Another opening day, another new roster for M’s
The special circumstances surrounding the Japan trip are offically over and the Seattle Mariners, along with every other MLB team submitted their finalized 25 man roster for the start of the 2012 season.
Now most of the roster is the same as what was posted last week, with these changes:
RHP – Shawn Kelley who missed the majority of last season with Tommy John surgery showed some vulnerability during the Japan trip and was optioned to AAA Tacoma.
LHP – Charlie Furbush was optioned to Tacoma as well. Furbush had quite a few opportunities with the M’s last season and based on that, it is surprising he made it this far.
This moves confirms that the team is looking to use Figgins in the outfield much more and give space for Liddi and Seager in the infield.
Here is the updated 25 man roster.
The starting rotation as of opening day will be:
The M’s starters may not have as much job security as last season. Both Erasmo Ramierez and Hisashi Iwakuma are both capable starters and could be moved into the rotation if needed.
The bullpen will be home to:
Iwakuma and Ramirez both will be available as long relief options which could be an essential role for an unproven starting rotation. This season the M’s will have two lefties in the pen as opposed to one, so they may be looking to play more situational odds this year.
The infielders starting the season will be:
The infield is quite full of energetic talent. Consider the versatility as well.
Ackley can play 2nd, 1st and CF
Seager can play 3rd, 2nd and SS
Figgins can play 2nd, 3rd, LF, CF and SS
Liddi can play 3rd and 1st
Kawasaki can play 3rd, 2nd and SS
Catching duties will be held by:
The outfielders at the start of this season contain:
Starting off the season on the DL:
The Mariners are coming into the season in a fierce competition for 3rd place in the AL west.
Aren’t you excited?