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Even though the Mariners would probably have around $15 million to spend this off season, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com, their GM, Jack Zduriencik, says they would like to sign free agent Prince Fielder. As Johns points out, “early media speculation has Fielder seeking something in the eight-year, $200-million neighborhood.”
“There's no question we could use a big bat in the middle of our lineup,” said Zduriencik. “But where is your limitation and threshold? We'll go down that road and experiment and see where it ends up, but until things get more definitive, we'll just have to wait and see.”
Besides a power hitter, the Mariners are also looking for a backup shortstop, a veteran reliever and probably another starter. “Every club in baseball looks for pitching,” Zduriencik said. “We're relatively young in the ‘pen, so a veteran guy there would be interesting in the right situation. And you're always looking for starting pitching.”
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The Brewers offseason began a couple of months ago, but in all likelihood it won't really begin until Prince Fielder signs with another team. The players don't believe he will be back, Prince doesn't think he'll be back, the management doesn't really believe he'll be back and deep down you and I know that he won't be back, but still we wait. We wait because...
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