Concerns on M’s lack of Triple-A depth

One of the first things mentioned by new Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto upon his hiring was how the club lacked general depth, particularly in the upper minors. Many clubs welcomed impact and contributing rookies to their rosters this past season. But Seattle’s inability to develop talent at the higher minor league levels during Jack Zduriencik’s tenure nearly left the Mariners out of the aptly named ‘year of the rookie’ in 2015. Ketel Marte and Carson Smith were major league contributors as rookies though Seattle didn’t have a Kris…

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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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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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Minor Moves: M’s add Gaviglio, Olmos

They certainly aren’t the marquee moves that everybody has been waiting for, but the Seattle Mariners did add some depth on Thursday. Starter turned reliever Edgar Olmos was claimed off waivers from the Miami Marlins and starter Sam Gaviglio was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for utility man Ty Kelly. Olmos, 24, was a third round pick of the Marlins back in 2008. The left-hander struggled in the low minors before transitioning to a reliever full-time in 2013. He would make his first appearance in the big leagues at…

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