3 under-the-radar Mariners to follow in Spring Training

These three lesser-known Mariners are going to have a big Spring Training ahead of them as Cactus League play is about to begin.

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The Mariners are looking forward to Spring Training and figuring out their roster for 2024. With the M's making a ton of moves this off-season to get better, the competition for spots on the Opening Day roster will be fierce. This speaks to how successful the Mariners' management has been at finding players to fill roster needs before the 2024 season.

Players such as outfielder Luke Raley, second baseman Jorge Polanco, third baseman Luis Urias, outfielder Mitch Haniger, catcher/designated hitter Mitch Garver, and relief pitcher Gregory Santos headline a big group of newcomers to this Mariners team. Each of these new players are going to attract the most attention in Spring Training.

There are also players coming to Spring Training who will be less talked about who will still play an important role on this team. Several relief pitchers were acquired by the Mariners this off-season and will be competing for middle relief roles this spring. Last year, Seattle had three key relievers (RHP Justin Topa, LHP Tayler Saucedo, and LHP Gabe Speier) compete in Spring Training. Though none of them made the team out of spring camp, they all eventually earned key roles in the bullpen during the 2023 season.

Another important position group to focus on is who will round out the Mariners bench in 2024. The Mariners are looking for an infielder to replace second baseman Jose Caballero (who was on the M's bench in 2023), after trading him to the Rays. Also, the Mariners could hold a competition for their remaining outfield bench spots with several possible options at those positions.

With bench positions and relief depth needed to fill out the roster, here are three under-the-radar Mariners to watch in Spring Training.