'Dysfunctional' is a word we may be using a lot this season after a great debate in the press room this morning - sparked by Everett's Kirby Arnold - about putting together a Seattle Mariners roster.
Think it's easy? None of us did, but we all tried. Imagine what Mariners manager Eric Wedge and the front office must be going through.
1. Felix2. Jason Vargas3. Doug Fister4. Erik Bedard5. Luke French
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6. Brandon League7. Chris Ray8. Josh Lueke9. Jamie Wright10. Aaron Laffey11. David Pauley12. Tom Wilhemsen *
13. Justin Smoak14. Brendan Ryan15.Chone Figgins16. Jack Wilson17. Jack Cust18. Milton Bradley19. Franklin Gutierrez20. Ichiro
21. Miguel Olivo22. Adam Moore
23. Ryan Langerhans24. Adam Kennedy25. Matt Tuiasosopo *
Wilhelmsen could make it soley because he's on the roster - and roster spots are precious just now. Tuiasosopo might make it because a) he's a right-handed hitter off the bench and b) versatile.
Bottom line: Non-roster players Ray, Wright, Kennedy and Langerhans mean cuts into Seattle's 40-man roster. Does this team make sense? No. It's why most of us expect Jack Zduriencik to make a late spring deal or two, perhaps a couple of waiver claims.
At the moment, it's a dysfunctional roster. We may have to get used to it. Consider this a work in progress, subject to change.