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Felix Hernandez could be getting some major reinforcements this week at the winter meetings. Buoyed by a 17-year, $2 billion TV deal that was signed earlier this year, the Seattle Mariners have emerged as a potentially big spender in free agency.
In recent days, the Mariners have been linked to Robinson Cano and David Price—two of the biggest names on the free agent and trade markets, respectively. Wallace Matthews of ESPN.com reported that the Mariners could offer Cano an eight-year, $200 million deal while a source told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post that Cano and the Mariners met Tuesday and that, "The meeting went very well."
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports wrote that Price could be dealt later this week and that Seattle would be an attractive destination for the talented southpaw if the Mariners were to sign Cano. Adding Price to a rotation that features Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, who finished third in the AL Cy Young Award voting this year, would give the team a dominant starting trio.
But Seattle needs the most help on offense. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports termed the team's pursuit of talent as "desperate" earlier this offseason, as the Mariners have also been linked to trade targets like veteran Los Angeles Dodgers outfielders Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford, as well as other free-agent sluggers. Buster Olney of ESPN also said that one of the top free-agent pitchers available—Ervin Santana, Matt Garza or Ubaldo Jimenez—will likely end up with the Mariners.
Seattle hasn't made any big splashes yet this offseason, but it sounds like the organization is on the verge of making a major move.