Dec 10, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zdurienick is interviewed by MLB Network during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Zdurienick responded Monday to a Seattle Times story alleging total dysfunction and a lack of leadership" inside the Mariners

Mariners Need Approval From Ownership To Spend More


Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the Mariners are still in the hunt for one or more of the following: Masahiro Tanaka, David Price, Nelson Cruz. However, the front office needs to persuade ownership to go for the gusto and spend the extra money.

So this all but confirms the earlier reports that the Mariners were at their spending limit despite the fact that Robinson Cano was their only major sign.

The Mariners are still around $10 million under their payroll from last year and around $20M under their payroll of 2011. They clearly have the money to spend, it’s just a matter of getting the ownership group (primarily Nintendo) to loosen the purse strings and help turn this team into a team that can put up video game-type stats.

More as it develops.

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  • JJ Allen Keller

    Wasn’t Rosenthal the one who reported that they were at their spending limit? I am hesitant to buy it. I mean, didn’t Lincoln say they were willing to up the $95M max they had before? Tanaka would put the Ms at like $95-105M. Cruz or Price even less.
    The media reports are sporadic to the point where I just don’t believe them. First Lincoln exploded at Jay Z for upping the price and talks broke down. Then we hear he wasn’t even at the meetings and they went perfectly fine, and a deal is in place by 8 AM.

    • tedsfrozenhead

      I seldom believe most of what Rosenthal says when he offers no substantiation to his claims. His original article said “IF” the Mariners are out of money… he is trying to give credibility to himself by writing a story supported by “sources say”

      I stopped listening to Kenny when he said the M’s should trade Felix to NY for Nova, Montero and a couple of stiffs saying that there was “no way” the King would resign here. He recently took the time to stand by this ludicrous thought.