Seattle Mariners Trim More From Roster
Mar 3, 2014; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor (74) hits a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Mariners continue to dwindle their camp roster to the eventual 25 that will take their place in the dugout in Anaheim roughly two weeks from today.
Jesus Montero, Xavier Avery and James Jones were all optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.
Chris Taylor, who is not on the 40-man roster, was sent to the club’s minor league camp.
Montero batted .310 in 12 Spring games with 3 2B, 2 HR and 5 RBI. He will be up with the club by the All-Star break if something happens to Justin Smoak, Logan Morrison or both.
From Greg Johns of MLB.com:
"“I told Jesus he did an extremely good job for us in camp,” said manager Lloyd McClendon. “He worked his tail off. He just had so far to go, particularly coming in so heavy. But he made tremendous strides. He probably made the biggest strides of anybody in camp. But he’s only halfway there. He has to continue to work and continue to do what he’s doing to get himself back to the big leagues.”"
Avery batted .240 this spring with 5 RBI and 3 SB. Jones batted .265 with a homer and 6 RBI. We may not see either of them again, barring injury, until September.
Taylor struggled offensively this spring but did have a grand slam that turned some people’s heads. Chances are, he will spend the entire season in the minors. Most likely starting the season in Double-A Jackson.