Pitchers and catcher! Pitchers and catchers!
Plus, of course, Willie Bloomquist, the Shane Monahan of these Mariners, who’s been hanging around camp for the convenience of baseball writers who need quotes about the Mariners building a winning team. And, obviously, the coaching staff sees him working out and being intense, which helps his campaign to start at second this year. How dedicated is Bloomquist? He lives in Arizona. Those are the little things that don’t show up in boxscores.
So big questions with the pitching staff that’ll be settled in spring training:
Can anyone wrangle a starting job away from Pineiro/Meche?
Be it Foppert, Nageotte, or even (still hoping) Soriano, there’s hope for further improvement on the pitching side.
Who makes up the bullpen?
If Hargrove (ugh) chooses to go with a 13-man pitching staff, he’ll be working through some candidates. L-Guardado, R-Soriano, R-Mateo, R-Putz are obvious locks, L-Sherrill should be, and then there’s two slots between L-Thornton and a whole bunch of possibilities. Will Thornton’s service time status again lock the team into keeping him on the team if there are better options?
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