Mariners reportedly still seeking a right fielder
Despite reportedly reaching a deal with outfielder Nelson Cruz on Monday, the Mariners apparently plan to use him as a designated hitter and are thus still in the market for a right fielder, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
That would indicate that Seattle is still a potential landing spot for veteran outfielde Torii Hunter, who told the Los Angeles News Group last weekend that the Mariners were one of four teams with which he’s discussed a possible deal.
Dutton mentions fellow free agent outfielder Alex Rios as another option, while adding that the club could still be interested in reaching a deal with the Dodgers for Matt Kemp. The latter scenario remains a work in progress, at best, considering the Dodgers continue to insist that either Taijuan Walker or James Paxton be part of any deal, something the Mariners seem firmly opposed to doing.
Cruz undoubtedly fills the Mariners need for a power bat in the cleanup spot behind Robinson Cano, but it turns out he may not be the last big name outfielder to land with Seattle this offseason.
— Paul Casella