5 Seattle Mariners Who Won’t Make It Through 2014 Spring Training
5 Seattle Mariners Who Won't Be Mariners For Long
As usual, the Seattle Mariners were big spenders this offseason. Wait -- what? That's right, the Mariners spent a whole lot of money on a few players this offseason. They haven't done quite enough to be contenders yet, but there is still some time to get more moves done.
Did anyone really expect Robinson Cano to leave the New York Yankees? I know I didn't. Nonetheless, Cano ended up signing with the Mariners for a hefty 10-year, $240 million contract. For about three years, the Mariners had been a team that was all bark and no bite in the offseason -- threatening to sign the big free agents, but ultimately failing to do so. Not this year.
To aid Cano going forward, the Mariners signed Corey Hart to be their designated hitter/first baseman/right fielder. Hart may not be able to play right field anymore, but the Mariners may let him attempt it a few times.
The final big move made by the Mariners was trading for Logan Morrison. One thing the Mariners know how to do, for sure, is stock up on first baseman types. Morrison, Hart, Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak all play first base. The Mariners are also rumored to be interested in re-signing Kendyrs Morales. One will have to be traded, right?
Along with their big moves, the Mariners have also added some nice depth options. They have signed Willie Bloomquist to be their backup middle-infielder. Defensive stud Franklin Gutierrez was signed to play the outfield for the M's. John Buck was signed to back up Mike Zunino at catcher, and Scott Baker was signed as a low-risk, high reward option in the starting rotation.
To see five players that I don't think will be with the Mariners at the end of Spring Training, continue reading through the following slideshow. There are a few trade candidates included.
Endy Chavez isn't a good baseball player. In 2013, Chavez had a -1.3fWAR while hitting for a .267/.290/.327 slash line with a 68 wRC+. He will not be a Seattle Mariner in 2014.
Manny Pina has virtually zero chance of making the Seattle Mariners' 25-man roster coming out of Spring Training. With Mike Zunino and John Buck already there, Pina would have to have a huge spring and Buck would have to collapse for Pina to pass him on the depth chart.
Humberto Quintero and Manny Pina are at a huge disadvantage going into Spring Training--behind Mike Zunino and John Buck. Much like Pina, Quintero needs to tear up opposing pitchers to even have a remote shot of making the 25-man roster.
With Robinson Cano on the team and Brad Miller holding down the fort at shortstop, along with Willie Bloomquist as the primary backup, Nick Franklin really doesn't have a large role on the team. Franklin could bring back a fairly nice return if he is traded before Spring Training ends.
With four current first baseman options on the Seattle Mariners' roster, someone probably has to be traded at some point. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Mariners are an obvious match for a trade. The Pirates need a first baseman and the Mariners have a logjam at first base. Justin Smoak seems the most likely to be traded at this point, and while he isn't great, with just a .238/.334/.412 slash line and 109 wRC+ in 2013, he is better than the Pirates' current left-handed first baseman option.