Bay gets final OF spot as final roster set
Casper Wells was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Sunday, leaving Jason Bay as the final outfielder on Seattle’s 25-man roster as the team prepares for Monday night’s opener against the A’s.
Wells, 28, played the last season and a half for the Mariners after being acquired from the Tigers in the Doug Fister deal, but the club opted to go with Bay after the former three-time All-Star played well all spring after signing a one-year deal as a free agent.
Wells didn’t have any Minor League options remaining, so the Mariners now will have 10 days to trade, release or outright him to the Minors.
Four other players were sent down to the Minor Leagues on Sunday: right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar, catcher Jesus Sucre, infielder Brad Miller and veteran outfielder Endy Chavez.
Those moves bring the Mariners roster to the required 25-man limit. Here’s the club that will open the season on Monday at 7:07 p.m. in the Oakland Coliseum:
Starting pitchers: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Joe Saunders, Brandon Maurer and Blake Beavan.
Relievers: Tom Wilhelmsen, Stephen Pryor, Carter Capps, Kameron Loe, Charlie Furbush, Oliver Perez and Lucas Luetge.
Catchers: Jesus Montero and Kelly Shoppach.
Infielders: Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales, Dustin Ackley, Brendan Ryan, Kyle Seager and Robert Andino.
Outfielders: Michael Saunders, Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Morse, Raul Ibanez and Bay.
By making the 25-man roster, Bay is now guaranteed all $1 million of the Major League contract he signed with the Mariners in December. That deal assured him only $500,000 unless he made the team.
He’ll also be eligible for up to $2 million more in bonuses if he accumulates enough playing time this season. I’ll have a full story soon on Mariners.com with Bay’s thoughts on making the team as well as Eric Wedge’s outlook after the team gathered for meetings and some light work today at the Oakland Coliseum.