Here is the Mariners’ latest winter league update).
I can’t tell you exactly whom the Mariners will have on their team next spring — the latest name being linked to them on the rumor mill is catcher Russell Martin, who doesn’t appeal to me nearly as much as Mike Napoli — but I can tell you when they’ll all show up in Peoria, Ariz.. The Mariners have set a Feb. 12 reporting date for pitchers and catchers, with their first workout on Feb. 13. Postion players will report on Feb. 15, with the first full-squad workout on Feb. 16.
One wrinkle this spring will be the third incarnation of the World Baseball Classic, which will be contested in both Arizona and Florida. It’s why the reporting date is a little earlier than usual, and why some position players may show up earlier than that. The full list of WBC squads isn’t due out until next week, but the Mariners are likely to have Michael Saunders (Team Canada) and Felix Hernandez (Team Venezuela) involved. You can find all the WBC information here.
This will be the Mariners’ 20th spring training at the Peoria Sports Complex, and they will play 20 games there, beginning with the annual charity game on Feb. 22 against the Padres, with whom they share the complex. That’s the earliest the Mariners have ever played an exhibition game.
You can find their entire 35-game spring schedule here. It includes a game against the Asian qualifier in the WBC on March 15 in Peoria — but even if it’s Japan, as expected, that team will not include Ichiro, who has opted not to play this year.
The Mariners will have four days off during spring, a high total mostly attributable to the WBC (March 5, March 11, March 20, March 29).
The final game of spring in Arizona will take place March 28 against the Cubs in Mesa. The Mariners will then travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, to play their final exhibition game against the Rockies on March 30. The next day they will be in Oakland for a workout at the Oakland Coliseum prior to Opening Day against the A’s on April 1. The Mariners’ home opener will be Monday, April 8 (7:10 p.m.), against the Houston Astros, who have moved to the AL West this year.