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March 22, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Looks like Brendan Ryan to be named new Mariners shortstop

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NOTE: 9:46 a.m. — Eric Wedge just confirmed the switch of Ryan to SS, Wilson to 2B. More on Geoff Baker Live! coming up at 10:15 a.m.
Wow, here’s a bit of news out of spring training. It’s not official yet, but it seems the Mariners are about to name Brendan Ryan their Opening Day shortstop. Jack Wilson would presumably go to second base.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge will be on-hand to talk about it momentarily.
Our plan is to have Geoff Baker Live! at around 10:15 a.m. PT today. Again, it’s a moving schedule, because we want to be there when Ryan and Wilson come off the field following the morning workout.


How surprising is this move?
Pretty big one. Wilson has enjoyed one of the better springs he’s had in a long time, hitting .400 or better for much of Cactus League play. Who’d have thought the M’s could envision some bat out of him?
Part of that prowess at the plate has come with Wilson playing second base. So, perhaps the M’s feel he can make the position switch and not be adveresly affected.
Another consideration might also be that Wilson, with slightly less athletic requirements at second base, might be better able to stay healthy more than he has in recent years. Ryan has also looked good at the shortstop position. It could be the M’s feel that Ryan, now entering his prime, is better than even a 25-pounds-lighter Wilson as he enters his mature baseball years.
Wedge should provide a couple of those answers.
Ryan is at shortstop for today’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Wilson is at second base.
Spring training just got interesting again.

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