The Seattle Mariners have made a handful of moves to improve their roster and after adding several impact players to their lineup, they might not be done adding pieces to the puzzle looking towards the 2014 season.
The Mariners already added Robinson Cano on a monster 10-year deal, and they also signed the likes of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison to solve their first-base woes while also adding power to their lineup. The starting rotation already features core pieces like Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, but the Mariners could be ready to add some more players as Spring Training draws closer and closer.
Per reports, the Mariners could be ready to continue their heavy spending during this offseason and add both a bat and an arm to the team that could make an immediate impact: Nelson Cruz and Fernando Rodney.
The former Texas Rangers outfielder has been reluctant to sign even though he has had several offers. He is looking for a five-year contract but has only received deals as long as two years, something expected based on the fact that he’s attached to a compensation draft pick and that he served a 50-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The power hitter, however, could be keen to lower down his asking price and sign a one-year contract to reestablish his value. If that’s the case, the Mariners could be heavy players for him as he would a perfect complement for Cano in the lineup while also being a threat in the DH role.
Rodney, on the other hand, has also been reluctant to sign and despite the fact that he has been targeted by both the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles. However, he could be inclined to join Seattle to team up with Cano as the two already played together in last year’s World Baseball Classic with the Dominican Republic. Rodney would give the Mariners a proven option in the ninth-inning role, and he would drastically improve the team’s bullpen.
It remains to be seen if any of these players end up playing in Seattle once Opening Day arrives, but one thing is certain: the Mariners have financial leeway to continue their massive spending, and adding both Dominicans would increase the team’s overall quality as they are making strides to contend as soon as this season.