Mariners Analysis: Handicapping the M’s Demotion Candidates (Poll)

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Apr 10, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners shortstop Willie Bloomquist (8) throws the ball to first base against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Willie Bloomquist – UTIL 

Willie Bloomquist is a wily veteran and a fan favorite in the Emerald City, but his place on the M’s roster seems to be disappearing. Bloomquist is a super utility player, but Lloyd McClendon appears intent on converting Brad Miller into that role. Miller is younger and cheaper than Bloomquist, and thus the 37-year-old is a demotion candidate.

The Port Orchard, WA product is hitting .182 with 0 home runs and 3 RBI’s across 44 at bats in 2015. Bloomquist has registered a .200 on base percentage and a .205 slugging percentage.

Willie Bloomquist has been his normal versatile self this season, playing 6 different positions. Bloomquist has spent the bulk of his time in the outfield, but he has also started a pair of games at shortstop and first base. Bloomquist is the only player on the Mariners’ roster capable of spelling Logan Morrison at first base.

Just like Weeks and Ackley, Bloomquist is out of minor league options. He too would have to pass through waivers if the M’s opt to demote Willie. I highly doubt any team would place a claim on Bloomquist, but he may rather hang up his cleats than ride the bus in the Pacific Coast League.

Lloyd McClendon views Willie Bloomquist as an extension of the coaching staff, and thus it is unlikely he chooses to designate him for assignment. His salary and lack of playing time are obvious issues, but I think there is a pretty good chance Bloomquist is still with the Mariners on Tuesday.

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