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.
Sources: #Mariners weighing a number of options – Tanaka, Price, N. Cruz, etc. – but need to persuade ownership to keep pressing forward.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 6, 2014
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.