Seattle Mariners

A break down of the Mariners’ 40-man roster

Staff writer Bob Dutton takes a closer look at the Seattle Mariners’ 40-man roster:

Pitcher (20): Where he fits going forward

Logan Bawcom: Spot on 40-man roster at risk if roster crunch occurs

*Joe Beimel: Club would love to retain him as situational lefty

Roenis Elias: Should be No. 4 or No. 5 man in 2015 rotation

Danny Farquhar: No-prisoners style makes him perfect fit as backup closer

Anthony Fernandez: Hard to say; Didn’t pitch after April because of injury

Charlie Furbush: Well established as bullpen’s primary late-inning lefty

Felix Hernandez: Best pitcher in the American League

Danny Hultzen: Finally healthy, he could provide big boost next season

Hisashi Iwakuma: Often overlooked as one of the game’s top starters

Dominic Leone: Ready for higher-leverage duty in second season

Lucas Luetge: Solid lefty arm who could benefit if Beimel departs

Brandon Maurer: Ex-starter found a comfort zone as a power reliever

Yoervis Medina: Faces battle to retain spot as primary setup man

James Paxton: Power lefty is good bet to move to No. 2 spot in rotation

Erasmo Ramirez: Out of options and hard to see where he fits

Fernando Rodney: Veteran closer offered thrills but also 48-for-51 on saves

Carson Smith: Very impressive September; could be closer of the future

Taijuan Walker: Would be major disappointment if not in 2015 rotation

Tom Wilhelmsen: Ex-closer held bullpen together as dynamite long man

*Chris Young: Likely heading elsewhere after resurrecting career

Catchers (3): Where he fits going forward

Humberto Quintero: Good fit as depth if willing to take minor-league deal

Jesus Sucre: Solid catch-and-throw backup option if no upgrade available

Mike Zunino: Solid defensively, lots of offensive tools but lots of holes

Infielders (10): Where he fits going forward

Willie Bloomquist: True utilityman who fits well on projected roster

Robinson Cano: Second baseman is one of the game’s premier players

Ji-Man Choi: Iffy future; numbers dipped at Tacoma after drug suspension

Brad Miller: Bat has pop but position change likely to outfield or first base

Jesus Montero: Mariners not ready to give up on him, but leash is short

*Kendrys Morales: Interest in retaining him hinges on possible acquisitions

Logan Morrison: Strong finish positions him for duty next year at 1B/DH

Kyle Seager: Only question is when the Mariners get multi-year deal done

Justin Smoak: Probably time for a change in scenery

Chris Taylor: Projects as the starting shortstop after fine rookie debut

Outfielders (8): Where he fits going forward

Dustin Ackley: Projects as left fielder but needs to avoid another slow start

*Endy Chavez: Could hang around as a backup outfielder

*Chris Denorfia: Unlikely to return; did little after arriving from Padres

Austin Jackson: Disappointing after trade; needs to recover Detroit form

James Jones: Speed makes him a likely choice as fourth outfielder

Julio Morban: Likely headed back to Tacoma after injury-filled year

Stefen Romero: Missed chance to grab regular job, faces longer 2015 odds

Michael Saunders: Likely trade bait if M’s acquire desired right-handed bat

* — will be a free agent.

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