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Poor Guti. Just when we thought he was going to storm back into Seattle and become that offensive force we needed in center field, a serious pectoral injury derailed our hopes.
Now, the Mariners look to a bunch of upside players to fill in the gap in center field, and by extension left field as well.
Again, depending on how things at catcher shake out, the M's should be looking at a platoon left fielder as Mike Carp might be spending significant time as a DH.
With promising prospect Trayvon Robinson sent down to the minors, it's essentially a three-horse race for CF and LF platoon with third baseman Chone Figgins also being mentioned.
Carlos Peguero has looked alright in spring training, but M's fans shouldn't forget his abysmal 2011 batting average and mediocre defense in the outfield. If the M's decide to keep an extra catcher, I could see Peguero being sent back down to the minors.
Casper Wells really hasn't been hitting the ball well so far in spring training, but before the impairing nerve injury, the guy was showing monstrous power capabilities. I'd tentatively pencil in Wells for the backup LF job with some chance at CF.
Center field likely will go to Michael Saunders. Yes, that Michael Saunders who hasn't gotten his act together in three seasons with the Mariners. He seems to have found a new hitting approach which has served him well in spring training, and the .400 batting average will carry him all the way to a starting spot.
Please prove me wrong, Michael, but after the numerous chances you've been given, you haven't made anything out of it yet.