The Seattle Mariners’ 40-man roster is set for this year, after all players with less than three years of Major League service signed deals.
Thursday was the deadline for all players on 40-man rosters to have deals for the 2021 MLB season. The Seattle Mariners announced all 29 players with less than three years of Major League service who had not previously signed contracts for this season, have now agreed deals.
The news was confirmed by Mariners Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Dipoto. As per the PR department, the list of players who signed 2021 contracts included:
Braden Bishop, Nick Margevicius, Juan Then, Brandon Brennan, Jose Marmolejos, Luis Torrens, Sam Delaplane, Wyatt Mills, Taylor Trammell, Robert Dugger, Anthony Misiewicz, Will Vest, Justin Dunn, Dylan Moore, Donovan Walton, Aaron Fletcher, Andres Munoz, Jake Fraley, Ljay Newsome, Ty France, Yohan Ramirez, Joey Gerber, Casey Sadler, Sam Haggerty, Justus Sheffield, Kyle Lewis, Erik Swanson, Shed Long Jr. and Domingo Tapia.
Of the 29 players, 28 came to agreements with the Mariners. Meanwhile, outfielder Kyle Lewis elected a renewal.
As the unanimous 2020 American League Rookie of the Year, Lewis is of particular interest. He was renewed for $625,000 in the majors and $282,750 in the minors.
The 25-year-old is projected to be a key member of the Mariners’ roster for years to come. He won’t be eligible for arbitration until the conclusion of the 2022 season at the earliest.
Of the 40 players, 26 must be named to the active roster beginning on opening day. This will be increased to 28 players starting from Sept. 1, through until the final game of the regular season.
As spring training progresses, intrigue is building among a fan base eager to see the Mariners take the next step towards becoming a contender, following the decision to undergo a major rebuild. Their regular season campaign will begin Apr. 1, with a home game against the San Francisco Giants.
What kind of season are you predicting for Lewis in 2021, as an encore to his AL Rookie of the Year campaign? Are they any other young players you expect to break though in similar fashion for the Seattle Mariners this year? Let us know in the comments section below.