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Seattle Mariners minor league free agent list

There are several former Top-50 prospects on this year's list of minor league free agents for the Seattle Mariners.

This morning the complete list of minor league free agents was posted by Baseball America. The list of Seattle Mariners players that are now free to sign with any team has a few interesting names on it, including several who formerly appeared in SeattleClubhouse Top-50 lists.

Here is the complete list from BA, confirmed by the Mariners:

The names that immediately stand out there are Choi, Lara and Ramirez. Choi, number 23 on last year's countdown, and Lara, who was 17th on the same list, were both prospects who broke out offensively in recent seasons, Choi by posting a .295/.394/.535 slash with 60 extra base hits in 122 games across three levels in 2013 and Lara with a .337/.392/.581 slash with 71 extra base hits across two levels a season later. But Lara slumped to .242/.308/.377 with only seven home runs this year in his age-24 season while Choi managed to get into only 23 games after breaking his leg in spring training for the M's. Ramirez, a former highly rated prospect for the club who was traded away in the Cliff Lee deal and then re-acquired in a cash deal with Arizona in late July of this year after the Diamondbacks had DFA'd him, made eight appearances for Seattle in September, allowing runs in each of his last three outings despite showing a big fastball. Seattle outrighted Ramirez on Friday when they claimed outfielder Dan Robertson.

Another former Top-50 name from above is Fernandez. The left-hander has made just eight appearances in the past two seasons thanks to tearing his ulnar collateral ligament and undergoing Tommy John surgery, but there was a time when the now 25 year old was one of the most highly regarded arms in the system. Luetge spent extensive time in Seattle's bullpen since being a Rule 5 pick in2012. Garcia, Morla (converted infielder) and Vargas are all hard throwing right-handed relievers who haven't managed to harness their control or advance their secondary offerings to a point that they could succeed in the upper minors yet. Fields led all M's farmhands in full season leagues in walk rate (14.9%) and he has a great name. Bonilla has played every position except for catcher, including pitching in four games, for Tacoma over the past five seasons.

There are a few more interesting names of note to point out from that list. Cano is Robinson Cano's half-brother, Hernandez is Felix Hernandez's brother and Reynolds is Cano's cousin. Leyland is long-time MLB manager Jim Leyland's son.

The Mariners ended up re-signing five of their 13 MiLB FA a year ago, and it is reasonable to expect a like percentage of these players to be brought back this year, too. But certainly not all of them will return. And some may be done with baseball altogether. We'll keep you up to date with the minor league moves that are made as the franchise prepares for the 2016 season.

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