It’s decision time for the Seattle Mariners, as they have to make some moves with veteran pitchers who are hoping to make the team.
Starting rotation candidate Jon Garland pitched well last night, lasting six innings and allowing two runs on five hits to a Cubs team that featured about six major leaguers in the lineup.
Garland told the media he has an out in his contract that kicks in today. The Mariners must tell him if he’s making the big league team – and if the answer is no, he can become a free agent. We should expect some news this afternoon.
Looking at the bullpen, it appears that veteran reliever Kameron Loe has locked up a spot. While the team has not announced that, they sent Loe’s last remaining competition (prospect Carson Smith) to minor league camp, which seems to indicate that Loe is on the club. Geoff Baker has that story.
The team also made some roster moves with position players: outfielder Carlos Peguero was optioned to Tacoma, and infielder Nick Franklin was transferred to minor league camp. Both are slated for Tacoma.
Peguero, of course, is going to crush PCL pitching. I think that Franklin will put up much better numbers in the PCL now that he has been around the league a little bit.
We’re getting close to being able to pencil out a Tacoma opening day roster. I may take a stab at that next week, when I’m down in Arizona.
- Larry Stone – who is very wise – agrees with me. He thinks that the Mariners should go young with the starting rotation.
- Tracy Ringolsby wrote about possible Tacoma catcher Mike Zunino.
- Reliever Carter Capps is working on a new breaking ball.
- Double-A Jackson broadcaster Chris Harris is killing it with quality content from Mariners minor league spring training – check out his blog right here. This kid is going to out-blog me this year.
- Baseball Prospectus is going to lead the way in a publishing an updated version of one of the greatest baseball books. “Dollar Sign On The Muscle” – out of print since 1984 – will be updated and published in 2013.
Have a great weekend, and make sure you catch a good case of March Madness – after all, tomorrow is National Corn Dog Day.