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Mariners Fans, Sound Off Part 2!

Welcome to 2014, Seattle Mariners fans!

We are now only 94 days away from the first pitch of the 2014 season for the Mariners and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about this year. With the major acquisition of Robinson Cano and the key additions of Logan Morrison and Corey Hart, the Mariners are only a couple of pieces away from being serious contenders in the AL West. Do the M’s have another big free agent in mind?

Sources have the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees being the prime candidates to land Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. All of the rumors are just speculation but you have to feel that the Yankees and Mariners will be competing in the free agency market if Tanaka ends up going elsewhere.

Both teams have a significant hole to fill in their starting rotation. Which led me to believe that if Tanaka does go elsewhere, we will now be looking at competing with the Yankees on bringing in the next best free agent pitcher. Those free agents come in the form of Ubaldo Jiminez, Matt Garza, Ervin Santana, and maybe A.J. Burnett.

Jiminez represents the pitcher with the highest ceiling. Garza is the most dependable. Santana will cost the most, and Burnett would obviously be the cheaper, most short term solution. My question for you is, if we cannot get Tanaka, who would you rather have?

Which FA pitcher would you rather have?

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Would you rather see this money being spent elsewhere? Like signing Nelson Cruz or bringing back Kendrys Morales? Or do you believe our best bet is to trade youth for talent?

On to another note Mariners fans, tickets have gone on sale at the Peoria Sports Complex for Spring Training. Tickets are available for purchase through the Seattle Mariners official website. I look forward to meeting some of you Mariners fans who will be making the trip down to Arizona this spring. A lot of great things are happening for our beloved organization so don’t miss a minute of it!


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  • Michael

    I would like to Trade For Austin Jackson And/Or Billy Butler. Then still Sign Tanaka, Jimenez, Santana Or Garza. If We Could Not Trade For Butler Then Cruz Or Morales Nice Alternative At The Right Price. I Prefer TanakA Or Garza With Butler/Jackson

  • Weighed Wade

    A few names I like are Andrew Cashner. Tyson Ross. Jose Bautista. Darin Ruf. Gregory Polanco. Fernando Rodney. Yan Gomes.

  • maqman

    Don’t want Cruz, Kendrys is a nice bat to have around if he comes cheap enough, he’s better than trading for Butler. Walker and Paxton would be untouchable for me. I’m okay with taking the risk on Tanaka but the Yankees have more money and need than the M’s, although the M’s cans spend another $30M or more with no sweat. I rank the 4 pitchers the same way your voters did. If the M’s don’t get Tanaka they should go for Garza or Arroyo, plus one of the other experienced free agent arms, Like Capuano, Maholm, Richard and Westbrook among others. They were hurt badly by a lack of depth in the rotation and outfield last season and they need to fix that this off-season.