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Are the 2015 Seattle Mariners A Complete Team?

Who Are The Starting 25 For The M’s?

The Seattle Mariners’ 2015 roster is pretty well dialed in.  I think they are done acquiring players that have a chance to make the 25 man roster.  Maybe they make a move for an aging vet or two and give them minor league deals with spring training invites but I think we’ve seen what we are going to see.

The question now becomes–  Is this a complete roster?  Is this a complete team from starters all the way to backup positions?

Let’s take a look at who should make the 25 man roster this spring.

Cruz is the biggest addition to the Mariners.  Photo- Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Cruz is the biggest addition to the Mariners. Photo- Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Hitters

The Starting Rotation

As far as starting position players and starting pitchers go all of these guys are locks.  I’m not saying this is the batting order or the starting rotation order, these are just the guys that will make up those lists.

A notable absence here is Roenis Elias.  I believe Walker will beat him out during spring training forcing Elias to start the year at AAA.  Given that he skipped AAA last year, it’s probably a good thing for him to get a bit more seasoning.

That leaves just nine spots to make a bullpen and to have couple of backups on the bench.

Bench

You have to have a backup catcher.  It’s a given and Sucre is getting the nod.  Bloomquist is healthy, under contract and is a wonderful bench player so I think his spot is safe.  With the platoon situations in right field and at short you wind up with a four man bench.

Now I have used 18 names and I have yet to make a bullpen.  The most I can use to round out the 25 man roster is seven guys.

I believe the M's have moved on from Joe Beimel.

I believe the M’s have moved on from Joe Beimel.

The Bullpen

There are several notable absences here.  Let’s start with the left handers where Lucas Luetge’s name is missing.  I think Rule 5 pickup David Rollins is going to beat out Luetge for the 2nd lefty position in the bullpen.  Since the Mariners are clearly moving on from Joe Beimel as the top lefty in the bullpen, Charlie Furbush moves into that role and Rollins gets the 2nd lefty role.

Also notably missing is Tom Wilhelmsen.  The M’s have been wanting to toy with Wilhelmsen as a starter for some time now.  I think they are going to do that during spring time and I think they will continue to let him start in AAA meaning he won’t start the season for the M’s as part of the 25 man roster.

Yoervis Medina is also missing.  He gets beat out by the youngster Carson Smith who came up late last year and pitched lights out.  Medina has options left so he winds up at AAA.

It’s also worth nothing that Erasmo Ramirez does make my starting 25 as a long man in the bullpen.  Ramirez is out of options so he’ll need to spend the entire year on the M’s 25 man roster, be dealt, or DFA’d  if the Mariners wish to move on from him.  Given that he’s pitched so well during winter ball, I believe the M’s will give him a shot.

Holes

I like the look of this lineup, rotation, pen and bench with one exception.  Who backups up first base?  Right now that duty falls to Bloomquist and  I’m not crazy about that idea.

Jesus Montero

Will Montero ever see playing time again?

It’s nothing against Blooomquist.  He’s a fine utlility guy but he’s not a guy I want to see regularly playing first base.  It’s not his best position and he’s an average, spray hitter at best.

That means Morrison is either going to have to play 162 games at first base or the M’s have to find a way to get Jesus Montero on their 25 man roster.  According to everything I have read, Montero is back in shape and doing well.  Where or how you squeeze him on this roster is a bit of puzzle but don’t be surprised if the M’s find a way to do it if he has a solid spring.

One idea would be to let Miller or Taylor be the full time shortstop and send one or the other of them to AAA.  That would make room for a backup first baseman.  Bloomquist can fill in at short to spell the regular there.

Have the M’s come full circle on Montero?  Will they put him on their 25 man roster as a backup 1st baseman and DH? 

Ask me again when we are halfway through spring training but I like the idea, for now at least.

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  • James Reimers

    Well put together article —-I hope there is a move to improve the depth , I’m not sold on ERam I think we need to look at moving him before Spring Training ends

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