Josh Wilson latest to be released

Utility infielder Josh Wilson was released late Monday morning as the Mariners moved closer to their final 25.

There are now 26 healthy players in camp, with more moves pending. The club needs to add an outfielder at some point, I would think, with Franklin Gutierrez expected to go on the Disabled List and only four others still in camp — Ichiro, Milton Bradley, Michael Saunders and Ryan Langerhans.

So not everything makes sense at the moment, but we’ll need to see how the remaining moves play out.

Wilson played 108 games last year for Seattle, but was expendable given the addition of Adam Kennedy as a utility infielder. Kennedy can also play outfield in a pinch.

Wilson was on a non-guaranteed contract, but was taking up a spot on the 40-man roster, so his release shouldn’t be a huge surprise as the club needs to create space for at least two more non-roster invitees in Kennedy and Langerhans.

Relievers Chris Ray and Jamey Wright were just added to the 40-man today, which locks up their positions on the team. That filled up the 40-man roster, but Wilson’s release opens up one spot. Another release will likely be coming soon, though rosters don’t have to be finalized until Thursday morning.

The club still has utility infielder Luis Rodriguez on the roster, but not sure he’ll stick in the end. We’ll see.

1 Comment

Greg, it is just splitting hairs, but I thought final 25 man rosters had to be submitted to the league office no later than midnight Wednesday (eastern time).

Anyway, a lot of us don’t always post, but we read you daily. Just wanted to say thanks for keeping us informed through the winter and spring. See back up north at Safeco.

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