News: Saunders was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Saunders was expected to be out of the running for the second left-handed spot in the bullpen, and that has now been confirmed. He was likely surpassed in camp by both Dave Rollins and Tyler Olson, though Rollins has now been eliminated due to a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. Saunders will likely remain the top left-handed option for the Mariners should one of the two southpaws in the Mariners' bullpen suffers an injury, but he'll likely begin the season serving as organizational depth.
News: Correia was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Correia entered spring training looking to nab a bullpen spot with the Mariners, but was a long shot to begin with. He will now begin the season in Triple-A, though an injury could lead to him surfacing back with the major league club.
News: Smith was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM reports.
Impact: Smith was a September call-up last season, and entered 2015 looking to nab a bullpen spot after pitching 8.1 scoreless innings in his audition. It appears he hasn't done enough to earn a spot, and he'll begin the season in Triple-A. However, he's likely one of the top candidates to be called up should an injury occur to a member of the Seattle bullpen.
News: Lowe was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Lowe entered camp as a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster, and now his slim chances have been eliminated. It's unclear if his contract included an opt-out clause, but he'll likely start the season in the minors.
News: Elias was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Elias wasn't scheduled in the next round of Cactus League starts, foreshadowing his move back to Triple-A. The move should lock in Taijuan Walker as the team's fifth starter by default, but Elias will likely be the next man up should one of the starters go down with an injury.