Carlos Guillen Retires
After dealing with more knee problems this spring, Carlos Guillen has decided to retire. This opens up the reserve 3B/1B role on the roster, and now makes it possible that the Mariners could carry both Kyle Seager and Michael Saunders on the opening day roster. That’d be my guess for how this plays out now, anyway – Seager/Figgins will split time at third, and Figgins/Saunders/Wells will split time in center field.
Having Seager around instead of Guillen might also make Carp the backup first baseman, a role that would have otherwise been filled by Guillen instead, so Wells might see less time in center field but a little more in left field as a result. Essentially, this shifts some playing time from an older guy with no future in Seattle to a younger player who might be able to establish some value with additional playing time. No offense to Guillen, but this is probably a positive development for the club.