By: Joey Segur
As most of you know spring training has begun and If you don’t know then where have you been!?!? The Seattle Mariners have been a team constantly making changes this off season starting with the signing of Jerry Dipoto. Dipoto didn’t hesitate making the Mariners his Mariners for the upcoming 2016 season. With a few names like Adam Lind, Chris Iannetta, Leonys Martin, and Wade Miley, Jerry Dipoto knew who to target and get without getting rid of too much. Making the decision to keep Mike Zunino down in Triple-A Tacoma during the start of the season showed fans like myself that Dipoto is ready to make the correct decisions and give players the time they need to gather themselves to better the team. I am a huge fan of Mike Zunino, but I’m also a fan of having a catcher/player on my beloved Mariners bat above .140 average.
The beauty about spring training Baseball is young talent get their time to prove they are ready for the majors. For example newly acquired infielder Luis Sardinas came off the bench during the 2nd game of spring training and knocked in a total of four RBI’s. The young 22-year-old infielder played 36 games with the Brewers posting a very low .196 batting average and is hoping Seattle is his team that he will stay with after being traded from the Rangers to the Brewers and then the Brewers to the Mariners. Nathan Karns, who was traded from the Rays to the M’s, made his Cactus League Debut and took him 22 pitches to get through the first inning. Karns is fighting to take the fifth spot in the Mariners rotation, but it’s unclear who he will be fighting against at this point.
The Mariners have been without Nelson Cruz due to a sore left knee. In my opinion keep Cruz out until the last week or so of spring training. Give the young guys more play time to work out some mechanical things, we all know Cruz’s spot on the team is safe and sound, so why not let the young guys show Dipoto what is up. Cruz is expected to be a DH a ton more this season with the addition of Leonys Martin, Nori Aoki, and newly signed Cuban Outfielder Guillermo Heredia. As long as we see the Boom Stick we saw last year, I’m sure we will all be happy.
For those who follow me you know I’ve been in hibernation for the last couple month. Well you can expect more and more articles to come plus a special Opening Day article where I will go in depth in all off season trades and acquisitions and a break down of the starting rotation, the starting line up, and a breakdown of the opening day roster. I will also go in depth with the young prospects you can expect to see this upcoming 2016 season. I don’t know about you but I’m happy Baseball is finally here!!!! Go M’s!!!!