Mariners Shopping for a Big Bat

by kelly on December 4, 2012

The Seattle Mariners are active in their pursuit of a big bat at this week’s Winter Meetings. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman tweets their interest in both free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton and Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton.

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports also wrote this morning that Hamilton is at the Winter Meetings and met with the Mariners yesterday. The Rangers and the Brewers are also in on the 31-year-old Hamilton, who is rumored to be seeking a seven-year, $175 million deal.

Concerns about Hamilton’s age, injury history, and past with personal demons will probably make a deal of that length unlikely, but he’s one of the premiere power bats out there.

Upton, just 25, is another premiere power bat, though the Mariners would have to come up with a monster package of prospects to pry him from the Diamondbacks. Arizona is listening though, so anything can happen.

One thing is for sure – the Mariners are looking to improve an offense that hit just .234 as a team last year. And after sending Ichiro out of town last season, they should have some freed up money to make some additions.

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