NASHVILLE Seattle was one of the suitors when Justin Upton was available at the 2010 winter meetings, and it appears the Mariners interest has not waned.
The D-backs and Mariners met Monday night, sources with knowledge of the D-backs said, with Upton the major piece in discussion.
Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik has made it clear that ace right-hander Felix Hernandez is not on the market, but everyone else in a deep Marinerssystem could be available.
With shortstop on their mind, the D-backs appear to be interested in former No. 1 draft pick Nick Franklin as a piece of a multi-player return package. The Mariners have some quality minor league pitching prospects in Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen and James Paxton, but that also is a strength of the D-backs system.
The D-backs also have had plenty of dialogue regarding left fielder Jason Kubel, who is attractive to teams looking for outfielders because of his offensive production and his team-friendly contract. Kubel had ...