rookie Julio Rodriguez became the Seattle Mariners’ $470 million man

JULIO RODRIGUEZ WAS barely 18, playing baseball in the United States for the first time, when he made his biggest impression on a Seattle Mariners franchise that now adores him. It wasn’t how he hit or how he fielded or how he ran — it was how he watched. Minor league spring training can be … Read more

Seattle Mariners, Julio Rodriguez finalizing long-term extension that could max out at $470 million, sources confirm

12:32 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Star rookie Julio Rodriguez and the Seattle Mariners are finalizing a massive long-term extension that guarantees the 21-year-old outfielder $210 million and could max out at $470 million, which would be the … Read more

Mariners’ George Kirby achieves rare feat by starting game with 24 straight strikes; Julio Rodriguez joins 20-20 club

Mariners right-hander George Kirby pulled off a rare feat by throwing 24 straight strikes to start the game Wednesday night in a 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals. Kirby gave up five hits and one run before throwing his first ball to Joey Meneses in the third. Kirby is the first pitcher since 1988 to … Read more