Seattle Mariners: Projecting 2014 Outfield

Ackley and Saunders

Jul 25, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders (55) and Seattle Mariners center fielder Dustin Ackley (13) high five after Saunders scored a run against the Minnesota Twins off a RBI double hit by Seattle Mariners catcher Henry Blanco (33) (not pictured) during the 5th inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Seattle Mariners do have players penciled into their outfield positions, at least according to projected depth charts. You will forgive me if the players that may roam the open grasslands of Safeco Field do not inspire a great deal of excitement.

We do have some time before spring training begins. There is time to make a trade or sign another free agent to join the club. Of course, this may be it. The Mariners may be planning on sending this group of players out to catch fly balls on a pleasant summer evening in the Emerald City.

Who are the candidates? I’m glad you asked.

Dustin Ackley – Projected in LF

Pros: Hit .273 in 2011.

Cons: Hit .226 in 2012. Not much of an arm. Actually a second baseman.

Ackley will be in the outfield if he can be a semi-productive offensive player. There is truthfully no other place to put him. He isn’t out there for his defense. Subpar arm.

Michael Saunders – Projected in CF

Pros: Decent arm. Hit .247 in 2012.

Cons: His 2012 average was his career best. Lifetime .224 hitter. Yikes. Appears to have reached his offensive potential.

Saunders is 27. If a “breakout” season is coming, it had better come soon. At this point, would a minor leaguer be any worse?

Logan Morrison – Projected in RF…or DH…or 1B

Pros: Hit 23 home runs in 2011.

Cons: Hasn’t hit over .247 since 2010. Coming off knee surgery. May need to platoon at 1B/DH.

This has all the makings of another reclamation project that will not pan out. Do the Mariners really think this guy is going to play outfield with any regularity?

The Others

Frankin Gutierrez: Based on history, only a matter of time before he hits the DL.

Corey Hart: Once upon a time he was a very productive hitter. Also has knee issues. Could be key addition or major bust.

Abraham Almonte: Intruiging, but unproven youngster. Had a nice start after call-up last season. Almonte may be starter by the time Mariners break camp.

Stefen Romero: Similar to Almonte, but without the tryout at the end of 2013. Has looked good in the minors, but so do a lot of players.

There you have it! Your 2014 Seattle Mariners outfield. Anyone excited?

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  • Weighed Wade

    Gregory Polanco of Pittsburgh intrigues me. Just won the Dominican Winter batting crown. 6’4 CF Left handed. Looking at the needs of the Pirates, Justin Smoak & Nick Franklin could be an option. They have no 1B (Gaby Sanchez) I’m sure Polanco would be a little more expensive than Smoak or Franklin.
    Darin Ruf in Philly could be some untapped right handed power. Wouldn’t sell high on him though.
    Jose Bautista would instantly make Robinson Cano a protected hitter. Would take James Paxton and another high ranked prospect and all of Bautista’s salary.
    Another suggestion is DJ Peterson, our #1 pick from last years draft is a third baseman. Kyle Seager has that for at least 2 more years so could we see if DJ can play a little catch in Left Field and give him a quicker path to the bigs?
    Michael Brantley from the Indians, he is due for his big season. Also he is from Bellevue, Washington.(Would love to steal Yan Gomes from them)
    Mike Carp. Boston Red Sox… was released for Jason Bay. hhmmm. Didn’t like this one.
    Alex Gordon. Kansas City Royals… might be too expensive in prospects.
    Jarrod Dyson. Kansas City Royals… Has speed to burn. Might be the spark plug off the bench we need. (Would come cheap)
    Oswaldo Arcia. Minnesota Twins… dude will hit 25-30 bombs this year. Get in early, Twins have bad pitching.
    Rajai Davis. FA. We were too slow in this one. He would have been great at the top and playing LF with 50 stolen bases.
    Caleb Gindl. Milwaukee Brewers. Worth a look… crowded outfield in MIL. Put him in AAA and see who gets injured first.
    Gerardo Parra. Arizona Diamondbacks. Like this guy. Hard nosed outfield genius. They have Cody Ross coming back looking for an outfield position.
    Of course I would love to see Mat Kemp, but he would cost a ton. Unless the Dodgers do need a quick salary dump to afford Kershaw and Tanaka. Not sure if its a reality.
    Wow i wrote too much.
    Lets just hope for 3 career years from Ackley, Saunders and Gutierrez.

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