Three days before they break camp and head north, the Seattle Mariners made five cuts this morning - including utilityman Matt Tuiasosopo and lefty Royce Ring - that put their numbers closer to that opening day 25.
Tuiasosopo was optioned to Tacoma. Ring, outfielder Mike Wilson and right-handers Denny Bautista and Justin Miller were reassigned to minor league camp.
The moves left the team with 14 healthy pitchers in camp and only 12 roster spots available, and 16 positions players looking at 13 roster spots.
Who's left on the bubble?
Infielder Josh Wilson and Adam Kennedy are likely going to take one spot, and infielder Luis Rodriguez isn't likely to make the team.
Catchers Josh Bard and Chris Gimenez don't make the club.
The bullpen? David Pauley is out of options. Tom Wilhelmsen has pitched well all spring, but hasn't pitched higher than Class A yet. Cesar Jimenez hasn't pitched well all spring, but is out of options, too. Hard to see him making the team. Luke French could be utilized as a longman/spot starter.
Touogh decisions still to be made, and the disabled list will be filled with names like Franklin Gutierrez, David Aardsma, Shawn Kelley, Matt Mangini and Nate Robertson.
Bottom line? Don't be surprised if general manager Jack Zduriencik doesn't come up with a right-handed hitting outfielder and a veteran reliever before opening day. What the Mariners think they need on their 25-man roster may not be in camp yet.