Seattle Mariners Make Some Moves Before Camp Ends

Hayato UwaiCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2009

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 08:  Tyler Walker #55 of the Seattle Mariners pitches during a Spring Training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Peoria Stadium on March 8, 2009 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Brandon Morrow will close for the Mariners.

And now, this guy leaves the Mariners: Tyler Walker.

The Mariners signed Walker to an one-year contract in January and was one of the Mariners' closer candidate. But now with Morrow likely closing, Walker is useless. He gave up three runs in 5.2 innings pitched in the spring training games. The Mariners decided to release him.

Although I don't think it's great idea to release Walker, Morrow being a new closer for the M's is a great news. Morrow showed he can be consistent as a closer when J.J. Putz went down. None of the M's closer candidates pitched well during the spring, so using Morrow is a wise move.

Another move came soon after Walker was released. The Mariners acquired Chris Burke from the Padres for cash.

Burke was told by the team that he won't make the opening day roster on Saturday, he was traded by the team.

It's also unlikely for Burke to make the roster for the Mariners, Burke can be a utility man in place for Reegie Corona, if the Mariners decides not to keep him on the roster for a year. Burke can play both infield and the outfield.

Final move of the day, the Mariners optioned catcher Jeff Clement to AAA Tacoma. Clement was battling for the spot as a backup catcher, but it looks like Rob Johnson won the spot.

More moves should come as the opening day nears.