5 Quality Free Agents the Seattle Mariners Can Fit into Their Budget

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5 Quality Free Agents the Seattle Mariners Can Fit into Their Budget
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With the World Series now a distant memory and the calendar having turned to November, it's time for free agency. 

Two months ago, I put together a list of players the Mariners could use, but I came to the general conclusion that the market is lacking talent, and that the M's aren't likely to spend much, if any, money this offseason.  

When my editors asked me to put together a list of quality free agents the Mariners can fit into their budget, I'll confess that I struggled with the question.

Can the Mariners find the right mix of quality players for the right price? 

Before I could even give it too much thought, the Mariners perhaps surprisingly took control of the situation by re-signing veteran pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Oliver Perez. 

Does this mean general manager Jack Zduriencik will get the chance to spend some money? 

To be honest, it's still hard to tell. For today, though, I'll take it as an encouraging sign that the organization isn't going to sit quietly in the corner this winter, and, for the purposes of this discussion, will at least come close to matching their payroll from this year.

So how much money does that give us to play with?

According to Geoff Baker at The Seattle Times the Mariners should have roughly $16 million following the Iwakuma and Perez signings: 

The Mariners ended the 2012 season with decisively less payroll on the books than they had at the beginning of the year, thanks to the jettisoning of Ichiro and Brandon League via trades and the free agent departures of Miguel Olivo and Kevin Millwood. Even with the weekend signings, Zduriencik appears to have about $16 million in additional payroll room to play with if his goal was simply to match last season's opening amount of roughly $85 million.

That doesn't leave us a ton of money, but with the current list of players available, let's see what we can piece together with the hopes of making the Mariners at the very least an entertaining and competitive ballclub. 

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