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March 28, 2008 6:11 PM

Update from Vegas

Posted by Larry Stone

Larry Stone here with a quick update from Las Vegas, where I'm having major wireless issues. If you're reading this, it's because someone posted it for me. I can e-mail, but I can't post blog entries at the moment.

The big roster announcement is -- no announcement. At least not until after the game against the Cubs (which begins at 7:15), here at quaint Cashman Field. Manager John McLaren hinted there might be some news afterwards, which would be nice. But it's unlikely to be the entire cutdown. It's looking increasingly like the roster won't be settled until Sunday, when the team works out at Safeco Field.

McLaren did have a pre-game tidbit for us, saying that Brandon Morrow was unlikely to start the season on the disabled list, despite speculation to that effect. He said that Morrow's velocity is still good, but his control remains an issue. Morrow pitched an inning on Thursday against the Giants and walked three. If he's not on the DL, he could start the year in Tacoma to find his command.

The club is still facing the decision on whether to go with a 12-man or 11-man pitching staff. The definite keepers, besides the five starters, are J.J. Putz, Eric O'Flaherty, Sean Green, and Mark Lowe, with Morrow, R.A. Dickey, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Cha Seung Baek candidates for the final two or three spots.

That also leaves the decision on the bench still pending, with Mike Morse, Greg Norton, Jeremy Reed and Charlton Jimerson still sweating it out.

Larry Stone here with a quick update from Las Vegas, where I’m having major wireless issues. If you're reading this, it's because someone posted it for me. I can e-mail, but I can't post blog entries at the moment.
The big roster announcement is…no announcement.

At least not until after the game against the Cubs (which begins at 7:15), here at quaint Cashman Field. Manager John McLaren hinted there might be some news afterwards, which would be nice. But it’s unlikely to be the entire cutdown. It’s looking increasingly like the roster won’t be settled until Sunday, when the team works out at Safeco Field.

McLaren did have a pre-game tidbit for us, saying that Brandon Morrow was unlikely to start the season on the disabled list, despite speculation to that effect. He said that Morrow’s velocity is still good, but his control remains an issue. Morrow pitched an inning on Thursday against the Giants and walked three. If he’s not on the DL, he could start the year in Tacoma to find his command.

The club is still facing the decision on whether to go with a 12-man or 11-man pitching staff. The definite keepers, besides the five starters, are J.J. Putz, Eric O’Flaherty, Sean Green, and Mark Lowe, with Morrow, R.A. Dickey, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Cha Seung Baek candidates for the final two or three spots.

That also leaves the decision on the bench still pending, with Mike Morse, Greg Norton, Jeremy Reed and Charlton Jimerson still sweating it out.

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Posted by Maui Nariner

7:47 PM, Mar 28, 2008

OK Larry, good to see you back and you can bet on that!
Also good to see Lopez pop one over and Beltre doing the same. If those two guys strat heating up right away, look out Angels.
Will this cold weather start up in Seattle be good for Bedar.....................d?
Go M's!

Posted by oregongal

7:47 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Welcome back, Larry. Thanks for being brave enough to come back, and for getting this post up with all the problems.

I'm hoping it'll be Dickey and RRS. Don't we lose Dickey if he doesn't stay with the big club? I'd rather have Morrow pitching more than he'll see in Seattle. I still have the starter hope, though by now it's more of a passing fancy.

Posted by Adam

7:53 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Hoping that Reed is traded for a decent arm (JP Howell?), Baek is traded for a warm body, and that Dickey stays with the team.

Also hoping that Morrow goes to Tacoma (to start!) and that Morse, Norton, Jimerson, all make the team (meaning an 11-man bullpen - which is doable with Dickey and RRS).

Putz
Green
Lowe
O'Flaherty
Dickey
RRS

Posted by jeff in SoCal

8:11 PM, Mar 28, 2008

I would like to see the Mariners trade Beltre for Penny.

Posted by ACZAR

8:15 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Not sure if anyone saw the new SI, but they have an interesting thought on trading Jojima (as the centerpiece) to the Reds for Griffey, and bringing Clement up to play catcher. Interesting to say the least.

