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Will Safeco's friendlier fences lure free agents?

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08:14 AM ET 11.30 | Among the benefits Seattle cited when announcing that it would move in the fences at Safeco Field: Making the Mariners a stronger candidate for free agents. Let's face it -- the Mariners haven't had a lot to offer free agents in recent years, particularly hitters. They've been non-contenders, for the most part, and Safeco has earned a warranted reputation as Death Valley for sluggers. ... But one agent added, "At the end of the day, if the Mariners were going to pay the highest contract, their fences could be in Everett. When there are competitive bids, the player is going to look at those factors. I think moving in the fences does make Seattle more appealing for bats, power guys."

The Seattle Times

Mike Napoli, Icon Sports Mike Napoli, Icon Sports
November 30, 2012  08:28 AM ET

I bet they'd like to sign away both Napoli and Hamilton from Texas.

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November 30, 2012  10:24 AM ET

If they happen to sign both of these players they will disappear because Seattle is never on prime time tv or on Saturday game of the week.

November 30, 2012  10:30 AM ET

This is good news for visiting teams. Totally different to tailor your park for the other team. Cool!

November 30, 2012  11:52 AM ET

They had Griffey A-Rod and Martenez!!!!

November 30, 2012  12:00 PM ET
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They had Griffey A-Rod and Martenez!!!!

Yes, but Griffey and ARod left when the team moved to Safeco--it was too difficult a park to hit in. Edgar Martinez stayed on, and continued to hit well, because he was a line-drive hitter with power to both power alleys. He didn't try to pull everything, and he didn't hit the high fly balls that don't carry well in Safeco.

November 30, 2012  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

They had Griffey A-Rod and Martenez!!!!

Those were heady times.

November 30, 2012  03:46 PM ET
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If they happen to sign both of these players they will disappear because Seattle is never on prime time tv or on Saturday game of the week.

Neither was DC, and look at them now. The Mariners need to overhaul how they do business if they want to be contenders.

November 30, 2012  04:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

They had Griffey A-Rod and Martenez!!!!

good core of good players in the OLD STADIUM OFCOURSE!!

November 30, 2012  04:25 PM ET

mariners would sign/napoli/hamilton/ryan ludwick/mark reynolds///why not not??everything is possible!!!!

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November 30, 2012  07:58 PM ET
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Mariners need offense. Hamilton makes sense. Napoli, not so much. I think the M's need to pick up a couple more guys, hitters that are gap guys. Melky would have made sense. LaRoche perhaps. Victorino, yes.

I think you are on the right track. I like Melky except for the steroid taint; Mariners had one kid (Mike Morse I think it was) who got caught in the minors, and they gave him a second chance. Second time he got caught though they washed their hands of him, so I don't think they will touch Melky.

 
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