Mariner’s spring training begins in one week when the pitchers report for their physicals on Monday February 11. During the off-season, general manager Jerry Dipoto made multiple trades along with signings. So manager Scott Servais will have to begin by introductions of these new players.
The majority of the players returning from last year on the 40 man roster are pitchers. Far as the position players go we have backup catcher David Freitas, first baseman Ryon Healy, and Daniel Vogelbach. At second base Dee Gordon and Kyle Seager at third both return. Kristopher Negron at utility player. Not familiar with him he came up in September from Tacoma. He was acquired from Arizona Diamondbacks in August.
When it comes to the outfield we have the face of the franchise now Mitch Haniger. Braden Bishop played half the season at double-A Arkansas before getting hurt.
The most notable returning pitchers are Felix Hernandez, Marco Gonzales, Mike Leake, and Wade LeBlanc. All vying for the starting rotation. In the bullpen are Dan Altavilla (spent much of last season on the disabled list), Chasen Bradford, Roenis Elias, and Sam Tuivailala (acquired from the St.Louis Cardinals before the trading line) will start the season on the disabled list. Shawn Armstrong, Matt Festa, and Nick Rumbelow came up in September. Those three will get a chance to make the opening day roster.
This week Jerry Dipoto could acquire or sign additional players before training camp starts. There are still free agents still out in the market. Likely the Mariners won’t sign any big-time names. Look forward to getting to know the new players coming in.