Spring Training is about a month away. The Mariners are not a contender this season, or probably next season, but who should the Mariners sign in order for them to make their team closer to a contender?
Maybe the Mariners should sign the following free agents in the slide show. I think they are a perfect fit for the Mariners and would make this team better.
Ben Sheets is the first one.
It's true that the Mariners have way too many starters, but the Mariners will let Jarrod Washburn go after this season, plus the Mariners don't have to start Carlos Silva if the Mariners can sign Sheets.
Sheets is injury prone, but he consistently wins 10+ games every season. If he can keep from getting injured, just like Rich Harden, he is a stud.
You might not agree, but I really like his skills. He is low risk, high return guy.
Chad Cordero is the next guy.
The Mariners don't have a closer at this point. If the Mariners can't find a real answer, offer Cordero a one-year contract as a closer, and I'm sure that Cordero wants to close and would take the offer.
Cordero is still young. His salary is not high, and the Mariners can expect high return out of him.
2005 Cy Young award winner.
He is still looking for a job.
If the Mariners miss out on (or don't even go after) Sheets, the Mariners can sign Colon to a minor league deal and see what happens.
Colon has command, and his fastball is over 90 mph still. Before he got injured, Colon went 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA for the Red Sox.
Abreu won't go back to New York, most likely.
The Yankees have too many OFs, and Abreu has no place to play now.
Now the Mariners should go after him.
Abreu knocks in 100 RBI consistently every season. He is 36, but he can hit for average as well. Don't miss out on him, because the Mariners seriously need a power bat.
I doubt that the Mariners would start Endy Chavez.
Why not play Jonny Gomes?
Gomes is 28 still and is a good hitter.
He is a cheap option and would accept a cheap one-year contract.
If Wladimir Balentien shows enough that he is major league ready, then Gomes can be the fourth outfielder for the Mariners. Not a bad option.