As the Mariners head into their antepenultimate game of Spring Training, they will bring to bear a full starting lineup, with their likely Opening Day starter on the hill. Today also saw the return of Wade LeBlanc, the demotion of Chasen Bradford to AAA, and the return of Mike Ford to the Yankees.
Additional Yankees Roster Move: Earlier today, the Yankees received 1B Mike Ford as a Rule 5 Draft return from the Seattle Mariners and assigned him to @swbrailriders.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 24, 2018
I am sad not to watch the player and also disappointed in the organization as a whole for not retaining a player with good production at every stage he’s played at, especially at a position where there is anything but certainty at the MLB level. Ryon Healy and Daniel Vogelbach will have to work.
The lineup above is, depending on your feelings on the matter, the team’s best available nine starters, give or take a Vogelbach at first base. The Cubs, meanwhile, will play their likely starting center fielder, hit their third/fourth outfielder fourth, and start three former Mariners who have all been on waivers multiple times in their careers in Mike Freeman, Chris Gimenez, and Jacob Hannemann. Miss you!
Eddie Butler is the Cubs’ equivalent of Casey Lawrence, and appears to be competing for a final bullpen spot as a long reliever. That doesn’t set Seattle up for elite competition, but he’s a below-average-to-average MLB pitcher that should provide reasonable resistance. Look for Félix’s controllables more than his results, on the other hand, considering the majority of Chicago’s A-squad is in the other half of their split.
Game Time: 6:40 PM PT
TV: ROOT NW / MLB.TV
Radio: 710 AM ESPN