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March 12, 2011 at 6:56 AM

M’s make first roster cuts of the spring

WIth full minor-league camp opening tomorrow, the Mariners on Saturday made their first roster cuts.
Left-handed pitcher Mauricio Robles, infielder Alex Liddi and outfielder Carlos Peguero were optioned to AAA Tacoma, outfielder Johermyn Chavez was optioned to AA Jackson, and right-handed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit and left-handed pitcher James Paxton were re-assigned to minor-league camp.
The moves leave the Mariners with 58 players in their major-league camp — 38 roster players (1 on the 60-day DL, Shawn Kelley), and 20 non-roster invitees.


Liddi had a strong spring, with two grand slams this past week and a .385 overall average. However, he never had a realistic chance of making the roster out of spring training, and the Mariners are reaching the point in spring they need to focus on those who do. WIth major-league camp opening earlier than normal this year, the first cuts are coming later than in most years.
Paxton, a holdout from the 2010 draft, signed his contract last week and is being brought along slowly. He is unlikely to appear in anything more than simulated games any time soon.
Robles appeared in just one game, working a scoreless inning in which he walked two and gave up a hit but worked out of the jam. Peguero hit .179 in 17 at-bats with one homer. Chavez had a .250 average with a homer in 16 at-bats. Peguero and Chavez are two of the top power prospects in the organization. Petit made two appearances, giving up three hits and one run in 1 2/3 innings.

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