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MLB rumors: Seattle Mariners likely to sign a top free agent pitcher?

The Seattle Mariners aren’t exactly a top free agent destination – especially for offensive players. However, with money to spend and a big ballpark to aid pitchers, it’s appearing more and more likely that Seattle will be able to lure one of the top remaining free agent arms to the greater Northwest.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, it seems as if Seattle will sign either Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana or Matt Garza:

One of the three most prominent free-agent starting pitchers–Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, Matt Garza–seems bound to wind up w/Seattle.

While the three aforementioned names are some of the most highly coveted free agent pitchers, in many years they’d be considered middle-of-the-road types, so Seattle needs to be careful with the contract they could potentially dish out.

Unlike Jimenez and Santana, Garza was not tendered a qualifying offer prior to free agency meaning he would not require the Mariners to forfeit a draft pick if they signed him, unlike the other two.

There was no mention of the type of contract potentially being offered, though Santana has reportedly asked for a five year, $80 million dollar deal in free agency.

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Tags: Ervin Santana Matt Garza Seattle Mariners Ubaldo Jimenez