SEATTLE (AP) - When the Seattle Mariners report for spring training on Tuesday, they'll immediately start trying to answer whether their starting rotation has enough depth and how exactly they will shuffle a glut of players between left field, first base and designated hitter.
And why exactly there was a delay in an expected new contract for ace Felix Hernandez.
Seattle's pitchers and catchers will report on Tuesday morning, likely the first time Hernandez will be available since news broke last week of the Mariners working on a new contract for their star. ESPN.com and USA Today reported Sunday, citing unnamed sources, that the condition of Hernandez's pitching elbow could be a future issue and was delaying the contract announcement.
Hernandez's representatives have not returned messages seeking comment.

Top MLB Public Bets

#1 902 Boston Red Sox  92%
#2 906 Atlanta Braves  90%
#3 912 New York Mets  66%
#4 910 Detroit Tigers  50%
Advertisement

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail White Sox 2017 Win Total Prediction With an over/under just below 70, how many games will the Chicago White Sox win in 2017?
Thumbnail A's Season Win Total Prediction How many games will the Oakland A's win this upcoming MLB season?
Thumbnail Padres Win Total Prediction How many games will the San Diego Padres win in the 2017 MLB regular season?
Thumbnail Cards lose Reyes, WS Odds Unchanged Earlier this week the Cardinals lost phenom Alex Reyes to season-ending Tommy John surgery but their World Series odds remain unaffected.
Thumbnail MLB Home Run Champion Odds Which player will hit the most regular season home runs in Major League Baseball in 2017? Let's take a look at the odds.

MLB Team Pages