Out in the outfield
Assuming the following five will be patrolling in Safeco’s vast outfield landscape – Michael Saunders, Dustin Ackley, Logan Morrison, Franklin Gutierrez, Nelson Cruz – here’s where I think the others will go.
First off, if the Mariners don’t sign Nelson Cruz, I fully expect that Abraham Almonte will make the club. If they sign Cruz, he will be in Tacoma to start the year and should be the first OF called up if LoMo or Guti (maybe I should say when) get hurt.
Endy Chavez and Cole Gillespie were both extended invites as well. I see Gillespie – with a good Spring – making the club in Tacoma. As for Chavez, I think at 36-years old, he is looking to make an MLB roster. If there is no room for him and he has a solid Spring, he could be traded. If he struggles, the M’s will more than likely just designate him for assignment.