Key Players Optioned To Tacoma

The Mariners announced three roster moves this morning involving players on the 40-man roster. Each player was optioned to Tacoma, and barring injuries or other unexpected developments, each will be with the Rainiers for the opener on April 7th.

The players sent to Tacoma: catcher Mike Zunino, pitcher Cody Martin, and outfielder Boog Powell.

Zunino will be Tacoma’s regular catcher as he tries to find the offensive game which was such a big part of his skill-set on his way up to the major leagues. Powell is an outfield prospect who has conquered Double-A and now needs to do the same at the Triple-A level. And Martin is a right-handed starting pitcher who has some big league experience.

There we have it – some players we know are going to be on the team! We can get some jerseys ready.

Here are some notes on possible Rainiers in the exhibition games the last two days:

Monday: Mariners 9, Giants 6

Both Luis Sardinas and Shawn O’Malley homered off Giants starter Jeff Samardzija… O’Malley was 2-for-2 and is batting .545 this spring… Mayckol Guaipe pitched two innings, allowing one run… Casey Coleman delivered a scoreless ninth, striking out two, and picked up a save.

Tuesday: Mariners 11, A’s 11

Nothing says Cactus League baseball quite like a good old-fashioned 11-11 tie… another strong game for O’Malley, going 2-for-2 with a double, walk, and RBI… Zunino had two hits including a triple… Leon Landry came over from minor league camp and had an at-bat – don’t forget about him, he played well for the Rainiers last year… the Daniel Robertson hit machine went 1-for-3… catcher Steve Lerud drew two walks… Blake Parker tossed another scoreless inning.

Next week is going to be very busy on the blog. We’ll have a round-up of weekend news on Monday, then on Tuesday I fly to Arizona to catch some spring training baseball from the backfields. Lots of fun stuff heading our way.


  • The News Tribune has a post on today’s roster moves.
  • In Thursday’s game, James Paxton got roughed up in the 11-11 tie with Oakland. Paxton is battling Nathan Karns for the Mariners fifth starter job.
  • The loser of the Paxton/Karns battle isn’t necessarily coming to Tacoma, Bob Dutton writes. The big league bullpen is a possibility.
  • Players who don’t normally hit home runs – Leonys Martin, Luis Sardinas and Shawn O’Malley – launched dingers to help the M’s to a 9-6 comeback win over the Giants on Wednesday.

Don’t forget to celebrate National Corn Dog Day on Saturday!


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