Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik has announced that final decisions about the major league roster will not be made until Sunday. Seemingly the only decision left to be made is who will be the final outfielder on the roster between Casper Wells and Jason Bay.
Zduriencik did announce that Bay will travel with the team to Salt Lake City for their final exhibition contest before the opening series against the Oakland Athletics begins on Monday. Wells will be staying in Arizona to get some at-bats in minor league games.
One can assume that this means Bay has made the roster after putting together a solid spring training, but nothing has been finalized yet. “What we’re trying to do is give ourselves a little more time…. If you don’t have to make a decision early, you try not to do it.” Manager Eric Wedge told Mariners.com.
“Jack and I did have conversations with both of them. Not all decisions have been made and we told them that and that’s where we are. I’d like to tell them more, but we’ve got to play this out and do what’s best for the ballclub.”
If it is Bay who has made the roster, things could get complicated for Wells, who is out of minor league options. It has been rumored that Wells’ former team, the Detroit Tigers would be interested if he doesn’t make the Mariners.
However, that move is unlikely to happen, as the Tigers have picked former-Mariner Matt Tuiasosopo to fill their final spot in the outfield. So Wells will likely be placed on waivers assuming that he does not make the team.
Expect Jason Bay to be on the 25-man roster when it is finalized on Sunday.