--RHP Carlos Silva carried too much weight when he pitched last year, his first in Seattle. As a result, he has taken to losing weight this offseason, and reports from the Mariners say that a slimmer Silva should be in evidence come spring training.
--LF Raul Ibanez has until Sunday to tell the Mariners if he'll accept their offer of salary arbitration. He's expected to decline in search of a multiple-year deal, but the Mariners would like him back after he led the club in RBI the last two seasons. As much as he likes Seattle, Ibanez, 36, wants to play for a winner, and it's not clear that the 101-loss Mariners can make him feel that he should stick around.
--UT Willie Bloomquist and INF Miguel Cairo were not offered salary arbitration. However, the Mariners have the right to continue to negotiate with them for the time being, and it is possible one of them could be with the club again in 2009.
--Ken Griffey Jr., who became a star as a Mariner, is on Seattle's free agency radar. The club has talked with his agent, Brian Goldberg, about bringing the 39-year-old outfielder back.
--Ty Van Burkleo (bench), Lee Tinsley (first base), Bruce Hines (third base), Rick Adair (pitching) and John Wetteland (bullpen) will comprise five-sixths of the Seattle coaching staff in 2009. A hitting coach has yet to be selected.
BY THE NUMBERS: 797 -- The number of career strikeouts by new Seattle 1B Russell Branyan in just 766 games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's a bonus to be able to get two picks if we don't sign him. But foremost, we'd like to have him come back to be a player for us this year." -- GM Jack Zduriencik on LF Raul Ibanez.