M’s Make First “Cuts” Of Spring

It’s just about mid-March, and the Mariners feel comfortable enough to start trimming their major league spring training roster. Nine players were shifted to minor league camp this morning, and another was traded.

Our annual reminder on the terminology: during spring training, a player who is on the Mariners 40-man roster and is cut is “optioned to” the minor league team that he is expected to open the season with. A player who is not on the 40-man roster and is cut is “reassigned to minor league camp,” with his minor league team determined later.

Here are today’s moves:

Optioned to Triple-A Tacoma:

  • LHP Paul Fry
  • INF D.J. Peterson

Optioned to Double-A Arkansas:

  • RHP Thyago Vieira
  • LHP Zac Curtis

Reassigned to Minor League Camp:

  • C Marcus Littlewood
  • C Tyler Marlette
  • OF Kyle Waldrop
  • RHP Peter Tago
  • RHP Dylan Unsworth

No surprises in this first group. By getting moved to minor league camp, these nine players will get more opportunity to play in spring games on the minor league side of the complex, and get better prepared for the upcoming season.

The Mariners still have 53 players in major league camp, and they will open the season with 25 on the roster.

It had been a few days and Dealin’ Dipoto’s trigger finger was getting itchy, so he made a trade.

The Mariners sent switch-pitcher and (former) likely Rainiers reliever Pat Venditte to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Double-A outfielder Joey Curletta.

I see this as a space-clearing move. There are far too many Triple-A-or-better relievers in camp, and this move cleared one out while adding to the outfield depth.

We’ll miss out on the fun of seeing a switch-pitcher this year. At least we got to see it a bit last season.



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