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At this point, the Seattle Mariners don’t seem overly
inclined to trade any of their offense. However, at 43-52 and in fourth place
in the American League West, the M’s are poised to become sellers at some point
this summer. Two of their most coveted players are on offense, as teams such as
the Tampa Bay Rays are believed to have been checking in with Seattle regarding
sluggers Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales, according to Jon Heyman of CBS
Ibanez has been on a tear this season despite the fact that
he’s 41 years old. Both he and Morales have been increasingly hot of late, and
considering each player is set to hit the free agent market after the 2013
season they would appear to be trade candidates.
Heyman notes that the Mariners seem reluctant to move either
player, and fans seem resistant to moves that would make the team any harder to
watch this season. Still, if Seattle has no plan of re-signing either player it
would make sense for them to at least listen on both Ibanez and Morales.
Beyond the Rays, Heyman notes that the Texas Rangers and New
York Yankees are among the contending teams that could be a fit for Ibanez and
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