There is talk the major leagues might expand rosters to 30 players, which may lead to some interesting alignments for your Seattle Mariners.
At this point we still don’t know if spring training will begin in June and regular season in July. MLB and the MLBPA have other issues like how much the players will be paid. The players are concerned the owners want to have a salary cap which they have no interest in.
Expanding the roster to 30 players could mean we will see 15 pitchers and 15 position players. This could depend on the number of games. This will depend on whether they will have double-headers. And, it could depend on whether they play games in Arizona and or Florida with no fans in the stands or they play on their home fields. Right now no one has the answers.
Going with a 15-man pitching staff means teams will add two additional pitchers. They may go with a six-man rotation along with nine pitchers in the bullpen. For the Mariners this would mean both Taijuan Walker and Justin Dunn would both start in the rotation.
Austin Adams got hurt at the end of last season and wasn’t expected to start this season with the Mariners, however, he could be ready to go. When the season starts the Mariners won’t have to let another reliever go when he is activated.
I would like them to add a third catcher as well. Since there likely is not a minor league season, the Mariners could bring up prospect Cal Raleigh, or one of the catchers from Tacoma.
June will be a wonderful month if spring training will be able to resume. Seeing pre-season games on television or listen on the radio would be great. I am sure we will be excited about baseball after three months of no action. Go M’s.