PEORIA, Ariz. -- The latest round of cuts at Mariners camp included 11 players either optioned to Triple-A Tacoma or reassigned to Minor League camp, trimming the camp roster to 44 players, including 12 non-roster invitees.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon spent much of the morning speaking to the players the club was sending out of camp.
"They're all tough," McClendon said of the cuts. "Any time you've got to tell a young man that his dream is not going to come to fruition at this particular time, that's tough. They all work hard, they give us all they've got. I was very pleased.
"Like I told all of them, it wasn't performance based. The numbers are such that we have to start moving guys out, but their performances will not be forgotten, and at some point, they'll be back."
With the moves, the Mariners now have 23 pitchers in camp, including eight non-roster invitees, as well as three catchers (one NRI), nine infielders (one NRI) and nine outfielders (two NRI).
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