ADDITIONAL NOTE 11:16 p.m.: Mariners manager Eric Wedge just confirmed that Alex Liddi will indeed be playing first base as well as third this spring, so today’s workout was the beginning of that, regardless of the glove he was wearing. As for Kyle Seager, Wedge said this was merely part of regular pitchers’ fielding practice for him and that he’ll still be a third baseman. So, don’t read anything more into his being at first base. Simply enjoy the video.
We’ve all heard the talk about how the Mariners would give Alex Liddi extensive first base workouts this spring, simply because third base is getting too crowded within the organization. Liddi was indeed out at first base taking grounders this morning.
But guess who was right there alongside Liddi? None other than Kyle Seager.
This definitely rates as an interesting development early on in camp. Seager was primarily a third baseman last season with the Mariners, having moved over from his natural second base spot given how Dustin Ackley has that as his domain.
But third base is now crowded as well. The Mariners have Chone Figgins there and will give him every opportunity to claim the leadoff spot in the batting order, which means extensive playing time for him.
They also have switch hitter Carlos Guillen who offers added slugging power and is seen as primarily a corner infield guy if healthy.
Does this mean the team plans to make Seager a first baseman? Doubt it. It could mean the team sees Seager being squeezed for playing time early on and may be looking at alternatives for getting him on the field, especially if Guillen can’t stay healthy in camp.
Anyhow, we’ll try to find out more later on.