Originally written January 25, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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The Seattle Mariners have imported a number of players who could see time at first base this season: Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez and Mike Morse. Plus, holdover Mike Carp has spent the bulk of his career as a first baseman. Most of the playing time, however, will go to the man who was the opening day first baseman last year, Justin Smoak. Manager Eric Wedge said he sees Smoak as the starter at first base heading into spring training. "I have a clear idea of how I see it playing out, but (the players) will ultimately determine that," Wedge said. "Players decide how much they're going to play by their performance and how they act, how they handle both the good and the bad. "I've made it very clear I feel strong about Justin Smoak and what his abilities are. I have every anticipation that he's going to be our first baseman this year. He's coming in as our first baseman." The Mariners sent Smoak into the offseason with the idea that he ...
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