The Mariners newest signing with a spring training invitation is former Oriole closer Chris Ray who saved 33 games on 2006. He had Tommy John surgery and missed the 2008 season.
Pitching for Texas and San Francisco last year he was 5-0 with a decent 3.72 era. in 55.2 innings.
They also have lefty Nate Robertson a former Tiger starter. His career 57-77 record with 5.01 era in nine seasons is less than sterling, but baseball people love lefties.
They will compete along with Denny Bautista, Royce Ring (who?), Charlie Haegar (huh?), Chris Smith, Justin Miller, Yusmeiro Petit, Chris Seddon (pitched for M’s last year) and Fabio Castro (revolutionary).
The M’s are hoping young arms like Cortes, Lueke, or Robles, along with returnees League and Kelley and one or two of the invitees with make a strong bullpen. They have a good blend of young and experienced arms and look to have a promising relief corp.
The well traveled left handed hitting outfielder Jody Gerut, 33, is also invited to try and make the team as back up outfielder. He was fourth in voting for Rookie of the Year with Cleveland in 2003 under then Indian manager Eric Wedge, now guiding Seattle.
His competition will be Mike Wilson and the forgettable Ryan Langerhans, who in two years with Seattle proved he can’t hit. Why he is back trying to win a job is beyond my understanding. Langerhans is odd man out.
And Trader Jack said that troubled Milton Bradley gets a chance to make the team. Do we really need that drama again?
Seattle has veterans Adam Kennedy, Luis Rodriquez, and Sean Kazmar competing for a utility infield job. I give the edge to Kennedy. Camelot reborn.
Josh Bard and Chris Gimenez compete for back up catcher which will be tough as Seattle has Miquel Olivo starting and they want Adam Moore to get more on the job training at the big league level. Will they carry three catchers? Unlikely.
Spring Training is coming soon and the shaping of the team begins. Play ball!