07:35 AM ET 02.14 | Seattle's offseason dealings may reach pretty well near spring training. Negotiations between [the Mariners] and free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz are currently "on hold", according to multiple league sources. One source believes that Cruz's camp was unwilling to come down enough in asking price, and that the two sides were not seeing eye to eye in negotiations. ... The Mariners have been looking at options on the starting pitching market, and a source indicates that they have "slowly been coming along" in their pursuit of Ervin Santana. With Hisashi Iwakuma out for 4-6 weeks due to a finger strain and top prospect Taijuan Walker dealing with some shoulder soreness at the beginning of spring training, the Mariners are likely to look at some free agent starters.