Report: Melky receives offer from Mariners

According to ESPNDeportes’ Enrique Rojas, the Mariners have made a three-year offer to free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera. But Cabrera wants a four-year deal, according to the report, which doesn’t specify how much Seattle’s contract offer was worth.

Cabrera might be looking for a four-year deal like the one the Mariners handed out to Nelson Cruz earlier this offseason, and that pact was worth $57 million. Reports have linked Cabrera to the Mariners, Royals, Orioles, Giants and White Sox at various points, and none of the above seem particularly eager to dish out a four-year deal to Cabrera.

Complicating Cabrera’s market is the availability of second-tier outfielders on the free agent market like Nori Aoki, Alex Rios and Colby Rasmus. There are also bigger names available via trade, like Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, and others like Dayan Viciedo.

Cabrera certainly would fill a need in Seattle, sliding into a corner outfield spot and potentially batting atop the order in front of Robinson Cano, Cruz and Kyle Seager.

The 30-year-old outfielder hit .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs, 35 doubles and 73 RBIs for the Blue Jays last year. In parts of 10 big-league seasons, Cabrera has hit .286/.339/.415 with 88 homers.

-Adam Berry

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