Seattle Mariners trade rumors are starting to surface in regard to Casper Wells and Alex Liddi. The Mariners simply don't have room for both players on the 25-man roster and it's possible that by Opening Day neither player will still be with the franchise. Through the game on March 13, Wells has posted a .259 batting average for the Mariners during Spring Training and Liddi is at just .100.
With limited roster options, it doesn't look like the Mariners have a spot for Liddi. Kyle Seager has settled into third base very nicely and it looks like Dustin Ackley is cemented as the second baseman for the next few seasons. Liddi could come off the bench as an extra infielder, but the team also has the defensively superior Robert Andino for that slot.
Wells has gone 7-for-27 this spring with six extra base hits and 12 RBIs. He looks good enough to start somewhere, but the Mariners have to decide if they should have Wells come off the bench. If the 25-man roster were to include Wells, then the team has to release outfielder Jason Bay in the process. Bay has also looked pretty good in spring, posting a .292 batting average through his first nine games. That might be good enough for a roster spot as well.
Additionally, it looks like Eric Thames and Carlos Peguero won't have spots on the 25-man roster either, giving the Mariners either a really good offense in Tacoma or several more trade chips before the season starts. The most critical decision is with Wells, as he has no options left to send him back to the minor leagues. The Mariners have to keep him on the 25-man roster, trade him, or simply designate him for assignment.
Until the front office makes the official announcements about the 25-man roster, there are going to be Seattle Mariners trade rumors popping up. Casper Wells has the ability to play for a team in the league and it also looks like Jason Bay and Alex Liddi do as well. If the Mariners cannot find a way to use any of them, there could be more than one trade coming before the regular season begins.
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