Seattle Mariners starting rotation questions for 2014 aren't getting easier to answer. Roenis Elias is making a push for a 2014 starting rotation nod, putting together another impressive outing on Saturday (March 22) against the Colorado Rockies. He allowed just four hits and two runs over 5 1/3 innings with two walks and four strikeouts. The two runs game on a home run, showing how close he was to not even allowing the Rockies to score.
Elias and his impressive 2.04 ERA in Spring Training has thrust his name into the hat when it comes to figuring out the rest of the rotation for the 2014 MLB season. Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez, and James Paxton seem to be the three leading candidates, with two players needed to replace Hisashi Iwakuma and top prospect Taijuan Walker while they recover from injuries. There is also no guarantee that Ramirez has that spot just yet, even though the odds are heavily in his favor.
As for the rest of the players battling for a spot on the 2014 Seattle Mariners starting rotation, they include Roenis Elias, Blake Beavan and veteran non-roster invitees Scott Baker and Randy Wolf. Baker and Wolf would need to be added to the 40-man roster to get on the team, meaning another player would have to be traded or designated for assignment in order for it to work. With several pitchers doing well in Spring Training, the front office has some really difficult decisions to make.