The Seattle Mariners' 2014 opening day 25-man roster.
2013 record: 71-91, fourth place in the American League West Division
The skinny: The first order of business is to stay competitive until Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker make their anticipated mid-to-late April return from the disabled list. Felix Hernandez is an unquestioned ace at the top, but then it gets iffy. Can Erasmo Ramirez and rookie Roenis Elias maintain their spring form? Can James Paxton pitch to his potential? Does newcomer Chris Young have anything left? That’s a lot of questions and, remember, the Mariners open the season with 16 straight games against the Angels, A’s and Rangers.
|34||Felix Hernandez||right-right||6-3||225||4-8-86||12-10, 3.04 ERA|
|50||Erasmo Ramirez||right-right||5-11||200||3-18-90||5-3, 4.98|
|65||James Paxton||left-left||6-4||220||11-6-88||3-0, 1.50|
|53||Chris Young||right-right||6-10||255||5-25-79||4-9, 4.15 (2012)|
The skinny: This unit might be the Mariners’ great unknown and, let’s face it, the relief corps must improve significantly for meaningful late-season games to be a possibility. Free-agent closer Fernando Rodney was signed to fix the back end. It might not mean anything that he didn’t have a great spring, but… well, it better not mean anything. If Rodney clicks, the remaining mix of arms should be good enough. Righty Tom Wilhelmsen and lefty Charlie Furbush could be/should be an effective set-up tandem.
|65||Fernando Rodney||right-right||5-11||220||3-18-77||5-4, 3.38 ERA, 37 saves|
|54||Tom Wilhelmsen||right-right||6-6||220||12-16-83||0-3, 4.12, 24|
|41||Charlie Furbush||left-left||6-5||215||4-11-86||2-6, 3.74|
|40||Danny Farquhar||right-right||5-9||185||2-17-87||0-3, 4.20, 16|
|31||Yoervis Medina||left-left||6-3||205||7-27-88||4-6, 2.91, 1|
|97||Joe Beimel||left-left||6-3||205||4-19-77||1-1, 5.33 (2011)|
|45||Hector Noesi||right-right||6-3||205||1-26-87||0-1, 6.59|
The skinny: Talk to non-Mariners baseball insiders, and the consensus view is Mike Zunino was rushed last year to the majors after just 96 minor-league games — and that it showed. It’s also worth noting those insiders generally believe the skills that resulted in Zunino’s selection as the third overall pick in the 2012 draft will blossom with experience. The question is how soon does that happen? This season would be nice. Newcomer John Buck provides a veteran presence as the backup.
|3||Mike Zunino||right-right||6-2||220||3-25-91||.214 BA, 5 HR, 14 RBI|
|4||John Buck||right-right||6-3||245||7-7-80||.222, 15, 62|
The skinny: Start with the obvious; adding the game’s best second baseman, Robinson Cano, is a tide that raises all boats. But it might be time to keep an eye on third baseman Kyle Seager, who showed little in camp after batting just .183 over the final two months of last season. Brad Miller, in contrast, had a strong camp while holding onto his job at shortstop. Some scouts believe he has star potential. At first, Justin Smoak gets one more chance to reach his potential.
|17||Justin Smoak||left-both||6-4||230||12-5-86||.238 BA, 20 HR, 50 RBI|
|22||Robinson Cano||right-left||6-0||210||10-22-82||.314, 27, 107|
|5||Brad Miller||right-left||6-2||200||10-18-89||.265, 8, 36|
|15||Kyle Seager||right-left||6-0||210||11-3-87||.260, 22, 69|
|8||Willie Bloomquist||right-right||5-11||190||11-27-77||.317, 0, 14|
|20||Logan Morrison||left-left||6-3||245||8-25-87||.242, 6, 36|
The skinny: Dustin Ackley looked like an increasingly good fit in left as the spring unfolded. Center fielder Abraham Almonte didn’t hit in Arizona, but he showed the ability to range into both gaps. The Mariners signed Corey Hart, who missed last year because of knee surgeries, to be their right fielder and to help balance their lefty-heavy lineup. His knees seem fine, but the bat looks rusty, and a sore forearm is likely to make him the DH. That positions Michael Saunders and Stefen Romero for split duty in right.
|13||Dustin Ackley||right-left||6-1||195||2-26-88||.253 BA, 4 HR, 31 RBI|
|36||Abraham Almonte||right-both||5-9||205||6-27-89||.264, 2, 9|
|27||Corey Hart||right-right||6-6||230||3-24-82||.270, 30, 83 (2012)|
|55||Michael Saunders||right-left||6-4||225||11-19-86||.236, 12, 46|
MAJOR LEAGUE STAFF
No. NAME POSITION
- 23 Lloyd McClendon manager
- 33 Trent Jewett bench coach
- 47 Rick Waits pitching coach
- 10 Howard Johnson hitting coach
- 84 Rich Donnelly third base coach
- 43 Andy Van Slyke first base coach
- 48 Mike Rojas bullpen coach
- 25 Chris Woodward infield coach
- 62 Jason Phillips bullpen catcher
- 89 Scott Budner batting practice pitcher