Seattle Mariners 

Prediction: Mariners will need more than five starters in 2015

With starting pitcher Roenis Elias being optioned to Class-AAA Tacoma today, Taijuan Walker appears to have a clear path to the fifth spot in the Mariners’ starting rotation. Considering that the 22-year-old Walker hasn’t surrendered a run and looked spectacular in 18 Cactus League innings, today’s announcement wasn’t a great surprise to most observers. Some Mariners fans, however, would prefer that Elias join Walker in the rotation with veteran J.A. Happ being bumped to the bullpen. That scenario isn’t likely since manage Lloyd McClendon is on record stating that the…

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Seattle Mariners 

M’s add rotation depth with Kickham

On Wednesday morning the Seattle Mariners acquired left-hander Mike Kickham from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-hander Lars Huijer. The club also announced that left-hander Anthony Fernandez was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Kickham, who turned 26 in December, was claimed on waivers earlier in winter from the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs designated him for assignment after completing a deal with former Mariner outfielder Chris Denorfia last week. The Giants’ sixth-round draft pick in 2010 made his big league debut in May 2013…

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