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Mariners sign Chris Iannetta to a one-year contract

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UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that it’s a one-year deal with an option. Iannetta will receive $4.25 million plus incentives.

6:21 p.m. ET: After it was reported earlier this month that the two sides were nearing a deal, the Mariners just announced that they have signed veteran catcher Chris Iannetta to a one-year contract. No word yet on the terms involved.

Iannetta turns 33 next April and is coming off a rough season with the Angels where he batted just .188/.293/.335 over 92 games. However, he owns a .351 on-base percentage for his career and offers some pop, especially against left-handed pitching. He at least gives the Mariners an experienced alternative to Mike Zunino, who has really struggled in the early part of his career. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto previously traded for Iannetta when he was with the Angels and will hope for a rebound in 2016.

Mariners catchers ranked worst in the majors with a .464 OPS this past season. That’s not a misprint. By the way, Giants pitchers had a .463 OPS.

The Mariners designated John Hicks for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly-signed Iannetta.

Padres fire Andy Green

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The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.

Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:

I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.

In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.

“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”

Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.

For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.