Mariners Spring Training Preview: Outfield

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We are now just a few days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Surprise, Ariz for the 2014 Seattle Mariners Spring Training camp. We open February 27th in the annual charity game versus the San Diego Padres. Even as close as we are to the season, we still have so many unanswered questions about this roster.

Unfortunately for me and you, there are only a few ‘locks’ at each position going into the 2014 season.

There are obviously some big time question marks, maybe none bigger than the outfield. Lets take a look at should be competing at each spot in the outfield during the spring.

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  • maqman

    I guess you don’t see Hart as an outfield possibility, I think he might be, at least on occasion. If Romero plays well in spring training he too might become an option. I wish they would spend whatever Cruz costs on the rotation. The 3, 4 and 5 slots cost us huge last season and their answer is prospects and rehabs. I’m starting to believe Jack Z doesn’t know how to build a team. He’s a good amateur scout but that might be his limit. He started out valuing defense then switched to dinger dongers then spent $240 million for a 2B when we had two guys who could play the position okay. He’s starting to remind me of Bavasi at his desperate worst. Our bullpen got beat down last year and it’s lost some pieces for this season that it can’t afford to be without.

  • Scott Goin

    Guti is a great option to have in CF but he admitted that he probably won’t play more than 3 or 4 times a week (even when healthy).

    Ackley proved everyone wrong when he went from no experience at 2B to becoming a good defender there. Hopefully he can do it again at CF because he doesn’t have that much value as a corner outfielder. With his strong 2nd half last year, I want Ackley to be playing almost every day for the first 2 months. If he’s struggling again, send him to AAA, but Ackley needs to be given the opportunity.

    If LoMo is playing more than 20% of the time in the outfield, I think the season is shot. He’s our worst defender out there. I only want LoMo at DH or 1B.

    Hart is capable of decent defense in the outfield and both him and the Mariners would like him in the field as much as possible. He’ll probably start as DH 75% of the time but I think they’ll gradually give him more time in the outfield.

    Saunders should be playing nearly every day (with some days off against tough lefties). He’s our best all-around outfielder.

    Almonte shows some promise but might have to start in AAA, especially if Cruz is signed.

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