Tim Beckham’s future with the Seattle Mariners became clear when Seattle optioned J.P. Crawford to Triple-A Tacoma earlier this month. Crawford may be the shortstop of the future, but Beckham is the shortstop of now.
GM Jerry Dipoto, after an offseason filled with moves for younger players, called the 2019 season a step back in order to move the team forward. Mariners players, however, think differently about their chances this season.
Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi is set to make his MLB debut in Japan. Pitcher Wade LeBlanc, who pitched a year in Japan, said Kikuchi is uniquely qualified to make a smooth transition to American baseball.
The Mariners and White Sox had their spring training game rained out Tuesday in Arizona but that didn’t stop second baseman Dee Gordon, armed with cowboy boots and a song in his heart, from stealing the show.
The Mariners won’t pitch Felix in either of two games against the Oakland in Japan, instead opting to use him in the exhibition games there. The team’s long-time Opening Day starter will pitch sometime in the first homestand in Seattle.