The Seattle Mariners are making a strong push to sign free
agent slugger Josh Hamilton and they are actually “very close” to getting a
deal done, reports Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times.
But I’m now told the talks between the two sides have been a
lot more serious than anyone has let on and that they are actually “very close”
to getting a deal done.
Baker notes that the one thing holding up an agreement
between the Mariners and Hamilton is the fact that the Texas Rangers are also
interested in re-signing the outfielder. Texas is Seattle’s “most serious”
competitor on the Hamilton front, but they also remain in the mix for
right-hander Zack Greinke and will not be able to sign both players this
Greinke is reportedly set to make a decision by the end of
the week, and it appears that the Rangers are emerging as equal as a favorite
as the Los Angeles Dodgers. If they do sign him and decide to pass on Hamilton,
the Mariners are viewed as the free agent’s No. 2 option.
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