Mariners Position Battle Update: First Base
Between Dae-Ho Lee, Jesus Montero, Stefen Romero, and Gaby Sanchez, who will win the job to platoon with Adam Lind in 2016?
The Mariners added a lot of depth during the offseason, especially at first base. There is a lot of competition in camp, and it will be interesting to see who separates himself in the battle to platoon with Adam Lind at first base.
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After trading Logan Morrison to Tampa Bay, that left Jesus Montero as the only option. As the winter rolled on, Jerry Dipoto added Adam Lind, Dae-Ho Lee, and Gaby Sanchez as options to play first base. Dipoto and Scott Servais are also adding Stefen Romero to that mix as well. With Lind already with a spot on the roster, who will be his platoon partner in 2016?
Lee was brought in from Japan and is the oldest of the bunch at 33 years old. We are familiar with Montero and Romero as they were once top prospects in the organization, but now are fighting for a spot at first base. Sanchez has 7 Major League seasons under his belt, and would bring a veteran presence to the club.
With Lind as the left-handed first basemen, set to play against righties, these are all right-handed bats who can hopefully mash lefties. Although power is traditionally what is looked for, Servais will be looking for defense in this platoon role. All of these guys can bring some power to the lineup, but none of them are necessarily awe-inspiring with the glove. It will be interesting to see how Servais goes about this competition, and who will be with the big club come opening day.
We will start this off by looking at Dae-Ho Lee, who has already shown some power this spring.
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