Mariners interested in OF Cabrera
The Mariners aren’t done exploring the free-agent market for outfield bats.
Days after inking outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz to a four-year, $58-million deal, Seattle is reportedly showing interest in free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, according to The Tacoma News Tribune.
The Mariners needed to get more right-handed this offseason, and did with Cruz — who will slot between the lefty-swinging Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in their lineup. Cabrera is a switch-hitter, and Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik hinted earlier this week Seattle isn’t looking strictly at right-handed bats for its vacant right field position.
“Not necessarily,” Zduriencik said. “A switch-hitter would be tremendous …Right-handed would be good, but you’re not going to walk away from a good hitter.”
The 30-year-old Cabrera hit .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs in 139 games for Toronto in 2014 after playing in only 88 games the previous year because of injuries.
Cabrera is thought to be looking for a five-year deal in the range of at least $50 million, a source told the paper.
The Mariners already lost their first-round pick by signing Cruz and also would forfeit their second-round pick should they sign Cabrera or any other free agent who rejected a qualifying offer.
— Cash Kruth