The Mariners, like all teams, face a 9 p.m. Pacific time deadline Tuesday to offer contracts to unsigned players under their control.
Any unsigned player not offered a contract prior to the deadline — often characterized as “non-tendered” — becomes a free agent who can sign elsewhere immediately.
The Mariners have 33 players who must be tendered contracts prior to the deadline including — at this point — third baseman Kyle Seager, whose new seven-year deal for $100 million has not yet been announced.
The club also has just one opening on its 40-man roster, although that should be filled later this week when its four-year deal with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz becomes official.
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Clubs are prohibited from selecting players in the Rule 5 Draft unless they have available roster spots. The draft is Dec. 11 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
Counting Seager, the Mariners have seven players eligible for arbitration. Those players, if they receive a contract offer prior to the deadline, are considered “signed” players, although their salary is subject to arbitration.
Contract status for players on the Mariners’ 40-man roster:
***Under contract (6): Willie Bloomquist (through 2015), Robinson Cano (2023), Felix Hernandez (2019), Danny Hultzen (2016), Hisashi Iwakuma (2015) and Fernando Rodney (2015).
***Eligible for arbitration (7): Dustin Ackley, Charlie Furbush, Austin Jackson, Logan Morrison, Michael Saunders, Kyle Seager and Tom Wilhelmsen.
***Pre-arbitration eligible (26): Logan Bawcom, Ji-Man Choi, Roenis Elias, Danny Farquhar, Anthony Fernandez, Mayckol Guaipe, John Hicks, James Jones, Dominic Leone, Lucas Luetge, Ketel Marte, Brandon Maurer, Yoervis Medina, Brad Miller, Jesus Montero, Julio Morban, Edgar Olmos, James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez, Carlos Rivero, Stefen Romero, Carson Smith, Jesus Scure, Chris Taylor, Taijuan Walker and Mike Zunino.