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Mike Ford was able to earn regular playing time for the first time since his rookie season with the Yankees, and the 31-year-old reached career highs with 16 homers and 34 RBI over his 251 plate appearances with the Mariners. Most of that damage was done over the first half of the 2023 season, as he posted a .944 OPS before the All-Star break. That number dropped to .709 in the second half of the season, and his expected batting average of .199 would have ranked among the worst in baseball had he qualified. Ford's power makes him intriguing if he does get a chance to play on a consistent basis again in 2024, but there's a strong likelihood he'll be nothing more than a bench bat to begin the campaign.

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Year fpts
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
Base on Balls (Walk)
Stolen Bases
Batting Average
2024 .000
2023 160.51.9 32 16 34 24 .228
2022 581.2 9 3 10 17 .206
3y Avg. 811.6 16 7 16 17 .204
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  • Reds' Mike Ford: Back with Reds

    Ford signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Thursday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports. Ford failed to make the Reds' Opening Day roster despite having an incredible spring, but he will return to the organization on a minor-league pact after testing his options in free agency. The 31-year-old slashed .228/.323/.475 across 251 plate appearances with the Mariners last season and could spend some time in Cincinnati if his bat stays hot in Triple-A.
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  • Mike Ford: Parts ways with Cincinnati

    The Reds released Ford on Friday, Jon Heyman of the New York Postreports. The 31-year-old was informed Friday that he hadn't made Cincinnati's Opening Day roster, so the organization granted his release. Ford clubbed 16 homers in 84 games for Seattle last season and is now looking for a new team.
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  • Reds' Mike Ford: Doesn't make Opening Day roster

    The Reds reassigned Ford to Triple-A Louisville on Friday, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Ford slashed .455/.486/.727 with three homers this spring but nonetheless wasn't able to make the Opening Day roster. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him opt out and look for an opportunity elsewhere.
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  • Reds' Mike Ford: Swinging hot stick

    Ford went 2-for-3 with a walk and two solo home runs in Thursday's spring game against the Mariners. Ford extended his hit streak to seven games, during which he's 13-for-24 with three homers and seven RBI. He's hit safely in nine of 10 Cactus League games and struck out just three times over 33 at-bats. That's he's still around in camp is a positive sign for his chances of making the 26-man roster. Ford is limited to first base defensively, but the Reds are down a corner infielder while third baseman Noelvi Marte serves an 80-game suspension, with Jeimer Candelario expected to replace Marte at the hot corner. Cincinnati manager David Bell typically makes a point to have multiple utility players on his roster, but with a third of the projected Opening Day roster sidelined -- in addition to Marte, Matt McLain (shoulder) and TJ Friedl (wrist) will not be available -- Ford could provide experience behind Christian Encarnacion-Strand at first base, leaving Jonathan India and Spencer Steer to shuffle around to other positions.
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  • Reds' Mike Ford: Joins Cincy on MiLB deal

    Ford signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Friday that includes an invite to big-league camp, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports. Ford had a .228/.323/.475 slash line with 16 home runs in 84 games with the Mariners last season before being cut loose in November. The Reds already have a logjam of quality bats, so Ford is unlikely to see much playing time even if he manages to crack the big-league roster.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: On base three times in loss

    Ford went 2-for-3 with a walk in a loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. It was another quiet day for the Mariners' bats as a whole in the final installment of a three-game sweep at the hands of the Dodgers, but Ford managed one of two multi-hit efforts on the day for Seattle. The slugger came into the contest mired in a 1-for-15 skid that had encompassed his prior seven games, and the multi-hit tally was Ford's first since Sept. 4.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: Leaves yard again Monday

    Ford went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Reds on Monday. The surging slugger left the yard for the second time in as many games, belting a 388-foot shot to right center in the fifth inning. Ford has career highs in homers (15) and RBI (30), while his current .840 OPS qualifies as his highest figure since his rookie 2019 campaign with the Yankees, when he mustered a .909 figure across 163 plate appearances.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: Resting Sunday

    Ford is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals. Ford will take a seat while Teoscar Hernandez gets a day out of the outfield to serve as Seattle's designated hitter. While starting in five of the Mariners' last six games, Ford went 5-for-18 with a home run, four walks, four runs and three RBI.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: Blasts 12th homer

    Ford went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and an additional run scored in Saturday's 15-2 win over the Royals. Ford capped off a seven-run rally in the third inning with a two-run homer to right field. The 31-year-old had been mired in a lengthy slump prior to Saturday's contest, managing only six hits (one home run) and racking up 20 strikeouts in his previous 50 at-bats.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: Heads to bench Wednesday

