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6. Is Saunders the Odd-Man Out?

Feb 20, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners outfielder

Michael Saunders

(55) poses for a picture during photo day at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Or will Corey Hart continue having knee problems and be forced to primarily first base and DH?

This seems to be one of the biggest questions of the spring. I think Ackley has left field– though I know that is premature– and I give Almonte a 70% chance to be the Opening Day center-fielder.

The power potential in Hart’s bat is something the Mariners desperately need from their right fielder, especially as a righty. If his knees can hold up– and the Mariners are indeed bringing him along slowly– he looks to be the right fielder.

That would make Michael Saunders the fourth outfielder which, in my opinion, would seem to be his role on most playoff contending teams. He can play any outfield spot, he is fast, and he has some power. If the Condor is our fourth outfielder, that bodes well for offensive production from the outfield.

However, with an outfield of Ackley, Almonte, and Hart (left to right), that means Logan Morrison will be DHing and playing mostly first base.