Final roster decisions coming Sunday

Final roster decisions coming Sunday

OAKLAND -- The Mariners made just one roster move on Saturday, and that involved Minor League catcher Ronny Paulino, so the team will apparently wait until Sunday's noon PT deadline to announce its final 25-man roster.

Paulino was released from Minor League camp, having already been sent down on March 15 after hitting just 1-for-14 in the initial weeks of Cactus League play.

The club still officially has 30 players on its Major League Spring Training roster, so five cuts need to be made. But four of those -- pitcher Danny Farquhar, catcher Jesus Sucre, infielder Brad Miller and outfielder Endy Chavez -- were just awaiting the conclusion of spring games before being sent down.

Manager Eric Wedge has said the only remaining roster battle was between Jason Bay and Casper Wells, though even that decision seems to be merely a formality as well.

Bay accompanied the team to Salt Lake City and played in Saturday's finale and is expected to get the job, while Wells was left behind in Peoria to play Minor League games this weekend.

Wells is out of Minor League options, so he'll either need to be traded or released by Sunday's 25-man roster deadline. The club wanted to wait until the deadline in case of an injury in the final game, or to leave the door open for a deal of some sort.

The Mariners will hold a 2 p.m. workout in Oakland on Sunday in their final preparation for Monday night's opener against the A's.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.