The Mariners made another roster move following their 5-3 loss to the Reds on Sunday, releasing veteran first baseman Gaby Sanchez.

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The Mariners made another roster move following their 5-3 loss to the Reds on Sunday, releasing first baseman Gaby Sanchez.

The move wasn’t unexpected. The Mariners are leaning toward using Jesus Montero, Dae-Ho Lee or even possibly first baseman Stefen Romero as the back-up first baseman/right-handed bat off the bench. Sanchez wasn’t going to make the opening day roster. Lee seems to have the edge in the competition so far with Romero likely to head to Class AAA Tacoma with a minor league option remaining.

Seattle brought Sanchez, a one-time all-star with the Marlins, as a non-roster invite on a minor league contract to see if he might fit that role. He had a track record of being a productive hitter against left-handed pitching — .291 batting average with an .863 on-base plus slugging percentage. But there were few signs of that hitter in Peoria.  Sanchez, 32, was hitting .250 (4-for-16) with all singles and a RBI.

There was no need for Sanchez to provide organizational depth at Class AAA Tacoma with the late addition of first baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro, who is a better fielder and younger at age 29.