A few quick roster notes ….
The Mariners declined retention bonuses to catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Endy Chavez. Both players are XX (B) players, – major league players, who signed minor league contracts in the offseason – and had to be notified by the Mariners if they were going to be on the 25-man roster or not. The Mariners could have asked to keep them and put them on Triple A Tacoma. But they would have had to pay a $100,000 bonus. Both players become free agents and can sign with whatever team they choose.
But Chavez, who probably looked at the Mariners outfield and thought there may be a future opportunity, decided that he wanted to remain with the Mariners and signed a minor league deal to stay in the organization. Quintero may not be as certain. He may be able to hook on with a team in more desperate need of catching.
That news pretty much confirms what we already knew – Stefen Romero and Abraham Almonte will make this baseball team. Romero starting in right field today is another good sign.
So let’s play guess the roster again.
- Dustin Ackley
- Abraham Almonte
- Michael Saunders
- Stefen Romero
- Corey Hart
- Logan Morrison
- Justin Smoak
- Robinson Cano
- Brad Miller
- Kyle Seager
- Willie Bloomquist
- Mike Zunino
- John Buck
- Felix Hernandez
- James Paxton
- Erasmo Ramirez
- Roenis Elias
- Randy Wolf OR Blake Beavan
- Fernando Rodney
- Danny Farquhar
- Charlie Furbush
- Tom Wilhelmsen
- Lucas Luetge
- Yoervis Medina
- Zach Miner OR Hector Noesi
McClendon wasn’t dropping any hints about the roster or the rotation.
As for Corey Hart, he will take batting practice on the field today. The hope is that he will get at least 8 to 10 minor league at-bats over the next two days.
When asked if Hart could start the season on the disabled list, McClendon said, “I hope not.”
From the minor league games …
Taijuan Walker pitched three innings and recorded six total outs. He reached his pitch count in the first two innings before getting three outs. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts with a wild pitch. He threw 48 pitches with the 36 strikes. Walker will pitch again on Sunday. Still no word where he will go from there.
Brandon Maurer threw one inning, gave up one hit, threw one wild pitch, and threw 19 pitches with 12 strikes.
Stephen Pryor recorded two outs before reaching his pitch count. He struck out the first two batters he faced and then gave up a single, a triple and a single. He threw 16 pitches with 11 strikes.
Fernando Rodney pitched two innings, giving up one hit. He struck out four batters and had a wild pitch.
Joe Beimel threw 2/3 of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits.
I didn’t stay to watch Hector Noesi pitch for obvious reasons
Here’s my story about Scott Baker opting out of his contract. I saw him this morning packing up his stuff. I wonder if he’ll end up with the Rangers.
Adam Moore was traded to the Padres. Maybe he will catch Rob Johnson in a game.
This is also a pretty cool video of an announcer tearing up as his son gets his first at-bat in a spring training game