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Alex Liddi was brought up as a third baseman, but this season he has also played at first, subbing for the struggling Justin Smoak. And manager Eric Wedge seems to have a lot of other plans for him.
"At some point in time, we'll have him out there in left field...he goes all over the place," Wedge said. "First, second, short, third and he's been in the outfield, too."
Apparently Wedge has some faith in Liddi as a fielder, even if Liddi's brief major league stint hasn't particularly earned that confidence. But maybe Wedge is just very eager to have Liddi's bat in the lineup, and the fact that the Mariners are one of the best defensive teams in the league assuages any fears there.
Regardless, if Liddi is capable of manning pretty much any position between three and nine (or 10 if he's at DH), he'll certainly be worth keeping on the active roster during this time when nothing is particularly cemented in the Mariners lineup.
I feel that the combination of the three factors I've mentioned sets Alex Liddi up for a bright future with the Mariners, marked by longevity and consistent improvement.
Together with Mike Carp (we miss him), Jesus Montero, Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager and others, Liddi will bring on a much-needed offensive surge. Pairing that with King Felix and the upcoming trio of Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen and James Paxton, I sincerely believe the M's are on the right track to success.