Posted on: January 31, 2009 10:56 am

Mariners spring training battles

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

Wladamir Balentin, Ichiro Suzuki, Franklin Gutierrez, Adrian Beltre, Yunieksy Betancourt, Jose Lopez, Mike Sweeney, Kenji Johjima, Jeff Clement                    Jamie Burke, Russell Branyan, Ronny Cedano, Endy Chavez

Erik Bedard, Felix Hernandez, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Brandon Morrow, Jarrod Washburn

Carlos Silva, Miguel Batista, Tyler Walker, Davis Aardsma, Mark Lowe, Roy Corcoran, Cesar Jimenez


Posted on: January 30, 2009 4:46 pm

Yankee Rule 5 Draft Selections

Do not know why I never made a post on this. 2B Reegie Corona was selected by the Mariners, SP Jason Jones was selected by the Twins, SP Ivan Nova was selected by the Padres, and RP Zack Kroenke was selected by the Marlins. None of them are major league ready.

Ivan Nova could stay even though the highest he pitched was High A ball. This is because of the recent injury to Scott Patterson. He would be the 8th relief pitcher for the team.

2B Reegie Corona would have stayed in Seattle as a utility man despite not being ready based on their rebuilding mode. Now, the Mariners have traded Aaron Heilman and received Ronny Cedeno who is a middle infielder. This lessens the chance of Corona staying.

Jason Jones has a shot at making the Twins bullpen because of the injury that forces RP Pat Neshek to sit out the entire season. The 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th spots in the Twins bullpen are up for grabs. Knuckleballer R. A. Dickey, former Yankee lefty Sean Henn, Mike Gosling, recent 40 man roster addition Brian Duensing, Bobby Korecky, Bobby Keppel, Rob Delaney and Spring training invitee and minor league closer Ben Julianel are all competing for the 4 spots. SP Boof Bonser, Phillip Humber, Kevin Mulvey, and Anthony Swarzak could all compete for a long relief spot especially if Bonser is not traded and Humber is deemed major league ready. This could make Jason Jones more likely ro return, but albeit his competition is not very great.

Zack Kroenke, although the most ready of the bunch has the stiffest competition and is therefore the most likely to return. The Marlins have their bullpen almost set and he is behind many players in case of injury. Him getting the spring training is very nice.


However the interesting thing is that these players still have to make it the entire season. Last year Michael Gardner was selected and returned. Ivan Nova could return if there is an injury to a position player even so this is very delicate.

Also to note Josue Selenes was selected because we didn't protect him for the triple A section. He has no chance of returning. The Yankees wouldn't want him back anyway.


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