    Ford is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox. Ford had served as the Mariners' designated hitter in each of the past three games, but he'll cede those duties to Dominic Canzone in the series finale. Until the Mariners get Jarred Kelenic (foot) back from the injured list, the Mariners should have two spots in the everyday lineup for Ford, Canzone and Cade Marlowe. Ford and Canzone are swinging the hotter bats of the three at the moment and may have an edge on playing time over Marlowe.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: On base thrice as late addition

    Ford went 2-for-2 with an RBI single, a walk and a run in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday. Ford was a late fill-in for Julio Rodriguez (illness) and made good use of the spot start, producing his first multi-hit effort since July 18. The multiple trips on the basepaths also pushed Ford's OBP back over the .300 mark (.307) for the season, and he appears to be slowly trending back up following a prolonged slump. He's hitting a respectable .263 and striking out a modest 16.7 percent of the time over his last six games.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: Belts 12th homer Friday

    Ford went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Astros on Friday. Ford's sixth-inning blast off J.P. France accounted for the second and final run of the night. The journeyman slugger's round-tripper was his first since July 23, a 12-game span that saw Ford limp to a .063 average and .283 OPS while striking out at a 43.2 percent clip over 37 plate appearances. He's continued to log somewhat regular playing time despite the significant struggles, but it remains to be seen how much longer that will continue on a team contending for a wild-card spot.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: Snaps out of slump Monday

    Ford went 1-for-3 with a double and a run in a loss to the Royals on Monday. Ford entered the night mired in an 0-for-13 slump over his previous five games, and Monday's two-bagger was his first extra-base hit since July 23. The journeyman slugger had been surging at the plate at that point, but he's subsequently experienced a 43-point drop in batting average to .221 thanks in large part to a mammoth 47.1 percent strikeout rate over the following 11 contests.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: Sitting again Thursday

    Ford remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Angels. Teoscar Hernandez will serve as the Mariners' designated hitter as they face off against Shohei Ohtani. Cade Marlowe, Julio Rodriguez and Dominic Canzone are starting across the outfield. Ford has posted a solid .817 OPS since joining Seattle in early June, but he's fallen into a deep offensive rut and is hitting just .149 since the All-Star break.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: On bench Wednesday

    Ford is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox. Ford had some big hits for the Mariners in the early part of July, but he is slashing just .130/.216/.283 over his last 51 plate appearances. Cal Raleigh will serve as Seattle's designated hitter Wednesday with Tom Murphy handling the catching duties.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: Sitting Saturday

    Ford isn't in the Mariners' lineup Saturday against Arizona. Ford is currently in the middle of an 0-for-13 stretch at the plate across his last four games, so he'll take a seat Saturday to regroup. Cal Raleigh will fill in as Seattle's designated hitter, allowing Tom Murphy to start behind the dish and bat seventh.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: Snaps out of slump Tuesday

    Ford went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday. Ford broke out of a funk with his first multi-hit effort of the second half, snapping an 0-for-10 slump that had encompassed his previous three games. The journeyman has locked in regular playing time against right-handed pitching with his best all-around big-league stint to date, as he's sporting a career-high .271 average and .934 OPS partly by averaging one extra-base hit every 7.6 plate appearances.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: Delivers as pinch hitter

    Ford entered Friday's loss to the Tigers as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and hit a solo home run in his only plate appearance. Ford's 363-foot shot to right field brought the Mariners within a run, but Seattle ultimately failed to score again. The slugger has now left the yard in three of his last seven games overall, a span in which he's posted a .429 average and 1.526 OPS with seven extra-base hits and six RBI across 23 plate appearances.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: Heads to bench

    Ford will sit Saturday against Houston. Ford hits the bench after starting seven straight contests, a stretch in which he hit .458 with a pair of homers. Teoscar Hernandez will rest his legs in Ford's usual designated hitter spot Saturday, with Dylan Moore taking Hernandez's place in right field.
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  • Mariners' Mike Ford: Big game in win

    Ford went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, two walks, four RBI and three runs scored in Friday's 10-1 win over the Astros. Ford plated two runs with a double in the fourth inning and tacked on a solo shot in the ninth. It's the second time in the last four games he's racked up multiple extra-base hits. The 31-year-old is batting .282 with eight homers, 17 RBI, 15 runs scored and three doubles over 86 plate appearances, and his strong hitting in July is helping him hold down the designated hitter spot versus right-handed pitchers.
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