Looks like Josh Wilson has himself a job coming out of spring training, barring a last-minute trade or waiver wire pickup.
The Mariners today cut Chris Gimenez, sending him to minor league camp along with Josh Bard. The seven innings caught by Miguel Olivo yesterday apparently went a long way towards assuring the M’s that their catching situation is fine for now and won’t require an emergency backup.
On the pitching side, not much of a surprise that Luke French was sent to Class AAA.
Only thing standing between Tom Wilhelmsen and the big leagues now is Cesar Jimenez.
We spoke about Wilhelmsen and his chances during yesterday’s broadcast of Geoff Baker Live!
We also looked at French’s prospects after somebody asked me about Michael Pineda and whether he’d done enough to be named the team’s fifth starter. We concluded that French was AAA-bound.
Oh yeah. This means that Pineda guy is the fifth starter. But we’ve been telling you that for two weeks, so it’s a bit of an anti-climax. Still, thought I should mention it.
So, as of right now, here’s your bullpen:
Cesar Jimenez/Tom Wilhelmsen/mystery acquisition?
Here’s your rotation:
And here’s your potential lineup
3B Chone Figgins
LF Milton Bradley
DH Jack Cust
1B Justin Smoak
C Miguel Olivo
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
2B Jack Wilson
C Adam Moore
OF Ryan Langerhans
INF Adam Kennedy
INF Josh Wilson
Now, clearly, not all of the moves have been made yet. There are still contracts to purchase and others, like Luis Rodriguez, to be sent down for AAA depth. But this is the way I see it shaping up for now.