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Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik carefully danced around the question of whether Seattle will pursue slugging first baseman Prince Fielder, whom Zduriencik drafted while with the Brewers organization.
On a conference call Tuesday ahead of baseball's winter meetings, Zduriencik said the priorities remain adding a bat to the lineup, getting a left-hander for the bullpen and trying to find a veteran starter for a young rotation that includes star Felix Hernandez and promising right-hander Michael Pineda.
But when the topic turned to Fielder, Zduriencik picked his words carefully, saying he did not want to talk specifics. He added that in a situation like Fielder's, where he is one of the top free agents available, relationships are important but probably become secondary.
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