Well, that wraps up another year of spring training at Peoria Stadium, with the Mariners winning their Cactus League home finale 10-7 over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael Morse hit his eighth homer this spring, tying Mike Wilson’s franchise mark set back in 2009. Mariners manager Eric Wedge didn’t bother sticking around until the end, getting tossed from the game in the sixth by home plate umpire Seth Buckminster after he came out of the dugout to jaw with the ump. Buckminster had been chirping back and forth with Felix Hernandez and Wedge wasn’t about to let that continue, taking his first ever spring training ejection. We caught up with Wedge in the clubhouse just before the game ended. Wedge confirmed the entire roster is set, other than the battle for the fifth outfield spot between Jason Bay and Casper Wells. My take? Well, I’d say it’s already been decided in Bay’s favor. What I think is going on here is that the Mariners have put Wells on waivers and are just waiting to find out whether or not he’s cleared. If the Mariners were really going to make a late trade — say, for Chris Capuano of the Dodgers, which I was told yesterday was highly unlikely — then they would not have named their remaining starting pitchers today. A trade of either Wells or Bay these final days of camp would also have to bring back only a minor league depth guy, since the major league roster will be full once Bay or Wells is jettisoned. Just not feeling it, but you never know. Given all the positive things Wedge had to say about his veteran players still in camp, I’d be stunned if he let Bay go now.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge says just one more roster decision coming, expects it very soon
Seattle Times | Mar 28