PEORIA, Ariz. — The Mariners trimmed their big-league camp roster to 40 players Friday after by sending four players to the minor leagues.
First baseman Jesus Montero and outfielders Xavier Avery and James Jones were optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.
Infielder Chris Taylor was reassigned to minor-league camp.
Players who are on a club’s 40-man roster must be optioned to the minors. All others can simply be reassigned.
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Still in camp (* denotes in camp as a non-roster invite on a minor-league contract):
Right-handed pitchers (17): Scott Baker*, Blake Beavan, Danny Farquhar, Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Dominic Leone*, Brandon Maurer, Yoervis Medina, Zach Miner*, Hector Noesi, Stephen Pryor, Erasmo Ramirez, Ramon Ramirez*, Fernando Rodney, Carson Smith*, Taijuan Walker and Tom Wilhelmsen.
Left-handed pitchers (6): Joe Beime*, Roenis Elias*, Charlie Furbush, Lucae Luetge, James Paxton and Randy Wolf.
Catchers (3): John Buck, Humberto Quintero* and Mike Zunino.
Infielders (7): Willie Bloomquist, Robinson Cano, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Kyle Seager and Justin Smoak.
Outfielders (7): Dustin Ackley, Abraham Almonte, Endy Chavez*, Cole Gillespie*, Corey Hart, Stefen Romero and Michael Saunders.