While the Seattle Mariners have made it clear that they
badly want to add offense this winter, the team is also “looking at starting
pitchers,” according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. However, two of the top remaining
free agent candidates, Kyle Lohse and Joe Saunders, don’t appear to be fits for
#Mariners badly want a hitter, but also looking at starting pitchers. Sources say Lohse too pricey, while Saunders wants three years.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 4, 2013
Rosenthal notes that Lohse is “too pricey” for Seattle. The
veteran right-hander is coming off an impressive season with the St. Louis
Cardinals. Entering the offseason, some estimated he could receive a significant
payday on a multi-year deal, but his market has yet to develop.
Saunders has been one of the more consistent starting
pitchers in the majors over the past few seasons. His stock increased last year
after he showed an ability to hold his own in the American League East with the
Baltimore Orioles. Seattle doesn’t appear to be willing to commit three
guaranteed years to Saunders, the term the left-hander is seeking.
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