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Mariners make some Friday morning roster moves — Alex Liddi optioned to Triple A

The Mariners made a few morning roster moves

Alex Liddi has been optioned to Triple A Tacoma, while catcher John Hicks, infielder Stefen Romero and catcher Ronny Paulino have been re-assigned to minor league camp.

Liddi has been with the Italian team in the World Baseball Classic. I’m not sure he’s back yet from that experience.

Hicks impressed manager Eric Wedge and the rest of the Mariners front office this spring with his athleticism behind the plate and his maturity. Romero had a breakout game against the Rangers in Surprise with a grand slam and a three-run homer. But he

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The other catching prospect: Don’t forget about John Hicks

In another organization, John Hicks would be getting all the attention. A young, athletic catching prospect who is outstanding defensively, and far better than average offensively: It’s something that every team covets.

And yet, when Seattle’s future at catcher is discussed, Hicks’ name isn’t the first to be mentioned.

He’s a bit of an unknown with just two minor league seasons of pro experience.

But the real reason has nothing to do with what Hicks has or hasn’t done since he was drafted out of the University of Virginia in the fourth round of the 2011

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Position preview: Jesus Montero is your starting catcher, but …

The Seattle Mariners had it all planned out.

Youngster Jesus Montero would assume the catching duties this season after spending 56 games behind the plate in 2012. Sure, it would be a lot of responsibility for a 23-year-old with just 153 games of big league experience. But the Mariners figured it was time to see whether Montero would live up to his expectations as a slugger and progress as a defensive catcher.

To help, the Mariners acquired a veteran backup, Kelly Shoppach, to serve as a defensive replacement, a sometime starter and a mentor.

But on Tuesday, those best laid

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