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Mariners manager Eric Wedge said a couple of weeks ago that Justin Smoak was heading into spring training as the team’s primary first baseman. Well, he’ll be the first baseman on Opening Day as well because manager Wedge doesn’t like to make major decisions like this based off spring training results. After today’s workout, I asked Wedge whether anything could happen between now and Opening Day that could change his mind about Smoak at first base and Kendrys Morales as the DH.
“It would have to be something drastic,” he said.
There you go. Your 2013 first baseman will be Smoak and it will be his job to lose once the regular season begins. But as Wedge said, the team will have to get into the regular season first before any switch.More