Now Commenting On:

{"event":["spring_training" ] }

Tough decisions lead to difficult conversations

Tough decisions lead to difficult conversations play video for Tough decisions lead to difficult conversations

PEORIA, Ariz -- Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon did not anticipate making any moves on Monday, but he knows the time to finalize his 25-man roster is coming soon.

"It's just a matter of logistics at this point and getting a couple of things ironed out," he said.

The Mariners are yet to announce the starting rotation behind Opening Day starter Felix Hernandez, and there are still spots in the bullpen to be determined. The Mariners have not named a starting shortstop or the starters in the outfield, although McClendon did say the team "is pretty close with where we want to be as far as the outfield is concerned."

"Guys have performed great this spring," McClendon said. "When you get to this point, the cuts are really tough. It's not fun delivering that message, but we have to do what we have to do. We have to move on and get ready for the season."

The clock is ticking. The Mariners will open the season against the Angels in Anaheim on March 31.

"In the end, they are all for positive reasons, but it never gets any easier," the manager said. "It's tough. You don't like delivering the message that your dream is not there and you have to keep working. It's no fun."

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"event":["spring_training" ] }
{"event":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español