Potential Mariners Free Agent Signings

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Oct 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder

Jacoby Ellsbury

(2) hits an RBI single during the fifth inning in game six of the American League Championship Series baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Jacoby Ellsbury

Another Northwest native with not-so-strong ties to Seattle is Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Or as he will forever be known in my house, “TACOby BELLsbury” from him winning free tacos for everyone in the natinon by stealing a base in Game two of the 2007 World Series. The origin may have many creators, but I coined the phrase on my Sporting News blog the night it happened and it stuck in our house ever since.

Born and raised in Madras, Oregon – a small town 120 miles to the southeast of Portland – and a graduate of Oregon State University, Ellsbury’s closest team growing up geographically speaking was the Mariners. Whether that will land him in Seattle has yet to be determined.

The Mariners need an outfield bat with some pop. They also need a leadoff hitter. Ellsbury could give them both but could come with a hefty price tag. Projections put Ellsbury’s services at 6-7 years at $21-$23 million/year.