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Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/28/21: Masahiro Tanaka, Taylor Trammell, and Carter Kieboom

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Good afternoon! Some lunchtime links wouldn’t do us any harm.

In Mariners news...

  • The Mariners are hoping to finalize their big league roster today, but they dropped a few spoilers last night, including that reliever Will Vest and outfielder Taylor Trammell had earned spots, particularly with uncertainty around Kyle Lewis’ health.
  • The club also confirmed Justin Dunn would receive the sixth starter spot over Nick Margevicius, with the latter moving to the bullpen for long relief to start the year.
  • The likely rotation should look something like this:

Around the league...

  • The Astros have at least three possible opening day players - Myles Straw, Abraham Toro, and Garrett Stubbs - liable to start the season on the COVID-IL after violating health and safety protocols.
  • Masahiro Tanaka opened up to Japanese media about why he left MLB despite excellent results and relative youth: a lack of feeling safe.
  • Cleveland traded longtime starter Adam Plutko to the Orioles for a PTBNL or cash. They also selected an old friend.
  • A couple notable bullpen arms will be out early for the defending champs.