Seattle Mariners rumors have the team going with 14 hitters and 11 pitchers for the 2014 MLB season. These Seattle Mariners rumors also indicate that Nick Franklin will remain on the team when Opening Day arrives on March 31. According to an updated report from Yahoo! Sports on Thursday (March 27), the team depth chart will also only have six arms in the bullpen to open the season. That would be a risky endeavor to undertake since the team has seven straight games before their first day off.
The arms in the bullpen are projected to be closer Fernando Rodney, Charlie Furbush, Yoervis Medina, Stephen Pryor, Tom Wilhelmsen, and Danny Farquhar. It's very shocking to see that Yahoo! has Pryor listed, because he just recently pitched his first inning of Spring Training since returning from injury. It raises some serious questions about whether the reporting from the site can be trusted, because every indication from the front office and coaching staff is that he will not be ready by Opening Day.
As for the hitters, within these Seattle Mariners rumors being reported by Yahoo!, Stefen Romero, Abraham Almonte, and Nick Franklin will all be on the roster as reserves. They also have Willie Bloomquist and Jack Buck coming off the bench, providing the team with five position players that would start the season as reserves. That might be really good for situational hitting and lineup rotation, but it is very risky to keep an extra hitter and not put an extra arm in the bullpen while the starting pitchers try to find their stamina on the mound.
New manager Lloyd McClendon is expected to confirm which players have made the final roster cut by the weekend as well as how the starting rotation will look with Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker on the disabled list to open the regular season. At that point the report from Yahoo! will either be confirmed or refuted.
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