Mariners Spring Training Preview: The Infield

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Sep 18, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) overruns a ball for an error on a hit by Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (not pictured) in the fourth inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


As Matt wrote yesterday, the Mariner’s outfield is full of question marks going into Spring Training.

Fortunately the infield isn’t quite the same positional battle, but that doesn’t mean it’s not valuable to take a look at who might be playing where come Opening Day.

It looks, as of today, like the Mariners are done adding to the infield picture. I am biting my tongue because the last twenty times I’ve made a declarative statement like that on Sodo Mojo I’ve been proven wrong within 48 hours. Even if that is the case, though, it’s time to look at who might be rounding the diamond defensively this season.

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  • maqman

    A rational viewpoint I would say, but this is baseball and they are the Mariners so don’t bet the farm on it (as GMZ tried to do for Justin Upton last off-season). This has not been a great job of roster building IMO. They still need depth in the rotation and bullpen. I’m not sure what LoMo was acquired for, at least he’s not terribly expensive but Capps was a good arm in the pen. Cano cost too much, but again these are the Mariners. He probably has a lower albatross rating than some hundred-millionaires but he probably won’t earn his keep the last two or three years of his contract, if not longer.

    • CharlieSpencer-Davis

      I couldn’t agree more. Pitching is seriously lacking in depth. And if there is one roster spot you can never be deep enough in it’s pitching. Sure, another bat would be great, but pitching wins championships. And that IS what the Mariners are aiming for, right? Or at least a kid can hope.

  • GD

    I love Seager, and he came out of nowhere, but after reviewing his stats against LHPs I’m sure Bloomquist will start seeing starts against LHP in a platoon role with Seager. Miller is pretty even against RHP/LHPs except more power against RHPs. I can’t see Smoak being allowed to bat against LHPs either…He couldn’t do worse batting against LHPs as a LHB, but with so much platoon options at 1B I’m sure his batting against LHPs will be numbered in 2014.

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