What to make of the Mariners’ spring thus far

We’re about halfway through the Cactus League schedule. The regular season begins in less than three weeks. The Seattle Mariners just got their ace, Felix Hernandez, his first official work in a spring game. The club’s position “battles” are well under way. Except position battles aren’t a real thing and spring results mean absolutely zero. Not kidding, spring training roster “battles” are not real, because the best “performer” isn’t the one that will necessarily win the job. In actuality they’re position “decisions” by the team and the results, as seen…

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Preview Capsules: Bullpen

Steve Cishek, RHP: 4FB, SNK, SL, CH 2015: 59 G, 55.1 IP, 7.81 K/9, 4.39 BB/9, 46.1% GB, .313 BABIP, 3.86 FIP, 0.0 fWAR Cishek was dominant two straight years as the Miami Marlins closer 2013-14, missing bats and limiting bases on balls to let his stuff take over high-leverage innings. None of the above occurred in 2015, with the 29-year-old taking a step back in performance, but perhaps most importantly all the areas that led to those two top-flight seasons. The velocity was down a full tick from 91.7…

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Mariners running out of options

After aggressively remodeling his club’s roster for the past three months, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto says that the team’s roster is essentially set for the beginning of Spring Training. Assuming for a moment that the 40-man roster remains intact between now and the start of Spring Training, the club will enter camp with six players who have no options remaining. This could set the stage for several tough roster-related choices by Dipoto and his staff. If these players don’t make the big league roster out of Peoria, they’d…

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