M's logjam a little clearer? 

January, 24, 2013
Among the roster issues beset the Seattle Mariners includes the scenario at first base and designated hitter. The logjam includes Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez and Jesus Montero. The presence of those four, by the way, likely means Michael Morse plays a lot of outfield, despite the poor value he brings to the table with the glove.

Montero appears set to be the primary catcher, a position he may share with pending addition Ronny Paulino, but will certainly see at some time at DH. Skipper Eric Wedge said at the team's spring training luncheon Wednesday that he envisions Smoak as the first baseman and Morales as the main designated hitter. Both players are capable defenders at first and each are switch hitters.

Morales is significantly better as a left-handed batter, however, often struggling from the other side. When a left-handed starter opposes Seattle, Wedge could use Montero as the DH and get Paulino, whose career numbers versus left-handed pitchers includes a .325 batting average and .465 slugging percentage, some time.