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04:53 PM ET 12.04 | According to Mike Salk of ESPN radio in Seattle, the Mariners are nearing a dealwith free agent outfielder Jason Bay. Bay was bought out by the New York Mets earlier in the off-season after an extremely disappointing season and an underwhelming run in the Big Apple. He's from British Columbia, so Seattle is about as close to home as he can possibly play and stay in the big leagues. He also attended college at Gonzaga. It makes sense for Seattle given their dire need for offense and it won't be much of a risk given that Bay is getting $21 million yet from the Mets. He figures to be a cheap sign.

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December 4, 2012  05:32 PM ET

The Red Sox have a reported 3yr/$37.5 million offer on the table for Victorino.

December 4, 2012  06:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Red Sox have a reported 3yr/$37.5 million offer on the table for Victorino.

Done deal....the "Flyin Hawaiian"....is now a Red Sawx.............next...Ellsbury to the Mets for Dickey

December 4, 2012  06:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Done deal....the "Flyin Hawaiian"....is now a Red Sawx.............next...Ellsbury to the Mets for Dickey

JETS !!!!! JETS !!!! JETS !!!!

December 4, 2012  06:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

JETS !!!!! JETS !!!! JETS !!!!

Waddya say Mick.....

December 4, 2012  06:46 PM ET

LMFAO, how in the hell can Jason Bay help the Mariners??????????

December 4, 2012  06:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

LMFAO, how in the hell can Jason Bay help the Mariners??????????

By keeping their payroll down.

December 4, 2012  07:00 PM ET

This would be a truly ignorant signing even for $5.

December 4, 2012  07:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

By keeping their payroll down.

The M's will never be a top notch team by "keeping their payroll down". Jason Bay is 34 years old and a .269 lifetime hitter!!!! Again, "how in the hell can Jason Bay help the Mariners"?????

December 4, 2012  07:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The M's will never be a top notch team by "keeping their payroll down". Jason Bay is 34 years old and a .269 lifetime hitter!!!! Again, "how in the hell can Jason Bay help the Mariners"?????

Glad to see you started conserving your questions marks.

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December 4, 2012  07:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Uh....no.

Uh - yes

December 4, 2012  08:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Glad to see you started conserving your questions marks.

LOL??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????

December 4, 2012  09:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

LMFAO, how in the hell can Jason Bay help the Mariners??????????

his contract would cost to the mariners 1 dollar,,,

December 4, 2012  09:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This is a smart signing by the Mariners. Low risk, high reward.

jason bay would need to prove otherwise,,,

December 4, 2012  09:09 PM ET

angels still shopping for another starter/a catcher/and a third basement,,,,

December 4, 2012  09:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

his contract would cost to the mariners 1 dollar,,,

If this is the case than I say go for it Mariners!!!

December 4, 2012  09:16 PM ET

Why can the A's finish ahead of the M's almost every year?? IMO, the M's need to go out and spend some big money for some "good" ballplayers, but again the players have to want to come to Seattle.

December 4, 2012  10:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This is a smart signing by the Mariners. Low risk, high reward.

Sigh. I'm afraid I agree with you. If he recovers his batting stroke, he is an upgrade over their current RH OFs. And if he doesn't, well, he won't cost much. I was hoping for a little more, but it really is about a year early for a big push.

 
December 4, 2012  10:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Red Sox have a reported 3yr/$37.5 million offer on the table for Victorino.

Good move if he takes it--I think he will bounce back from a career worst year.

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