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.
- Bob Dutton has an update on the projected Tacoma Rainiers starting rotation.
- The Times has a story on this morning’s roster moves.
- Here’s the story on the Pat Venditte trade. Baseball America has a scouting report on the new outfielder, Joey Curletta.
- Reliever Shae Simmons – expected to grab one of the Mariners final bullpen spots – has some “forearm tightness” and is getting an MRI this week. And… he’s already had the MRI, things look good. That and more in an injury report Ryan Divish posted this morning.
- The Mariners have a rare outfield mix.
- If Taylor Motter doesn’t make the Mariners opening day roster, the Rainiers will have an elite-level hair flipper.
- Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano – currently teammates in the World Baseball Classic – did a fun dual interview.
- Mike Zunino has his job back.
- James Paxton hones his delivery by practicing it in front of a mirror.
- Cactus League game recaps: yesterday Rainiers shortstop Tyler Smith hit a homer in a 9-2 loss to the Angels… Saturday it was a 7-6 win over the Reds… and on Friday Shawn O’Malley had the game-winner after a bunch of Mariners minor leaguers rallied from an eight-run deficit to beat the Cubs, 11-10.