The Mariners are a really struggling team right now with nothing to look forward to. Their position battles are plenty (and insignificant).
CF: Franklin Gutierrez vs. Endy Chavez I really think Chavez should win this, but he probably won't. Last year his BA was much higher even though he does not him for power or drive in many runs. Last year he was a defensive replacement a lot. His defense is really good. Gutierrez will probably get the nod.
Back up catcher: Rob Johnson vs. Jamie Burke If the winner would also get a pitching spot then Jamie Burke would win hands down. However, neither player played well last season, but in much more playing time Jamie Burke played significantly better. He is not on the 40 man roster currently though.
5th Starter: Carlos Silva vs. Miguel Batista vs. Jason Vargas vs. Garrett Olson vs, Jarrod Washburn Yikes!! The 5th start role is terrible compared to the rest of the young rotation of King Felix, Erik Bedard, Bradon Morrow, and Ryan Rowland-Smith. If Silva Washburn and Batista are dumped so they can some salary room then is will be Garrett Olson. As of right now Washburn has it. CBS reports Washburn out for season like Jeff Clement, but I have see ntrade rumors with them leading me to believe this was unupdated info.
1st base: Russell Branyan vs. Chris Shelton vs. Mike Sweeney vs. Bryan LaHair Mike Sweeney looks like he'll get the job. Shelton had one good week and Branyan is a good back up. Hopefully Sweeney can be healthy.
6th and 7th relief pitcher Carlos Silva vs. Miguel Batista vs. Jason Vargas vs. Sean White vs. Garrett Olson vs. Luis Munoz vs. Randy Messenger Again if Silva and Batista are not traded then it will be them. If they are I give it to Sean White and Garrett Olson.
Last roster spot: Chris Woodward vs. Mike Morse vs. Garrett Olson vs. Jason Vargas vs. Russell Branyan vs. Reegie Corona vs. Luis Munoz vs. Randy Messenger vs. Bryan LaHair vs. Matt Tuiaspsopo vs. Chris Shelton A lot of these guys could be seeing time depending on injuries to the starting rotation and OF/IF and if Silva/Washburn/Clement/Batista/Morr
ow/Balentin are traded and if Abreu is signed. Right now I give it to Russell Branyan. Reegie Corona will be headed to the Yankees if he doesn't get the spot. Chris Woodward would have to be placed in AAA and I don't know if the M's really want to do that