Seattle Mariners Spring Training 2011: A Flurry of Moves and More Notes

Alex CarsonCorrespondent IIIMarch 28, 2011

GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 11:  Michael Pineda #36 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on March 11, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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What will end up being the Mariners opening day roster is becoming more clear by the minute.

In the last couple days we've seen Matt Tuiasosopo and Luke French get optioned to AAA. Mike Wilson, Royce Ring, Denny Bautista, Justin Miller, Chris Gimenez and Josh Bard were all reassigned to minor league camp.

None of these are huge surprises, though there was some thought that Gimenez could make the roster for a little bit until Miguel Olivo is fully healthy. With the 40 man roster issues the team faces, it appears they'd prefer to have Olivo and Adam Moore handle the load from the get-go.

This also means that, while it's unofficial, Michael Pineda has made the roster as the team's fifth starter. He still needs some work with the offspeed stuff if he's going to be successful against left handed batters, but he's shown the ability to handle situations so he may be able to learn quickly with a major league coaching staff around him.

In the utility player department, it would seem likely that Josh Wilson will make the club as well. I know how exciting this must be for all six of his fans, but there could still be a last minute trade or waiver pickup that sends "The Paperboy" to Tacoma.

11:22 am update: Josh Wilson has been released by the Mariners. This now drops the 40 man roster to 39, and could open the door for a waiver pickup or minor trade for a bench player with some offensive abilities.

Moises Hernandez, Felix's big brother, was listed as available for today's game. Then he was removed. The opportunity to see opposing batters strike out by shear amazement at how bad the older version is compared to the younger version has been spoiled.

Speaking of Felix, he had his final spring tuneup. It was in a minor league intrasquad affair. If the kids needed a confidence boost, this wasn't the best way for the M's front office to facilitate that need.

Carlos Silva was released by the Cubs. While the Mariners are still on the hook for some of his salary, and Milton Bradley could hit all zeros at any time, it's now officially safe to say they made a decent gamble in last year's our-problem-for-your-problem trade.

Jim Hendry said what the rest of us were thinking. Silva still has no clue how bad he sucks and doesn't think there's an issue with his weight. Be the judge for yourself based on his stats and the picture to the right.

Maybe he'll give in and accept a minor league assignment from some team for league minimum, or maybe he'll just go away and become Justin Bieber's chef.

What were the Vegas odds of this when Milton bolted during a game last season while Silva started 8-0?