M’s Option Furbush, probably Peguero
haven’t officially announced just announced their final two moves to get down to a 25 man roster before Friday’s opener, and Charlie Furbush and Carlos Peguero are going to join Shawn Kelley down in Tacoma, which will leave open roster spots for Rule 5 LHP Lucas Luetge and 3B Alex Liddi.
Luetge isn’t a surprise, as he pitched well during the spring and the team obviously saw something they liked when they added him over the winter. The shift here is Liddi making the team, as this is essentially the fallout from Mike Carp landing on the DL.
With Liddi apparently making the team, the plan appears to be to move Chone Figgins to left field in Carp’s absence. Essentially, the team is choosing to give Kyle Seager playing time instead of Casper Wells, which is probably a direct result of their spring training performances. With Figgins in LF, they wanted another third baseman on the roster, so Liddi will backup/platoon with Seager at third, and Wells will remain in the fourth OF role even with Carp on the DL.
It will be interesting to see how the team handles Carp’s return, given this change. With Seager getting regular playing time to start the season, he probably has a chance to take the starting job and run with it. If he’s hitting .300 with some doubles and triples mixed in, they’re not going to stick him back on the bench, and Wedge has been pretty adamant that Carp was going to get regular playing time this year.
So, my guess is that this means that Figgins now has about 7-10 days to show something in order to maintain his hold on a starting job. If Seager struggles out of the gate, he might get a little bit longer of a leash, but Carp’s injury opens up the door for Seager to take some playing time that probably was going to go to Figgins had Carp stayed healthy.
Nothing’s set in stone, and I’d imagine Wedge will probably still mix-and-match some, but with Liddi making the team, I think Seager’s hold on the third base job just got a little bit stronger. Also, it means we won’t have to watch Carlos Peguero, which is nice.