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Mariners GM downplays pursuit of Josh Hamilton

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09:23 AM ET 11.17 | Although the Mariners plan to pursue offensive upgrades this offseason, general manager Jack Zduriencik said Friday he doesn't see Seattle being big players in the pursuit of free-agent slugger Josh Hamilton. Zduriencik didn't slam the door on Hamilton, but indicated the length of contract and financial commitment the five-time All-Star outfielder will be seeking "might surpass where we're going to be" and that it would be unwise for the Mariners to put all their eggs in that basket while waiting for the free-agent dance to play out. "You have to be realistic about how you're going to allocate your dollars," Zduriencik said. "Some of these things drag out and if you're sitting there waiting on one chip, other chips in front of you might go away and you end up with nothing."

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November 17, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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Downplay it if you like, but it makes a bunch of sense. Hamilton, if he is healthy, will make everyone in that lineup better.

Good point and don't forget that the Mariners are moving the outfield fences in!!!!!

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November 17, 2012  10:51 AM ET
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A lineup with Hamilton surrounded by Ackley, Saunders, Montero and others could be at least average. If Hamilton signs, then it could draw another bat, similar to the Nationals' acquisition of Jayson Werth a couple years ago. Seattle has Felix and young pitching prospects already in place.

Good point and if Hamilton could stay "Clean", then the M's would be someone to deal with in the AL West!!

November 17, 2012  11:16 AM ET

There's no way the Mariners are going to pay 7 years/$175 Million (what Hamilton wants) and there's no way that Hamilton will accept 3 years/$75 Million (rumored to be what the Mariners want to pay). This deal ain't gonna happen.

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November 17, 2012  11:44 AM ET
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There's no way the Mariners are going to pay 7 years/$175 Million (what Hamilton wants) and there's no way that Hamilton will accept 3 years/$75 Million (rumored to be what the Mariners want to pay). This deal ain't gonna happen.

Any team that signs Hamilton for that kinda contract must be smoking Leylands "menthol" Marlboros !!

November 17, 2012  12:05 PM ET
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There's no way the Mariners are going to pay 7 years/$175 Million (what Hamilton wants) and there's no way that Hamilton will accept 3 years/$75 Million (rumored to be what the Mariners want to pay). This deal ain't gonna happen.

The question should be, will "Any" team agree to Hamilton's terms??

November 17, 2012  01:09 PM ET
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Opinions. I want facts.

I want a BLT and a handy. What's your point?

November 17, 2012  02:14 PM ET
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Downplay it if you like, but it makes a bunch of sense. Hamilton, if he is healthy, will make everyone in that lineup better. That said, I like Hamilton better in Baltimore.

Agreed, with the caveat that Hamilton makes sense for 3 years, or 4 years, but not for 7 years.

If no one signs Hamilton to a 7 year contract, they might be able to make him an offer, but that will be well down the road if it happens at all.

November 17, 2012  02:17 PM ET
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Good point and if Hamilton could stay "Clean", then the M's would be someone to deal with in the AL West!!

Same sort of rumor started last year with the Mariners and Prince Fielder. For 2 - 3 weeks Mariner fans imagine that they can contend if the team signs the slugger. Then reality sets in - The rumor is just a rumor. The team isn't realistically pursuing the free agent, who ends up signing elsewhere. And the Mariners continue to occupy the bottom of the AL West.

November 17, 2012  02:30 PM ET
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Any team that signs Hamilton for that kinda contract must be smoking Leylands "menthol" Marlboros !!

Well they just did legalize weed there

November 17, 2012  02:31 PM ET
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I want a BLT and a handy. What's your point?

BLT's up the handy is on back order sorry for the inconvenience

November 17, 2012  02:55 PM ET
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Same sort of rumor started last year with the Mariners and Prince Fielder. For 2 - 3 weeks Mariner fans imagine that they can contend if the team signs the slugger. Then reality sets in - The rumor is just a rumor. The team isn't realistically pursuing the free agent, who ends up signing elsewhere. And the Mariners continue to occupy the bottom of the AL West.

The Astros are going to wrest that position from them.

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November 17, 2012  03:26 PM ET
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Same sort of rumor started last year with the Mariners and Prince Fielder. For 2 - 3 weeks Mariner fans imagine that they can contend if the team signs the slugger. Then reality sets in - The rumor is just a rumor. The team isn't realistically pursuing the free agent, who ends up signing elsewhere. And the Mariners continue to occupy the bottom of the AL West.

I hadn't heard that rumor--signing a slugger last year would have been silly, since the M's were dedicating the year to evaluating their young position players.

They have found a 3B, 2B, C, DH, and at least one outfielder. Trout may be the 1B, or Smoak may get one more chance if he impresses in spring training. So signing a big bat this year makes a little more sense, although it is probably still a year early.

November 17, 2012  05:22 PM ET
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Downplay it if you like, but it makes a bunch of sense. Hamilton, if he is healthy, will make everyone in that lineup better. That said, I like Hamilton better in Baltimore.

that said i would like hamilton to return to the rangers for 3 years deal at 45 millions contract should be the fair deal,,,

November 17, 2012  05:25 PM ET

toronto needs to make small deals and get 2 years contract all around their team, if the product its not injecting any production in their lineup and to the team, the franchise always can trade those players...

 
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