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Mariners outright UT Kristopher Negrón, roster down to 39

Kristopher Negrón appeared in 18 games with the Mariners last season. (AP)

PEORIA, Ariz. – And then there were 39.

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They can’t take them all to Tokyo, and the Mariners are ever so slowly getting closer to the magic number of 30 players they will take to Japan for the season-opening series against the Oakland A’s. Just over 24 hours until they are scheduled to leave, the Mariners outrighted infielder Kristopher Negrón on Wednesday afternoon. By sending Negrón, who appeared in 18 games for Seattle last year, to Triple-A, it seems to signal Dylan Moore has won the utility spot on the Mariners’ bench.

In outrighting Negrón, a spot was opened on the 40-man roster, which is now at 39. The Mariners will need to put at least one player (Ichiro) on the roster before the opening game against the A’s.

Moore, who was one of Jerry Dipoto’s first acquisitions this offseason, signed a Major League contract in early November with the Mariners. He has spent four seasons in the minors split between the Rangers, Braves and Brewers organizations and has yet to make his Major League debut. In 15 games this spring – the most any Mariner has played in – he has a slash line of .286/.381/.454 while getting the majority of his work in the infield.

We will keep you posted on the roster moves that are expected throughout the day.

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