Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Marienrsrangers_35d1
Seattle being aggressive in meetings With plenty of noise in the Mariners camp, we’re recapping recent Seattle rumors coming out of the Winter Meetings. M’s are targeting outfielders About this time last month, it was reported that the Mariners were surprise suitors for Josh Hamilton. Now that other big market teams seem to be back in the running, Hamilton looks like more of a long shot. But that’s not deterring Jack Z and crew from seeking other help in the outfield. As speculated for quite some time, Seattle seems to be making a hard push for leftfielder Jason Bay. Bay is coming off a horrific three years with the Mets, in which he posted a .687 OPS and 26 home runs in 288 games. Even on a low contract, what’s the appeal here? More bearable is the M’s desire to upgrade at center, as they’ve shown interest in Michael Bourne. The speedster is a career .272/.339/.365 hitter and averages over 30 steals per season. He would be an ideal leadoff man for Seattle. But the biggest news in the outfielder search seems to be the Mariner’s interest in Justin Upton. The 25-year old rightfielder is coming off a somewhat disappointing season, but is just one year removed from a 30/20 season in 2011. The M’s don’t pair up well on the trade front with Arizona (the D-Backs have plenty of pitching), but with a hard enough push could get something done. Obviously, the Mariners are making a hard push for corner outfielders. If they manage to land any two of these guys, Michael Saunders or Franklin Gutierrez will almost certainly be on the move. What Mariner fan wouldn’t like to see Upton in right for 2013? (Photo: Mark Rebilas / US Presswire) Mariners want Felix for life Despite constant speculation of a trade, Jack Zduriencik has been adamant that Felix Hernandez isn’t going anywhere. Now he’s looking to put an exclamation point on that statement. Recent news out of the front office states that the M’s plan on making King Felix a Mariner for life. The 28-year old Hernandez is coming off a phenomenal 13 win season in which he sported a 3.06 ERA and a career high 3.98 K/BB. The right-hander is still under team control for two more years. “Life-long” contracts are becoming a trend in baseball when it comes to young stars. In 2010 Troy Tulowitzki signed a six year extension with the Rockies to keep him in Colorado through 2020—at which time he’d be 36 years old. Most recently, the Rays extended Evan Longoria through 2023—he’ll be 38. If Seattle is serious, the extension would have to be in the 10-12 year range. Seeing how good Felix has been, that seems like a worth while risk to take. Making a push for Billy Butler Rounding out today’s recap is the report that the Mariners are showing strong interest in Kansas City first baseman/DH Billy Butler. The 26-year old is coming off his best season to date, hitting .313/.373/.510 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI in 2012. Though he’s mostly been a DH in Kansas City, the Mariners would undoubtedly have interest in keeping Butler at first. The right-hander doesn’t play great defense, but makes up for it with his bat. He’s signed through the 2015 season. Apparently, the Royals see the Mariners as their “back-up” plan. Given the wealth of talent Seattle could offer, they must have a pretty rich front-runner. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE MARINERS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSB!
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Royals take Game 2 to even series with Giants

Report: Roger Goodell will have to testify in Ray Rice case

Blake Griffin accused of slapping man in Las Vegas club

Ronda Rousey to face Cat Zingano at UFC 182

Report: Zach Mettenberger to start for Titans over Locker

LaMarr Woodley likely done for season with biceps injury

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Some Seahawks think Wilson isn’t 'black enough'

Darrelle Revis sent home for being late, misses practice

Report: Texas to pay scholarship athletes $10K per year

Report: Widespread academic fraud occurred at North Carolina

NHL postpones Senators/Leafs game after Ottawa shootings

Lions send player home from London after cutting him

WATCH: Giants pitcher yells at Salvador Perez after HR

Will Muschamp's head coaching job posted on Craigslist

Miss California USA would like to date Eric Hosmer

WATCH: Eric Bledsoe sends Clipper flying with sick move

Kiffin's mom fears for son's safety in return to Tennessee

WATCH: Penguins perform 'O Canada' following tragedy

WATCH: Cutest grandma challenges Dwyane Wade to game of one-on-one

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

Porn star: No one parties harder than Sebastian Janikowski

Outrageous college football predictions: Week 9

World Series Game 2 Preview: Giants vs. Royals

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Porn star: No one parties like Janikowski

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

The San Francisco Giants are zombies

10 bold predictions for NFL Week 8

Pitcher's wife leaves generous tip

Nicklaus defends Jameis Winston

NFL players who could be traded by the deadline

Royals fans sleeping during Game 1

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.