Sixty-three bodies in camp is too many to find work for, and the Seattle Mariners staff - Don Wakamatsu and his coaches, general manager Jack Zduriencik - will begin trimming that number tomorrow morning.
Thought it will seem like it to some of those sent out, the first round of cuts are rarely based on talent, alone. If a good young player in camp has no chance to win a job at the big-league level, he may be better served going to minor-league camp for the rest of the spring.
In some cases, there are simply too many players at a given position. There are 31 pitchers here, too many to get quality innings for, and the last thing the Mariners want is to slow the development of a player.
So, tomorrow morning, the Mariners will make the first cuts of the spring, probably trimming seven or eight players. They won't be difficult cuts, and few of those involved will be genuninely surprised.
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Who goes? Well, catcher Steven Baron, pitcher Chris Seddon and either first baseman Tommy Everidge or Brad Nelson are likely candidates, and not because any of them have failed.
At first base, for instance, the Mainers want to get Casey Kotchman innings, use Ryan Garko, Jack Hannahan and Mike Carp at the position. Why keep players who are going to sit?
The Mariners will begin the process of making certain that doesn't happen tomorrow morning.