Posted by Batter Up!!!

8:26 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Larry, Take your laptop & get on over to the betting lounge at the closest Casino and get the youngest, best looking kid in the joint to show you how to hook up with the internet. Then put a bet down for me ($100) & you for the M's to win the division. Geezz Larry, I love your work, but it is time you figured out the technology, you do not look that old! Don't lose any money on they way out! Bring the team home and tell whoever is meeting you at the airport to bring you a coat. It's freezing in Seattle. If Bedar..............d's curve can't cut in this air on opening day, it never will.

Diversity is a good thing !!!

Play Ball !!!

Go M's !!!!

Posted by KBD

8:29 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Maui Mariner,
Bedard is from the Ottawa area, the damp cold in Seattle will be no sweat.

Jeff in SoCal....I would love to see Willie Bloomquist everyday at third, and Brad Penny collapse in the second half against AL line ups as well. ; )

ACZAR, I saw that, do you worry about the dropoff defensively from Kenji to Clement??

Posted by markus

8:37 PM, Mar 28, 2008

First off, go M's and a great start tonight!!

Second, It's a shame that Cairo's name isn't on that list of guys still sweating it out. It'd be nice if guys had to prove something at some point to make a major league roster.

In real life things don't usually go well if you make a habit of giving things away to people that haven't earned it. For the Mariners things don't go well either, that's how you end up with the mid to late 2000's seasons, and a FO and manager that make roster decisions based off of a birth certificate and a 1997 Topps baseball card.

oh, and Morse just hit one out. But he's still sweating and Cairo is 'mentoring' the kids and teaching them the secrets to becoming a below average journeyman with no bat.

Cut Cairo!!

Posted by truemarinersfan

8:44 PM, Mar 28, 2008

I was just listening to the game on road and Dave Niehuias and Rick Rizzs were talking to Bill Bavasi. Bavasi said that there are still some questions about the back end of the bullpen. And I think they have already decide to go with 11 pitchers because he was saying how it would be the first time since he been in Seattle that there has been an 11 man pitching rotation. Bavasi also stated that Mike Morse is a lock on the team and he has had a great spring. And right after he said that Morse comes up the next inning and hits a solo homerun.

Posted by Phil

9:07 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Unfortunately he also said that cairo would be there (with willie) too taking away at bats from morse

Posted by StatBoy and dad

9:14 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Vidro is holding back a prime position...It can be field with Norton, Jimmerson, Morse and even Reed. Each of these players can also play multible positions as well.

Trade Vidro, Start Morrow in Tacoma, Reed is a good option in case someone gets hurt and if Wilkerson doesn't pan out.

Make the move!!

Posted by AKMarinersFan

9:26 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Why doesn't any reporter have the guts to ask "why is Cairo on the team"?

Posted by AKMarinersFan

9:31 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Silva 5.0 3 1 1 1 1 1 7.32
O'Flaherty 2.0 2 1 1 0 4 0 4.38
Lowe 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.25
Putz 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.70
Vidro 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00

WTF?

They finally realized he couldn't hit so he's pitching?

Posted by Kent in Kent

10:02 PM, Mar 28, 2008


Alright, when are we going to see a sensible cut?

Cairo + Bloomquist = Redundant

Posted by Pete

10:04 PM, Mar 28, 2008

I say Vidro, Reed, Baek, and Feierabend for Griffey.

But hey, I am a 28-year-old Seattle native, so that tells you something my leanings.

Posted by Get Griffey

10:06 PM, Mar 28, 2008

Lance from the last thread-
Thats it a humidifier, thanks for the memory refresh Lance.
Anyway I wasnt saying they need one for spring, I was trying to say that I its existence and effectiveness is proof that the air DOES affect pitchers. Because there has been allot of people who say they are "not buying the air excuse" but it's not just an excuse it a fact that the air can do weird thing like that.

Posted by ACZAR

10:28 AM, Mar 29, 2008

I'm sure the drop off would be noticeable, but I'm willing to take the chance to significantly improve our offense. We will still have Burke to platoon with Clement, and if he plays anything like he did last year it eases the worry.

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