Follow us:

Mariners blog

Daily coverage of the Mariners during the season and all year long.

March 17, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Mariners pitching situation a little more clear after latest round of cuts

mari02212011 060.JPG
You just knew the Mariners would have to start making a bunch of daily cuts, given that the regular season roster needs to be set two weeks from today.
And the team responded today by cutting four pitchers. The bullpen situation cleared up a bit as the team optioned Dan Cortes (photo above) to Class AAA while assigning Manny Delcarmen to minor league camp.
Charlie Haeger and Chris Smith were also sent to minor league camp, leaving the M’s with 47 players on a roster that needs to be down to 25 just 14 days from now. Clearly, some decision-making is needed soon.


Cortes was plagued by wildness this spring, just as he was in a late season call-up last year. Delcarmen was one of the veterans the team had hoped could land a spot, but was outshone early and often by other late-inning candidates.
Haeger, as we told you a few days ago, was no longer in consideration for a starting job because he had not thrown enough innings. The knuckleballer has battled health issues at camp and was never really a bullpen consideration either. M’s manager Eric Wedge said early in camp that he’s partial to knucklballers being starters and it appears that consideration still holds true.
Smith was always a longshot and it’s no surprise that he’s in the minors, where he’ll provide the depth the team was always looking for in his case.
The winners so far after today?
Josh Lueke still has a shot at making the team. So do Chris Ray and Denny Bautista.
Oh yeah, that Michael Pineda guy, too. As we told you, the final rotation spot was already down to just him and Luke French. Haeger was no longer in consideration and while David Pauley might start for the team at some point, it won’t be to begin the season.
Today’s moves merely confirm that. Pauley is still being looked at as a reliever, but the starting job is Pineda’s to lose and if he does lose it, French will get the spot.
Justin Miller is still hanging in there for a bullpen role as is Aaron Laffey.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►