Not much going on yet as far as deals go here at the baseball winter meetings in Dallas, but the Mariners are laying the groundwork to get some deals done that do not involve Prince Fielder.
One of the areas the team would like to upgrade is third base. Wil Polidor, the agent for former Mariners infielder Carlos Guillen, told me he'll be meeting here with all interested parties -- including Seattle. Guillen, 36, is currently working out in Miami.
"I think Seattle needs a player like Carlos Guillen,'' Polidor said. "He can hit and produce.''
Polidor is the agent for both Felix Hernandez and Franklin Gutierrez, so the Mariners have dealt with him many times.
Now, before we all get carried away, it's wise to remember that the Mariners are talking to a bunch of teams and agents about a bunch of players. Not all of them are going to end up with the Mariners.
The Mariners have also been linked to Ian Stewart of the Colorado Rockies.
Of the two, Stewart has the most upside and is only 26....