Peguero Still In Mariners' Plans





SEATTLE — Carlos Peguero seemed to give the Mariners a bit of what they needed when the outfielder was called up from Triple-A Tacoma last May, albeit briefly.
He homered twice in his first four games during his second time up, a needed boost for a Seattle team that was struggling for offense.

But he struggled with consistency. He was sent back to Tacoma with a .196/.252/.371 line and six homers. When rosters expanded on Sept. 1, he wasn't brought back for the final month.

That doesn't mean the Mariners aren't going to look at him again this spring.

"I don't think we have a pecking order," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We have a bunch of guys competing. We are looking at Carlos in the same vein as we are looking at some of the others we have in the outfield—he has a chance to be the last man standing. We're curious to see how he's going to do after the success he's had in winter ball.

It's going to be a loaded field in spring training. Mike Carp, Trayvon Robinson and Casper Wells—who between them got most of the starts in left field in September—will be in Peguero's way as he attempts to get back to the big leagues.
But in a real sense, Peguero has to overcome himself more than anything.

"Carlos has to show us he has the focus," Zduriencik said. "We know he can do things that nobody else can do. He has to prove that he's a big league hitter. He's proven that he has terrific raw ability, and then some."

MARINADE

• Seattle signed Japanese shortstop Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league deal. The 30-year-old hit .267/.310/.327 for the Softbank Hawks last year.

• Seattle promoted Midwest supervisor Mark Lummus to national crosschecker. To fill his former position, the team hired Jeremy Booth, previously an area scout in Texas with the Brewers, as the new Midwest crosschecker. The Mariners also promoted area scout Brian Williams to Canadian crosschecker.