The Seattle Mariners recently tendered contracts to all unsigned players on their 40-man roster, but not all of them are guaranteed to remain on the roster heading into 2022.
If the Mariners make any more acquisitions this offseason (which they will hopefully do), or as soon as any of the five players on the Mariners’ current 40-man roster who are on the 60-day injured list (Justin Dunn, Ken Giles, Kyle Lewis, Nick Margevicius, and Evan White) are healthy and their time on the injured list expires, certain actions will need to be taken with specific players on the 40-man roster in order to make room for the new players.
According to MLB.com, the only ways to remove a player from the 40-man roster are to designate them for assignment (DFA), trade them to a different team, release them to free agency, or transfer them to the 60-day injured list. *When DFA’ing a player, they are placed on league-wide waivers for a seven-day period, where they can be claimed by any other MLB team; if they clear the waivers, they can either be sent down to the minor leagues or be released to free agency.
The Mariners’ roster is currently only at 35 due to the five players on the 60-day injured list, but it’s likely that all five of those players (besides Kyle Lewis, potentially) will be ready to roll by Spring Training, and the Mariners are expected to continue to be active this offseason after the current lockout. So, let’s take a look at a few players on Seattle’s current 40-man roster that could be ousted come the spring: