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08:25 AM ET 12.07 | In the case of the Mariners, patience is a virtue -- and not just because they seem to have waited years to make a splash. Patience appears to be paying off this time for Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik as he wrapped up the baseball winter meetings with some big targets in his sights. The biggest is free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, whom the Mariners are said to be "very close" to reaching a deal with due to an ever-shrinking market for his services. ... [The] list of potential suitors for Hamilton grows smaller by the day, with his former Texas Rangers club apparently being the most serious competitor standing between the Mariners and having the slugging outfielder come to Seattle.

The Seattle Times

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December 7, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Article says they are talking about a 3 year deal between 20-25M a year. If that's the case every team in baseball would be jumping at that.

December 7, 2012  09:14 AM ET

The Rangers won't lose him to someone else if all it takes is a 3 year deal.

December 7, 2012  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Article says they are talking about a 3 year deal between 20-25M a year. If that's the case every team in baseball would be jumping at that.

Sorry but no. $25MM is a lot of cheddar - too much for a lot of teams to pay one player.,

December 7, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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Sorry but no. $25MM is a lot of cheddar - too much for a lot of teams to pay one player.,

"$25 Million a year? That is WAY too much to pay a player"-
The New York Yankees

December 7, 2012  11:03 AM ET
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Article says they are talking about a 3 year deal between 20-25M a year. If that's the case every team in baseball would be jumping at that.

Agreed. He'd already be signed by now.

December 7, 2012  11:04 AM ET
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"$25 Million a year? That is WAY too much to pay a player"-The 2012 New York Yankees

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December 7, 2012  11:20 AM ET

That kind of money would give you Bourn or Upton and a power hitting journeyman player.

December 7, 2012  12:15 PM ET

If he signs in Seattle, the Country will never see or hear from him again, other than the 5-6 times the team will be on National T.V. But he will add about an extra 1500 fans to the already feeble fan-base.

December 7, 2012  12:27 PM ET
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I suspect that this is a bargaining ploy by Hamilton's agent, although I'm sure the M's are serious in their pursuit of him...I'd be very surprised if Hambone actually ended up in Seattle.

I think you are right, but we can always hope...

December 7, 2012  01:24 PM ET
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If he signs in Seattle, the Country will never see or hear from him again, other than the 5-6 times the team will be on National T.V. But he will add about an extra 1500 fans to the already feeble fan-base.

Perhaps that's a good thing somebody who wants to stay out of the spotlight.

December 7, 2012  01:36 PM ET

I hope the Mariners get him.

December 7, 2012  02:25 PM ET

Hamilton was heard to say: "Well at least it's better than Oakland."

December 7, 2012  03:06 PM ET

Not a hitters park in Seattle so why go there? The Mariners I believe did talk about bringing the fences in, does anyone know if they did. If they didn't the signing of Hamilton you can be sure they will. How would Hernandez feel about shorter fences and how would it effect his record.

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December 7, 2012  06:41 PM ET

been closer it means nothing,,is easier to said than done,,,and what the mariners can offer to hamilton??other than bring in their stadium fences?? can't compete with only one player can they??

December 7, 2012  06:42 PM ET
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Hamilton was heard to say: "Well at least it's better than Oakland."

hamilton dream come true, it not the mariners,or braves,or the indians,,his dream come true its the rangers all along what say you rangers??

December 7, 2012  06:44 PM ET
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The Rangers won't lose him to someone else if all it takes is a 3 year deal.

rangers wouldn't pay no more than 17 millions per each year, and the offer stands at 3 years nothing else as it is,,,

 
December 7, 2012  08:23 PM ET

Hamilton could hit 40 HR and bat .350 in Seattle and still end up with only 90 RBI because nobody else can get on base over there

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