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I have a story on the website today on veteran reliever Chris Ray, the former Orioles closer who could play an important role in the Mariners bullpen this season and will be given every chance to earn a spot on the roster, according to Jack Zduriencik.
Ray is one of 22 non-roster invitees who’ll be at Spring Training when the full squad arrives on Feb. 19. Ray, of course, will be with the initial group when pitchers and catchers report this Sunday.
The non-roster invitees could provide some interesting storylines this spring. Ray, second baseman Adam Kennedy and starting pitcher Nate Robertson all would seem to have strong shots of landing a job.
Several veteran outfielders — Jody Gerut, Gabe Gross and Ryan Langerhans — will get a good look as will the dozen pitchers on the list. Heck, all these guys agreed to Minor League contracts for one reason … the hope of landing a Major League job.
Last year the Mariners had a number of non-roster invitees eventually play some role with the big league club: infielders Josh Wilson and Chris Woodward, catchers Josh Bard, Guillermo Quiroz and Eliezer Alfonzo, relievers Chad Cordero and Chris Seddon and starter David Pauley.
You just never know when a guy like Mike Sweeney will force his way onto the Opening Day roster with a huge spring. It’s a great way to take a look at guys and improve depth in a low-risk fashion.
Here is the Mariners full list of non-roster invitees, including a couple youngsters who have been invited ahead of the Minor League camp.
Pitchers:Denny Bautista, Blake Beavan, Fabio Castro, Charlie Haeger, Justin Miller, Yusmeiro Petit, Chris Ray, Royce Ring, Nate Robertson, Chris Seddon, Chris Smith, Jamey Wright.
Catchers: Josh Bard, Steve Baron, Chris Gimenez.
Infielders: Sean Kazmar, Adam Kennedy, Luis Rodriguez.
Outfielders: Jody Gerut, Gabe Gross, Ryan Langerhans, Mike Wilson.
You can also take a look at the full 40-man roster by clicking here.
Veteran second baseman Adam Kennedy is the 15th player signed to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training by the Mariners, who usually bring in 15-20 candidates each year that way in the hope of adding depth and competition.
Last year’s group included infielder Josh Wilson and Chris Woodward, catchers Josh Bard, Guillermo Quiroz and Eliezer Alfonzo, relievers Chad Cordero and Chris Seddon and starter David Pauley, who all wound up playing various roles with the Major League club at some point.
In 2009, the non-roster invitee list yielded DH Mike Sweeney, reliever Chris Jakubauskas and catcher Jamie Burke, among others.
Of course, there are always a number of Minor League signees who don’t make it either. But it is a good way to find a few hidden — and inexpensive — gems and here is the list of non-roster signees landed so far this offseason by Jack Zduriencik and his crew.
Pitchers:Denny Bautista, Royce Ring, Charlie Haeger, Fabio Castro, Chris Smith, Justin Miller, Chris Seddon, Yusmeiro Petit
Catchers: Josh Bard, Chris Gimenez.
Infielders: Adam Kennedy, Luis Rodriguez, Sean Kazmar
Outfielders: Ryan Langerhans, Mike Wilson.
They’ll report with the rest of the Mariners next month in Peoria and it’s likely that a couple will wind up finding some role with the club this coming season.