As Jerry Dipoto and the rest of the Mariners’ contingent departed Nashville and the 2015 Major League Baseball winter meetings on Thursday afternoon, a sense of accomplishment was an inevitable feeling. But by no means are they done tweaking the roster, Dipoto said.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — All is quiet, for now. The majority of the work has been done.

As Jerry Dipoto and the rest of the Mariners’ contingent departed Nashville and the 2015 Major League Baseball winter meetings Thursday afternoon, a sense of accomplishment was an inevitable feeling.

By no means are they done tweaking and adding to their organization with spring training just more than two months away. But the new general manager and his staff have accomplished so much in the weeks leading up to the meetings and then finalized the rest of their preparatory work in the three-day whirlwind of baseball transactions and rumors at The Gaylord at Opryland.

Offseason moves

The Mariners’ notable roster and coaching moves since Jerry Dipoto was named general manager Sept. 28:


Dec. 9: Acquired first baseman Adam Lind from the Milwaukee Brewers for minor-league right-handed pitchers Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki and Freddy Peralta. Infielder Andy Wilkins was designated for assignment.

Dec. 8: Acquired right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner from the Oakland Athletics for minor-league right-handed pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill.

Dec. 7: After confirming that free-agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma had agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Mariners acquired left-handed pitcher Wade Miley and right-handed pitcher Jonathan Aro from the Boston Red Sox for right-handed pitcher Carson Smith and left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias.

Dec. 5: Left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos, who was designated for assignment Dec. 2, was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs.

Dec. 4: Traded right-handed reliever Jose Ramirez to the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named and cash considerations.

Dec. 3: Signed free-agent outfielder Norichika Aoki to a one-year contract with a vesting mutual option for the 2017 season.

Dec. 2: Signed free-agent reliever Justin De Fratus to a one-year contract.

Dec. 2: Acquired catcher Steve Clevenger from the Baltimore Orioles for first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo and left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser.

Dec. 2: Claimed infielder Andy Wilkins from the Baltimore Orioles. To make room on the roster left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos was designated for assignment. Catcher John Hicks, who was designated for assignment Nov. 23, was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.

Nov. 23: Signed catcher Chris Iannetta to a one-year major-league contract and designated catcher John Hicks for assignment.

Nov. 21: Traded outfielder Ramon Flores to the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder Luis Sardinas.

Nov. 16: Acquired outfielder Leonys Martin and right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass from the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen, outfielder James Jones and infielder Patrick Kivlehan.

Nov. 12: Acquired right-handed relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit from the San Diego Padres for minor-league right-handed pitcher Enyel De Los Santos and minor-league infielder Nelson Ward.

Nov. 11: Signed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year contract through the 2016 season.

Nov. 6: Claimed outfielder Dan Robertson off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.

Nov. 5: Acquired right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and minor-league outfielder Boog Powell for first baseman Logan Morrison, infielder/outfielder Brad Miller and right-handed pitcher Danny Farquhar.

Oct. 19: Claimed RHP Cody Martin off waivers from Oakland

Manager, coaches

Nov. 23: Named Casey Candaele first-base coach and Mike Hampton bullpen coach.

Nov. 10: Named Manny Acta third-base coach.

Oct. 26: Named Tim Bogar bench coach, Edgar Martinez hitting coach, Mel Stottlemyre Jr. pitching coach and Chris Woodward first-base coach.

Oct. 23: Named Scott Servais manager.

Oct. 9: Announced that Lloyd McClendon will not return as manager in 2016.

For the most part, the 2016 version of the Mariners is in place. The 25-man roster is shaping up, particularly with the starting rotation and day-to-day position players.

“We came into the offseason with an idea and a plan and I think we stuck to it,” Dipoto said. “We’re very happy with the results to date. We know we have a lot of work left to do.”

That offseason plan was to overhaul the roster around the core group of Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano, putting together a team that is more athletic, better defensively, more willing to take a walk and less apt to strike out while building overall depth. Since taking over, Dipoto has made nine trades, signed four free agents and removed almost half the players from the 40-man roster he inherited from former GM Jack Zduriencik.

But it wasn’t just the quantity of changes. The expediency and efficiency of the moves was impressive.

“We knew what we wanted to accomplish,” Dipoto said. “We laid a plan in place. And then we just got after it pretty quick. By design we wanted to get out in front of the market.”

For Dipoto, coming in as a new GM when he did actually was an advantage. The urgency from team president Kevin Mather to find a replacement for Zduriencik before the season ended allowed Dipoto to be in place before the offseason began.

“Just going through the process of preparing for the interview to come in and meet with the Mariners, I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do,” he said. “Normally teams are winding their season down and they get together for postseason meetings. There are a lot of different stages. We had already been through all those stages. As I went through the process of preparing to interview, we already developed a general game plan. And then the first week I was on the job, we spent all of our time sitting in boardrooms talking about what we wanted to accomplish with the team once the season drew to a close. We hit the ground running.”

That early start and subsequent turnover since has allowed Dipoto to have the roster nearly complete with the winter meetings over.

“We have answered our outfield questions coming in to the degree we felt we were capable,” he said. “We are very happy with how our infield lines up right now. We are much happier with the depth we have behind home plate. The starting rotation is as solid and predictable as we would have hoped it could be at this point. The bullpen is a work in progress that we will continue to tweak and add to it.”

The tweaks could range from the signing of at least one free agent to a major-league deal for the bullpen. There could be a second major-league deal, and there will be multiple minor-league contracts with invites to spring training to compete for spots.

“It’s still a goal of ours,” Dipoto said. “Right now as we look at our club, that’s going to be the primary focus probably for the remainder of the offseason.”

The major moves are done. The dreams of signing high-end free agents like Jason Heyward, Chris Davis or Johnny Cueto, or even next-tier players like Alex Gordon, never was a reality.

Of course, Dipoto won’t stand completely still. There is always the possibility of something small or minor that will lead to improvement.

“I don’t imagine us doing much,” he said. “We may look to tweak that 25th-, 26th-man type role and bring in people to compete for that spot. But right now, the bullpen is our focus, and that will come through some combination of major- and minor-league free agents. I don’t envision anything on the trade market. But if something arises, we’ll take advantage if we can.”


• The official portion of the winter meetings concluded Thursday morning with the annual Rule 5 draft. With their 40-man roster full, the Mariners did not select a player in the MLB portion of the draft. But as expected they lost a player. Slugging first baseman/outfielder Jabari Blash was selected with the sixth pick by the Oakland A’s. Blash was then traded to the San Diego Padres following the draft.

In the Class AAA phase of the Rule 5 draft, the Mariners made a selection while losing three players to other teams.

Seattle selected right-handed pitcher Isaac Sanchez from the Pirates. The Dodgers selected a pair of Mariners minor-leaguers, grabbing right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom and outfielder Julio Morban. The Indians picked up left-handed pitcher Brian Moran off the Class AA Jackson roster.