The Mariners moved three players to AAA-Tacoma today, ending much of the competition, and suspense, for remaining over the major league roster. Though there are still 33 players in major league camp, the biggest question marks are answered.
1B-With Stefen Romero sent to minor league camp, and Jesus Montero’s release, the M’s have settled on Dae-ho Lee as the right-handed platoon to Adam Lind. I’d be surprised if we don’t see more of Romero than in past seasons. He demonstrated his versatility in the field, hit well until slowed by a back injury, and even showed he could play a decent first base. Could be a valuable right-handed bat of the bench at some point.
Utility-There is little question Luis Sardinas is having a much better spring than Chris Taylor, so there is no surprise to see Taylor headed down I-5 to Cheney Stadium.
Starting Pitching-James Paxton simply did not put it together this spring. He’s not the kind of guy who fits well in the bullpen. So he’ll work on his game in Tacoma and be ready to fill in if there is an injury or somebody falters. Not a numbers game, the big lefty just isn’t ready.
Still competition for bullpen roles and backup catcher, but the roster is nicely rounding into shape.