Mariners Sign Four Kings for Spring
From a Seattle Mariners press release issued this morning…
Right-handers Josh Lueke (’07-’08), Yoervis Medina (’10) and Tom Wilhelmsen (’10) and first-baseman Justin Smoak (’08) have all agreed to 2011 contracts with the Mariners and will be in Major League camp, giving Seattle 31 signed players on the 40-man roster.
All four will be interesting stories to follow in Peoria this year. Smoak is the only one with big league experience and is hoping to show he’s ready to stay and hit consistently, while Lueke will be hoping to secure a bullpen spot based on a solid effort at triple-A Tacoma. Wilhelmsen will have a shot at the pen as well, but is still relatively inexperienced for his age. He and Medina might both be longshots to make the club out of Spring Training, but stranger things have happened.
There’s sure to be several other non-roster invitees that are former LumberKings as well this spring. I’ll keep you up to date on those as I receive releases from the Mariners.