New Seattle Mariners news has manager Eric Wedge already stating where he sees players for the 2013 MLB Opening Day. According to a report from Wednesday (Jan. 23), Wedge sees Justin Smoak at first base, Kendrys Morales as the designated hitter, and Jesus Montero as the primary catcher. It makes sense on paper, but it seems Wedge is very confident that Smoak is ready to increase his batting average.
With those positions set, it leaves quite a few players battling for the four outfield slots on the 25-man roster. That includes recently signed free agent Raul Ibanez, who will likely have to prove in Spring Training that he deserves a spot over one of Franklin Gutierrez, Casper Wells, Michael Saunders, and Michael Morse. That doesn't even get into what the team will do with Jason Bay or Mike Carp.
It seems that there are still some moves that the team will have to make down in Arizona to get the final roster ready, but at least it looks like Wedge is ready to roll with what he has. It's probably safe to assume that Ibanez, Gutierrez, Saunders, and Morse will be on the Opening Day roster, raising the question of what might happen to Wells, Bay, and Carp in the meantime.
This Seattle Mariners news at least gives fans a feeling for what manager Eric Wedge is feeling and that the team is still invested heavily in the success of Justin Smoak.
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