The Seattle Mariners have come up with an intriguing possibility to rework their patchwork infield next weeek - make a second baseman of Yuniesky Betancourt.
With that one move, they could free Jose Lopez to play third in the absence of Adrian Beltre and keep Ronny Cedeno at shortstop.
Betancourt is due off the disabled list (hamstring) next week, and manager Don Wakamatsu and his staff have discussed the possibility of moving him from shortstop.
"There's a defensive energy with Cedeno at shortstop, and he's made the plays," Wakamatsu said.
Lopez is fine with playing third base and, despite an alarming slump at the plate, Cedeno is playing well at shortstop.
That leaves one man - Betancourt - to accept the decision.
If the Mariners go with that infield allignmnet, Chris Woodward would be the reserv infielder off the bench, and Josh Wilson or Mike Carp would be sent to the minors once Betancourt returns.