Friday, February 8, 2013
Projected rotation: Seattle Mariners
By Jason A. Churchill
On the heels of agreeing to terms with ace Felix Hernandez on a long-term contract, the Seattle Mariners have added left-hander Joe Saunders on a one-year deal, reports FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Saunders essentially replaces Jason Vargas in the M's rotation, which could look as follows to start 2013:
The club also has Jeremy Bonderman in camp on a minor league deal, though the right-hander may not be ready for the start of the season after having Tommy John surgery last spring, and Hector Noesi looks to rebound from a poor 2012. The Mariners have been linked to trade candidate Rick Porcello, too, and also could be among those interested in Houston's Bud Norris.
Seattle has watched throwing sessions by a few veterans this winter, including right-hander Jon Garland earlier this week. The Mariners could also audition prospects Brandon Maurer, James Paxton and Danny Hultzen this spring.