Mar 19, 2012; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak (17) at bat during the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE


Pitchers

Blake Beavan
Steve Delabar
Felix Hernandez
Hisashi Iwakuma
Brandon League
Lucas Luetge
Kevin Millwood
Hector Noesi
Erasmo Ramirez
George Sherrill
Jason Vargas
Tom Wilhelmsen

Catchers

John Jaso
Jesus Montero
Miguel Olivo

Infielders

Dustin Ackley
Chone Figgins
Munenori Kawasaki
Alex Liddi
Brendan Ryan
Kyle Seager
Justin Smoak

Outfielders

Michael Saunders
Ichiro Suzuki
Casper Wells

Less than a day after pouring hours of work into the Carlos Peguero piece, the Mariners announced their roster final cut, optioning the flawed free swinger down to AAA for a 15% improvement. Anyways, I suppose I asked for finality and I got it. Above represents the Mariners 25-man roster.

The most interesting story early on is going to be how the Liddi/Seager/Figgins/Wells situation plays out. Will Figgins play third with Wells in LF? Will Figgins play left with Liddi/Seager at 3B, and Wells relegated to bench duty? How is Jaso supposed to find playing time? As the situation begins to unfold, you should get good insight into how the coaching staff views Wells and Figgins. I have been a firm apostle of Wells’ talents and I am not exactly sure where this apparent lack of faith is coming from; a poor spring should not be enough. I’m jumping ahead of myself a bit.

In other news, Lucas Luetge has to be breathing a sigh of relief today as he finally made it. It sure came down to the wire, but the situation was always in his favor; it didn’t hurt that he pitched so well. Counterpart Furbush, will start the season in AAA and pitch relief for the Rainiers. Ramirez will also begin the season in relief, but he will be preforming for the Major League Club. I never really expected him to make it, but with the recent demotion of Shawn Kelley, it made it all too likely. Unless the Mariners no longer view Ramirez as a starter I don’t quite get the logic on this one. Furbush isn’t starting, Robles might be, Ramirez isn’t a starting, and Snow might be. Are the Mariners placing the future of the rotation solely on the Big 3? Well, I suppose nothing is permanent, so the situation could easily change.

Well, there is it…finality. Finality for now anyways.

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